Artmakers has created many murals and art installations over the last 30 years, many of them involving children and youth as well as adults and seniors. We've worked in schools and also health & social services facilities, neighbourhoods, community centres, public spaces. We also supported communities by creating graphics and digital material, special art / display work for events and community campaigns.
We have worked with a broad range of agencies including Ministry of Social Development, Parentline, Child Matters, Age Concern, Hospice Waikato, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton Police, Hamilton City Council, Migrant Resource Centre, English Language Partners, Waikato Interfaith Council, as well as numerous primary and secondary Schools, aura kaupapa maori, University of Waikato, and awide range of ethnic and cultural groups and associations.
For our first 15 years from 1983 - 1998 we offered re-employment training to people age 16 - 60. These programmes developed and enhanced work & entrepreneurial skills not only in the creative industries but also as pathways to higher education in Social Service, Communications, Education and Health.
For the next 19 years 1998 - 2017 we were contracted by the Ministry of Youth Development to provide special programmes for young people age 16 - 24 to engage them into community service work and training, and to plan their future pathways.
And of course we continue to offer our classic Creative Kids children's holiday programme in every school term break. We are accredited Providers with the Ministry of Social Development to deliver Out of School Care & Recreation ( OSCAR).
We continue now into 2018, developing new programmes despite the scarcity of public funding to do the important community development work. So.... now we invite you to keep the flame burning.
Do you have some skills to share, can you lead a workshop, volunteer or have a community project to propose…. GET IN TOUCH !
Recent Mural Project : Special Youth
Get involved by volunteering and / or hosting a community project !
ART created for RAINBOW PLACE Children's Hospice
A collection of panels depicting magical places and featuring "Bat Bear" an original mascot/ character created for Rainbow Place. Designed and painted by ARTMAKERS working with young people age 16 - 20 in our Creative Youth programme.