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Aspiring Young Artists to Present Public Art in Hagley Park

This year SCAPE Public Art, supported by Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers, invites aspiring young artists and designers (under the age of 18) to have their artwork produced for public space.

SCAPE Public Art are offering an open call for young aspiring artists (junior and senior students) to respond to a brief and provide designs to create unique public artworks within Hagley Park. Re:ACTIVATE Kids and Re:ACTIVATE Teen Public Art Exhibition is open to all for entry now until 7 July 2017. Submitted designs will be shortlisted to 20 for exhibition and one design in each category will be produced for SCAPE’s six-week season with the support and sponsorship of Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers.

“We want as many children as possible to participate in this programme, no barriers to entry and no limit to their imagination. Exploring public art is an important way for young people to engage with their city in a positive way which makes the Hagley Park setting very fitting.” says SCAPE Public Art Communications Manager Carolyne Grant.

Sunbeam 2016 was SCAPE's first Re:ACTIVATE Kids public artwork. What started as young George Lewis spending a day drawing pictures became a public artwork. At 7-years-old George is SCAPE’s youngest artist whose 1.9-metre by 1.45-metre work, Sunbeam, was on display at Re:START Mall as part of the SCAPE Public Art Season 2016.

Helen Trappitt, representing lead sponsor Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers, has a long association with SCAPE and has been involved in many prominent public artworks. "I'm really excited about this exhibition and seeing what this group of aspiring young artists will create" Trappitt said. "Children might not think it possible to have something they designed come to life on a grand scale in a public space, it can and that’s the fun part of this project!” Helen worked alongside artist Neil Dawson as the engineer on public artwork, Spires, in Latimer Square and created her own Gapfiller project – a life-sized Monopoly square, including a grey digger as the game token, on a vacant Manchester St site in 2012. “We hope to encourage creativity and at the same time show the students that the arts and engineering are not at odds with each other. Innovation is the basis for all scientific and engineering advancements in the same way creativity leads artistic direction.”  Helen will also form part of the judging panel for the 2017 applicants along with Heather Galbraith, SCAPE Managing Curator and artists Darryn George, Janna van Hasselt and young George Lewis.

Re:ACTIVATE 2017 will be open to two categories; Re:ACTIVATE Kids and Re:ACTIVATE Teen. All under eighteen and junior years 1-8 and senior 9-13 at schools. Anyone under 18 may enter i.e. they don't still necessarily have to be at school. There will be an exhibition of the 20 finalist’s entries with one supreme winner in each category being produced within Hagley Park at a site-specific location which the brief specified.

Opportunity Brief 2017.pdf

Re:ACTIVATE is a programme SCAPE established to share with participants the essential elements of public art delivery. Participants design artwork in response to site specific brief, and submit their proposal for consideration to a panel. Previous SCAPE produced Re:ACTIVATE artists are Sarah Greig,  Courtney Spargo, Zoe Crook and last year Mark Catley’s Sign o’ the Times and Janna van Hasselt’s floor mural Buzz Carpet. Mark’s creation was a static riot of street signs bearing subversive slogans within the bustle of Re:START. The popular container mall was further animated by Janna’s Buzz Carpet which enveloped an alleyway in vivid pattern and colour.

SCAPE Public Art runs an annual, six-week season of public art each year. With an established base of public artwork legacy pieces through the Central City, the annual seasons provide an opportunity to focus on the introduction of new works through a curated exhibition and a wider programme if events. The Season 2017 will run from 7 October - 18 November 2017. Heather Galbraith, Managing Curator, is currently selecting the artworks to exhibit from an impressive mix of New Zealand and international artists. 

Submission Dates:

Entrants are requested to submit your initial concepts by 7 July 2017. Your design proposal should be forwarded to: Josie Whelan, Community and Education Manager, SCAPE Public Art, PO Box 763, Christchurch 8140 or to

Notification of selected designs for production will occur by end of July 2017.

Note: submissions should be no larger than 5MB in size if electronic and in a PDF format.