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Call for Expressions of Interest - Public Artwork

The Octagon, Dunedin

Job details

Ara Toi, Dunedin City Council
1 Dec 2019
Work type
Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Design, Visual Arts


“Done well, public art can help redefine places and spaces within a city, how they are experienced and how people interact with them. It helps support the development of community.”

The Dunedin City Council is looking to commission a new piece of public art to be located in the Octagon and is seeking submissions from artists and designers.

This is the first step in a public art programme that hopes to establish over 10-15 years a collection of public artworks that reflect five themes that were drawn from public consultation in 2017 - Whakapapa, Light and Sound, Pushing Boundaries, Encounters, and Embedded in Nature.

In the development of their concept, artists will be asked to draw on at least one of these creative themes and to consider the site’s cultural and historical narratives. They are welcome to consider the use of non-traditional materials, such as light or projections, and are asked to think about the work’s suitability for easy relocation if the Octagon is upgraded in the future.

Artists will have until 5pm, 1 December to submit their applications. On 20 December a shortlist of up to three artists will be selected by a panel comprising representatives from mana whenua, the arts community and DCC staff. The shortlisted artists will be offered an opportunity to develop a more detailed creative vision.



How to apply

More information, including how to make a submission, can be found in the Expression of Interest document at the DCC Creative Opportunities webpage (link below).

Written by

Ara Toi, Dunedin City Council

1 Nov 2019

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