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Community Sponsorship

Derivan remains an Australian-owned family business and our commitment is to support both the Arts Community that supports us and the larger community.

To do this we proudly sponsor a number of arts-related projects. Some recent highlights are posted below.


Mini Matisse Day | Winner Recycling Awareness | Australind Primary School Fund Raiser | Kudos Award | Helmet Art Design Competition 2010 | Mona Vale Hospital | Artstreet Prize 2010 | Grafton Artfest | Miniature Art Winner 2010 | Amnesty International Award 2010


Mini Matisse Day 4th of June 2011

Added 25-06-11

David and Liebby and artwork


"The meeting on the 4th of June was a great success.  A big thanks to David McLachlan from Derivan for his assistance on the day and also for the generous goodie bags given to all our participating members.  Our visitor artist Paul McCarthy demonstrated a beautiful painting using Matisse Structure Paint, as did Liebby also using Structure Paint and palette knives to create an African themed painting which was later given as a lucky door prize at the end of the meeting.  Lorrie conducted a great workshop, once again using Structure Paint and credit cards.  Needless to say everyone went home with a great piece of art work.  Matisse Structure Paint was definitely the hero of day.  Thanks also to the committee for the delicious array of cakes and biscuits for our morning tea.  A great time was had by all and we look forward to our next exciting paint day."
Regards, Liebby.







Winner Second Annual Recycling Awareness Survey

Added 22-12-10

One of the four winning primary schools that participated in this Annual survey, organized by Central Queensland Local Government Association, was St. Mary's, a small Catholic School in the North Rockhampton area. Primary school students from all over Central Queensland are invited to take part in this recycling survey every year. Derivan donated four prize packs, one of which went to St. Mary's students pictured below proudly smiling for the camera. Congratulations to all the winners and participants.


st marys school



Australind Primary School Fair Fundraiser

Added 22-11-10

Derivan generously donated a range of their Face and Body paints and accessories to the Australind Primary School Spring Fair. The schools P&C raised much needed funds, in part through the fair"s face painting stand to purchase additional items for the children. This year's fundraising goal was to rejuvenate and beautify the schools 30 year old surrounds.


Facepainting 2
Butterfly Facepainted Girl
Spiderman Facepainted Boy
Flower Facepainted Girl
Cat Facepainted Girl



The Kudos Gallery - Kudos Award

Added 01-11-10

mike barnard



Packed with students, lecturers, friends and familly, The Kudos Award was a resounding success once again. There was a real sense of community and everyone had a great time.

This years winner of the prize Matisse/Derivan was Mr. Mike Barnard for his installation work "What's On The Other Channel"



Helmet Artwork Design Competition 2010

Added 18-10-10

Derivan is once again very proud to be one of the sponsors supporting this important cause within the schools in NSW. As part of the Schools Program of bicycle NSW, the helmet artwork design competition continues to be a success by raising safety awareness through creativity. The competition was open to all students in NSW and their task was to design the artwork for a new bycicle helmet - the brief was for the design to stand out from the crowd through the creative use of bright colours and lots of flair!.
The winner from each region of NSW wins a bicycle, a helmet and other cycling goodies. Pictured below are just some of the happy winners for this year. More information, photos and their artwork design from this important innitiative can be found at


Derivan sponsors Ride2School Competition

"I think the competition was a great idea to raise safety awareness. While planning the helmet design, I had to think about colour to make sure it looks good and would appeal to someone young, yet still be very bright and visible. I enjoyed entering the competition and I hope you do something similar soon. Please pass on my thanks to the companies that generously donated the competition prizes."

