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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 2020



Key Information

The Whangarei Sculpture Symposium is a unique event held in Northland with the 2020 event being the 6th time it has occurred.

Artists are invited to create a sculpture that relates to the theme of ‘Regeneration – renew, restore and reclaim’ focusing on the natural environment and the preservation of our natural resources; water, land, air and coast.

This biennial event takes place in the Whangarei District on the shores of the Hihiaua Peninsula that has many examples of environmental art encompassing both historical approaches to nature in art, both ecological and politically motivated.
The sculpture must interpret a local influence using locally sourced natural materials which celebrates an artist’s connection with nature and how the aesthetics of art form can inform our landscapes.

Dates:

6th September – 31st October 2019: Expressions of Interest open
8th March 2020: Event Welcoming & Opening Evening
9th March 2020: Event officially begins and sculpting begins
18th March 2020: Tools Down midday and closed to the public
19th March 2020: Judging (morning) the Award Ceremony & Auction (in the evening)
20th March 2020: Event pack out and sculpture removal

Event Brief

Please read the Event Brief for full event information.

Please note: There has been some changes from the WSS2018 event so please read the event brief carefully.

Submitting an Expression of Interest:

EOI open now until the 31st of October 2019

All artists wishing to participate in this WSS2020 will need to complete an expression of interest form which will be considered by a panel who will select 20-25 artists to participate in the event. Artists may apply as Individual (1) or as a group (2-4).

Please allow adequate time to complete the form as it is a lot more in-depth than previous years and you are required to include items such as a bio about yourself and what power tools you are bringing (if any).

  1. Online EOI Form for Individual Applicants (preferred method): form.jotform.co/92470900324855
  2. PDF form and email it with the required photo attachments to events@creativenorthland.com
  3. Printing the PDF form, filling it out (attaching required photos) and
    1. posting it (Creative Northland, PO Box 959, Whangarei, NZ) or
    2. dropping it in to our office (9 Rust Avenue, Whangarei)

PDF Expression of Interest Form

Please email/attach at least one photo of yourself to use for marketing (booklet & social media) and an image of your past work with your PDF application. Also, feel free to send a draft image of your concept for your sculpture design if you have one.


Awards

At the end of the symposium, the sculptures will be judged and the following awards will be presented prior to the auction:

WDC Supreme Award – $6,000 cash. The sculpture will be installed in a public space in the Whangarei CBD
o The sculpture must follow the theme of regeneration as well as incorporate ideas around bringing communities and cultures together (tolerance, unity, solidarity etc).
o Potential site is the Whangarei falls.
WDC Parks Award – $4,000 cash and the sculpture will be installed in a public space in the Whangarei CBD
o The sculpture must follow the theme of regeneration as well as incorporate ideas around bringing communities and cultures together (tolerance, unity, solidarity etc).
Resene Award – $1,000 cash and $500 worth of Resene Vouchers. The winner of this award can still sell their sculpture at auction.
o To be eligible for this award you must use Resene stains/paints on your finished work, in a meaningful way – e.g. more than just a dot of colour. Products will be supplied by Resene to use on your sculpture.
People’s Choice Award (tbc) – $1,000 cash. The winner of this award can still sell their sculpture at auction.
o The public will vote for their favourite sculpture/sculptor and the artist with the most votes will win the award.

All remaining sculptures will be auctioned at the Hihiaua Cultural Centre.