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SCAPE prepares to launch first annual public art season

Good news for contemporary art lovers: SCAPE Public Art is moving from its biennial model to an annual, six-week season of epic public art in Christchurch.

Starting on October 1, the first season will launch several new works – including world-renowned British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley’s companion piece to STAY – as well as showcasing SCAPE’s extensive current catalogue of major public artworks.

David McCracken Plain View 2016. Image courtesy of artist Gow Langsford Gallery Auckland 2 David McCracken, Plain View, 2016. Image courtesy of artist, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

Gormley’s first STAY sculpture was installed in the Avon River at last year’s festival, while an identical piece will be homed in the north quad of the Arts Centre for the opening of this year’s festival.

Scape's first season is timed to coincide with school holidays and the New Zealand Cup and Show Week celebrations, and the opening weekend offers numerous opportunities to meet the artists and curators with special talks and tours. 

Featuring 11 artworks by nine artists on sites across the city, the action-packed 2016 Season offers six key components: • The SCAPE Public Art Walkway
• Presence - Heather Galbraith’s curated exhibition of public artwork
• Re:ACTIVATE - Student & emerging artists’ exhibition
• SCAPE Education – Classroom programme and art making activities
• SCAPE Speaker Series - Artists talks, screenings and public programmes
• SCAPE Events - Including an opening weekend of youth, family and children-focused free event.


For full details of the exciting line-up, check out the programme at

Main image: Judy Darragh, Stainless, 2010-2011. Image- Jennifer French, courtesy of artist, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland and Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

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