Broomfield School, unveils award winning mural

Broomfield School in North Canterbury has unveiled their award-winning mural, titled ‘Together We Are One’ as one of ten winners in Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Resene Wall Worthy Competition 2020.

The mural represents the unique local environment surrounding Broomfield School, including Mt Grey, the Waipara River, vineyards and farmland. The mural Is made up 198 MDF triangles and the title ‘Together We Are One’ is shown through the pieces of the mural coming together to form one Image.

“‘Together We Are One’ is one of the school values,” says project leader, school mum, local artist and co-founder of NEST Arts Collective Laura Hewetson.

“We wanted to represent this by giving each student a MDF triangle each, and each class was responsible for creating a line of colour.  The staff even got to have a line as well.”

“Once the triangles were painted the students then helped glue them up to the wall. Then I added the ‘Broomfield’ font and finishing touches,” says Laura.

The Resene Wall Worthy Competition, which is part of the Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme, ran from February to March 2020, with schools, early childhood centres and youth groups around New Zealand asked to submit a mural design which celebrated their local history or nature conservation theme, which could then be painted in their local community.

From all of the submissions received, 15 designs were chosen as finalists and put to public vote at the start of April. Over 5,500 votes were received, and the ten winners were chosen. The winning schools receive a $750 Resene paint voucher, drop cloth and high vis vests as well as $500 prize money for murals completed by the end of Term 1, 2021.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO, Heather Saunderson said: “Our Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme engages with students, communities and artists to paint their little piece of New Zealand beautiful. We were so impressed with all the submissions made for this year’s Resene Wall Worthy Competition and inundated with votes for the top ten winners. During these trying times as we navigate through the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s heartening to see schools, early childhood centres and community groups inspire beauty and work together within their local communities to bring these murals to life.”

The ten Resene Wall Worthy Competition winners and regions are listed below, and their designs can be viewed here.

  • Conifer Grove School, Auckland – “Paddling the Waka Together to Reach New Horizons”
  • Kaharoa School, Rotorua – “Tā Mātou Pai Ake”
  • Glenavy School, Waimate – “Haerenga (Journey)”
  • The Terrace School 2, Central Otago – “Keep New Zealand Beautiful”
  • Spotswood College, New Plymouth – “Nga Atua”
  • Grantlea Downs School, Timaru – “Cultural Celebration”
  • Broomfield School, Hurunui – “Together We Are One”
  • Levin Intermediate, Horowhenua – “Kiwiana”
  • Arapohue School, Kaipara – “UNITY”
  • Hatea-a-Rangi School, Gisborne – “A tatou korero – Our Stories”

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