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Bright Nights 2020 Pavilion Design Competition

Bright Nights 2020 call for entries: Pavilion Design Competition

Job details

Bright Nights & Viaduct Harbour
17 Feb 2020
Work type
Contract, Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Design, Visual Arts


The Bright Nights 2020 Pavilion Design Competition is a chance for an emerging artist or group to be awarded $10,000 towards creating and exhibiting a feature installation at this year’s Bright Nights — taking place at Viaduct Harbour from Wednesday 29th April to Sunday 3rd May 2020.


Bright Nights is a unique waterfront lighting experience taking place annually between late April and early May. Its location is centred at Viaduct Harbour, Auckland City’s premier waterfront precinct. The objective of Bright Nights is to grow an iconic, destination event that delivers an unprecedented level of excitement and entertainment to more than 200,000 visitors.

Bright Nights establishes themes each year, drawn from deeper sustainability and cultural narratives within Viaduct Harbour’s kaupapa. Bright Nights 2020 will focus on Navigation and Regeneration. Bright Nights is privately owned and funded by Viaduct Harbour Holdings


is connected to Viaduct Harbour’s maritime heritage, being explored in many aspects of the precinct’s evolution with guidance from Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei.

Recirculation and renewal of existing resources — from composting to regenerative farming, we consider these key elements for climate change preparation.


Bright Nights 2020 will take place Wednesday 29th April to Sunday 3rd May.

Event installations must be complete and fully prepared for pack-in by 20th April.

The Bright Nights Pavilion submission deadline is 3pm 17th February.

The successful entry will be notified by 21st February.


The Bright Nights 2020 Pavilion location is 109 Customs St West, Viaduct Harbour. The Pavilion’s location is a prominent public space within the wider Bright Nights installation ‘trail’ comprising multiple exhibition works by other artists. The Pavilion’s site parameters are indicated by the cobbled surface adjacent to Market Square measuring 4 metres x 25 metres*.

*This is simply the site’s parametres, not the installation’s recommended size. The Pavilion structure’s footprint must fall within this area.



  • Pedestrian traffic flow around and / or through the Pavilion.

  • The experience the Pavilion provides for a public audience of all ages and abilities.

  • Its production values with respect to sustainability and the local environment — including provenance of materials and its prospective ‘life’ after Bright Nights i.e. intention to be reused or repurposed.

  • Aesthetic qualities when viewed from
    a distance, including Nelson Street and across the water from Eastern Viaduct; its compatibility with (or disruption of) the area’s local context from these aspects.

  • Durability and ability to withstand heavy interaction.


How to apply


All applications must be sent via email to submissions@brightnights.co.nz We recommend submission via a file sharing service such as Wetransfer.

All Bright Nights 2020 Pavilion submissions must include:

  • A 200 – 300 word synopsis of the pavilion design.
  • Construction drawings.
  • Three dimensional renderings.
  • A short biography about the artist, no more than 100 words.
  • A proposed construction timeline with delivery and installation methodology. • A public interaction component.
  • Use of technology and/or energy efficiency.
  • A detailed budget (template provided).Light fitting types, quantities and power consumption.
  • Dimensions and weight loading.
  • Additional components if applicable (sound, etc).

Please note that selected artists will be asked to provide evidence and/or ensure that artworks come with:

  • Health & Safety plans, and full safety compliance to relevant legislations.
  • Engineers certificate if required (Bright Nights mentors can assist if required).
  • Supply all structures as per agreed design and budget parameters.
  • Photos of themselves and artwork construction (for media & marketing purposes).


The total budget available to the successful applicant for creating the Bright Nights Pavilion is NZ$10,000 excluding GST. This will be provided for the following costs:

  • Artist fees.
  • Artwork production cost including;
  • Supply of all materials and support structures required.
  • Supply of light fittings compliant with NZ regulations.
  • Supply and installation of all necessary
  • Electrical cabling, wiring, testing and maintenance for the art installation, compliant with NZ safety and health regulations.
  • Manpower for light fitting installation to the artwork.
  • Relevant certification to ensure installationis fit for outdoor display of up to one month, compliant with New Zealand regulations. These may include, but are not limited to, electrical certification, structural certification, professional engineer’s letter of endorsement and health and safety work methods (risk assessment and method statement). Guidance may be provided by Bright Nights personnel to assist with these processes.


17th February – Applications close at 3pm. Selection process commences

21st Feburary – Applicants notified

25th Feburary – Final contracts and build commences for successful applicant

16th March – Studio visit WIP #1

10th April – Studio visit WIP #2

20th April – Pavilion Completed

24th April – installation on site (24th – 28th April)

29th April – Festival is live until 3rd May

4th May – Packdown commences




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Bright Nights

29 Jan 2020