Public art proposals

Find out how to submit a proposal for public art activity in Wellington.

Public art activities play an important role in distinguishing Wellington as a sophisticated, tolerant, dynamic city with creativity at its heart.

Public art activity involves:

  • artists contributing to the thinking and design of public places and spaces
  • art concepts and/or art works and/or design features integrated into urban design developments (including buildings, streets and parks)
  • artists working in and with communities in public spaces
  • art processes and artworks in the public sphere that may be variously described as sculpture, murals, street-art, performance, new-genre public art, relational aesthetics, and/or installations.


Public Art Activity Proposal Application (213KB PDF)



Public Art Activity Proposal Application (35KB RTF)



Public Art Activity Guidelines (297KB PDF)



Public Art Activity Guidelines (7KB RTF)



Assessment Guidelines for Public Art Activity (425KB PDF)



Assessment Guidelines for Public Art Activity (18KB RTF)

The City Arts team assesses all proposals in collaboration with the Public Art Panel to ensure proposals meet the criteria and reflect the outcomes for public art activity.

The guidelines and public art activity applications apply to proposals for both temporary and permanent projects, and proposed gifts and donations.

Public Art Fund

The Council funds the research, development, commissioning and implementation of public art activity in Wellington. See the grants we've awarded in 2015/16.

The average amount awarded to public art projects is approximately $10,000, although levels of investment vary. Well-focused projects are often less than $10,000 and funding is also considered at a more substantial level, sometimes allowing for a larger scale or for lengthier periods of engagement. You should discuss your proposed project and level of funding with an Arts Advisor before submitting your application.

Public art proposal deadlines

The Public Art Panel reviews proposals for public art activity four times a year in March, June, August and November.

The next two deadlines for proposals are:

  • 5pm, Wednesday 14 August 2019
  • 5pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019

Proposals for the Courtenay Place Park light boxes are currently being considered, please see the Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes webpage for details.

For further information on available funding and deadlines, contact our arts advisor (see details below).

Submitting a proposal

We recommend discussing your project with an Arts Advisor as early as possible. The Arts Advisor will be able to provide useful information about council-owned sites, budget advice, and general recommendations on your concept and proposal.

More information

Meredith Robertshawe, Senior Arts Advisor

Phone 021 227 8207