PROJECT PAINT THE PACIFIC
In 2016 we had the privilege of representing Aotearoa as members of the Creative NZ delegation to attend the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guåhån (Guam). During our time there we saw first hand the beauty & uniqueness of each of the islands and nations of the Pacific and it was there that an idea evolved. Titled 'Project Paint the Pacific', we wanted to understand how we could use our ability to paint murals to support efforts on the ground in the nations of the Pacific to bring awareness to critically endangered birdlife.
Working alongside local elders & leaders, tribal groups, community & conservation organisations, local governments & whoever opened their door really we began with a mural in Rarotonga. Over time the islands of Papeete, Moorea, Ra'iātea, Bora Bora, Tonga & Samoa were included resulting in two of the nations leaders unveiling the mural in collaboration with the 'Save the Manumea' campaign.
We have seen first hand the impact and power of creativity & in smaller nations how large scale murals create instant impact. Projects have gone beyond conservation efforts and have also included educational workshops and in one case educating art teachers of Samoa to paint murals on scale. This has now resulted in numerous murals being painted around the nation by locals who live there allowing us to remove ourselves out of the picture (which we are so happy to do). We don't want to