4 Plinths Sculpture Award #7 Invitation for submissions

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The 4 Plinths Sculpture Award: Invitation for submissions

The Wellington Sculpture Trust commissions temporary sculptures at two yearly intervals for siting on the four concrete ‘plinths’ on the harbour-side boundary of the forecourt of Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.

Through the quality of the artworks installed in previous rounds, the growing awareness and reputation of the project, and the prominence of the site which is one of the most visited in New Zealand, this project provides a prestigious opportunity for established and emerging artists alike. 

To date six sculptures have been commissioned in this series: Green Islands by Regan Gentry, 2008-2010; Mimetic Brotherhood by Peter Trevelyan, 2010-2012; Out of the Dusk by Joanna Langford 2012-2014; Rita Angus used to grow her own vegetables, by Glen Hayward; a (very) brief history of aotearoa by Kereama Taepa, 2016-2018 and most recently, Other Worlds by Ruth Watson. Descriptions and photographs of these can be seen on the Trust’s website.

This brief is to facilitate the selection of the seventh commission, to be installed in February 2020.


Key Points

Proposals on A3 boards to be submitted by 2 November 2018

Proposals to be accompanied by a fee of $30, cash, cheque or bank deposit

The selected artist receives $40,000 to fabricate and install the artwork and retains ownership of it for subsequent sale or disposal

Fabrication to take place in 2019 for installation in early 2020.


To download the full brief please click here.

Please read the brief carefully.


The project forms part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival’s visual arts programme.

With funding from Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust and Wellington Waterfront Ltd