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
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
“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.
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For further information please call Aleks Czerwinski or Nicola Rutzou on (612)