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.

For more information about the Public Art Policy and Public Art Panel: Public Art - Panel and Policy

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, May, August and November.

Public Art Fund proposal deadline

The next public art proposal deadline is 9am, Thursday 1 February 2018

Proposals for the Courtenay Place Park light boxes are only considered in the first funding round of each calendar year.

For further information on available funding and deadlines, contact the Arts Advisor by emailing

125th anniversary of women's suffrage - proposal deadline

Wellington City Council’s City Arts & Events team and Public Art Panel are calling for temporary public art proposals from artists and curators in response to the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, Aotearoa. The deadline for proposals is 9am Thursday 8 February 2018.

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

Eve Armstrong, Arts Advisor

Phone (04) 803 8207