Sculpture Festival 2022 - Open Call

The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora

• Deadline: March 31st, 2022⁠ •

• Prize: Exhibition + Exposure

• Field: Sculpture

• Entry Fees: Free

• REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT



In the third year of this event, Sculpture Festival brings together emerging and well-known artists from around Aotearoa to present a public exhibition of distinctive sculptural works. The aim is to have over 200 works for sale, including large and small-scale sculpture and craft works in a range of media such as ceramic, stone, glass, metal works, jewellery, ngā toi Māori, Pacific arts and Asian arts.

Curated by Koji Miyazaki, works will be showcased in the Great Hall, North & South Quads between 3 – 16 September 2022.


We are seeking artists to present at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre's annual Sculpture Festival 2022. Following the success of previous years, the festival will again be curated by local gallery curator and artist, Koji Miyazaki, and works will be selected by a panel of practising artists.

If you are interested in presenting, please read on and scroll down to the bottom of this page to submit an application before 31 March.

The Sculpture Festival brings together emerging and well-known artists from around Aotearoa New Zealand to present a public exhibition of distinctive sculptural works appealing to a wide range of audiences.

In the third year of this event, we aim to have over 200 works offered for sale, including large and small-scale sculpture and craft works in a range of media. Ceramic, stone, glass, and metal works, jewellery, installation, ngā toi Māori, Pacific arts and Asian arts is just some of what we intend to offer.

Works will be showcased in the Great Hall daily across the festival dates of 3 – 16 September 2022 with larger outdoor sculptures placed throughout the North and South Quads. During the opening weekend, we would like to give visitors the opportunity to watch an artist demonstrating their skills and techniques, hear them talk about their work, or try their hand at a new skill in workshop.

All sales from Sculpture Festival will benefit both the artist and Te Matatiki Toi Ora, for which this is an annual fundraiser.

Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre Sculpture Festival is supported by The Farina Thompson Charitable Trust.

For general enquiries about the festival, please contact Chris Archer at chrisa@artscentre.org.nz before 25 March 2022.

Further Information and Application Details

For artists interested in presenting work for sale, and/or offering a talk/s, demonstrations, or workshops, please read the following information and complete the application form below.

What Te Matatiki Toi Ora provides:
  • An opportunity to have your works seen by a large and diverse audience

  • All aspects of administration involved with sales

  • For selected artists, the opportunity to present a 20-minute talk about your work ($60 fee provided), a 45–60-minute demonstration ($100 free provided) or a 60–90-minute hands-on workshop ($200 fee provided) for adults or children

  • Promotion of the festival on our website, social media channels and databases

  • An artist commission

  • COVID permitting, an invitation to an opening event for you and a partner

  • Support for installation and deinstallation of your work

  • Insurance for your work while at Te Matatiki Toi Ora

  • Re-packaging of artworks for postage back to you if not sold

What is expected of you:
  • To provide title, dates, dimensions, media, sale price, an image of each work and biographical/contextual info to be included in the catalogue

  • To be present for install (30 August – 1 September 2022) and deinstall (17 September) of your own works if possible

  • To arrange and pay cost of freight and insurance while your artwork is in transit to Te Matatiki Toi Ora, and back to you if unsold

  • To invoice Te Matatiki Toi Ora for your commission and any public programme fees (if applicable) after receiving sales advice from Te Matatiki Toi Ora at the end of the festival

  • To promote the festival through your own networks

Applications

If you are keen to apply to exhibit in the festival, please fill in the following form before 5pm, Thursday 31 March.

Forms must be completed in one session, and you will need to have the following information to hand:

  • Your full contact details

  • Up to 200 words to describe your proposed work

  • Your CV

  • An idea of the materials and dimensions of the work that you would like to supply

  • The number of works you would like to supply, on the understanding that we’d expect a small number of larger outdoor works

  • Up to 10 images of the works themselves OR if the works have not yet been finished, concept drawings

  • Up to 5 images of past works which give us an indication of what you are capable of

  • Whether or not you are also interested in giving an artist talk, demonstration, or workshop