Public Art and the Public Art Panel
Vibrant, dynamic, moving, thought-provoking, restorative, CHALLENGING:
– what is the role of public art?
What ideas and expertise could you offer to make our district shine with public art?
We're seeking two independent arts/urban design professionals for the Council's Public Art Panel.
See here for information about applying for a position.
Kāpiti Coast District Council has a strong commitment to encouraging the arts in the community, both visual and performing arts. Supporting and encouraging a culture of creativity and innovation promotes the District's sense of community, civic pride, and distinctive identity, and is an important way to celebrate the whakapapa and history of tangata whenua as well as matawaka and cultural identity through Toi Māori.
An important way to enhance the cultural identity of the District is through public art, which may be permanently exhibited indoors in public buildings, or installed or created outdoors, often as an integrated aspect of our outdoor structures. Our public artworks include major artworks commissioned by Council, artist-designed elements integrated into Council developments, or community-led projects such as murals or temporary installations. Council annually approves its Public Art Programme which sets out a list of sites to install public artwork.
Te Uruhi/Maclean Park - Designs for Tohorā by Kereama Taepa
Otaihanga Domain toilet block – project led by muralist Theo Arraj and carried out by a group of young people co-ordinated by the Kāpiti Coast Youth Council
The Council appoints the Public Art Panel to provide expert advice to Council, to assist and advise on the Public Art Programme, and to commission major public artworks.
The Panel has five members: representatives from Elected Council members, Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti, and Mahara Gallery, nominated by those bodies, and two independent arts professionals selected through a public process. At least one of the independent arts professionals should have experience in urban design, for their expertise in integrating artistic elements into Council developments and community-led projects such as murals or temporary installations.
More information on the roles and responsibilities of the Panel can be found in the Terms of Reference.
A new Panel will be appointed shortly for the 2019-2022 triennium. The Council is currently seeking to fill two positions on its Public Art Panel:
- Independent Arts Professional:
- Independent Urban Design Professional
Please contact the Arts Advisor for more information and how to apply: Rosie.Salas@kapiticoast.govt.nz
Applications close 5pm, Friday 7 February 2020.