Otis Frizzell at Te Papa next week

Otis Frizzell at Te Papa next week

It’s been really heartening to see how NZ has dug deep to aid Samoa after the recent tsunami.  TVNZ’s Good Morning programme broadcast live from Te Papa and other main centres on Wednesday to support the Red Cross’s appeal.  In total, they raised $165,000 in just three hours!

Online giving website Givealittle has received over $100,000 in donations for the Red Cross as well and, earlier in the week, Givealittle approached Te Papa to see if we could help out with a innovative fundraising idea.

Donors to the appeal are given the option of leaving a comment and the crew at Givealittle approached artist Otis Frizzell to incorporate these messages of support into a special artwork to be gifted to the people of Samoa.  Limited editions of the work will also be made available with the monies raised going to the Red Cross.

Otis Frizzell
Otis Frizzell

Otis will be in Te Papa’s Wellington Foyer on Level 2 working on this very special artwork from Monday 12 to Friday 16 October so come along, have a chat to Otis and see art in progress!  If you can’t make it in to Te Papa, check out our flickr site for progress pics!


  1. Hi motelnelsno,

    I don’t really have a website. There’s http://www.thearea.co.nz that’s got a few links. I’m represented by quite a few galleries around New Zealand. In auckland you could try The Parnell Gallery, or Momentum gallery, or the Williams Gallery i Petone in Wellington. New Zealand Fine Prints (on line) also has a decent selection.

  2. i enjoy otis’s work does he have a website?

  3. It can go outside, but realistically it would last longer and stay nicer inside. It would needs a propper protecting cote of something. The people at Givealittle were investigating costs etc

  4. The Museum of Samoa has a big long wall. Can it go outside?

  5. Well atleast you understand the environment its going to and the possibility of how your work will be seen, used and functioning in other ways

  6. Hi Duskygeisha,
    The mural is definately going to Samoa as a gift, however it’s eight meters long and two meters high so there’s only a limited list of possibilities that can house something that big.
    I suppose doing the mural wasn’t all about who gets it either. In part it was just about raising awareness with some publicity for the final push for donations for the Samoa relief fund. I’m not sure how much the whole event actually raised, but I think it was well over $150,000 as I was finishing the mural. Pretty bloody awsome.
    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one day in the future I went to Samoa for a holiday and saw bits of the mural being used as a door for a pig pen or the shutter on one of those crazy little stores they have avarywhere… But that’s cool too. As long as it’s being enjoyed or put to good use….

  7. Hi duskygeisha

    Givealittle are still in the process of confirming when and to whom the painting will be given. When it is confirmed, I’ll make another post.


  8. who is samoa is the painting gifted to?

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