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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.

Over the past 20 years we have become the largest producer of new contemporary public 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. 

All around the CBD, artworks are settling in – even on the hallowed quad at Christ’s College. Over 20 years SCAPE Public Art has become the largest producer of new contemporary artwork in New Zealand.

… A 113 year old image that has been admired in Athens and Germany, now looks right at home in Hagley Park.
— Jendy Harper, One News TVNZ, 6 October 2018

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.

Our 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 SCAPE Public Art Season 2019 (6 October - 16 November) these components include;

Curated Exhibition
Emma Bugden has accepted the invitation to take up the role of Managing Curator with SCAPE Public Art for our Season 2019. An impressive selection of national and international artists is currently being finalised. The SCAPE Public Art Season 2019 repsonds to the theme of Rock : Paper : Scissors. Local and internationally renowned artists will bring a sense of solidity and location during this year’s six-week Season in central Christchurch from 5 October – 20 November 2019.

Playful strategy or a battle of wills: Season 2019 takes the iconic game Rock, Paper, Scissors as its starting point. Linked via the SCAPE Public Art Walkway, the artworks make us think and feel: about what home means, the emotional resonance of materials and the patterns and rituals that help us make sense of the world.  

SCAPE Public Art Walkway
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 Worcester Boulevard passing Canterbury Museum, looping around Hagley Park, meandering to Ōtākaro-Avon River and finishing back 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. Our classroom has been based in Tūranga, our new central library, since it opened on Friday 12 October 2018.

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.

SCAPE’s Re:ACTIVATE Public Art Development Workshop and Exhibition was launched in 2012. Young aspiring artists will exhibit as part of Re:ACTIVATE and Season 2019 following an open call (to anyone under 18 years old) to have their concept artworks realised and displayed in Hack Circle.

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