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About

SCAPE Public Art installs free-to-view contemporary public art in Christchurch city.
Our vision is for Christchurch people to be excited, engaged and stimulated by the contemporary public art that is well regarded and known by the national and international art world.

What do we do?

SCAPE Public Art installs public art in Christchurch all year round with a focus on the Annual Seasons. SCAPE Public Art is the Christchurch expert in the installation of public art, and the SCAPE Public Art Seasons are New Zealand's Premier Public Art Events.

SCAPE Public Art moved from its biennial model to an annual, six-week season of Public Art in 2016, launching new works and showcasing the extensive current catalogue of major public artworks.

Over the past 19 years we have become the largest producer of new contemporary artwork in New Zealand. These artworks provide a unique point of difference for the city. Ambitious and high impact, they enhance the urban centre and raise the profile for public art in Christchurch. 

SCAPE Public Art continues to project Christchurch - and New Zealand - onto an increasingly wider national and international stage. Since its inception, SCAPE has continued to stimulate the imagination, broaden the cultural horizons and provoke us into thinking of contemporary art beyond the stereotypes.
— Christopher Moore, The Press

Held in Christchurch’s central city public spaces and supported through a range of partnerships, the Seasons showcase leading national and international contemporary artists, and provide a springboard for emerging local talent. Works in the Seasons are created as a result of close collaboration between art and business. This is a highly regarded model world-wide.

Annual seasons provide an opportunity to focus on the introduction of new works whilst maintaining focus on the impressive base of legacy pieces.

What Makes Up The Season?

The Season profiles seven key elements related to Public Art.  For 2017 these components included;

Time in Space (territories and flow)
Heather Galbraith continues her Curatorial tenure in the 2017 Season with her engaging exhibition, Time in Space (territories and flow). An impressive selection of national and international artists explore how our understandings of time and history shape a sense of place.

SCAPE Public Art Walkways
Allowing visitors to explore temporary and permanent artworks around our central city. Weaving a trail around historic and natural landmarks. Guided walks start from the Canterbury Museum, looping around Hagley Park, meandering to Ōtākaro-Avon River and finishing at the Arts Centre. Maps and our App provide self-guiding options to enjoy at your leisure.

SCAPE Education
SCAPE’s Education Programme offers opportunities for school groups to respond to public artworks, through practical and fun art-making activities inside the SCAPE classroom.

SCAPE Events
A vibrant Opening Weekend will be accented, followed by barbecues and other youth and family focused free events during the Spring Season.

SCAPE Public Programme
A diverse range of events, including artist talks, workshops and free activities, will take place throughout the six-week Season.

Re:ACTIVATE
SCAPE’s Re:ACTIVATE Public Art Development Workshop and Exhibition was launched in 2012. This Season, from an open call to all aspiring artists, two students (under 18 years old) will have their concept artworks realised and displayed in Hagley Park.

Studio 125 Gallery
Merivale’s contemporary art gallery, Studio 125, is on the doorstep of the CBD and open exclusively for the SCAPE Public Art 2017 Season. The exhibition inside will celebrate sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics and limited editions by artists contributing to this Season of SCAPE. All exhibited works are available for purchase.