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PARK(ing) Day Wellington call for proposals

PARK(ing) Day Wellington

Job details

The Wellington Sculpture Trust
27 Jan 2019
Work type
Call for entries
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts


Once again the Wellington Sculpture Trust, in association with the Wellington City Council and with support from Creative Communities, is organising Wellington PARK(ing) Day, to be held on Friday 8 March 2019. We seek submissions from people or groups interested in taking over an inner city car park for this day.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and designers collaborate temporarily to transform metered parking spaces into living parks. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organisations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar, but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of the urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

We are looking for temporary installations that are creative, innovative and engaging. They should be vibrant and accessible; enliven our cityscape for one day; provoke reflection about how we use public space; and encourage interaction and engagement.



_The event runs Friday 8 March 2019 from 8am until 6pm.

_Your proposal can either be for one park or for two adjacent parks.

_Parks are typically 6 x 2 metres.

_Parks are located on Lower, Mid and Upper Cuba Street.

_Health and safety must be considered at all times.

_Successful proposals will receive $150 toward costs.

_‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Judge’s Choice’ recipients each receive a $500 prize.


How to apply

Your application should include:

_ An outline of your proposal and what will be included in the park/s.

_ Your name or the names of your group

_ Contact details of all participants including daytime telephone numbers, email and postal addresses.

_ A diagram or illustration of the park, and/or a list of its components and how they would be installed.

_ Details of those who would watch over the park during the event.

_ Agreement for your park to be photographed on the day and used on WCC and Wellington Sculpture Trust’s websites for promotional purposes.

Submissions are due by Sunday 27 January 2019. Please email your submission to are happy to work with you on the details if necessary.

A panel including representatives from the Wellington Sculpture Trust and the Wellington City Council will select proposals for 25–30 installations.



_ The park needs to be clearly delineated from the road, for example through the use of cones, barriers etc.

_ The channel/gutter by the footpath needs to remain unobstructed at all times.

_ Installations cannot imitate a road sign or signal in any way.

_The parks need to be up and running and overseen by participants for the full duration of the event, i.e. 8am–6pm.

_ The installations need to be built to withstand Wellington weather_ Parks cannot be used to sell or promote goods or services

_ No promotional giveaways or advertising.

_ Your concept cannot include anything that might run out onto the road or intrude upon the flow of traffic, for example sports equipment such as balls.

_ Parks need to be left as they were found. _ Parks cannot contain any BBQ’s, gazebos or flags, and alcohol is not allowed._ Safety is key! All carparks are located in Wellington’s CBD and participants must take into account varying levels of traffic flow. It is paramount that any occupants of the parks are safe as well as those passing by or engaging with the installation.


Please see our website for further information on previous Wellington PARK(ing) Day events, or contact us to discuss details:

Wellington Sculpture Trust

Post: PO Box 195, Wellington 6140 
Courier: Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington 6011

p: 04 4996644



Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar.

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.