Artist Submissions 2022


OPEN CALL FOR ARTIST PROPOSALS – Sculpture on the Gulf 4-20 March 2022

Key Information

  • 20+ sculptures by New Zealand and international artists
  • Open to emerging and established artists
  • An estimated 30,000 visitors over 2 weeks


Since the first event in 2003, Sculpture on the Gulf has become established as New Zealand’s foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition, a unique contribution to the cultural life of Aotearoa New Zealand. The event fosters the potential of contemporary sculpture to activate the environment, creating opportunities for audiences to experience the power and beauty of sculpture in the landscape.

Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 will continue the conversation between sculpture and site through no fewer than 20 significant works. Established as a biennial exhibition, Sculpture on the Gulf has an open brief to support all forms of sculpture that provoke new ideas of public and place, and new modes of engagement and reception. Sculpture on the Gulf is structured according to a dispersed site model, featuring contemporary, site-responsive sculptures across an extended coastal landscape of secluded bays, majestic headlands, intimate nooks, and grand vistas. In this way, the exhibition site becomes a dynamic space in which these diverse locations and sculptures function as experiential performance spaces, implicating artists, visitors, organisers, and communities in an evolving relationship with the uniqueness of this whenua.

The Brief

Sculpture on the Gulf is currently calling for proposals from artists to submit recent, existing or new sculpture conceived for the two-kilometre stretch of coastline along the Waiheke headland from Church Bay towards the Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve and Matiatia. Selected artists will be assisted to deliver and present their works for the exhibition to be shown on Waiheke Island, Auckland, from 4th – 20th March 2022.

The event explores sculpture in its broadest sense: transient or permanent, dispersed or monumental, event or architectural, participatory or installation, light or sound based – from traditional media to temporal works. Proposals may incorporate a journey or activity, comprise an architectural intervention, offer a shelter or activate a temporary social space into the rhythm and flow of the walkway. The key expectations are that proposals are for work that is sufficiently resilient to survive coastal conditions for the period of the event and demonstrate an active and purposeful engagement with site – the event’s location on an iconic coast walk in the Hauraki Gulf and its connections to Auckland City. Inspiration can come from the coastal elements of the natural environment, mana whenua, social, historical, and cultural contexts, visitors, and local community or beyond. The potential for ‘sites’ of engagement is local, but global in the connection to people and place.        

Key dates


Friday 25th June 2021, 9am

Call for submissions open

Friday 6th August 2021,5pm

Phase one concept proposals due

Friday 13th August 2021, 5pm 

Artists notified of selection for Phase two

Friday 3rd September 2021, 5pm

Phase two detailed proposals due

Friday 10th September 2021, 5pm

Artists confirmed for selection

Friday 11th February 2021, 5pm

Completed works due at Auckland Freight Depot

Friday 4th March 2022

Exhibition opens



Artists are strongly encouraged to visit the exhibition walkway before submitting a concept proposal. A topographical map of the exhibition site is available below.

Walkway Site Map

The selection process is as follows:

Phase one: Concept Proposal Word length: 750 words maximum

The Concept Proposal will outline the concept of the work and include:

  • A description of the idea and how the work will respond to the brief
  • Details of potential site − where feasible, artists are encouraged to select three proposed sites for their sculpture by marking and describing their preferred sites, in order of preference, on the map (link to site map). While artist site preferences will be considered, final site selection may be determined by curatorial review and environmental or installation constraints
  • Proposed materials, construction, and scale
  • Estimated cost to complete the work

Please also include:

  • A recent bio and summary of the artist/collective’s current practice
  • Up to 10 digital images of previous work (jpg. less than 2MB each)
  • Details of supporting dealer gallery, if applicable

The deadline for submission of concept proposals is 5pm, Friday 6th August 2021

All applications will be acknowledged on receipt 

Artists selected to proceed to Phase two and submit a further development of their proposals will be notified on 5pm Friday 13th August 2021.

