Waimakariri Public Arts Trust

The creativity of art and artistic events are inextricably linked to individual and community wellbeing. The Waimakariri Public Arts Trust (WPAT) is a charitable trust overseen by the Waimakariri District Council. They develop public arts projects in the Waimakariri District through raising funds to commission artworks.

About the Trust

Artworks are commonly used in public outdoor spaces as a way to enhance the environment, reinforce the cultural and community identity and promote towns and cities. They showcase creativity and innovation. They can inspire, provoke and challenge the way we engage with them.

The purposes of Waimakariri Public Arts Trust (WPAT) are to promote art and culture in the Waimakariri District, encourage public art in new developments and redevelopments, raise funds to enable the commission of art works, educate the public about art and artists, and support arts projects and events in the community.

WPAT manage projects from their inception, to installation and well beyond into ongoing care and maintenance.

As a charitable trust, donations and fund raising are essential to what they do. The group work hard to source independent funding through donations and by submitting applications to funding agencies.

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Who do WPAT work with?

  • Tangata whenua – the Trust recognise the views and expectations of tangata whenua in achieving its purposes
  • Board members – Trustees have been carefully appointed based on their knowledge and experience in the public art space. They selflessly volunteer their time working hard behind the scenes. Together they make recommendations to achieve the purposes outlined above
  • Artists – the Trust work with a range of artists from different backgrounds through commissioning artworks, supporting art endeavours and events throughout the District
  • Donors – Waimakariri Public Arts Trust cannot create a vibrant District on their own. Donations are an important way in which artworks are commissioned
  • Waimakariri District Council – a stakeholder but WPAT operate independently from Council.

Become A Supporter

The Waimakariri Arts Trust has been established to commission art works and promote the arts. Become part of the legacy as a supporter through a donation or sponsorship. Any and all donations are gratefully received. Find out more about sponsorship packages and making a donation below.

Meet the Board

Meet the dedicated volunteers who make up the Board of Trustees.

Get in Touch

The Trust would love to hear from you. Feel free to get in touch with any questions, feedback or to share your vision for works of public art in the Waimakariri District. You can reach the Trust on Facebook, Instagram or by emailing admin@waimakpublicarts.org.nz