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Rotorua Sculpture Symposium 2018 'Nga Wai O Rotorua'

16 Nov 2018 to 25 Nov 2018
9am-5pm Friday 16 November to Sunday 25 November
An opportunity to demonstrate your sculpting skills, compete with others, produce work for public display and the chance to win a $10K acquisitive award!
Event type: 
Art, Public Art
The Arts Village Rotorua
1240 Hinemaru Street (cnr Hinemaru and Hinemoa Streets) Rotorua 3010
Overseas, National, Bay of Plenty


The 2018 Sulphur Lake Sculpture Symposium will be held at the Rotorua Arts Village green, Friday 16th – Sunday 25th November 2018 alongside the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in the Southern Government Gardens, Rotorua. This is a tranquil and picturesque lake-setting commonly used by walkers, runners, family groups, locals, domestic and overseas tourists.


Artists are invited to create a form which reflects the theme of ‘Nga Wai o Rotorua’ (the waters of Rotorua).  All styles - traditional, abstract and contemporary are welcomed. 


The Symposium is limited to 16 participants.  All selected entries will be given a stipend of $500.00 for their appearance over this 10-day event.


At the end of the Symposium, one piece will be selected as the ‘Judge’s Award.'  This award is acquisitive, with the recipient receiving $10,000.00, and the winning piece becoming a permanent part of Rotorua’s public art collection.


Up to a further four pieces will be selected as eligible to enhance Rotorua’s Sulphur Point permanently, in consideration of an approx $5,000.00 offer.


All remaining sculptures will then be installed at the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail to form ‘Nga Wai o Rotorua’ exhibition for a period of no less than 24 months. While pieces will be for sale, the exhibition requires that any piece sold within the timeframes of this exhibition will need to be replaced by an artwork of similar nature and stature for the remainder of the 2 year period.  This replacement piece may also be offered for sale.  All unsold works remain the property of the artist.


This scenario effectively represents the opportunity for the artist to secure a 2 year tenure on a fixed pediment – prior to the next biennial symposium to be held in 2020, the artist will be required to uplift or bequeath any unsold work.



The symposium will be held over 10 days at the Rotorua Arts Village, directly alongside the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail.

This is a public event which will attract a wide diversity of people – locals and visitors alike.


Sculptures must be completed by midday Sunday 25th November 2018.




Accepted materials for the symposium are predominantly wood (durable) and stone

Artist is permitted to choose which material type to work with.

Symposium organizers will supply:

  • Oamaru Stone
  • Taranaki Andesite
  • Macrocarpa

Artists to supply any additional materials other than those provided.



Artists are expected to attend most days.

Artists are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs.

Accommodation is not provided, though assistance is available to arrange suitable lodgings

Electricity and water supplied to all sites or as required

Artists to bring all safety equipment, tools, gazebos etc



Please fill in the attached application form.


Artist to supply CV, statement, and any other relevant supporting information - including up to five images of previous work.

If application is successful, registration and contract form will follow..


Applications close 5pm on Monday 30th July 2018.

Written by

Rotorua Lakes Council

28 Jun 2018