SCAPE Public Art Announces Executive Director’s Resignation

SCAPE Public Art announced today its Executive Director, Deborah McCormick, has resigned from her role of Executive Director effective 31 March 2023 after her highly successful 25 years at the helm.

SCAPE will be recruiting for a Creative Director to join the team before Deborah’s departure. Deborah will work with her successor to transition SCAPE Public Art into a new era for its next 25 years.

SCAPE is in the best shape in terms of arts and business ready to launch the new platform and the future. Deborah will leave SCAPE in a very strong position for future growth and sustainability.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to have served in this role and deliver so much creative inspiration for my home city Christchurch and New Zealand. I believe that this is the right point in my career to take on new challenges,” Deborah said.

“Next year will celebrate 25 years of SCAPE Public Art and acknowledging Deborah’s role in overseeing the installation of an amazing portfolio of both permanent and temporary public art,” said Michael Fulton, Chair of SCAPE Public Art Trust. “She has provided outstanding leadership through difficult and challenging times such as the Christchurch earthquakes and Covid. Deborah has been a key figure in the first 25 years of SCAPE, and the board wish her well with her future career, knowing she will remain a strong supporter of SCAPE and our next 25 years.”

Next week’s launch of SCAPE Public Art Season 2022 brings works from eight local and international artists to the city. Each artist’s work will showcase their unique interpretation of this year’s theme, Sweat Equity, a compelling conclusion to Managing Curator Jamie Hanton’s overall vision of Fictions, which has tied together SCAPE Public Art’s seasons from 2020-2022.

Eight new public artworks to open in central Ōtautahi

SCAPE Public Art Season 2022 Sweat Equity opens on Saturday 5 November, bringing artworks from eight local and international artists to Ōtautahi for the public to enjoy until 29 January 2023. This free annual event is a highlight of Christchurch’s cultural calendar, inviting its residents and visitors to soak in the sun, wander the city and discover the delights of inspiring, intriguing and sometimes-surprising works of public art this summer.

The opening weekend on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November is packed with special events to kick off the season. Hye Rim Lee’s new animation artwork, White Rose, will be on display on the large outdoor event screen at Te Pae for the opening weekend only.

Hye Rim’s animation and limited edition digital photographic prints will also be on display for a limited time at SCAPE Public Art’s new pop-up gallery in The Arts Centre Old Registry Building, along with the season artworks from YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES. These innovative digital artworks are available to view between 11am and 3pm, Wednesday to Saturday, until Friday 16 December.

The first of Managing Curator Jamie Hanton’s free guided walking tours is on Saturday 5 November, where participants will get background information on the artworks and artists, as well as an inside perspective on the production process and Jamie’s vision for the season. The walk starts at The Piano and takes approximately 1.5 hours. Bookings required.

Also on Saturday, SCAPE Public Art celebrates the launch of artworks from the talented young winners of this year’s Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists competition. The winning students have worked with SCAPE and its industry partners to produce their designs for public display in Hagley Park, and on Saturday, SCAPE and the junior and senior winners of the Re:ACTIVATE Sculpture category will be on site to celebrate the completion and installation of their works. The competition has been extended this year to include a mural category thanks to generous support from Resene. The two winning mural designs will be on display from Saturday 19 November.

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Winners announced for Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists 2022

After receiving more than 150 entries to this year’s competition, the winners for Re:ACTIVATE Sculpture and Re:ACTIVATE Mural have been selected.

Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists is an annual competition open to youth aged between 5 and 18 in Canterbury. Entrants this year were asked to respond to the SCAPE Public Art Season 2022 theme of Sweat Equity, considering the sub-themes of labour and the body, virtuality, and obsolescence. There was an incredibly high level of creativity and sophisticated ideas displayed across all the submissions, and SCAPE Public Art is delighted to announce the winners for 2022.

Along with its industry partners, SCAPE Public Art mentors the winning artists to produce their designs for public display in Hagley Park. All Re:ACTIVATE artworks will be available to view for the duration of SCAPE Public Art Season 2022. Concepts from the shortlisted Re:ACTIVATE submissions will be on display at Tūranga Central Library throughout the season.

