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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 biennially.

The WSS is a 10-day event which has occurred 5 times over the last 10 years.
Up to 20 artists attend the event where either as an individual or a group create a sculpture piece.

There are multiple awards on offer for the participants of these events, with the Whangarei District Council always having at least 1 award in which they purchase a sculpture to place in a prominent location within the city.

The event concludes in an auction where the sculptures are auctioned off to the highest bidders.

The next WSS is being held from the 9th to the 20th of March 2020 and Expressions of Interest are open from the 6th of September to the 31st of October 2019. See the link below for more information.

Current Symposium Event Information:

WSS 2020

Previous Symposium Event Information:

WSS 2018

WSS 2016


WSS2018 Photo Gallery