headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2017

headland Sculpture on the Gulf returns to Waiheke from Friday 3 – Sunday 26 February 2017 with a Gala opening held on the evening of 2 February 2017.


headland Sculpture on the Gulf aims to make a unique contribution to the cultural life of New Zealand Aotearoa by creating opportunities for people to experience the power and beauty of contemporary landscape sculpture.

In 2017 headland Sculpture on the Gulf will present significant new contemporary works by some of New Zealand’s foremost artists.

Guided by terrain and place, established and emerging New Zealand artists will transform a 2km section of headland from Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve towards Church Bay and Matiatia with more than 20 works of art installed along the coast. headland Sculpture on the Gulf will assist artists to present site specific artworks that respond to the unique Waiheke Island environment.

A major art event in the public realm for Auckland, the Board and Cultural Programme Committee plan a reinvigorated event with art work that offers an active and purposeful engagement with site and community. A public programme including films, lectures, workshops, interventions and other events aims to engage a broad local, national and international visitor audience.


A Call for Proposals for concepts for works has been released and is available in our “Call for Proposals” section on this website. Applications close Monday 15th February 2016. Details about the parameters for applications and how to apply are provided in the Call for Proposals. There is no fee for entry but proposals must be feasible and resilient in an outdoor coastal environment and aligned with the headland aspirations for artists and audiences, which are detailed in the Call for Proposals information.

Successful shortlisted artists from the Call for Proposals will be invited to submit more detailed and refined proposals by April 2016. The selection will be made by the headland Cultural Programme Committee.

Look back on headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015:

2015 Sculptures

An amazing display of 31 sculptures graced the headland above Matiatia Bay for the three weeks of headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015.

Fullers People’s Choice Award Announced

In a fitting end to what was another record breaking headland Sculpture on the Gulf with over 55,000 visitors. James Wright was awarded the Fullers People’s Choice Award for his work Target.

The award was hotly contested by a number of artists but Wright was the winner on the night.

2015 Artists

The 2015 exhibition featured thirty one sculptures from a diverse range of artists that captured the imagination of our visitors. The 2015 sculptures encouraged the audience to experience and interact with different forms of sculpture in new and exciting ways.

The individual artist works were set against the backdrop of the natural elements of this unique headland location and delivered a spectacular event.

headland Sculpture on the Gulf was established in 2003 by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, and quickly became New Zealand’s premier outdoor sculpture exhibition, 2015 will be the 7th biennial event.

The event is run by a passionate Board of Directors and Management team, realised through the support of sponsors and funders, Friends & Patrons of the event and a large team of volunteers. Without the support of these groups the self-funded event would not happen.

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