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Up-and-coming artists sought for unique public art opportunity

Published: 17 May 2018
Lisa Reihana's "Justice" sculpture.

All that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman and must be overcome. - Kate Sheppard

In 1893, here in the furthest corner of the globe, Kate Sheppard led the New Zealand suffrage campaign that provoked legislative change giving Kiwi women the right to vote – the first self-governing country in the world to do so.

125 years on, Auckland Council is marking this historic moment and the path it paved for women’s emancipation. Emerging artists have the opportunity to be considered for the commission of three temporary public artworks that respond to the suffrage theme.

This is a chance for artists to do more than memorialising our past, but to imagine the future and celebrate the living values that embody Aotearoa; to take a look at the powerful themes behind the suffrage movement and draw on both historical and current stories of women’s emancipation and leadership.

Concept design proposals are invited from interested artists or collectives. The artworks aim to express or interpret the suffrage theme in an innovative way and are planned to be located at three sites within Auckland, each with thematic or historic ties to the suffrage movement: Tin Tacks Reserve in Onehunga, Killarney Park in Takapuna, and Crawford Reserve in Howick.

What we’re looking for in your concept design

A stand-alone artwork, that:

  • conceptually fits with the context of the site
  • contributes to transforming how Aucklanders experience the area
  • can be developed within the available budget and proposed timeline
  • is semi-permanent, with a lifespan of five years
  • is made of robust materials that are resistant to vandalism and weather
  • is no more than four cubic metres in size
  • is designed to be fixed to a foundation two metres by two metres, and half a metre high
  • weighs no more than four tonnes.

All submissions are required to include a CV of the artist’s experience, three images of their previous work(s), a statement regarding their interest, a brief concept proposal of the design, plans of the concept and a budget outline.

Submissions close 27 May 2018.

Make your submission stand out

If you’d like to speak to an Auckland Council public art project manager about your submission or the site options, plinth specifications and concept proposal, come along to a drop-in session this Saturday 19th May, 11am – 1pm at Killarney Park, Takapuna.

Registration for this session is essential, please email publicart@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Find out more and apply

Go here for full project information and to submit your expression of interest.

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