MEDIA RELEASE 11 July 2010
Mouth and Foot Painting Artists road show hits The Cloisters Gallery
Christchurch mouth painting artist Grant Philip is one of 12 artists preparing
for a travelling exhibition which opens in Christchurch at The Cloisters Gallery
on 20 July 2010. The exhibition will showcase artworks by Mouth and Foot
Painting Artists (MFPA) members from around the country.
Grant volunteered to organise the exhibition at The Cloisters Gallery and has
also submitted three paintings with a variety of subject matters for the
"The exhibition provided me with a great opportunity to not only give something
back to the MFPA but to portray a professional image of the organisation and
ensure that the exhibition is a success," said Grant Philip.
Grant began painting with a brush held in his mouth after a diving accident left
him quadriplegic. He has been a student member of the MFPA since 2002. Apart
from painting his other passion is shooting. This year Grant will compete at the
2010 IPC Shooting World Championships in Croatia.
The exhibition which runs from the 20 to 25 July will be opened by New Zealand
icon Gary McCormick and throughout the exhibition MFPA artists will be
demonstrating their painting techniques.
"This exhibition is a great opportunity for local residents to view and purchase
MFPA members' paintings," said Grant Philip.
Other locations that the exhibition will stop in include the Bottle Creek
Gallery in Porirua in September, the Thornton Gallery in Hamilton in November,
the Steel Gallery in Pukekohe, Auckland in November and the Manukau Super
Clinic, also in Auckland, in December.
Founded in 1956 by a group of European artists, the MFPA is a self-help
organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil
their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence by
selectively selling their artworks.
The MFPA was established in New Zealand in 1961 and currently has 20 members.
To become a student member an artist must qualify by painting using a brush held
in either their mouth or foot, having lost the use of their hands through an
illness or accident. Student members receive scholarships for art supplies and
tuition. Once an artist becomes a full member or associate they are guaranteed a
salary for life, even if they are unable to continue painting.
For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists contact MFPA on
(09) 827 6746.
Released for Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) by Dennis Rutzou Public
For further information please call Petra Aitken or Nicola Rutzou on +61 2 9413