The New Zealand Cricket Museum has partnered with Local Flair, fresh out of Mahuki’s 2017 programme, to present a competition for the creative community with a unique cricket spin.

The Museum and Local Flair are looking for creative solutions that use a blank cricket bat as the canvas. With our cricketing history and heritage as the subject matter, and inspired by the Basin Reserve’s 150th, this competition is ‘no holds barred’ – paint on the bat, carve it up, cover it in ‘cheeries’ from a fresh new ball, it’s up to you.

New Zealand Cricket Museum Director, Jamie Bell, is excited about the possibilities offered by this competion,

“We’ve been working with Local Flair on a number of initiatives this summer, with posters celebrating our heritage and tea towels featuring the Basin Reserve now part of our shop catalogue.

“This next phase realises a bit of a dream for me – I’ve often thought that cricket bats would be a fantastic canvas. Knowing the amazing talent within our community makes me extremely excited to see what concepts we can bring to life.”

Creatives wanting to enter in this project need to provide a short description of their concept and some concept art, or examples of similar work. The Museum and Local Flair will then select five entries to receive blank bats to realise their concept on.

The five competed artworks will be auctioned off via Trade Me with the artists receiving a portion of the sales as their prize. The other money raised will assist the New Zealand Cricket Museum in collecting and preserving our cricket heritage.

For more details and to enter, visit

Cover photo: School children with banners support the WHITE FERNS during their ODI against Australia at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui, on Thursday 2 March 2017. Copyright: Andrew Cornaga,