Policies & strategies

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Public Art Policy

Wellington's public art works are governed by the Council's Public Art Policy (2012). The policy aims at encouraging many different public art activities to keep the city's urban environment visually dynamic.

The policy does this by:

  • overseeing the development of a forward work programme for public art
  • raising awareness of art in public places
  • promoting innovative ideas relating to art in public places
  • reinforcing Wellington's identity as New Zealand's creative and cultural capital.

These outcomes listed in the policy are in line with the Council's priorities in our Arts and Culture Strategy, as well as our Towards 2040: Smart Capital strategic vision.

Public Art Policy

Arts and Culture Strategy

The Arts and Culture Strategy aims to:

  • build on the city's existing strengths and untapped opportunities to provide a focus for Council investment, asset management and staff
  • provide direction so we can work more effectively with others - communities, business, tertiary institutions, and the arts and cultural sector - to address the challenges before us
  • reinvigorate Wellington's arts and cultural offerings to residents and visitors.

Arts and Culture Strategy

Furnishings Art Collection Policy

The Furnishings Art Collection Policy was drafted in 2001 and as a result:

  • the Art Collection Advisory Group was formed
  • an acquisitions budget was set up
  • a more concentrated approach to purchasing contemporary work by Wellington-based artists was put into action.

Furnishings Art Collection Policy

More information

Felicity Birch, Arts Programme Advisor

Phone 04 803 8143
Email felicity.birch@wcc.govt.nz