Inside Out Aspiring Artists Competition

Inside Out is about taking what’s inside and turning it into art that will live outside.

Young artists: this is for you!

Winning entries will be produced by SCAPE and exhibited during the next SCAPE Public Art Season, 23 November 2024 to 15 February 2025.

Submit your design, responding to SCAPE’s Season 2024 curatorial theme Material / Immaterial Worlds.

Three categories: sculpture, mural, and photography.

Two age groups: Junior = Years 1-8; Senior = Years 9-13.

Entries close on 23 August 2024.

Read on for details about:

  • what you need to submit
  • how you can submit + link to online submission form
  • timeframes
  • the theme
  • asking questions + getting our educator to visit your school

What you need to submit

Your name, year group, school, and contact details.

Plus the Selection Panel want to see:

  • Images: show your ideas through sketches, drawings, photographs, computer aided design or a combination; and
  • A Written Statement: between 50-250 words, that outlines your idea and design and tells us how it relates to the theme.

Submit your design in response to the SCAPE Public Art Season 2024 theme. If you win, your sculpture will be created at up to three metres. You should design your sculpture to go on a plinth, be suspended from a tree, or rest on the ground.


Submit your design in response to the SCAPE Public Art Season 2024 theme. If you win, your final mural will be 2.4m x 1.2m, and the paint will be from the Resene colour palette.


Submit up to ten photos in response to the SCAPE Public Art Season 2024 theme. If you win, we will display four of your photos as a series. Winning images will be printed at 1.8m x 1m. Photographs may need to be cropped to this proportion. Upload your photos at the highest possible resolution. File type: jpg, ai, pdf, tif.

How to submit

Download a submission from here, or get one from your school:

Get your completed form to us by 23 August. You can:

  • Email to
  • Post to Sarah Ackerley, Education Manager, SCAPE Public Art, 301 Montreal St, Christchurch 8013.
  • Hand it to us at Level 1, 301 Montreal St (up the stairs next to the Locky Dock), Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 5pm.
  • Get your teacher to gather up all the class submissions and contact Sarah to collect them.

Timeframes for 2024

Submit by: 23 August

Winners notified: late August

Production: September-October

Public opening: 23 November

Theme for 2024

The theme for SCAPE Public Art Season 2024 is Material / Immaterial Worlds. Entries in the Inside Out Aspiring Artists Competition for 2024 must respond to this theme.

How does an unseen world affect your physical world?

We are all born with taha tinana (our body), taha hinengaro (our mind), and taha wairua (our spirit). These things inform who we are. Our bodies and the objects around us take up space and exist in a ‘material’ world. However there are also many things that affect us even though we can’t touch, see, feel, hear, small, or taste them. Do our emotions, feelings, thoughts and ideas exist in the ‘immaterial’ or ‘material’ world?

Emotions, feelings, thoughts and ideas cannot be seen or touched, but they influence our behaviour, our relationships with others, and the way we live. We may have thoughts on climate change and take action by reducing our car travel. We can feel emotions physically: in laughter, tears, butterflies in the stomach, a tight chest. The theme for the SCAPE 2024 Season began as an idea but has now become these words you are reading. Is there a line that divides these two worlds or are we constantly moving between them?

In te ao Māori, mauri is the life force of an object or being. The combination of the physical body and the mauri create wairua – a living soul. All things have wairua, our physical bodies, the earth, people and animals. When a person dies their remains are given back to Papatūānuku (Earth Mother) but their spirit lives on and travels to be with the atua (gods) that created them.

In te reo Māori, wai means water or who and rua means two. In this sense our wairua connects us to both the physical and the spiritual worlds. It links your present, future and past. It is reflected in the places and people we feel a connection to – the place you grew up, the beaches you swam at, the mountains you climbed, the whenua (land) of your ancestors, your whānau, friends, hapū and iwi. What has shaped your wairua? How do these connections shape your identity? These powerful bounds create a sense of belonging, even when things are not going well or you are far away.

Our wairua is also tied to our wellbeing. It changes with our life experiences. How does your wairua influence the way see, act and feel? There may be times in life when you feel like you don’t belong, you are overwhelmed, you are not making good decisions, your wairua is not well. These feelings can affect other areas of life, such as our relationships with family and friends. What do you do to nurture your wairua?

Wairua can be expressed in many forms like dance, song, karakia, weaving, carving, storytelling or even public art. How do you express your wairua? What would it look like as a work of art?

EXTRA teaching resource: you are welcome to view, download and use our InsideOut powerpoint for schools 2024 final.


Contact us

If you would like our educator to visit your school, or you have any questions, contact Sarah on 027 359 6489 or








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