Sculpture on the Gulf returns to Waiheke in March 2022

Call for artists now open, new selection committee and board members

Auckland, New Zealand, 5 July 2021: New Zealand’s foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition Sculpture on the Gulf returns in March 2022, to Waiheke Island’s magnificent coastal landscape. Covid-19 caused the cancellation of the event in 2021 and planning is now well underway for the 2022 event to be held between 4 and 20 March next year.

Sculpture on the Gulf invites artists from diverse communities all over Aotearoa, including Waiheke, to present outdoor sculptures that respond to the spectacular setting and environment of Waiheke and Tīkapa Moana (the Hauraki Gulf). The works will be displayed along a two-kilometre stretch of coastline along the Waiheke headland from Church Bay towards Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve and Matiatia.

Open call for artists proposals for Sculpture on the Gulf 2022

Sculpture on the Gulf is currently calling for proposals from artists to submit recent, existing or new sculpture conceived, for the two-kilometre stretch of coastline along the Waiheke Island headland from Church Bay towards Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve and Matiatia. Selected artists will be assisted to deliver and present their works for the exhibition to be shown on Waiheke Island, Auckland, from 4th – 20th March 2022. The call for artists proposals are now officially open until 5pm, Friday 6th August 2021.

New Sculpture on the Gulf Selection Committee
Sculpture on the Gulf also announces today the appointment of two new highly accomplished art experts to join the Sculpture on the Gulf curational panel for 2022. New selectors, Nigel Borrell and Rachel Yates, together with Fiona Blanchard and Dr Kriselle Baker, will form the new selection committee, responsible for the challenging but highly rewarding task of selecting the artists who will be invited to exhibit their work in March next year.

Sculpture on the Gulf Selection Committee includes:

  • Nigel Borell is a curator, writer, educator and artist. He recently curated the large survey exhibition Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2021). Current projects include the curatorium to Histōrias Indīgenas-Indigenous Histories at Museum de Art, São Paulo, Brazil (2023), Nigel is of Pirirakau, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Te Whakatōhea descent.
  • Rachel Yates works as Curator of Pacific Cultures at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. She is of Samoan (Vaisala, Savaii) and English (Merseyside) descent, with familial connections to Tonga (Faleloa, Haapai). She is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, where she is exploring a collaborative project focussed on our marginalised Pasifika communities.


Sculpture on the Gulf curator, Rachel Yates, said, “I’m humbled to be a selector for Sculpture of the Gulf 2022.  It is a unique, reputable event that offers a meaningful space and platform for artists and contemporary issues. I look forward to the review process, and getting an in-depth insight into materials, design, context, and the story-telling of works considered.”


New Sculpture on the Gulf Board Members
Sculpture on the Gulf is also pleased to announce the appointment of seven new board members. Highly skilled in marketing, business, information technology, and governance, the new board bring years of experience and leadership to help bring the Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 vision to life.


Sculpture on the Gulf Board Members includes:

  • Warwick Grey has been a resident of Waiheke Island for 28 years, and he and his wife have lived full-time on the island for 15 years. He has been the driving force behind the highly successful silent auction at the main fundraising event for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, and brings significant marketing and information technology expertise to Sculpture on the Gulf.
  • Another island resident, Sarah Judkins brings considerable arts management and business flair to the Sculpture on the Gulf She is currently the Waiheke Community Art Gallery chair and serves as a Trustee of the Auckland Arts Festival.
  • An island resident since 1999, Jon Ewer has many years of governance experience – in both the private sector and in not-for-profit organisations. He is a committee member and steadfast supporter of the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Having served on the Board of Sculpture on the Gulf in 2013, he helped organise the 2015 and 2017 events.
  • Erika Petersen Yigzawgrew up on Waiheke Island. She began her professional career as a barrister and solicitor at Bell Gully Buddle Weir, then moved to the United States to take on a progression of roles in executive leadership in Higher Education. She has recently returned to the island with her family.
  • Fiona Blanchard is a highly experienced cultural sector leader who has headed up world-class, customer-centric, and operational teams for City of Sydney, Auckland War Memorial Museum, and City Gallery Wellington. A resident of Waiheke for four years, Fiona and her husband Mike are passionate about the people, community, and place.
  • Mikki‐Tae Taparahas over twenty‐two years of experience in event management for clients including Iwi, Auckland Council, and multinational corporations. He has produced several Matariki Festivals, Waitangi Festival, TUIA 250 and contributed to events for ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development). He is also Rereteewhioi Marae chair and trustee, and senior advisor at Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand). Mikki‐Tae and his husband, Ray, have lived on Waiheke Island since 2000.
  • Dr Kriselle Baker divides her time between Waiheke and Auckland, where she works as an arts writer, editor, and publisher. She was a founding member of the Auckland Art Gallery Contemporary Benefactors and has served on the Board of Te Tuhi and The Hotere Foundation.

Sculpture on the Gulf board member, Dr Kriselle Baker, said, “As Sculpture on the Gulf approaches its 20th birthday in 2023, we would like to thank our patrons, benefactors and partners for their ongoing support of this unique event. Our plans for next year’s festival are well under way, and we have plenty of exciting news to share with you over the coming months.

“The team behind Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 are already working hard to ensure that this will be our best event yet. Our vision is to create New Zealand’s foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition: a source of great pride and joy not just to Waiheke Islanders but to all New Zealanders. We look forward to taking you along for what promises to be an exhilarating ride.”

Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 is thrilled to be once again proudly supported by Perpetual Guardian as naming rights partner.


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About Sculpture on the Gulf

Since the first event in 2003, Sculpture on the Gulf has established itself as New Zealand’s foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition, a unique contribution to the cultural life of Aotearoa New Zealand. The event fosters the potential of contemporary sculpture to activate the environment, creating opportunities for audiences to experience the power and beauty of sculpture in the landscape.

Sculpture on the Gulf 2022 will continue the conversation between sculpture and site through no fewer than 20 significant works. Established as a biennial exhibition, Sculpture on the Gulf has an open brief to support all forms of sculpture that provoke new ideas of public and place, and new modes of engagement and reception.

Sculpture on the Gulf is structured according to a dispersed site model, featuring contemporary, site-responsive sculptures across an extended coastal landscape of secluded bays, majestic headlands, intimate nooks, and grand vistas. In this way, the exhibition site becomes a dynamic space in which these diverse locations and sculptures function as experiential performance spaces, implicating artists, visitors, organisers, and communities in an evolving relationship with the uniqueness of this whenua.