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Exhibiting Artist

Job details

New Zealand Sculpture OnShore
9 Mar 2018
Work type
Volunteer, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Visual Arts


New Zealand Sculpture OnShore is New Zealand's largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, and one of the oldest.

First held in 1996 in a private garden in Takapuna, it has since continued to grow and in 2004 it moved to the spectacular Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve on Auckland’s North Shore.

The exhibition, which features work from established and emerging artists, provides a unique snapshot of contemporary three dimensional art practice in New Zealand. This includes monumental stand-alone sculptures, domestic and small-scaled works, ephemeral projects, light and sound art works, process art and many site-specific installations.

All of the works exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore are for sale during the exhibition and the sales commission proceeds from each exhibition are donated to Women's Refuge. To date over $1.6 million has been donated to help Women's Refuge support the victims of domestic violence in New Zealand.

NZ Sculpture OnShore Limited is wholly owned by Friends of Women's Refuges Trust.


Artists are invited to submit an expression of interest in exhibiting in the 2018 event through completion of an application form.



9 March :            Completed proposals deadline

Early April :        Artists notified

April/May :         Artists’ contracts settled and exhibiting artists announced

24 October :        Installation of outdoor works commences, Indoor Gallery works received

30 October :        Installation of outdoor works complete

31 Oct - 3 Nov :  Exhibition photography and collector sales preview tours

3 - 18 Nov :         NZSoS Exhibition at Fort Takapuna

19 - 20 Nov :       De-installation of outdoor works and collection



Artists Support & Benefit Package

New Zealand Sculpture OnShore commits to support artists presenting work in the 2018 outdoor exhibition in the following ways;


Exhibition Artist Profiling.

  • All artists and artwork featured on the exhibition website (image and bio with url and social media handles), in exhibition catalogue and visitor site map.

  • Full exhibition archive catalogued on exhibition website.

  • NZSoS will produce a number of artist feature video interviews in the lead up to the event.  Selection of the artists to feature will be at NZSoS discretion.

  • NZSoS welcomes artist to share their own pre-exhibition online promotional content with the exhibition marketing team to promote on NZSoS’s own online platforms.  The use of any promotional material supplied by the artist will be at NZSoS discretion.



  • Crew assistance for the installation and de-installation of works with the nature and level of assistance to be at NZSoS discretion.

  • Additional install support through access to specific machinery or vehicles available on a case by case basis. To be negotiated with curators and install manager.

  • Transport subsidy available on application. Criteria to be published at a later date.



  • Complimentary ticket to Gala opening with special ticket rate for artist partners of $20.

  • Artist lanyard gives unlimited access to event and carries an ongoing ‘plus one’ benefit allowing artists to bring visitors into the exhibition with them throughout the exhibition duration.



  • Complimentary Artist welcome pack on arrival.

  • Complimentary snacks and hot drinks available at the artists’ hospitality space.

  • After hours provision of on-site toilets.

  • Catered picnic for artists, partners and helpers at close of install window.



  • $1500 cash prize for Fisher Funds People’s Choice Award.



  • All outdoor works will be photographed and high quality images made available to artists for their archival and promotional use.



How to apply

Please complete the online application form here: http://www.nzsculptureonshore.co.nz/Artist-Proposal-Form-2018

Alternatively you may request an application in Word doc format to be sent to you by emailing artists@nzsculptureonshore.co.nz

Written by

Ross Liew

8 Dec 2017