Policies and strategies

We offer support to the arts sector through our Public Art Policy, Arts and Culture Strategy, and the Furnishings Art Collection Policy.

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Public Art Policy

Wellington's public art works are governed by the Council's Public Art Policy (2012). The policy aims at encouraging many different public art activities to keep the city's urban environment visually dynamic.

The policy does this by:

  • overseeing the development of a forward work programme for public art
  • raising awareness of art in public places
  • promoting innovative ideas relating to art in public places
  • reinforcing Wellington's identity as New Zealand's creative and cultural capital.

These outcomes listed in the policy are in line with the Council's priorities in our Arts and Culture Strategy, as well as our Towards 2040: Smart Capital strategic vision.

Public Art Policy

Arts and Culture Strategy

The Arts and Culture Strategy aims to:

  • build on the city's existing strengths and untapped opportunities to provide a focus for Council investment, asset management and staff
  • provide direction so we can work more effectively with others - communities, business, tertiary institutions, and the arts and cultural sector - to address the challenges before us
  • reinvigorate Wellington's arts and cultural offerings to residents and visitors.

Arts and Culture Strategy

Wellington City Art Collection Policy

The Wellington City Art Collection Policy was drafted in 2005 and updates the 2001 Furnishings Art Collection Policy.

It provides a framework for Wellington City Council to develop and maintain a collection of art works, enriching Wellington's art sector and reach by exhibiting in Council buildings and facilities and loaning works nationally and internationally.

An Art Collection Advisory Group oversees the acquisitions budget, and focusses on purchasing contemporary work by emerging and mid-career artists that live in, or have a significant connection to Wellington.

Wellington City Art Collection Policy (232KB PDF)

Contact us

Felicity Birch, Senior Arts Advisor

Mobile: 021 227 8143

Email: felicity.birch@wcc.govt.nz