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Transforming space through art: Artweek public art commission opportunities for artists

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Wednesday 2 Jun 2021

Artweek Auckland returns to the city centre from 9 - 17 October. As a proud long-standing supporter of the event, we're proud to be partnering with Artweek to offer opportunities for local artists to reimagine and transform some familiar city centre spaces in the High Street District area.

To find out more about the Changing Lanes and Freyberg Place steps temporary public art projects, read on. 

Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes is an annual collaborative project funded and managed by Heart of the City and facilitated by Artweek Auckland. The project aims to transform several Auckland city centre spaces with art installations on a temporary basis during Artweek Auckland 2021 and seeks to help create connections in our community and provide opportunities for artists.

We are looking for creative thinkers, artists and multidisciplinary teams with a strong interest in sustainability, communities and urbanism. This is a great opportunity to create a temporary public art project in the heart of the city by 8 October 2021 (in time for Artweek 9-17 October), that reimagines city spaces and helps bring Aucklanders back to the city.

Budget: $7500 + GST per site (including installation costs)
Submissions due: 5pm, Friday 9 July 2021
Please email to:

Download Brief Here 

Changing Lanes 2020, 'Animals Make Us Human' by Brit Bunkley and Andrea Gardner. Image: Sacha Stejko

Freyberg Place Steps

Artweek and Heart of the City are also looking for designers, and artists with an interest in sustainability, communities, and urbanism to submit a design to be used to transform the steps in Freyberg Place.

This is a great opportunity to create a temporary public art project in the heart of the city, that reimagines a popular city public space and celebrates Artweek.

Artist Fee: $2500 + GST 
Submissions due: 5pm, Friday 9 July 2021
Please email to:

Download Brief Here