A shed of the
year competition is coming to Kapiti. The call is going out to all
“sheddies” to sharpen their chisels, charge up the cordless drill
and “knock up” a shed.
In line with the popular UK shed of the year made famous by George Clark, the competition is being run by Kapiti Older Persons Council (OPC) with funds raised going to Menzshed Kapiti. It is hoped that the competition will foster community involvement, inspire people to take up a shed project, encourage cross generational communication and foster interest in the quality of our living spaces. It could also make use of the considerable skills in the retired sector of our community.
OPC hopes to keep
rules to a minimum. The first rule is that the competition is kept
simple. The second rule is that we all have some fun. While local
bylaws must be adhered to for standing sheds, if this presents a
problem for some competitors, a mobile entry can be constructed which
essentially gets around this requirement. Entry fees will be kept
affordable at $25.
The shed does not
have to be new, people are welcome to enter an existing shed. There
will be six categories of Garden/office/Sleep-out or studio,
Workshop, Pub/bar/man-cave, Recycled-Eco, Workshop, Budget, and
Mobile. Judging criteria will include such things as design
features, craftsmanship, effect, inventiveness of form (creativity),
inventive recycling, environmental awareness and interior design.
There is also a concept invented by the UK organizers called
“shedliness”. This is a somewhat esoteric term which looks at the
relationship of the shed to its environment and the purpose of the
shed. . If anyone wants to donate their shed, it would be auctioned
off with the proceeds going to Menzshed. The competition is not
restricted to men and women are strongly encouraged to enter. In the
UK competition it was notable that a lot of the interior design flair
was contributed by women.
organizer, Marie O’Sullivan has a shed committee of competent
helpers in the form of Jan Reid, John Hayes and local councilor Guru
(K. Gurunathan) helping with the organization. Menzshed has also
contributed to the planning process. “Kapiti Menzshed is a natural
fit for the project in terms of fundraising and we are now looking
for a commercial sponsor for the project. The budget is not large,
but the exposure for anyone involved is huge” Dr O’Sullivan said.
There will be ongoing media coverage throughout the competition. It
is hoped to have prizes of $1000, $500 and $250 for first, second and
third place, a gift voucher for category finalists and a trophy to be
presented to the overall winner. A shed trail will be run along the
lines of the garden or art trails, with category winners available
for people to view. An award function will also be held with
complimentary bubbly, music and finger food provided. Everyone is
encouraged to come along, mix and mingle and enjoy the afternoon.
With the growth
of the small spaces and tiny house movement, OPC is expecting the
competition will be well received by the Kapiti community. There are
numerous resources online and at public libraries to help people
design small spaces and the best way to find out if the plans work is
to give it a go. It need not cost a lot either, pallet wood has been
used to good effect in some designs “I have already put out a
challenge to Zeal Kapiti (youth organization) to come up with a shed,
now it’s up to the rest” Dr O’Sullivan said.