For the first time, E Tū Whānau is running a competition to design a poster on Facebook. Art and design are powerful tools to communicate ideas, convey emotion, and inspire action. The values which underpin E Tū Whānau provide endless possibilities for innovative design.
This is a chance for artists, creators and anyone with an interest to unleash their creativity to express one of the E Tū Whānau values. The values we are focussing on are aroha, mana/manaaki and whakapapa. Entrants can choose one of the three values per poster, but may enter as many times as they like.
E Tū Whānau Kaiwhakahaere Ann Dysart encourages everyone to give it a go.
“This competition is open to everyone and anyone, whether you’re a new artist starting out, someone more experienced, or someone who just loves the E Tū Whānau kauapapa and wants to express their feelings visually.”
“Don’t be shy. Just get in there, give it your best go and have fun,” says Ann.
Entries opened on Monday 1 October and now close on 31 October (we have extended the closing date from 21 October).
The prize pool is substantial – $10,000 in total. And there are two categories – General (for everyone) and Tamariki (12 years of age and under). There is also a prize for the entry that gets Most Votes.
There are three judges – all well-known and recognised artists in their own right – Kura Te Waru-Rewiri, Janine Williams and Charles Williams. Kura is a renowned artist, academic and educator. You can see her interviewed as part of an Auckland Art Gallery show here. Charles and Janine are celebrated urban artists who do a wide range of community based art including murals. You can see their artwork here.
We are working in partnership with the iwi radio stations and Maori Media Network. This competition builds on our very successful song competition that we have run for the past three years.
Who can enter?
We’d love to see a variety of entries – individual and group – so encourage everyone with an interest in art, the E Tū Whānau whakapapa, creative and arty people to enter, along with individuals and classes from educational institutions:
- Your local Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kauapapa
- Mainstream primary schools and intermediates
- School holiday programmes
- Bi-lingual schools, high schools
- Polytech and Wānanga with art and design courses
- Arty / creative whānau, friends, and neighbours
- Marae, Private Training Organisations
We’ve timed the competition with the school holidays which are now underway as they provide a perfect opportunity for entrants to get creative and put some dedicated time into their entry. The competition will still be open when term 4 starts so schools etc can get their class entries organised.
The E Tū Whānau values
E Tū Whānau is a movement for positive change developed by Māori for Māori. It’s about taking responsibility and action in your community and supporting whānau to thrive.
There are six values altogether but we have chosen three for this year’s poster competition:
- Aroha – giving with no expectation of return
- Mana/manaaki – building the mana of others through nurturing, growing and challenging
- Whakapapa – knowing who you are and where you belong.
Here’s the link to our Facebook page where you will find the rules and a link to submit your entry.