headland Sculpture on the Gulf

Enhanced by a magnificent landscape, headland Sculpture on the Gulf is New Zealand’s premier contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition. It is listed in the New York Times as number 35 in the top 46 destination events in the world to visit.

The dates for the next headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition: 25 January – 17 February 2019. 

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headland Sculpture on the Gulf is New Zealand’s foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition, and 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 sculpture in the landscape.

Focusing on the very best of New Zealand art practice, new artistic concepts, created specifically for the 2017 event, were shown along the spectacular 2.5km coastal walkway overlooking Matiatia a harbour, the gateway to Waiheke. Guided by terrain and place, both highly respected senior and more recently established New Zealand artists have transformed a two kilometre section of the headland from Church Bay towards Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve and Matiatia with ambitious and striking art works.

Alongside works by some of New Zealand’s most well known traditional sculptors, the 2017 headland Sculpture on the Gulf included works that incorporate public participation or ‘social sculpture’. This curatorial stance reflects the changes and different approaches to three-dimensional art practice in public space over recent decades,

A major art event in the public realm for Auckland, headland Sculpture on the Gulf is supported by an education programme for schools, and a public programme of talks, workshops and events.

2017 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, 

2017 marked the eighth biennial headland Sculpture on the Gulf which was initiated by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. With the support of founding benefactors, John Gow, Sue Fisher, and Ruth Foreman. Owned by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, this event which was first staged in 2003 was initially run by a gallery sub-committee. As the event grew, the gallery formed a separate organization, Headland Sculpture on the Gulf Ltd. The gallery continues to support the exhibition by operating the Pavilion Gallery, providing volunteers for the event and appointing the directors of the headland board.

 Artist Virginia King’s ‘Phantom Fleet’ has won the Fullers People’s Choice Award for headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2017.

This fleet of beautifully intricate filigreed vessels was a favourite for visitors to this year’s event, making this the fourth time Virginia King has claimed the People’s Choice Award.

However, “this was the closest People’s Choice Award ever” according to hSOTG chair, Margaret Malaghan, with fellow artists Michel Tuffery (Trailing Tangaroa); Phil Price (Forbidden Tree); and Tiffany Singh (The Journey of a Million Miles Begins with One Step), all finishing close to the top.

“It’s been a real privilege to exhibit beside high profile artists like Chris Booth, Brett Graham, Phil Price and Maureen Lander. Several artists in this year’s hSOTG exhibition have also embraced themes about the environment and concerns about migration and survival and this was evident in the Artworks of Tiffany Singh, Michel Tuffery and Ioane Ioane.

Perhaps, since there was no major prize this year and without any sense of competition, friendships have developed between artists and it’s been good to share concepts and ideas.  Highlights for me have included meeting some of the younger artists like Veronica Herber, Natalie Guy and Jae Kang, and seeing the strength of their Artworks.

The involvement of my team has been brilliant … (and) I am hugely grateful to all the visitors who voted for Phantom Fleet and am honoured to receive the Fullers People’s Choice Award”  – Virginia King

This exhibition is Waiheke Island’s largest community event and receives huge support from partner sponsor Fullers as well as other supporting sponsors, residents, holidaymakers and tourists.

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf is an art experience that takes people on a vibrant art journey over some of Waiheke Island’s most magnificent scenery – an inspirational space literally “on the edge”.

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