Robert Janke 2017

Gregor Kregar 2015

David McCracken 2003

Paul Dibble 2007

Tania Paterson 2015

Sriwhana Spong 2017

Konstantin Dimopoulus

Dear Sculpture on the Gulf supporter,

You will be aware that our biannual Sculpture on the Gulf (Sotg) is scheduled for March 2021; a huge month for Auckland as this date coincides with the final races for the America’s Cup.

Given the scale of this event and the anticipated visitor numbers to Waiheke Island the decision has been made to defer Sculpture on the Gulf for a year to 2022.

The anticipated pressure on the Island’s infrastructure has primarily driven this decision.

In response and independent of this decision, the Waiheke Community Art Gallery has been working with our Local Board and community stakeholders to develop an alternative 2021 event that will enable us to showcase Waiheke and our treasured Matiatia foreshore.

ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Event and Economic Development) has requested a proposal from us to showcase Waiheke as part of their America’s Cup Summer Festival programme. Our response, in close liaison with the Gallery’s cultural advisors, has been to develop an exciting visitor experience for the Matiatia foreshore that is closely aligned to the concept of Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship over the land and sea).

Providing funding can be achieved, our vision is for a unique visitor experience focused around the carving of a major waka on the Matiatia foreshore, similar to a project recently completed at Vero Whitewater Park in South Auckland pictured below.

We are currently in the process of applying for grants to underwrite this event.

 

Opportunities for cultural engagement and storytelling that portray the diversity and creativity of our community and our city will be showcased. The experience will extend up to the Village and include a supporting in-gallery exhibition.

Matiatia Waka Waiheke will focus on building pride in our community while informing and engaging visitors during the America’s Cup in a range of diverse cultural experiences that represent our people and our place. We will be looking for volunteers and support across the community to help bring this exciting project to life and we look forward to your support and participation.  We remain committed to Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 and appreciate the huge contribution you have made to the event in the past. We are in the process of securing a new board to shape the vision and direction of the event for 2022 and beyond to ensure a sustainable future for this internationally acclaimed event. In the meantime we will continue to share more information regarding Matiatia Waka Waihekein the coming weeks.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Judkins Chair, Waiheke Community Art Gallery.
Sue Wood on behalf of SOTG,

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