Call for proposals: The Collin Post 4 Plinths Project

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Sculpture Award 2026

The Wellington Sculpture Trust is pleased to announce applications are now open for the 2026 Collin Post 4 Plinths Project. The successful artist will receive $50,000 to realise new works to be sited on the concrete forecourt ‘plinths’ outside Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington. This call for proposals facilitates selection of the tenth commission and will be in place for two years from early 2026.

The Collin Post 4 Plinths Project provides a prestigious opportunity for established and emerging artists through the reputation of the project, the quality of the artworks installed in previous rounds and the prominence of the site, one of the most visited in New Zealand.

Sabine Marcelis’ Merging Blocks (2024-2026) is currently on show. Previous recipients of the award are: Ben Pearce (2022-2024), Yolunda Hickman (2020–2022), Ruth Watson (2018–2020); Kereama Taepa (2016–2018), Glen Hayward (2014–2016), Joanna Langford (2012–2014); Peter Trevelyan (2010–2012); and Regan Gentry (2008–2010). 

Descriptions and photographs of these can be seen on the Trust’s website. 

The opportunity is open to both New Zealand and international artists and the artist retains ownership of the work at the completion of the project. 

Download a detailed brief here