NZ Sculpture OnShore announces its 2020 dates

New Zealand’s largest sculpture exhibition is back in November 2020 and the dates are set so don’t miss out – Saturday 7 November to Sunday 22 November, with the gala opening on Friday 6 November. 

NZ Sculpture OnShore has come a long way since 1996 when it was held in a private Takapuna garden. Our exhibition draws up to 20,000 visitors and provides a unique snapshot of contemporary three dimensional art practice in New Zealand, featuring work from both established and emerging artists.

This will be our 13th biennial event and will once again be held at the stunning clifftop Fort Takapuna O Peretu Historic Reserve in Devonport, Auckland.

In 2018, NZ Sculpture OnShore raised almost $220,000 for Women’s Refuge NZ and we’re aiming to be as successful next year. Women’s refuge plays such an important role in the lives of so many women in New Zealand and we are dedicated to supporting them so they can continue the incredible work they do.

We’ve built our team and are delighted to announce that we have a new General Manager and Art Curator on board. We also have a new-look website thanks to the Becroft Foundation and to Benefitz who designed it for us.

Poppy Sculpture on Green Field in front of Rangitoto Island

General Manager - Experienced Fundraising and Event Manager appointed

Dee Paranihi

Dee Paranihi joined us in July as General Manager, NZ Sculpture OnShore. It’s the first time we have appointed someone to this position, and Dee brings with her extensive management experience across a wide range of not-for-profits and corporates, as well as huge energy and passion for a demanding role.

Prior to her appointment, Dee spent more than four years with the First Foundation and two years with the Graeme Dingle Foundation, both of which honed her exceptionally strong skills in fundraising and events. Dee also has corporate expertise having worked with Fonterra here in New Zealand and Barclays in the United Kingdom.

“I am excited about the amazing opportunity to work on such a prestigious event while maintaining my focus on giving back. This role really ticks so many boxes for me; supporting Women’s Refuge while also showcasing amazing art. I love the fact it has a growing schools programme too which engages the local community by working with schools at all levels,” Dee Paranihi says.

Sally Lush

Our new curator is Sally Lush, who is very well-known on the North Shore for co-founding two galleries, Art by the Sea and Art Of This World. After studying science at university, Sally travelled the world, turning her attention to art in all its forms.

Since returning home, Sally has spent more than 30 years creating, managing and curating spaces for artists at two Devonport galleries to enable them to pursue their creative dreams. She was involved in establishing and curating the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens and the Harbourview Sculpture Trail in Te Atatu. For three years in a row, Sally curated the Parnell street event for White Night as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. 

“I explore a sense of place, belonging and personal discovery through paintings, sculptures and sculptural installation. I’m delighted to be able to use my skills, experience and passion for sculpture to curate this exhibition to support the valuable work of the Women’s Refuge,” Sally Lush says.

Sally Lush

Aerial Photo of Clifftop Sculptures over Water

What you need to know for 2020

The 2020 NZ Sculpture OnShore runs from Saturday, 7 November, to Sunday 22 November, with the gala opening on the evening of Friday, 6 November. The exhibition will be open daily (except for Mondays) from 10am to 5pm.

The schools' exhibition will take place in the historic underground Fort providing a rare opportunity for the public to access this fascinating building.

The Officers Mess Café will be open daily from 10am – 4.30pm serving delicious morning and afternoon teas and lunch.

We will be accepting Expressions of Interest to exhibit from this December. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

For enquiries please email the NZSOS team:

A look back at the 2018 exhibition

Our Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous and on-going support of our sponsors.
To find out more about how these organisations help us to help Women's Refuge NZ, click on the logos below.


Fisher Funds


Hesketh Henry

Harcourts Cooper & Co

Perpetual Guardian