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Fri 19 Mar 2010, 1:00pm
Sat 20 Mar 2010, 1:00pm
Sun 21 Mar 2010, 1:00pm
Fri 26 Mar 2010, 1:00pm
Sat 27 Mar 2010, 1:00pm

Where: Northlands Shopping Centre, Papanui Road, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: rebekahwyatt

It's time to get your entries in for this years 'Junk to Green Funk' art competition!

The Trade Aid Junk to Green Funk competition invites artist of all ages and skill levels to create a work of art using recycled or discarded materials. Anyone can enter, and the possibilities are endless, so use your imagination and have fun.

The theme for this years Fair Trade Fortnight (1st-16th May) is 'Just Women', so keep this in mind while you search for inspiration for your artwork.

Fair Trade and Women:
Around the world, women are the poorest of the poor, making up 70% of those in absolute poverty. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half the world’s food, yet earn only 10% of the world’s income. In addition, they own less than 1% of the world’s property.

Fair trade is making a huge difference in the lives of women, their families and their communities. As well as the income generation that Fair trade markets provide, having their work and skills valued also creates self esteem and promotes women's leadership and involvement in decision making within their communities. Ensuring women artisans are not exploited also helps to prevent child labour. Paying artisans a living wage means younger members of their family don't need to earn additional income, and are able to go to school.

The sale of traditional handcraft can provide a viable livelihood for many women, as it can be done from home and requires minimal expenditure, infrastructure and training. Women are often very skilled at their traditional craft but have no marketing knowledge or sometimes don't realise the value of their craft. As well as income generation, selling handcraft through Trade Aid also helps to keep alive cultural traditions in the face of increasing mechanisation and mass production.

Why Recycled?
The use of recycled or discarded materials makes us more aware of the amount of waste we create, just one of the factors we need to consider when thinking about creating environmental justice. Trade Aid's producers, and most of the developing worlds population, have amongst the lowest carbon footprint in the world, yet are already being affected by global climate change.

How to Enter
If you decide to enter the competition, please email us by the end of March and we will send you a registration form. Entries will need to be submitted by the end of April, and will need to be taken to one of the Trade Aid stores (Northlands Mall or City Mall).

A selection of the work will be shown at Northlands Mall for three weeks, and there are great prizes to be won, so start getting creative.

For more information about the competition, or other ways you can get involved in Fair Trade Fortnight, please contact Rebekah on 0226 194 498 or

For more info on Trade Aid, please visit our website