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Te Koopuu Mural Project - Apply to be the artist

The soon-to-be largest mural in Aotearoa is on the horizon and we need an artist who’s ready to tackle it.

The massive wall on Anglesea Street in Hamilton’s CBD measures approximately 11m (at the peak) x 248m and is sitting on a site holding great significance to Kirikiriroa and mana whenua. The project is led by the Beyond Tomorrow Trust with Creative Waikato managing the creative process.

Choosing the right artist and concept is crucial to making this project successful.

This will be a significant artwork for the Waikato and an incredible opportunity to create something amazing.

As an artist, you will be tasked with:

  • Developing concepts
  • Working with a project panel to develop and refine concepts
  • Ensuring the project aligns with the brief which has been informed by stakeholders including Iwi, Hamilton City Council and Wintec
  • Executing the mural within a four-week timeframe in January

We are looking for an artist with the following qualities:

  • Experience designing and painting large-scale murals
  • A love and understanding of civic space
  • Knowledge and understanding of tikanga and toi Māori
  • Connection with tangata whenua of the area where the wall sits

This is a paid contract.


  1. September: Expressions of interest
  2. October: Three artists are selected to develop concepts
  3. November: Final artist is selected
  4. January 2020: Painting

For details, please see the Te Koopuu Mural Project artist’s brief document.

To apply to be the artist, please submit the following information to hello@creativewaikato.co.nz by 5pm on 24 September:

  • Current CV or artist’s biography
  • Up to 10 images of previous work. Ideally mural work, or a plan of working with someone who has experience painting at scale
  • An indicative sketch and brief paragraph about what you intend to do and why you would like to be involved
Photo of the wall

Meet the Candidates - Hosted by Creative Waikato

There's an election coming up and we want to hear from this elections candidates how much they love the arts!

Creative Waikato have invited all candidates running for council to participate in this public form. They will present a 3 min speech on what role the arts play in Hamilton over the next 3 years.

Also, they will all be asked a series of questions by our hosts, and time will be allowed for questions from the public too. This is a chance to hear from our candidates their position on the arts and how the see it playing a role in our future!

Date: Monday 23rd September
Time: 6pm
Location: Creative Waikato, 11 Garden Place, Hamilton
Contact: hello@creativewaikato.co.nz

Click here to register - registration is mandatory as we can only accommodate 80 in our space.

There are multiple events happening around the city so to keep up to date - visit the Your City Elections website.

Meet the Candidates

Cantando Choir, Hamilton -Vacancy for Musical Director effective January 2020

Cantando Choir, Hamilton is seeking a Musical Director commencing January 2020. The role includes:

  • Choice of musical program, in consultation with the choir committee, this program to comprise three public concerts per year
  • Directing weekly rehearsals for three (10-12 week) terms per year each culminating in a performance and directing these performances
  • Working with the choir management committee to foster the musical growth of the choir

Details of past performances can be found on the choir website.

Cantando choir, which was founded thirty years ago, is a non-auditioned, community SATB choir of approximately 70 members, which, as part of its aim, seeks to encourage young performers to work with the choir whenever possible. We are seeking a director who will be sympathetic toward the aims and composition of the choir and the varied abilities of choir members. The stipend for this role is by negotiation.

Interested applicants should send their CV to secretary@cantando.org.nz. Position closes 30 September 2019.

WANTED - Acts for Embassy Park Outdoor Cabarets

Want to sing, dance, act or perform in the 'Embassy Park Outdoor Cabaret'? These will be hosted on Friday 1 November 2019, Friday 14 February 2020 and Friday 13 March 2020, next to the Riff Raff Statue.

We're offering an outdoor stage (sound and lights if needed), for any kind of act that can run from 5 to 20 minutes outdoors in public. We'll start at 7pm so you could be on early in daylight or later under lights. There will be six to eight slots per show.

The activation of Embassy Park is organised by The Riff Raff Public Art Trust and sponsored by the Hamilton Central Business Association. We do have a small budget and can discuss costs, depending on the scale of what you're offering.

If interested in performing on any of these dates, please contact Mark Servian ASAP at mark@mcgillicuddy.org.nz or 021 888 469.