Council seek artists for Waka landing site proposal


Nelson City Council is on the hunt for artists across the country who would be interested in creating original artwork for the prestigious Waka Landing Site located on the Maitai River Walkway.

The commission is made possible through the Nelson City Council’s Arts Fund which is administered by Arts Council Nelson and is valued up to a possible $75,000.

Chair of Community Services Councillor Pete Rainey says the work will celebrate Nelson city and its people and their history.

“This artwork will recognise, in particular, the impact of Maori settlement and development in this area,” he says.

The concept for the Waka Landing artwork should complement the overall design approach of the Maitai Walkway development.

The selected concept will be a significant but subtle contemporary work of relevance to the people of Nelson/Whakatu and created as a site-specific response to its position on the edge of the present boundaries of the Maitai River and Saltwater Creek, and its historical position on the edge of Parororoa/Nelson Haven.

Arts Council Nelson Community Arts Manager, Lloyd Harwood, says this is a wonderful opportunity for Nelson to acquire another major piece of public art.

“Nelson City Council must be applauded for their vision and commitment toward investing in public artworks that are so enjoyed by the community and our many visitors.

“Given the significance of this site, it is anticipated that the brief will appeal to a wide cross-section of artists and result in a rich diversity of creative concepts,” he says.

Full details regarding the project can be viewed on the Arts Council Nelson website, under ‘arts opportunities’ or on Creative New Zealand’s site ‘The Big Idea’.

Artists have until 4 December to submit proposals. Work will commence on the project early next year and will be completed and sited by December 2016.

Enquiries may be made to Lloyd Harwood, ACN Community Arts Manager by email: [email protected] or phone 03 5484640 or 0273269166.