Māpura News

Posted 13 December 2017

Music, dancing, singing, sunshine, BBQ sausages and saveloys, pizza and strawberries were all on the menu at our 2017 Māpura Christmas Party yesterday.

 All our artists, caregivers and staff were welcome and fabulous fun was had by all.

For more videos visit:  Māpura Christmas Party 2017

Videos taken by Yung Chen.

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Posted 15 November 2017

A Great Big THANK YOU from all our staff, tutors, volunteers, caregivers, students and their families to the Auckland City Council. 

Māpura Studios has been granted some much needed funds from the Regional Arts & Culture Grants Programme towards our art classes and studio programmes.

We are not funded in any way and rely on grants and donations to keep surviving, so this grant means a lot.

Posted 14 November 2017

We welcomed Act Party Leader and MP David Seymour to Māpura Studios on Monday 13 November.

A big thanks to your support, David and the purchase at our auction of  a beautiful painting by Ross Cowan.

Pictured here in the studio, David Seymour with Jenny Hutchings, Marketing and Communications.

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The Attitude Awards celebrate the achievements of people who live with disabilities. Celebrate with a black tie, gala event at Auckland's ANZ Viaduct Events Centre on Thursday, 9th November.

Posted 31 October 2017

Congratulations to Allyson Hamblett, finalist 2017 Attitude Awards.

Born with cerebral palsy, which affects her speech and mobility, Allyson Hamblett was accustomed to being singled out as different. She fought hard to attend university and qualified as a librarian but struggled to be fully accepted and find work.

"I've been an artist at Māpura Studios for about 14 years.  I love being able to create an image that has depth and perspective.  It still fascinates me how artists can transform a piece of canvas. I particularly like portraiture, but have painted landscapes and cityscapes.  I love the creative process as much as seeing the finished artwork".


Posted 30 October 2017

A Big Congratulations to our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, pictured here at our 2017 Māpura Studios Charity Auction at TSB Bank, Wallace Trust Arts Centre, Pah Homestead in May this year.


Photograph taken 22/05/2017

Jacinda Holds a 2017 Auction Catalogue in front of left: Fane Flaws Tiki and centre: Michelle Backhouse Tessellation.


Thanks Jacinda for your support.


Posted 12 October

A big Congratulations to our Open Day Raffle winner, drawn yesterday:

Charlie Devlin of our neighbours, Rocky Nook Bowls and Auckland Irish Society.

Charlie is now the proud owner of a Breville Juicer.
Thank you to all those who supported us on the day.

Pictured left, Charlie at Māpura Studios, picking up his prize.

Posted 5 October 2017

Extremely informative panel discussion of unconscious bias last night Good Eh?  Studio One, Toi Tū.

Unconcious bias is real. It is the fear of difference. Something outside the box, outside the norm.

Whether we have physical, psychological, intellectual or mental differences or challenges we should be embracing our similarities, what we share and our abilities.

You can't put someone in a box and you can't measure the success of an artist by monetary values only. All artists and poets start as outsiders. Who is it in society to say that one is worth more than another?

A big thanks to Moderator:  actor/ writer Peter Feeney & Panellists: 
* John Perry artist and Outsider Art curator             * Karen Janiszewska: parent of Māpura artist Halina
* Tim Melville director of the Tim Melville Gallery    * Erica Tiedemann Māpura artist
* Richard Northey local politician                             * Dr Molly Mullen academic

Click here for more information on Topic, Moderator and Panellists......

Merchandise at the Māpura Open Day

Merchandise at the Māpura Open Day

Posted 4 October 2017

 Open Day 2017 (Saturday 30th September 2017)

Thank you to all who participated, helped and came to our Open Day and supported Māpura Studios. We had a fantastic day with awesome Artwork and fun for the whole Family!

All proceeds go towards Māpura Studios and our Artists.
We raised just over $6,000 on the day. Well done everybody!

Click here for more images...

Good Eh? Exhibition Opening Night

Good Eh? Exhibition Opening Night

Posted 4 October 2017

Thank you to everyone who came to our opening of Good Eh? on Wednesday 20th of September at Studio One, Toi Tu.

There is a fantastic display of framed artworks and an amazing collaborative installation which includes artwork by every single student at Māpura Studios.

A great evening was had by all.

The exhibition is on until the 15th October, so be sure you go and see it!

For more details on Good Eh? Click here...

Allyson at Māpura Studios

Allyson at Māpura Studios

Posted 16 August 2017

Congratulations to the amazingly talented Allyson Hamblett, artist, writer, poet, media assistant at Māpura Studios.

Allyson has been nominated  as a  finalist in the Spirit of Attitude category of the 2017 Attitude Awards.

The Attitude Awards celebrate the achievements of people who live with disabilities. This year, we celebrate with a black tie, gala event at Auckland's Viaduct Events Centre on Thursday, 9th November.


Posted 16 August 2017

Also, congratulations to Madeleine Wilson and Guy Seanyear finalists in the IHC Art Awards 2017.

The IHC Art Awards is an annual event providing artists with an intellectual disability the opportunity to have their talent recognised and to sell their work.

This year, two of the 30 nationwide finalists are Māpura artists, Madeline Wilson and Guy Seanyear. The winner and runners-up will be announced on the 30th of August.

Guy Seanyear Crying Sky, 2017

Guy Seanyear Crying Sky, 2017

Madeleine Wilson Olivia Newton John, 2017

Madeleine Wilson
Olivia Newton John, 2017

Posted 16 August 2017

Māpura Studios' stand at the Transitions Expo in Mt Albert on the 8th August.

We were showcasing our pioneering Teens Art Therapy Programmes. Māpura Studios now has a programme in Takapuna, North Shore Teens Art Group and one in Pukekohe, Space Out South, as well as our Teens Open Studio Group in St Lukes.

Especially tailored to youth and school leavers from the age of approximately 12 years+, the programmes are a wonderful mixture of art and social interacting.

Also, check out our Cartooning programme that proved extremely popular on the day, especially for those on the spectrum.

Russell Julian Shapes Simpsons Show with Movies, 2016

Russell Julian Shapes Simpsons Show with Movies, 2016

Posted 16 August 2017

Māpura: on the outside, but you are welcome Exhibition Opening next week......

You are welcome to visit our exhibition on Waiheke Island at the Community Gallery.

We hope you can make the trip across the water. is on from the 25th August until the 18th September. Opening  25th August 6pm. All welcome.

For more information please visit: Māpura: on the outside, but you are welcome!

Posted 16 August 2017

Don't forget about our Sunday Art Club........ 

Fun Time for the whole Family - kids & adults, all welcome. 

“Work, Play, Learn Together”

Art-making activities will include: Painting, Printing, Drawing & Clay.

All levels, abilities and ages are welcome in this friendly supportive group environment.

Sundays 1.00 - 3.00pm

Ross Cowan Dream Reaching, 2016

Ross Cowan Dream Reaching, 2016

Posted 16 August 2017

Check out this fabulous Article on Stuff about our Māpura Studios artist Ross Cowan.

"Strategic investment in the arts and cultural expression strengthens individual and collective health" - Richard Benge, Arts Access Aotearoa

Follow this link: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/95658917/richard-benge-the-arts-isnt-a-nice-to-have-its-a-road-to-good-health