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Playful strategy or a battle of wills: SCAPE Public Art 2019 takes the iconic game Rock, Paper, Scissors as its starting point. The artworks that populate the city make us think and feel: about what home means, the emotional resonance of materials and the patterns and rituals that help us make sense of the world.


Managing Curator Emma Bugden introduces more than a dozen artworks that populate the city making us think and feel: about what home means, the emotional resonance of materials and the patterns and rituals that help us make sense of the world.

Check out all the things you can see, do and explore throughout the SCAPE Public Art Season 2019, in our programme below:


Guided Walkway Tour
Saturday 9 November, 10 – 11.30am

Departs from the Arts Centre, i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard

Explore the temporary and permanent artworks that form the SCAPE Public Art Walkway for Season 2019. Join experienced guide, art historian Dr Reuben Woods, as he shares insights into the artists’ practices and artworks during this enjoyable and informative walk through the central city.

  • Free – all welcome, accessible tours available by appointment.

  • Limited spaces, bookings essential by clicking here.

  • OR email us.

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Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists Finalists Exhibition
Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm

Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm  

Tūranga Central Library, ground floor, 60 Cathedral Square

Be wowed by selected entries from the school students who submitted design proposals for Season 2019 artworks, with designs by junior and senior students on display.

The winning designs have been produced and are on show in Hack Circle, City Mall, at the intersection of Cashel and High streets. 

·         Free – all welcome.

Schools Education Programme
Monday – Friday (from 14 October to 6 December)
10am and 12.30pm daily (excludes Labour Day Monday & Show Day Friday)

Tūranga Central Library, Activity Room Level 1, 60 Cathedral Square

School and community groups can get involved in this free education programme that offers art-making activities linked to the New Zealand Curriculum. The programme builds on students’ existing art skills and will help them develop new ways of thinking and working – through exploration, discussion and recording ideas visually. 

Group activities focus on artworks from the SCAPE Public Art Season 2019 that derives its theme from the iconic game Rock : Paper : Scissors. Students will respond to concepts such as identity, belonging, cultural myths, diversity and community.

Choose from:

·         VAKA ‘A HINA (2019), by Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine – the city’s newest permanent public artwork.

·         Made in China (2010) by internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Sui Jianguo, in partnership with Canterbury Museum.

·         Touch-Stones (2019), an evolving community engagement project with artist Audrey Baldwin. 

·         Conduct Cumulus (2017) by Seung Yul Oh, modelling in three dimensions. 

·         Free – all welcome. *Limited spaces, bookings essential

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The People Have Spoken! Anderson Lloyd People’s Choice Award –
Vote and Win Return Flights to China
Throughout the festival

SCAPE Public Art Walkway

Vote for your favourite Season 2019 artwork and you could win return flights for two to China, thanks to generous sponsors China Southern Airlines. Simply fill in the SCAPE Season 2019 survey at for your chance to win.





As part of Biketober’s Passport Challenge, hop on your bike to visit SCAPE’s towering new permanent artwork at Rauora Park in the East Frame – VAKA ‘A HINA, by Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine.

·         Saturday 5 October, 8pm: Rainbow Rave, Biketober’s grand opening event – a light-hearted cruise around the city that departs 145 Worcester Street.

·         Free – all welcome.

Throughout the season


For the complete week by week programme and opening weekend programme, download it here: