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Public Art Takes Over Central Christchurch for SCAPE Season 2021

News: 22 September 2021

SCAPE Public Art media release.

Covid has stirred things up for everyone, SCAPE is not alone. SCAPE Public Art Season 2021 will be delayed and run as an extended 8-week, summer season.
SCAPE Public Art Season 2021 is back and will open 19 November 2021 and run through until 14 January 2022.

We’re bringing public art to the streets. Soak in the sun, wander the city and discover the delight of fresh public art this summer. We’re free, safe, and outside, so get your whānau (big and small) together and join us to art explore this summer.

Destination, 2018 Installation view at "After Nature: UCCA Dune opening exhibition", UCCA DUNE, Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China (2018), Image courtesy the Artist, Nabuqi.

The opening Weekend of 19-21 November 2021 will see eight new works from leading local and international artists emerge in the central city. Curated by Jamie Hanton, this Season’s theme is Shadows Cast and includes work intended to reimagine the city and its histories. Moments of mystery and revelation will surprise, challenge, provoke, and delight you. Enjoy an opening programme of curated walks, artist talks, interactive pieces and children’s educational programmes.

2021 will showcase two walkways. The first takes you around eight inspiring new artworks, winding through the city’s Cultural Precinct, Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. The second lets you meander through the city and river paths and focuses on our 15 established legacy artworks. There’s an abundance of creativity to be seen, so grab a map, jump on or download the SCAPE Public Art App, and take to the streets to see where the journey will lead you. For a deeper engagement, our app includes easy-to-listen audio from our curator Jamie Hanton, reflecting on the artwork and the artists’ intentions.

Our new dates mean other SCAPE events will now coincide with our Season and Christchurch’s SummerTimes events, bringing an amazing lineup, including an education programme, a pop-up exhibition and gallery openings. Here are some key dates:

11 October – 7 December 2021 SCAPE’s Art, Learning & Wellbeing education programme takes place. Based at Tūranga, schools and community groups can select from a range of offerings including our School Holiday Programme, working alongside SCAPE Community-Engaged Artist Olivia Webb, onsite learning at artworks, art activities and guided tours of the artworks.

26-29 October 2021 Re:ACTIVATE. We’ll be installing aspiring, young talent from 8-year-old, Junior design winner, Te Ao Rangimarie Davis, and 16-year-old Senior design winners, Sienna Oshannessey and Agatha Weston. These artworks will be installed in Hagley Park and be on display throughout SCAPE Public Art Season 2021. Look out for more information on this shortly.

6 November opening until 21 December 2021 Art and Sculpture in Residence at Studio 125 Gallery.

4-7 November 2021 SCAPE is a part of TENT a new Art Weekend of pop-up exhibitions taking place throughout Aotearoa and online. Details of an exciting artist and venue to be revealed soon.

Our main event!

19 November 2021 until 14 January 2022 SCAPE Public Art Season 2021. 8 new artworks from international and local artists. Celebration of 15 legacy artworks via public art walkways.

This season includes some of Aotearoa’s finest established and emerging artists. You can expect to encounter newly commissioned artwork from Aroha Novak, Janet Lilo, Kate Newby, Louise Palmer, Sione Monū, and Olivia Webb.

Top: New artworks by Sione Monū (detail render image) Bottom left: New artworks by Aroha Novak (detail render image) Bottom right: New artworks by Louise Palmer (detail render image)

Installations from leading international artists return to Ōtautahi, with a celebrated piece by Beijing-based artist Nabuqi, as well as new work from renowned Korean artist Bona Park.
“We’re excited to bring this thrilling season to the central city this summer,” says SCAPE’s Executive Director Deborah McCormick. “It is a diverse season of excitement and revelation that you won’t want to miss – and won’t be able to miss if you live in or visit Ōtautahi”


Updated on 24th September 2021