Re:ACTIVATE – Calling Aspiring Artists

Re:ACTIVATE – Calling Aspiring Artists

Re:ACTIVATE 2021 winners with their installed artworks from left: Te Ao Rangimarie Davis, Tama-nui-te-rā 2021, aged 8, Te Pā o Rākaihautū School. Sienna Oshannessey and Agatha Weston,  Remembering our roots 2021, aged 16 from Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.

Invitation to Young Artists to Present Public Art in Hagley Park

SCAPE Public Art is inviting aspiring artists aged 18 and under to submit their ideas for an artwork to be produced for a public space during SCAPE season 2022, 5 November 2022 – 29 January 2023.

Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists is designed to nurture, grow and promote the creative arts by mentoring and giving opportunities to talented young artists. It is an annual competition and exhibition open to youth aged between 5 and 18 in Canterbury. Participating students will respond to a brief and submit designs for the chance to have their artworks produced for public display.

“SCAPE Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists is now in its seventh year, we are proud to be involved and can’t wait to see where the young people’s imaginations take them and what designs they come up with in response to this year’s theme” Helen Trappitt, director of Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers.

This is an opportunity for young artists to explore the creative process and come up with a design for an artwork that shows their unique perspective on the theme. There are two categories open for entry this year: Re:ACTIVATE Sculpture and Re:ACTIVATE Mural. Re:ACTIVATE Sculpture is a competition for individual students to develop an idea for sculptural artworks, which the winners will get to create under the guidance of SCAPE Public Art’s expert industry partners. Re:ACTIVATE Mural supported by Resene is a competition for groups of between four to eight students, who will work together alongside a local mural artist to create a design for a mural that will be displayed on billboards in Hagley Park.

Re:ACTIVATE 2021 winners from left: Sienna Oshannessey, Te Ao Rangimarie Davis, and Agatha Weston.

Next Steps 

Read through the brief and start exploring design concepts based on the theme and sub-themes.

The theme of this year’s SCAPE Public Art Season is Sweat Equity, and there are several sub-themes that participants might like to explore. In considering their artwork, students may think about labour and the body: the work done by a person or people in their family, the idea of working hard to succeed, and what the impact of a life of hard work might be. Other themes include illusion and virtuality: how a lot of our modern lives are lived online, and what information about us may be out there without us even knowing it; or obsolescence: exploring the boundary between the digital and physical world, and how social media, online gaming and the virtual space is no longer just a tool for entertainment but a space we inhabit.

Sarah Ackerley is the new Education and Community Engagement Manager at SCAPE Public Art. With a background in Fine Arts and education, she will be sharing her expertise with schools and students. Sarah is available for outreach visits to your school to discuss the themes and work on design concepts with students. Click here to book a session or email
Bookings will be open soon for the upcoming SCAPE education programme, 17 October – 2 December 2022. This year’s programme includes art-making activities inspired by some of our legacy works as well as sessions working with our community-engaged artist, Dr Jo Burzynska. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information! This popular education programme is a unique opportunity for students to learn more about the SCAPE season artworks and take part in creative educational workshops.
Entries for Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists open on 29 July and close on 5 September. Find the full brief and details for entry here: Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists 2022.

Have you joined the Klub?

Have you joined the Klub?

The SCAPE Art Klub is our dedicated space for how you can become part of SCAPE events and fundraising programmes: where you can be the first to hear about what we have going on throughout the year. This is also the place to see features on our amazing participating artists and purchase their works directly through our website.

The mission of the Klub is to be a go-to resource for our fundraising events and art sales. It is a gathering space for art lovers and artists alike and aims to support the artists featured in SCAPE’s Seasons and online store.

SCAPE Art Klub features artist profiles, works for sale, studio tours, art experiences and VIP events. Followers get the earliest word on what events are coming up throughout the year and works that are available to purchase. Proceeds from these events go to our artists and SCAPE’s free public art and education programmes.

Follow the Klub to expand your art knowledge and be part of a passionate and supportive art community!
Or to browse our selection of artworks for sale, visit SCAPE Art Shop!

Saying goodbye to Call me Snake by Judy Millar

Lovely article about the deconstruction of Call Me Snake on Stuff. Judy Millar sums it up perfectly: “The original excitement of doing the piece for SCAPE in the first place was to be part of the dynamically changing cityscape of Christchurch. It’s good to keep that dynamism going.” Click here to read the full article.

Read more about this artwork here!


We are looking for art-loving individuals to join our team!

Education Internship

Great opportunity for an arts-loving person, to support the planning and delivery of the Education Programme for the SCAPE Season 2022 and aligned activities throughout the year, assisting in the creation and organising of education resources and materials and supporting the Education & Community Engagement Manager developing Education Resources for artworks.
Read the full description here and how to apply!

Graphic Design Internship

This is a great opportunity for an arts-loving graphic designer to develop skills in a highly creative environment, where you will get to work on a range of print and digital projects, such as invitations, marketing materials, assisting in the creation of materials for Education & Community Engagement programmes and online marketing strategies.

If you are keen to learn more get in touch with Jade and send a CV to

We have our dates confirmed for SCAPE Public Art Season 2022!

Running from 5 November 2022 to 29 January 2023, eight locally and internationally recognised artists will be debuting artworks around central Ōtautahi Christchurch, showcasing their responses to this year’s theme, Sweat Equity.
Managing Curator Jamie Hanton will bring his final selections for the overarching theme of Fictions for SCAPE Public Art 2020 – 2022. “Fictions aims to introduce elements of mystery and moments of revelation to the Ōtautahi cityscape,” explains Hanton.

In the language of the start-up business, Sweat Equity is “the increase in value, created as a direct result of hard work by the owner.” In the context of Fictions, Sweat Equity is a neoliberal fantasy, a pull yourself up by your own bootstraps fairytale about how we can all make it if we work hard enough. The season will include work that explores bodily agency and autonomy in late-capitalist society with a particular focus on the membrane between the digital and analogue worlds.

📌 Watch this space as we reveal more about this year’s festival and get excited to experience world-class art in the heart of Central city.
Image caption: Jamie Hanton in conversation with artist Janet Lilo about her artwork Pen, on a SCAPE Art tour as part of Season 2021.

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.

In the media.

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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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