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Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists

Bring your artistic vision to life!

In Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists, Ōtautahi’s young people have the chance to turn their dreams of public art into a reality. Each year, SCAPE Public Art transforms submitted designs from primary and high school students into real-life pieces of large-scale public art.

Are you our next aspiring artist?

Creating art is a powerful way for students to process their feelings and experiences, reconnecting to each other and their city during these changing times.

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.

Read through the brief and start mind mapping ideas based on the brief and theme.

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.

Entries for Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists are now open and close on 5 September. Here is the full brief Re:ACTIVATE 2022 

There are multiple ways to enter. Choose from:



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 sarah@scapepublicart.org.nz






Hagley Park site where artworks will be installed:


Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists 2021 Winners

Re:ACTIVATE 2021 winners from left: Agatha Weston, aged 16, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Te Ao Rangimarie Davis, aged 8, Te Pā o Rākaihautū School and Sienna Oshannessey, aged 16 from Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, pictured with Anna Galloway, Councillor for Halswell Ward.

Our 2020 Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists

Re:ACTIVATE 2020 winners from left: Yzza Batac, aged 11, Merrin School, Annabelle Britt, aged 11, Selwyn House School and Mollie Shaw, aged 18, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, pictured with Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers Director, Helen Trappitt.

Check out all the entries for Re:ACTIVATE 2020 here!

Our 2019 Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists

We heard from a record number of aspiring artists during Re:ACTIVATE 2019!

The winning five entries were exhibited in central Christchurch at Hack Circle, on the corner of Cashel and High streets, as part of SCAPE Public Art’s annual Season 2019, thanks to the support of Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers, Christchurch City Council and Christchurch City Libraries.

Re:ACTIVATE 2019 winners, supporters and organisers, from left: Rosetta Brown, Hazel White, Emily Higham, Helena McCondach, Cr Anne Galloway, Tessa Marshall, Alex Sands, Helen Trappitt and Josie Whelan. (Absent: Georgina Jolly).

Re:ACTIVATE 2019 winners

Re:Activate 2019 winners
Left to right: Junior category (Years 1 to 8) Alex Sands, of Little River School, We Are One!; Tessa Marshall, of Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School, Sticks of Rock. Senior category (Years 9 to 13) Emily Higham, of Lincoln High School, Physiological Manipulation of Space; Helena McCondach, Lincoln High School, Negotiation; Rosetta Brown, left, and Hazel White (absent: Georgina Jolly), Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Strength in Sisterhood.