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Collage of images from the tape art workshops in 2016Tape art returns to 2017 event

Team work, fun and new skills is what the tape art workshop will bring to Disability Pride Week 2017, to be held from 30 November to 5 December in towns,cities and communities around New Zealand.

New Zealand tape artists Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby will work with disabled artists to create three murals, using nothing but blue masking tape, scissors, cellophane and team work.  The murals will depict the artists’ interpretation of Disability Pride. 

Invitation to take part

Disabled artists are invited to join the team over three days in November.

“It is a great exercise,” Struan says. “We really want to provide the space and the tools for disabled artists to tell their stories that are not often seen by the public.”

Struan and Erica, who are based in Hutt City, have built an international career as ephemeral artists, temporarily transforming large architectural spaces with short-lived, whimsical stories.

They have worked on many art museums and cultural institutions internationally. In the early 1990s as art students, they created their first murals with tape on the Christchurch Cathedral. They spent their early careers touring the United States, developing their signature style of blue-toned, tape-drawn figures with the lifecycle of a day.

Final mural

The final mural will be created at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and in two other locations on Friday 1 December, and will remain on display for several days.

“The theme of the mural will reflect the spirit of the Disability Pride Week and will capture a story about this group of artists and their take on of what disability pride means,” Erica says.

No previous experience is needed. “If you enjoy drawing, and have access to pick up a pencil and use scissors, we can manage the rest,” Struan says. “The most important thing is that you are willing to share a story and willing to work with others and communicate.”


Tape art returns to 2017 event

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