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MEDIA RELEASE 13 February 2007

Local mouth painting artist enters exclusive art awards
Pukekohe mouth-painting artist Grant Sharman will be joining fellow Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) members in entering the exclusive Bruce Hopkins Memorial Art Awards again this year.

The Bruce Hopkins Memorial Art Awards were started 17 years ago to commemorate Bruce Hopkins’ contribution to the MFPA and to disabled artists throughout New Zealand. During the 1970s and 80s Bruce was the only disabled New Zealand artist to belong to the MFPA and was responsible for encouraging and inspiring disabled people to start painting with a brush held in their mouth or foot.

Grant began painting after an injury in a school rugby match left him a tetraplegic in 1977, becoming a full member of the MFPA in 1988. He has entered the Bruce Hopkins Memorial Art Awards every year since 1999 and has won a place four times.

The Awards will be judged at The Association for Spinal Concerns (TASC) and Parafed Auckland Show Off Day on 24 February, to be held at the Otara Spinal Unit from 10am to 3pm. The day will feature an art exhibition by MFPA artists, as well as a wheelchair rugby game and other fun events.

“I’m looking forward to the Show Off Day because as President of Parafed Auckland, I will also be assisting with the celebrity wheelchair rugby game which will feature The Blues team,” Grant said.

For this year’s Bruce Hopkins Memorial Art Awards Grant has entered a painting titled ‘Roses’.

“I enjoy painting floral themes and it always feels fantastic to see my work being displayed,” he said.

In April, Grant will be joining MFPA members from all over the globe at the MFPA 50th Anniversary conference in Vienna.
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.

To become a 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.

For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists or to place an order contact MFPA on (09) 827 6746.
Released for Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (
For further information please call Aleks Czerwinski or Nicola Rutzou on (612) 9413 4244.

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