Phase two: Detailed Proposal Word length: 1,500 words maximum

Before submitting the detailed proposal, artists are required to visit the exhibition walkway to facilitate the development of their work in relation to the proposed site.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to submit a Detailed Proposal, which should include:

  • A detailed description of the work
  • At least one Marquette or associated works (drawings, video stills) for exhibition and sale
  • Particularities of materials, scale, and techniques
  • Installation requirements
  • Technical assistance required
  • Engineering feasibility for foundations and wind factors
  • Maintenance and possible health and safety issues (if known)
  • A detailed budget (including transportation to site where applicable)
  • Sale price of the work (where applicable) (inclusive of GST and any commissions payable to dealer galleries)

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the Committee’s assessment of their detailed proposal by 5pm, Friday 10th September 2021. Based on the viability of the development of the phase two proposals, the selectors will confirm artists to proceed to create or submit an existing work for Sculpture on the Gulf 2022.

Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 Selection Committee includes:

Nigel Borrell

Nigel Borrell is of Pirirakau, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Whakatōhea tribal descent. He is a curator, writer, educator, and artist specialising in Māori art in both customary and contemporary fields of research.  Recent curatorial projects include co-curating with Zara Stanhope Moa Hunter Fashions by Areta Wilkinson, for 9th Asia Pacific Triennial, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018) and The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand, to deYoung Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco (2017).  Current projects include the curatorium to Histōrias Indīgenas- Indigenous Histories at Museu de Art de (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil (2023).  Most recently Borell curated the large survey exhibition Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2021), where he was the Curator Māori art from 2015-2020.  Borell participated in the First Nations Indigenous Curators Exchange programme (2015-2017): a partnership initiative of Creative New Zealand, Canada Council for the Arts and Australia Council for the Arts.  Recent writing projects include a contributing essay to Becoming our Future, a new publication engaged in the discourse of Indigenous curatorial practice from New Zealand, Canada and Australia (2020). Borell is currently a Teaching Fellow for The Faculty of Arts, The University of Auckland.

Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates, Curator Pacific Cultures at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, is of Samoan (Vaisala, Savaii) and English (Merseyside) descent, with familial connections to Tonga (Faleloa, Haapai). Rachel is a graduate of Education and Pacific Studies (2009; Hons First Class 2012) at Victoria University of Wellington, where she is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate. Her current research is an ethnography of Pasifika women living abroad in Asia in the 21st century.

Pasifika values are a constant within her curatorial practice, and key principles include advocacy, critical empowerment and tautua (service) for the communities she works for. Her work to date, has been deeply embedded in Pasifika communities, as shown by the projects she has led at the National Museum. Recent projects include:

  • Co-collecting work project in Tokelau (2016 – 2017) centred on everyday stories from everyday Tokelauans living with climate change.
  • Akomai Heritage, a community-led exhibition of ngatu (tapa cloth) for Te Papa’s inaugural Wana Ake Summer Festival public programme offering 2020 – 2021.
  • Collaborated to jointly lead Toi Tuku Iho, a Maori/Pasifika combined public programme that focussed on artists working with wood, harakeke and tattoo. 

Fiona Blanchard

Fiona is a cultural sector leader with almost two decades’ experience heading up world-class, customer-centric and operational teams for City of Sydney, Auckland War Memorial Museum, and City Gallery Wellington. Her management of complex, multi-stakeholder projects has included major public art and community engagement programmes across Australasia. She has led high-level events with central and local government and community organisations, managing visits and ceremonies for Heads of State, global leaders, and dignitaries. Fiona has a commitment to celebrating and fostering diversity and inclusion and upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. A resident of Waiheke for four years, Fiona and her husband Mike are passionate about the people, community and place o te motu.                                                   

Dr Kriselle Baker

Kriselle is an arts writer, editor, and publisher. She has a PhD in Art History from The University of Auckland and has published several monographs on Ralph Hotere, Fiona Pardington, and Mark Adams. She has served on the Board of Te Tuhi and The Hotere Foundation. She has a keen interest in the use of digital applications for the arts. Kriselle lives with her husband and teenage daughter in both Auckland and on Waiheke. Ko Pūhunga Tohorā te maunga, Ko Hokianga te moana. Ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāruahine ngā iwi.

