Public art

Artworks in public places are usually situated outdoors and are designed to enhance community spaces. This page links to information and examples of public art in Christchurch.

Made in China by Sui Jianguo. Flickr 2019-10-06-IMG_7516
Made in China by Sui Jianguo. Flickr 2019-10-06-IMG_7516

Public art in Christchurch

SCAPE Public Art

SCAPE Public Art installs free-to-view public art in Christchurch. SCAPE have gifted 9 permanent artworks and commissioned more than 160 temporary works. A public art walkway, an education and community engagement programme and a series of public events have raised the profile of public art and enhanced the city.

SCAPE Public Art Season 2019 runs from 5 October to 16 November.


Our SCAPE photos

Antony Gormley, STAY, Arts Centre Installation

Read our posts on SCAPE 8 and SCAPE 7 in 2013.

Public art resources

Public Art in Central Christchurch
This publication was created to locate and document the works of art that are publicly owned in the central Christchurch area. The project has focused on the area within the four Avenues. For the purpose of this study a work of art has been defined as a memorial, sculpture, fountain, or mural, that is publicly owned. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.
Christchurch Art Gallery
Information about exhibitions at the Christchurch Art Gallery including those in public outdoor spaces.
Watch this space
Website documenting street art and graffiti in Christchurch.
Heritage in the city
Captain Cook statue
Captain Cook statue. Flickr  CCL-2012-11-20-IMG_9833

Christchurch City Council page on clocks, memorials, statues and fountains making up the public art in and around our city.

Artworks in Public Places Policy
Christchurch City Council’s policy with the stated purpose: To enhance the public spaces of the City of Christchurch by the introduction of artworks into the city environment as a means to enhance city and community identity and to promote the city as a centre of artistic and cultural excellence.
Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Funding Scheme
The Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within their specific geographical area as well as for defined communities of interest.

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