NZ Body Art Showcase

2017 NZ Body Art Showcase

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Body painting festivals happen annually around the world, bringing together professional face and body painters, makeup artists, special effects artists and performers, as well as keen amateurs and creatives.

The NZ Body Art Showcase was introduced to Auckland's North Shore in 2006 by creator Mem Bourke, and over the years it has provided a platform for hundreds of artists from around New Zealand and the world to have their work seen. The NZ Body Art Showcase has opened the door on this unique temporary art form and put it in front of people who may not have otherwise found it, and with your help we want to make the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase the best yet by getting the wider community involved.

The NZ Body Art Showcase was created to celebrate and encourage body painting and special effects in New Zealand, by providing a platform for those who wish to pursue a career in the makeup and special effects fields, promoting high-level creativity, performance and entertainment.

Now in it's 9th year, the NZ Body Art Showcase is being held on Saturday 26th August 2017 at The Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, Auckland. That date is is quickly catching up to us and after a three year hiatus we essentially have to start at the beginning; that means we have lot of funds to raise before the doors can open.

This year our theme is 'Once Upon A Time' and we are looking for supporters like you to help bring our show to life and give over 50 body painters and special effects artists the chance to showcase their artworks and creations.

Artists spend approximately 6-7 hours painting models and applying prosthetics before the evening show, where their creations are brought to life with lighting, music and the movement of the model. Some models are actors and professional dancers, others have never modeled before and decided to give it ago. Since first introducing the NZ Body Art Showcase in 2006, we've introduced hundreds of people to this unique art form and it has become an annual event.

Your support will help the NZ Body Art Showcase with our venue cost and hopefully more, such as looking after the amazing artists, models, performers, volunteers and crew that make the NZ Body Art Showcase possible. One the day we have over 200 people that need looking after with food, snacks and beverages. It's a long day of painting and performing, so it's really important that we make sure everybody is well looked after.

Thank you so much for your support and helping us continue to put on this great event for so many artists.

Please share our Boosted campaign with your friends and networks - our event relies on the generous support of the community and people like you.

"Open Up" Written & Performed by Sharn

For more information about the NZ Body Art Showcase please visit our website



  • Achievement Unlocked!


    We've reached out goal!

    Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us reach our goal - we are so grateful for all of your donations and generosity.

    With your support we are able to go a head with a smaller revised show at The Spencer on Byron in Takapuna, Auckland on Saturday 26th August 2017.

    Our Boosted campaign isn't over just yet, so if you have friends who have been thinking about helping us out let them know they can really make a difference. Every little bit helps & every little bit counts.

    Follow us on our Facebook page to keep up with the preparation for this event

    From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

    Mem Bourke and the NZ Body Art team



    Unfortunately due to illness and circumstances beyond our control we have been unable to raise the necessary funds for the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase at The Bruce Mason Centre.

    In April 2017 the creative director of the NZ Body Art Showcase, Mem Bourke, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Unsurprisingly this has also made preparations for the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase more difficult than usual.

    It is unfortunate that we are unable to hold a bigger show, but we hope that we with your support we will be able to provide this smaller revised showcase that will still give artists the opportunity to create their fantastic designs, have their work professionally photographed, viewed by an audience and put in front of our amazing judges.

    The revised 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase will still take place on Saturday 26th August 2017, but will be moved to the Spencer on Byron in Takapuna, on Auckland's North Shore.

    Thank you to everyone who has helped us so far, we can't do it without you.