Sheyne Tuffery Lead Artist for Johnsonville Mural

29 September 2014

Wellington-based artist Sheyne Tuffery has been selected to lead the design and painting of a large-scale mural in partnership with schools and community groups in and around Johnsonville.

'Barracks' by Sheyne Tuffery, Hopper St, Mount Cook.

'The Barracks' by Sheyne Tuffery, Hopper St, Mount Cook.

The mural will comprise 13 boards – each of which will represent an event in Johnsonville’s history over the past 100 years – from its geography to its people and their involvement in the First and Second World War.  The boards will be designed and painted in partnership with 11 local schools and two community groups - Challenge 2000 youth organisation and Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi Marae.

Sheyne Tuffery says that “making murals about local history strikes a chord in me. It’s something I take very seriously.”

Sheyne is an experienced artist who earlier this year painted a large-scale mural at Hopper Street in Mt Cook in partnership with Massey School of Fine Arts students.

Sheyne has a strong connection to the northern suburbs. He grew up in Newlands and spent a lot of time in Johnsonville, swimming at Keith Spry Pool, working part-time at the Johnsonville shops and playing age grade rugby for Johnsonville rugby club.

The key objectives of the project are to connect with the community, tell their story, minimise tagging and graffiti and reclaim a blank wall with a striking artwork that will enliven this area.

The project, managed by Wellington City Council’s Community Services and City Arts teams will be working in partnership with a mural steering group including the Johnsonville Mall Manager, Countdown Store Manager, Johnsonville Community Centre Coordinator, and representatives from the Lions and Rotary Clubs and Challenge 2000 youth organisation.

The mural will be completed around 6 December – timed to coincide with the Christmas Parade.

The public are invited to share any stories, photos or memories they have of Johnsonville and the surrounding area that might be captured in the mural. These can be emailed to Jan at the Johnsonville Community Centre or you can phone 478 8628. Alternatively drop in or post your stories to the Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037.