Extract from a letter winner Riverina section, Kieran Steward sent to bicycle NSW.




winner mid west
winner Nth coast
winner central coast




Mona Vale Hospital Emergency Paediatrics Treatment Room

Added 20-09-10

For many years Toni Byrne has been donating her time & talent using Matisse professional acrylics to brighten the walls of children's hospitals and bring some joy to the children themselves. Toni was one of 3 finalists nominated in the "Pride of Australia Award" for work on hospital walls.

mural hospital wall
mural hospital wall 2




Winner - Artstreet Prize 2010

Added 13-09-10

Congratulations to the winner of this year's Artstreet Prize, in the Youth Category, Lilianne Ivins from Blue Mountains Grammar for her entry "Photosynthesis"
Lilianne will receive a prize pack of art products donated by Derivan.

Lilianne & Photosynthesis




Grafton Artfest - Outreach Workshop, Cobar NSW. August 2010

Added 10-08-10

A selection of wonderful artworks recently produced at the Outreach Workshop in Cobar, organised by Grafton Artfest under the experienced guidance of Australian artist Pamela Griffith (standing third from left) and with materials provided by Derivan. The workshop was a great success as the people in the Outback region rarely get visiting teachers.

Outreach Workshop Paintings gallery
Outreach Workshop Group Shot
Outreach Workshop Paintings gallery
Outreach Workshop Paintings gallery
Pamela Griffith and Yvonne Outreach Workshop Paintings gallery


NSW Australian Society of Miniature Art
Acrylic Category Winner - August 2010

Added 10-08-10

Lee Sinha Prize Winner This year's acrylic category winner was Lee Sinha with her painting
"The Red House-Brittany France"

"Our National Awards Exhibition 2010 has now come to an end. It was an excellent exhibition and a fitting way to celebrate our Society's 25th Anniversary. We had a terrific attendance on opening night and a good steady flow of visitors and buyers.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Derivan for both sponsorship and continued support."
(Diane Sincock, President Australian Society of Miniature Art-NSW)


The Red House Brittany France

2010 Amnesty International People's Choice Awards

Added 19-03-09

amnesty art price sponsorship
Anna Topalidon is the winner of the 2010 Amnesty International People's Choice Awards help at the TAP Gallery for her work titled "That Children May Play".



Australian Society of Miniature Art - Acrylics Winner

Cool Summer

Eva Barry won the Acrylics category at the National Awards Exhibition of the Australian Society of Miniature Art with her work 'Cool Summer'. The images below show the winning painting as well as Eva being presented with her award, sponsored by Derivan, by the judge Lou Klepac.






Derivan Sponsors Ride2School Competition

Added 19-03-09

Derivan sponsors Ride2School CompetitionUsing colours, pictures, and creative flair, students designed the artwork for a helmet that’s bright and stands out from the crowd.

The helmet artwork needed to appeal to all students both males and females and make being safe cool on the Ride2School! The competition was open to all primary and secondary school students in NSW

There will be 3 finalists and 1 winner from each region of NSW who will win a bicycle, a helmet and other cycling goodies. One of the regional winners will be selected as the overall winner and have their artwork printed on the RIDE2SCHOOL HELMET which will be available for sale across the state and they will also win a cycleskill workshop for their school!








Artstreet Prize Winner

This year's winner of the Artstreet Prize, in the Youth category accepts her prize of products donated by Derivan.

Artstreet winner


Matisse Acrylics in Antarctica

Antarctican Artist Quarters

Matisse paints are being used as far south as one can go, and in the coldest conditions one is likely to encounter. Steven Eastaugh, resident artist in Antartica for a whole year, is the first Australian arts fellow to winter over.

When Steven goes to his studio to paint, it is necessary for him to hold on to a rope to travel the twenty-five metres from his living quarters to his studio, shown in the picture below.

You can read more about the Antarctica adventures of this extremely well-travelled artist, and see his paintings on his website.




Steven Eastaugh in Antarctica













Irish Girl Guides Celebrate 100 years

These Irish Girl Guides had a wonderful party to launch their celebrations of 100 years. Hundreds attended, and many enjoyed having their faces painted with Face Paint donated by Derivan.

Irish Girl Guides Irish Girl Guides


"Art In The Making" - Moruya Public School

We're pleased to post these fantastic pictures from Moruya Public School's Art In The Making program.