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Public Art Takes Over Central Christchurch for SCAPE Season 2021

Season 2021

Meet the artists of SCAPE Season 2021!

Running from 9 October – 20 November, eight locally and internationally recognised artists will be debuting artworks around central Ōtautahi | Christchurch, showcasing their interpretations of the theme Shadows Cast.

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Help SCAPE share the joy of public art with Hillmorton Hospital!

Bold, bright and brilliantly yellow, SCAPE Public Art is on a mission to permanently move Seung Yul Oh’s delightful Conduct Cumulus sculpture to the Hillmorton Hospital Grounds – but needs your help!

Coupled with the delivery of an outreach Art, Learning and Wellbeing programme, SCAPE is fundraising to bring the joy of art to the patients, staff and whānau of Hillmorton Hospital.

Donate now!

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Ceremonial entranceway for the new convention centre

A stunning white Ngutu, or ceremonial entranceway, will be a feature of the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

Te Aika has been designed by artists Rachael Rakena and Simon Kaan and will be produced by SCAPE Public Art in collaboration with Matapopore.

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Local artist breathes sea air into the central city

A new Melissa Macleod public artwork provides a vault of fresh air in the Ōtautahi Christchurch CBD.

In a new public artwork, on an east wind sees artist Melissa Macleod capturing the fresh sea air from around the New Brighton coastline, in 144 enormous bags installed in the Awly Building on the corner of Durham and Armagh Streets. The bags are carefully held in large aluminium structures constructed specifically to secure them and their stories.

Pictured: Melissa Macleod on an east wind 2020
Sea Air (New Brighton coastline), dunnage bags, aluminium

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New Dane Mitchell public artwork of epic proportion for SCAPE in Ōtautahi Christchurch

A mount to hold up the elephant in the room is enclosed in the pre-quake Court Theatre for the SCAPE Public Art Season 2020 which opens on Saturday, 3 October.

A new public artwork by Dane Mitchell, which looks set to hold an object in a museum, is a giant steel apparatus constructed to hold the invisible contours of a missing object on a mammoth scale.

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SCAPE Public Art Confessional in Hagley Park

Natasha Matila-Smith’s confessional messages, ranging from off-hand revelations to innermost desires, will be on display in Hagley Park as part of SCAPE’s Public Art Season 2020 which starts on Saturday, 3 October. The six billboards that make up Frank, Love and the apocalypse 2020 within Hagley Park transpose the personal and intimate onto spaces used for leisure and socialising.

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Creativity flourished in lockdown for Aspiring Artists

With a new digital resource and outreach to our young ones in lockdown SCAPE Public Art’s 2020 Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists competition has three winning designs that will be exhibited in central Christchurch this spring. The students will have their artworks produced and installed at Hack Circle, on the corner of Cashel and High Streets, as part of SCAPE Public Art’s Spring Season that runs from 3 October 2020.

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Reflection of infinity and solidarity at Al Noor expressed by re-imagined SCAPE public artwork

A beautiful star pattern artwork that suggests infinity and expresses love, empathy and solidarity has been installed at Al Noor Mosque.

It is a replica piece reflecting a central city public artwork called Under Construction – Chaos and Order (Re-imagined) by Australian contemporary artist Peter Atkins, with the star pattern expressing solidarity with the Muslim community. The individual piece, now installed on the exterior wall at Al Noor, was gifted to the mosque. The team there decided that it should be placed on the building itself for everyone to enjoy for both its beauty and symbolism.

Jamie Hanton announced as the new Managing Curator of SCAPE Public Art

SCAPE Public Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Hanton to the position of Managing Curator 2020–2022.

Jamie joins SCAPE from The Physics Room in Christchurch, where he has been Director since 2016. He will end his tenure there later this year. Previous to that he was Kaitiaki Taonga Toi, Curator of Art Collections, at the University of Canterbury (2014-16) and before that was Director of Blue Oyster Art Project Space (2011-2014). In addition to these roles, Jamie has worked as an independent curator and writer, and has been a consistent voice in New Zealand’s contemporary art discourse for over 10 years working across several public art contexts including commissioning and realising site-specific and site-responsive artworks.