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 NZ Sculpture Onshore Announces New Curators and Open Call for Expressions of Interest





20th January 2016 

New Zealand Sculpture OnShore (NZSOS) is excited to announce the appointment of two new curators for its upcoming exhibition in 2016, Anna Hanson and Ross Liew, and the launch of the Open Call for Expressions of Interest.

Anna Hanson and Ross Liew are both art practitioners, facilitators, and curators who have worked together on numerous large scale exhibitions across New Zealand. With a wealth of experience in art programming for gallery, festivals, events and special projects, Anna and Ross are looking forward to working on this unique and dynamic exhibition, that is NZ Sculpture OnShore.

“As one of the largest and the longest running sculpture exhibitions in New Zealand, our vision is to build upon the legacy and traditions of NZ Sculpture OnShore, while introducing new elements showcasing the diverse survey of contemporary sculptural practice in all it’s forms across the country,” says Anna and Ross. 

They are succeeding Rob Garrett who, as curator for NZSOS since 2008, led the development of the exhibition to become one of New Zealand’s leading events, showcasing sculptures from artists throughout Aotearoa. 

Sally Dewar, Chair of NZ Sculpture OnShore says, “We would like to thank Rob Garrett for his creativity and drive in developing NZSOS into a leading feature on the NZ Arts calendar. As we look to the future evolution of the exhibition, we are excited to welcome Anna Hanson and Ross Liew to NZSOS.  Their wealth of experience and active engagement in New Zealand’s visual arts, combined with their vision for NZSOS promises to make the 2016 exhibition an essential must see.”

The success of NZ Sculpture OnShore has meant the exhibition has also become the principal fundraiser for Women’s Refuge, with the proceeds of the 2014 event topping $180,000. Since its’ inception, NZSOS has donated over $1.5 million to help the Refuge support victims of domestic violence.

Dr Ang Jury, CEO of Women’s Refuge says, “We’ve had over 20 years of ongoing support from Sculpture  OnShore, and we are absolutely excited to be a part of another event. The funds raised from this will make a huge difference to the 20,000 women and children in NZ that Women’s Refuge helps every year. “

NZ Sculpture OnShore is calling on artists to submit their Expressions of Interest to exhibit. This national outdoor sculpture exhibition is presented biennially in November, at the spectacular Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve in Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore. “We are looking for monumental stand alone sculpture, ephemeral projects, light and sound works, performance/process art, site specific installations and works inviting participation and tangible interaction,” says Anna and Ross.

Most of the works will be for sale and all proceeds from art sales will be donated to NZ Women’s Refuge.

Please submit your expressions of interest to exhibit by completing the form below.

Opportunity: Fort Takapuna, Devonport, North Shore, Auckland

Exhibition Date: 10th-20th November 2016

Closing Date for proposals: 7th March 2016

Contact: Kim Shaw | artists@nzsculptureonshore.co.nz |

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