Art for the Sea – Lyall Bay

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BACKSTORY: Construction of the new Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Clubhouse’s exterior is about to begin. To complete the fit out of its new building – and to maintain and replace vital water safety and rescue equipment – the Club still needs $900k. To help raise the cash the Club has created a new campaign platform –, of which ‘Art for the Sea’ is the first cab off the rank. This campaign engages local artists to turn the old Club building into new art, which will then be auctioned to fans at a gala event early next year.

Some exciting names in the local Wellington art world are contributing their time and talent, such as Clare Matthews, Bruce Mahalski, DSide, Sean Duffle, Flox, Michael McCormack, Donna Cross, Juliet Best, Alfred Memelink, Brian Nelson, Bruce Luxford, Liz Ritchie, Christie Wright, Mica Still and Mellissa Young. Jack Candlish will also be hand making and donating a surfboard crafted from the old clubhouse timber.

“It’s pretty exciting,” says Ian McIntosh, the Club’s Fundraising Project Manager. “The plan is to cut out sections of the building’s weatherboards and floorboards. Artists will then re-use the wood as their canvas.”

To kick it off Damin Radford-Scott of BMD and DSIDE street-art fame has created a piece to cover the entire building. Says Damin, “It’s a rad project. I was happy to get involved. And it’s not often you get the chance to paint an entire building on a beach.”

Negotiations are taking place for panels from Damin’s piece, along with the work of the other artists, to go on display in one of Wellington’s most prominent locations in mid-January, with a plan to hold a gala event and auction in mid-February.