headland Sculpture on the Gulf received a record number of nearly 250 proposals for the 2017 event, more than double that of 2013. The selection process was conducted in three phases, with 42 proposals taken forward for further development in Phase Two, and 34 successful projects accepted to create final works for the headland Sculpture on the Gulf route in 2017.
Led by Dr Zara Stanhope, director of Cultural Programmes for hSOTG, the selectors comprised a group of experts in the field who form the Cultural Programme Committee of headland Sculpture on the Gulf
Dr Zara Stanhope, Principal Curator and Head of Programmes, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
Linda Chalmers, Director Waiheke Community Art Gallery
Dr Blair French, Director of Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Bruce Phillips, Senior Curator Te Tuhi, Auckland
Kelly Carmichael, Manager Cultural Programme, headland Sculpture on the Gulf
The 2017 headland Sculpture on the Gulf is distinctive in that it requires artists to produce new work made specifically for the event. It focuses on the very best of established and early-career New Zealand artists. Building on the legacy of Sculpture on the Gulf’s ambitious proposals, the 2017 event also introduces a new direction. The art will reflect how the idea of sculpture has expanded to comprise other forms. In particular, works will reflect the ways that sculpture can be a truly public art, involving public participation. This groundbreaking move to incorporate ‘social sculpture’ means that audiences will have the opportunity for a deeper experience of art around the two kilometre coastline of Waiheke Island from Church Bay towards the Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve and Matiatia.