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Emerging Artist

SCAPE Public Art offers emerging artists and designers the opportunity to learn about production process and have their public art realised on a large scale in public space.

Re:ACTIVATE Student and Emerging Artist 2016

The workshop shared with participants the essential elements of public art delivery. In addition, the final workshop activity allowed all participants to design their own artwork in response to the brief, and submit their proposal for consideration. This provided an opportunity for participants to design an artwork for selection to be produced by SCAPE for display within the evolving city. 

The following artists submissions were successfully produced by SCAPE Public Art for Season 2016, Buzz Carpet by Janna van Hasselt and Sign o' the Times by Mark Catley. 

Re:ACTIVATE Student and Emerging Artist 2014

The Re:ACTIVATE Student and Emerging Artist Public Art Exhibition featured three temporary public art installations from local emerging artists Sarah Greig, Courtney Spargo and Zoe Crook. This followed their participation in SCAPE’s Re:ACTIVATE Public Art Development Workshop held in April 2014.


Tertiary students and emerging artists were invited to register for the Re:ACTIVATE Workshop, which taught participants about the essential elements of public art delivery. They also had the opportunity to design a public artwork and submit a proposal for its display at Watermark, a section of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct, an anchor project being delivered by the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU).

CCDU was involved in the planning and selection of the artworks, and has provided sponsorship to produce and install them. Of all the proposals, the three selected considered and responded best to the elements of discovery, histories, memories and stories of the Ōtākaro/Avon River.

These surprising and innovative works were free to view as part of the Re:ACTIVATE Student and Emerging Artist Public Art Exhibition located at Watermark near the Antigua Boatsheds. These works were on display between 4 November 2014 to 30 April 2015.

Re:ACTIVATE Student and Emerging Artist 2012

Re:ACTIVATE was initiated by SCAPE in 2012 to offer emerging to mid-career artists artists an opportunity to learn about the essential elements of public art delivery including; how to respond to a brief and explore site issues, practical requirements, expectations of delivery frameworks, public funding, budgets, contracts, and acknowledged the unique environment of creative opportunity in Christchurch, directly after the 2011 earthquakes. 

The winning design, created by Rachael Dewhirst - a fourth year student of Fine Arts at Canterbury University at the time - is a vibrant scheme which has been created for installation as a vast  mural on the wall of the Canterbury Development Corporation Building.