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May 23rd, 2013

Art in Public Places draft Policy

Auckland Council is developing a new public art policy and is currently seeking feedback on the draft policy. The Public Art Policy will guide decisions on both council’s own public art activity and any art activity in public places and aims to ensure excellence and alignment of all public art activity across council.

The policy states that art and artists are a significant part of the creativity and dynamism of the Auckland region; and public art is a key way to engage artists’ creativity and ideas in developing Auckland’s contemporary public realm. Auckland Council has a strong interest in supporting public art activity in all its forms because it contributes to Auckland becoming the world’s most liveable city. Art works range from the traditional to the highly inventive, from the intimately scaled to the landmark. These are, and will be, created by artists from both near and far, and evoke Auckland’s highest aspirations, New Zealand’s stories and diverse cultural landscape.

Public art is a local public service that enhances the attractiveness, interest and design quality of public places in Auckland’s network of towns, villages, neighbourhoods and open spaces.

To read the full draft Public Art Policy, click here

If you would like to give your feedback on the policy, download the feedback form here by 17th June and email to

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