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Creative Northland – Connecting Northland’s Art Sector

The Whangarei Sculpture Symposium is a unique arts event held on a biennial basis in Whangarei’s Town Basin area. Artists work 10 days straight on the Hihiaua Peninsular in Whangarei, creating sculptures made out of supplied wood and stone. Artists are given a theme to base their creative ideas around.

For the 2020 event which will run 9 -19 March 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.

As with previous years there is an auction held at the end of the 10 day symposium. Prior to that sculptures are judged and awards are presented to selected artists and their works. One piece will be selected and awarded the WDC Supreme Award which includes $6,000 prize and the winning sculpture will be installed in a public space within the Whangarei District. Other awards include WDC parks award with $4000 cash prize and sculpture installed in the Whangarei CBD. Resene award $1000 cash and $500 worth of Resene gift cards and people’s choice award $1000 (tbc). Winners of the last two awards are able to sell their pieces at auction.

WSS 2020 Poster

Previous Symposium Event Information:

WSS 2018


Welcome to Creative Northland!

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