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Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to making sure that the arts sector in Northland is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive.

Whangarei Sculpture Symposium

The Whangarei Sculpture Symposium is a unique event held in Northland.

For 2016, artists were invited to create a form that relates to the theme of Migration – migration is the architecture of past, present and future.

The symposium was held for 10 days between the 29th of February and the 9th of March 2016. This event was open to the public and held at the Hihiaua Peninsular, a park commonly used by walkers, runners and family groups and therefore attracted an estimated 6500-8000 people over the 9 day, with 10-15% repeat visitors.

At the end of the symposium, one piece was selected by a team of judges to have their piece purchased by the Whangarei District Council for no less than $6000 to be installed on the Hatea Loop. Rex O’Brien was the recipient of this award and his sculpture is now installed at the Whangarei Art Park on the Hatea Loop.   Greg Maddox won the Quest Peoples Choice Award with his piece Poukaia, a dramatic driftwood eagle.

All remaining sculptures were auctioned on site with a 25% commission payable to Creative Northland. Unsold artworks remain the property of the artist, however any sale of works within a 6 month time-frame or any work directly commissioned through the participation of the Symposium will be subject to Creative Northland commission.

The next symposium will be held in March 2018 – send your expressions of interest to office@creativenorthland.com

Videos from Whangarei Sculpture Symposium 2016




Photos from Whangarei Sculpture Symposium 2016