Seeking Public Art Champions

Published: 21-Aug-2019

The Council are urging those with a passion and willingness to champion art across the Waimakariri District to put their name forward to be part of a new Public Arts Trust.

The Council recently approved a recommendation to establish the Trust, following the development of an ‘Art in Public Places’ policy in 2015. Steel sculpture outside Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre

An initiative from the Kaiapoi Community Board, it will provide a framework for the acquisition, installation, placement and maintenance of public space artworks across the District.

Council’s Manager for Community and Recreation Chris Brown said, that while public and street art is prominent in other cities across New Zealand, he is excited to see more public art throughout the Waimakariri District “This is an exciting opportunity for Waimakariri. Art is thought provoking, and will liven up our public spaces for everyone to enjoy. It will be great to see the formation of the Trust to help bring it all together.”

The proposal to set up a Trust was included in the 2018 Draft Long Term Plan and received good support from the community.

Responsibilities will include the management of the Art in Public Places policy, seeking funding from external providers, as well as fostering a wide range of art in public places.

The Trust Deed provides for the Board to have a minimum of five and a maximum of seven Trustees, including two Councillors as Council appointed Trustees. It is intended to be a Charitable Trust, set up as a Council controlled organisation.

Applications can be made online or by visiting any Council Service Centre or Library. The Council are keen to receive applications before 5pm, Monday 16 September.

Find out more about the Trust, the Art in Public Places policy and the application process here.

Name: Chris Brown

Phone: 0800 965 468