The students, with the aid of local artists, aimed to produce one or more major works per class. The children were involved with the artists from concept to completion, and the works they produced were then exhibited for public viewing and auction, with the funds raised going to support future arts programs at the school.

Derivan donated premium artist acrylics to ensure these works, pictured below, would maintain their stunning colours indefinitely.

As you can see, it was a resounding success!

Derivan starlight foundation sponsorship
Derivan starlight foundation sponsorship
Derivan starlight foundation sponsorship

Photos credit Raewyn Lawrence 2009


Starlight Foundation '09

Latest images from our ongoing sponsorship of the Starlight Express rooms in Brisbane.

Derivan starlight foundation sponsorship Derivan starlight foundation sponsorship
Derivan starlight foundation sponsorship  


Picowsso at the 2009 Royal Easter Show

Continuing our involvement with the Picowsso Project, we donated paint for the decoration of even more cows, which were painted at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Artist Peter Griffin can be seen below painting some of those areas more difficult to reach.

Derivan at the Royal Australian Easter Show 2009

Derivan at the Royal Australian Easter Show 2009


Starlight Foundation

We hope you enjoy these images from our ongoing sponsorship of the Starlight Foundation. They are from the Starlight Express Room in Brisbane.

Derivan starlight foundation sponsorship

Derivan starlight foundation sponsorship

Derivan starlight foundation sponsorship


Craftfest 2009 Gold Coast & Homebush Bay

At Craftfest on the Gold Coast from March 27-29, Matisse paints were donated to paint an enormous panel 9 metres wide by 2.1 metres high. The panels were prepared by the Decorative Folk Artists of Queensland in conjunction with the Folk and Decorative Artists of Australia. Members of the public paid a gold coin donation to paint a portion of it. All proceeds went to the Clown Doctors. The panels were completed by members of the Folk & Decorative Artists of Australia at the Sttches and Craft Show at Homebush Bay in Sydney.

Clown Doctors panel


craftfest gold coast mural


Warnervale & Districts Annual Fair

Derivan face paint was donated for use at the Warnervale and District Annual Fair where the 1st Kanwal Scouts painted hundreds of faces and arms. There was a great deal of pleasure in seeing youth engaging with the children at the fair and in providing another free activity this year in such a difficult economic time for families.

Derivan sponsorship of district fair


Amnesty Art Prize - Tap Gallery

The Amnesty Art Prize at the Tap Gallery was held in late January 2009. The winner was Angel Scales for her painting "Spiritual Freedom for Tibet".

Angel is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, and is currently undertaking further study at the Julian Ashton School.

Angel Scales Amnest Art Prize winner


Archibald Prize Entrants - Tallowood Primary & Nambucca Pre-school

Three children from Tallowood primary school and four children from Nambucca pre-school have been involved in a program called K.A.R.T., a developmental program based on fine art principles and observational techniques.

The culmination of twelve months of participating in the program ended with a portrait of Ken Done which was entered into the 2009 Archibald Prize. This painting had excellent coverage on the ABC news on the day paintings were delivered to the Art Gallery of NSW.

Derivan donated all the paint used in the painting of the portrait.

Portrait of Ken Done


Cessnock Regional Gallery

Portrait of Ken Done

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery opened its doors to the public for the first time on January 12th 2009. Located in the main street of Cessnock, in the former Hunter Water Board building, the Gallery’s exhibition program will open in June 2009. Until then, they are running art workshops for 5-105 year olds and signing up members.

Here are some artists enjoying their inaugural School Holiday Program. As you can see they used our products, and wore our aprons.

The Gallery is in the process of setting up a website where you will soon see their exhibition program, changing every 6-8 weeks, the education program for children, students, adults and schools as well as the opportunity to become a member, volunteer, sponsor or make donations. They are a not for profit organization depending on private funding, grants and donations to keep the doors open.

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