We have particularly special relationship with the Wellington City Council that has been built up over years through mutual trust and the palpable difference the Trust has made to the city.
The Mayors have taken a particular interest in our activities and we are enormously grateful for the support we have received from Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Kerry Prendergast the previous Mayor. We have a close working relationship with Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer the Chair of the Council Arts Committee as well as council officers in the Urban Design Unit and the Public Arts area. These officers work closely with us during the commissioning phase and are signatories to the contracts that we sign with our artists.
In more recent years we have received a grant from the Public Arts Panel ($35,000 - $5000 contribution to our administration costs and $30,000 to go towards public works of art).
We have a self-imposed ceiling of keeping public funding of each of our sculptures to 20% of the value, unless we are specifically partnering with the Council as we have with Woman of Words and Walk the Line.
On final completion of our works and following a set defects liability period, the ownership of all our sculptures are handed over to Council and it assumes responsibility for the ongoing repairs and maintenance. In this regard we work closely with the Parks, Sport and Recreation unit.