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Artwork Commission for Parliament - Call for Proposals

Artwork Commission for Parliament - Call for Proposals

Job details

Parliamentary Service
29 Jan 2020
Work type
Call for entries
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Design, Visual Arts


Parliamentary Service Commission’s Artworks Committee is seeking design proposals for the commissioning of an artwork for the interior entrance area of the Beehive.

The commissioned artwork will be one of the first things that greets visitors as they enter Parliament through the main entrance into the Beehive.

The Artworks Committee is interested in artwork proposals that take into consideration the tangata whenua, our identity as New Zealander’s, our country’s landscape and/or the political environment. The artwork should be creative, innovative and celebrate the mana of New Zealand and Parliament.

The selected artist will create the final design and the finished artwork will become part of the Parliamentary Collection to be cared for by Parliamentary Service. While the artwork is intended to be a permanent fixture, this may change in the future depending on the changing environment of Parliament. 


1.     The artwork must be finished by the end of June 2020 so that it can be unveiled to coincide with Matariki in July 2020.  

2.     The space for the artwork is 2.1M tall and 3.5M wide. Although consideration will be given for designs that extend from that space as long as they don’t obstruct the use of the thoroughfare.

3.     Please note that the entrance is not a temperature controlled area so it is preferred that the commissioned artwork will be of a more durable nature.

4.     The artwork will be commissioned for a total of $15,000 including transportation costs. Installation costs can be negotiated nearer the time of completion.

Photographs of the planned space for the commissioned artwork can be found on the Parliament website at https://www.parliament.nz/en/get-involved/features/see-your-art-on-the-walls-of-parliament/



How to apply

1. Your application must include:

  • Your CV including relevant artistic activities/projects.
  • 3-4 examples of previous artworks you have created for commissions.
  • The preliminary design of the artwork for the Beehive entrance.
  • A brief description about the design and the artistic intention of the artwork.
  • An indication of the required timeframe for the creation of the artwork including installation time.
  • Any install requirements that may need to be prepared in advance.

2.     Send your application via email to art@parliament.govt.nz or in the mail to Sarah Jacobs, Curator- Parliamentary Collection, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

3.     All applicants must be a New Zealand resident or citizen.

4.     Proposals are due by 5pm on the 29th January 2020.

After the due date the Artworks Committee will meet to discuss the applications. This may take some time depending on the number of submissions. The Committee reserves the right to call for further submissions should the responses be deemed unsatisfactory or insufficient.

The successful artist may be asked to adapt the design depending on the feedback of the Committee and will enter into a contract with Parliamentary Service once the design has been agreed upon.

All applications will be notified by email of the outcome regardless of whether they are successful or not.

Please contact the Sarah Jacobs, Curator – Parliamentary Collection on art@parliament.govt.nz or on (04) 817-9036 if you have any further questions.



Written by

Parliamentary Service

20 Dec 2019