About the Season
It’s been 20 years, 20 extraordinary, exciting, mind-expanding years, since SCAPE Public Art began to revolutionise the open spaces of Ōtautahi Christchurch – and public arts practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
SCAPE is known for its work bringing art outside the gallery walls and into the city, making contemporary art, both national and international, truly accessible and public in a fresh and exciting way.
The Season 2018 is our time to celebrate; the 216 temporary artworks that have popped up during our Seasons; the 14 legacy (permanent) artworks contributed to Christchurch; and the industry and business partnerships that have made these accomplishments possible.
Managing Curator, Heather Galbraith has developed a programme that draws together different strands from SCAPE’s history, integrating past works, and looks toward the future with new and existing works contemplating our relationships to land, sea, language, cultural and political agency and expression, how histories are told and retold, the built environment, and even the cosmos – Our Braided Future being the theme for the Season.
The SCAPE Public Art Season 2018 profiles key elements related to public art:
SCAPE Public Art Walkway - Links the Season's artworks together
Our Braided Future - Heather Galbraith’s curated exhibition of public artwork
Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists Junior and Senior - Exhibition of four aspiring young artists' public artworks
SCAPE Education – Classroom programme and art making activities
SCAPE Public Programme - Artists talks, screenings and events, many FREE for the public
Pop up Gallery at Pūmanawa Gallery - Will exhibit sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics and limited editions by SCAPE artists for sale.
SCAPE Events - Including an opening weekend of youth, family and children-focused free events