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.

Tangaroa ā mua, Angela Kilford, 2019.


Current exhibition

Te Māra Tautāne

Angela Kilford
10 June 2019 – 2 September 2019

In Māori cosmology, the rising of the Matariki constellation, and the star Puanga, marks the beginning of the new year. Artist and textile designer Angela Kilford's (Te Whanau A Kai, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) exhibition Te Māra Tautāne explores and celebrates invisible whakapapa connections between the earthly and celestial realms at Matariki.

Photographing and manipulating images of Aotearoa New Zealand's natural environment; flower blossoms, tree bark, and tuatara skin, the artist seeks to express the ecosystems and multiple ancestries these living beings share. Tangaroa ā mua, the first moon phase of Matariki, is depicted by the small white flowers of the Ngaio tree, evoking the whakapapa story of Rona and the moon, where Rona is plucked from earth, and taken to the moon whilst holding onto a Ngaio tree. 

Kilford sees these lightbox images as a contemporary urban māra tautāne, which is a traditional, ceremonial garden, planted in offering to Matariki.

Call for proposals

We are calling for curators and artists to propose new light box exhibitions for our 2020/2021 programme.

We are also calling for Matariki light box proposals from Māori curators and artists for exhibition during the Matariki festivals in 2020 and 2021, as a time of renewal and an acknowledgement of the natural cycles of the universe. Each exhibition will run for approximately 4 months each, from early 2020.

The deadline for all proposals is 5pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019.

For more information, see exhibition opportunities.

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