4 Plinths Sculpture Award - Submissions Now Open

Job details

The Wellington Sculpture Trust
31 Jul 2020
National, Wellington
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Visual Arts


Project overview

The Wellington Sculpture Trust commissions temporary sculptures at two yearly intervals for siting on the four concrete ‘plinths’ on the harbour-side boundary of the forecourt of Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington. Through the quality of the artworks installed in previous rounds, the growing awareness and reputation of the project, and the prominence of the site which is one of the most visited in New Zealand, this project provides a prestigious opportunity for established and emerging artists alike. To date seven sculptures have been commissioned in this series: Green Islands (2008–2010), Regan Gentry; Mimetic Brotherhood (2010–2012),Peter Trevelyan; Out of the Dusk (2012–2014), Joanna Langford; Rita Angus used to grow her own vegetables (2014–2016), Glen Hayward; a (very) brief history of aotearoa (2016–2018), Kereama Taepa; Other Worlds (2018–2020), Ruth Watson, and most recently; Signal Forest (2020–2022), Yolunda Hickman. Descriptions and photographs of these can be seen on the Trust’s website. This brief is to facilitate the selection of the eighth commission, to be installed in February 2022.

The award
The selected artist will receive an award of $50,000. This is to include all costs of fabrication, transport, installation, lighting, insurance, artist’s fee
and the cost of removing the work at the end of its time at the site, on an agreed date in January 2024 if not before.
The artwork will remain the property of the artist, who may be required to engage with maintenance issues if these arise while the sculpture is on
site, and who may sell or dispose of the artwork after it is decommissioned as he or she chooses.
The selected artist will be required to sign a contract covering all aspects of the project jointly with the Wellington Sculpture Trust, which is
commissioning the work, and the Wellington City Council, which is the owner of the four plinths and responsible for health and safety issues.

How to apply

Proposals to supplied by PDF by 31 July 2020. Email to wellingtonsculpture@xtra.co.nz 

 Proposals to be accompanied by a fee of $30, cash, cheque or bank deposit (bank details on the last page of this brief). 

This fee includes one year’s membership to the Wellington Sculpture Trust. 

 The selected artist receives $50,000 to fabricate and install the artwork and retains ownership of it for subsequent sale or disposal. 

 Fabrication to take place in 2021 for installation in early 2022. Please read the full brief carefully.


Written by

Julia Barnes

19 May 2020