Policies and strategies

We offer support to the arts sector through our Public Art Policy, Arts and Culture Strategy, and the Furnishings Art Collection Policy.

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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

Aho Tini 2030: Arts, Culture and Creativity Strategy

This strategy combines the review of the 2011 Arts & Culture Strategy, together with the original Aho Tini principles (2018), to give new direction for cultural wellbeing for the city.

Aho Tini 2030 will provide direction for the Council and Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) in supporting cultural wellbeing, working alongside the many artists, creative industries, local organisations, national institutions, cultural groups, friends and whānau that all play a part. 

The name Aho Tini was gifted by mana whenua to encompass this work.

Aho Tini 2030: Arts, Culture and Creativity Strategy

Wellington City Art Collection Policy

The Wellington City Art Collection Policy was drafted in 2005 and updates the 2001 Furnishings Art Collection Policy.

It provides a framework for Wellington City Council to develop and maintain a collection of art works, enriching Wellington's art sector and reach by exhibiting in Council buildings and facilities and loaning works nationally and internationally.

An Art Collection Advisory Group oversees the acquisitions budget, and focusses on purchasing contemporary work by emerging and mid-career artists that live in, or have a significant connection to Wellington.

Wellington City Art Collection Policy (232KB PDF)

Contact us

Arts Team

Email: arts@wcc.govt.nz