Art & Awareness

Art & Awareness

Art plays a big part in getting the message of the Save the Manumea Campaign out into the local community, across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand and worldwide. 

Renowned NZ artists, Charles & Janine Williams and several local Samoan artists have created images of the Manumea to draw world-wide attention to the urgent need to save the critically endangered Manumea. 

Manumea Murals 

Manumea murals have been painted in Samoa to raise awareness of the urgent need to save the national bird of Samoa from extinction. The Manumea is such a rare and shy bird that very few people in Samoa have had the privilege of actually seeing the bird (except on the $20 tala note and the 50 sene coin)

As part of the Save the Manumea Campaign, the Samoa Conservation Society (SCS) has painted large-scale murals of the Manumea on prominent walls in Apia and around Upolu. There’s also a mural at Salelologa market in Savaii.

The first mural was painted by Charles & Janine Williams renowned artists from NZ on the NZ High Commission wall on Beach Rd, Apia.  This epic mural took 5 ½ days. It was launched on 27 July 2019 by the Prime Minister of NZ Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern and the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

Murals & Art Workshop at MESC

Charles & Janine Williams returned to Samoa in September/October 2019 to paint a second mural at the Ministry of Education, Sports & Culture (MESC) compound in Malifa, Apia.

On this trip, they also conducted a 3 day training workshop organised by the Samoa Conservation Society (SCS) for artists from target villages of the Save the Manumea Campaign. 

The 12 workshop participants painted a collaborative mural of the Manumea at MESC and since then Manumea murals have been popping up on prominent walls around Upolu and at the Salelologa Market in Savaii 

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Manumea Friendly Village Murals 

Local Samoan artists who attended the workshop run by Charles & Janine Williams at MESC in Sept 2019 have now painted  Manumea Murals in target villages of the campaign - Falease'ela, Saleloga and Malololelei.

The attention to detail in these  murals allows everyone to see up close what the Manumea actually looks like and have been invaluable for raising awareness about the national bird of Samoa

Legendary artist Ralph Steadman and writer-filmmaker Ceri Levy have teamed up to help Save the Manumea as part of their efforts to create a global Gonzovation Movement. 

Copies of Ralph's amazing limited edition print of the Little Dodo will be available to purchase from our shop with all proceeds going to support the campaign (more)

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Children's Art 

Children from schools in NZ are supporting the Save the Manumea Campaign by creating artwork of the Manumea.

Le Manumea Samoan Bilingual Unit from Te Papapa School in Onehunga, Auckland, NZ have drawn posters of the Manumea.

Richmond School in Hawkes Bay, NZ held an art competition during Samoan language week in honour of the Manumea. 

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Cover image of the Manumea kindly provided courtesy of Michael Rothman

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