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4 Plinths 7 Sculpture Award submissions due 2 November 2018

4 Plinths Sculpture Award

Job details

The Wellington Sculpture Trust
2 Nov 2018
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries
Work classification
Visual Arts


The Wellington Sculpture Trust commissions temporary sculptures at two yearly intervals for siting on the four concrete ‘plinths’ on the harbour-side boundary of the forecourt of Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington. 

This call for submissions is to facilitate the selection of the seventh commission, to be installed in February 2020. The selected artist will receive an award of $40,000 to produce a new work for the site. Through the quality of the artworks installed in previous rounds, the growing awareness and reputation of the project, and the prominence of the site which is one of the most visited in New Zealand, this project provides a prestigious opportunity for established and emerging artists alike. 

To date six sculptures have been commissioned in this series: Green Islands (2008–2010) by Regan Gentry; Mimetic Brotherhood (2010–2012) by Peter Trevelyan; Out of the Dusk (2012–2014) by Joanna Langford; Rita Angus used to grow her own vegetables (2014–2016), by Glen Hayward; a (very) brief history of aotearoa (2016–2018) by Kereama Taepa, and most recently, Other Worlds by Ruth Watson. Descriptions and photographs of these can be seen on the Trust’s website.

The art work will remain the property of the artist, who may be required to engage with maintenance issues if these arise while the sculpture is on site, and who may sell or dispose of the artwork after it is decommissioned as they choose.

The selected artist will be required to sign a contract covering all aspects of the project jointly with the Wellington Sculpture Trust, which is commissioning the work, and the Wellington City Council, which is the owner of the four plinths and responsible for health and safety issues.



How to apply

A full brief can be downloaded from the Wellington Sculpture Trust website:

The Trust is seeking submissions to be provided by 2 November 2018, and all submitters to be advised of the outcome by 30 November. The finalists will be asked to complete their second round submissions by 28 February 2019, and the selected artist(s) will be advised by the end of March 2019. A contract commissioning the 2020–2022 artwork should be completed by 1 May 2019.

The selection of the artwork will be made by the Wellington Sculpture Trust after advice from its Arts Advisory Panel. Other relevant parties such as Te Papa and the Wellington City Council will also be consulted.

Artists and artist-based collaborations are invited to submit outline design proposals. The requirements of this are specified below. A fee of $30 is required to accompany each submission. The selection process will then invite between one and three finalists to develop their proposal to a stage where all factors relating to artistic merit, suitability to the site, building consent requirements and health and safety factors can be taken into account and a final selection made. The Trust will pay a fee of $1,500 to each of the finalists to do this second-round submission.


Submissions should:

• State in a few paragraphs the artist’s approach to the project and the site, and the underlying concept(s) of their artwork proposal

• Provide a visual representation of the proposed artwork. This may be by drawing or other means. The Trust has found a computer graphic of the artwork depicted on the site a particularly useful representation

• Supply the information above set out on one A3 board. This must be printed or drawn and arrive at the Trust at one of the addresses below by Friday 2 November. Email submissions will not be considered unless arranged in advance

• Submit any supporting material, including a CV on A4 or A3 paper (the core proposal should be on a single A3 board)

Proposals to be accompanied by a fee of $30, cash, cheque or bank deposit.
Deposits can be made into our account below and please reference your name and 4P7
Wellington Sculpture Trust: 06 0501 0897119 00





Information about the project and previous installations are on the Trust’s website,

For additional information please contact us at one of the options below:

p: 04 499 6644
PO Box 195, Wellington 6140 (address for sending by post)
Level 1, Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington 6011 (address for sending by courier)

Written by

Wellington Sculpture Trust

10 Oct 2018

Interests The Wellington Sculpture Trust was established in 1982 and is a voluntary and independent charitable trust dedicated to enriching Wellington by providing contemporary innovative public art for the city.