Sculpture on the Gulf 2022: Artist Agreement and Conditions of Entry

Artists selected by the Committee to participate in Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 will by way of an Artist’s Agreement commit to: 

  • Site visit assessments, preparation, and installation visits to the exhibition site on Waiheke Island and participation in Sculpture on the Gulf artist briefing sessions on Waiheke Island
  • The sale of the exhibited work and associated works: Marquette/s, drawings, video stills
  • Material costs of production
  • Development of material for the catalogue
  • An appendix detailing the work
  • A timeline of key stages and requirements – including site visits
  • Image and publicity requirements

Funding and sponsorship

Sculpture on the Gulf undertakes to assist the selected artists to develop, make and deliver the selected work through financial and sponsorship contributions where possible.

  • Artists should disclose any funding applications or sponsorship arrangements as part of their Detailed Proposal so that Sculpture on the Gulf can consider conflicts and impacts on any potential commissioning or underwriting proposals for the work.
  • Additional grants or sponsorship to assist sculptors to complete their work may be available depending on secured funding.

Sales and commission

  • All works exhibited and associated works (Marquette/s, drawings, video stills) are for sale by Sculpture on the Gulf, with a commission rate of 40% (inclusive of GST).
  • Artists exclusively represented by a gallery or agent, will split the 40% commission, providing up to 20% to the Agent .
  • All submissions must include the retail price of the work.
  • Maquettes or miniatures, drawings or video stills are required from all artists and will be displayed and offered for sale by Sculpture on the Gulf with a commission of 40% (inclusive of GST).
  • Other related artwork by the selected artist may be sold during the event, especially for digital, social, or performative projects.
  • If the work is one of an edition, the artist must provide details of the edition, including total numbers and how many will be available for sale at Sculpture on the Gulf.
  • Each selected artist will also receive two complimentary tickets to the Opening Gala.

The Work

  • All types, shapes, and forms of sculpture are eligible for entry.
  • Submitting artists should consider the following: ease of installation, safety, impact on the environment, power supply, and the ability of the work to withstand a maximum of 4-5 weeks (including installation and de-installation) of strong wind, rain, salt spray, and sun.
  • If a work is deemed unsafe or insufficiently robust it will not be considered.
  • Along with selected work, artists must provide a maquette, miniature or other small sculpture or work as an integral part of the associated exhibition at Waiheke Community Art Gallery.
  • Smaller works may replicate the large works but can be of different materials to the exhibited work. Please check with the Artist Submission team for details.

The Sites

  • Selected works will be sited along the Waiheke Island public coastal walkway between Matiatia and Church Bay.
  • A variety of installation sites will be available for consideration, suitable for works across a wide range of sizes.
  • Sites include pebbled beaches, rocky promontories, wetlands, cliff faces, grassy headlands, secluded locations and valleys.
  • Specific sites in the sea and on the foreshore are also available, although works cannot affect the environment in any way e.g.: no drilling into rocks or trees cut etc.
  • While Sculpture on the Gulf would make its best efforts to preserve works in the sea, we would not accept any liability for any damage.
  • All sites offer dramatic sea, city and coastal views.
  • Consultation with selected artists will occur in relation to specific sites; however the final decision on site allocations will be made by the Sculpture on the Gulf selection panel and will be guided by curatorial concerns, the environment, the sculpture itself and public safety.


  • Sculpture on the Gulf is responsible for the transportation of all works between the Auckland freight depot and the Waiheke walkway.
  • Artists are responsible for getting works to the Auckland freight depot and collection afterwards, if not sold. Sponsorship support may be available in some cases.


  • Sculpture on the Gulf will provide Public Liability Insurance for the transportation of the work from the Auckland freight depot to Waiheke Island, and for the duration of the exhibition only.

Installation and Deinstallation

  • The artist is responsible for the installation and de-installation of the work.
  • Sculpture on the Gulf will provide an installation/technical manager and a small crew, along with specialist guidance, equipment and material for installation and plinths (i.e., concrete) to assist both installing and the de-installation process.
  • It is a condition of exhibiting that artists are on site during installation and de-installation.


Please submit all proposals and any queries regarding this call for proposals to:

Please see the Sculpture on the Gulf website for information about previous events: