It’s been 20 years, 20 extraordinary, exciting, mind-expanding years, since SCAPE Public Art began to revolutionise the open spaces of Ōtautahi Christchurch – and public arts practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
SCAPE is known for its work bringing art outside the gallery walls and into the city, making contemporary art, both national and international, truly accessible and public in a fresh and exciting way.
The Season 2018 is our time to celebrate; the 216 temporary artworks that have popped up during our Seasons; the 14 legacy (permanent) artworks contributed to Christchurch; and the industry and business partnerships that have made these accomplishments possible. Managing Curator, Heather Galbraith has developed a programme that both references SCAPE’s history, integrating past works, and looks toward the future – Our Braided Future being the theme for the Season.
About SCAPE Public Art Trust:
SCAPE Public Art installs public art in Christchurch all year round with a focus on the Annual Seasons. SCAPE Public Art is the Christchurch expert in the installation of public art, and the SCAPE Public Art Seasons are New Zealand's Premier Public Art Events.
Over the past 20 years we have become the largest producer of new contemporary artwork in New Zealand. These artworks provide a unique point of difference for the city. Ambitious and high impact, they enhance the urban centre and raise the profile for public art in Christchurch.
Held in Christchurch’s central city public spaces and supported through a range of partnerships, the Seasons showcase leading national and international contemporary artists, and provide a springboard for emerging local talent.
Works in the Seasons are created as a result of close collaboration between art and business. This is a highly regarded model world-wide. Our Seasons provide an opportunity to focus on the introduction of new works whilst maintaining focus on the impressive base of legacy pieces.