Courtenay Place Park

With an urban backdrop instead of the traditional white gallery walls, this light box exhibition space is a New Zealand first.

The light boxes form a highly public exhibition space in Courtenay Place Park and feature eight 3m-high steel and glass LED boxes.

The light boxes were designed as an integral part of the Courtenay Place Park and were unveiled to Wellingtonians in May 2008. The light boxes encourage people to reflect on this environment, even if just for a minute.

Each exhibition lasts for 4 to 6 months.

A yellow and red surface with liquid dripping down it.

Laura Duffy, Garden of Purity


Current exhibition

Garden of Purity

31 August - 9 December 2018
Artist: Laura Duffy

Garden of Purity considers how we read and ingest imagery, drawing links through history from art history to advertising. Duffy sees the works as being a layered conversation about Catholicism, advertising, abjection, and queerness. She uses edible materials as a starting point for the series of digitally manipulated photographs in the light boxes and online video works. The series intends to prompt questions about traditional notions of beauty and divinity by blurring the lines between repulsion and desire.

Photo of a girl standing against a metal fence.

Ahlia-Mei by Chevron Hassett


Upcoming exhibition

A Place TŪ Be

17 December 2018 – 24 March 2019
Chevron Hassett

As Aotearoa’s population becomes more diverse, the concept of cultural identity also shifts and evolves. 

Chevron Hassett’s exhibition in Courtenay Place Park presents portraits of young urban Māori as digital pouwhenua, situating them within the heart of the city they live in, and creating a temporary public marae ātea in Courtenay Place.

Chevron Hassett's website

Past projects

For information on previous Courtenay Place light boxes exhibitions, see: Past projects

More information

Meredith Robertshawe, Senior Arts Advisor

Phone 04 803 8207