Courtenay Place Park

A New Zealand first, Courtenay Place Park light boxes form a highly public exhibition space in the midst of Wellington’s central city environment.

The eight 3-metre high steel and glass LED light boxes were designed as an integral part of the Courtenay Place Park and were unveiled in May 2008.

The light boxes encourage people to reflect on this busy and diverse urban centre, even if just for a minute.

Each exhibition lasts for four to six months.

Call for proposals

We are calling for curators and artists to propose new light box exhibitions for our 2020/21 programme.

Each exhibition will run for approximately four months each, from late 2020.

We are also calling for Matariki light box proposals from Māori curators and artists for exhibition during the Matariki festivals in 2021, as a time of renewal and an acknowledgement of the natural cycles of the universe.

To submit a proposal, click on the link below and download the attached documents.

Submit a proposal

The deadline for all proposals is 12 midnight, Wednesday 4 March 2020.

The lightboxes installed at Courtenay Place.

If these walls could talk, they'd tell you my name, Jasmine Togo-Brisby


Current exhibition:

If these walls could talk, they'd tell you my name

Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes
Jasmine Togo-Brisby

16 December 2019 – 29 March 2020

Wellington-based, South Sea Islander artist Jasmine Togo-Brisby presents a new photographic series in the Courtenay Place Park Lightboxes – titled, If these walls could talk, they'd tell you my name.

This new body of work responds to two concurrent events; the artist's recent discovery of records confirming her great-great-grandparents' existence as house slaves, acquired in 1899 by the Sydney-based Wunderlich family, and the current restoration of the Wunderlich ceiling panels in Wellington's Town Hall. 

The photographic series continues Togo-Brisby's interest in histories of the Pacific Slave Trade embedded within contemporary material culture. Wunderlich ceiling panels, distinctive for their ornate pressed designs, can be found across many buildings across Australia and Aotearoa and are now carefully preserved as heritage materials. 

The overly visible Wunderlich family legacy bears remarkable contrast to paucity of historical records available for South Sea Islanders. Across Togo-Brisby's photographs, inter-generational portraits force a consideration of who is and isn't visible within the archives and narratives of history.

Essay about this work by Ioana Gordon-Smith (23KB PDF)

Past projects

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

More information

Meredith Robertshawe, Senior Arts Advisor

Phone 021 227 8207