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Pop of colour in Panmure

Published: 1 October 2018

Dunlop Lane in Panmure is now home to three large murals created by local artists and community groups.

The latest two were completed recently by groups from the Peace Experiment, a local Montessori secondary school, and the Panmure Community Hall, which runs a number of community classes, including art workshops.

The murals were coordinated by TGTB Charitable Trust, part of The Good The Bad Gallery, which aims to celebrate and support local artists.

Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board members recently met some of the 23 people involved in the creating the latest editions to Dunlop Lane.

“Thanks to TGTB Charitable Trust and especially Gary Silipa who brought this project to the board’s attention for funding and support, it has proven to be a great way to get local youth involved in beautifying their community," says Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board Chair Chris Makoare.

"The mural looks awesome, we’ll have to do more of this sort of thing around our town centres.” 

Gary Silipa said that the project brought the groups together and helped their creative visions come to life through design workshops and then the physical painting of the mural.

“I had a great time working with our youth, they were keen to learn something new and did an awesome job that we all can be proud of.”

The two designs are quite different, the one from the Panmure Community Hall team “is a bold sign for the area as it shows a transition which can be interpreted as the community moving towards a bright future. The passing through the rainbow triangle signifies taking hold of Te Atua’s (God) promise for a future of hope and prosperity.”

The Peace Experiment's design “came from a mix of the team’s creative skills and Panmure landmarks, for example the Panmure Basic is depicted as a pool with a monster in it,” says Gary.

View a short video of some of the artists in action here:

Opportunities to apply for funding grants are available on the Auckland Council website. The board also promoted open grant applications via their Facebook page.

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