Artist Registration

Please read the Proposal Form carefully and ensure you provide all the required information and images so that your submission has the best opportunity for consideration.

NZ Sculpture OnShore is New Zealand's largest outdoor sculpture exhibition held every two years at the spectacular Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve on Auckland’s North Shore.

The exhibition, which features work from established and emerging artists, provides a unique snapshot of contemporary three-dimensional art practice in New Zealand and Internationally. 

All of the works exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore are for sale during the exhibition and proceeds from each exhibition are donated to Women's Refuge. To date more than $1.9 million has been donated to help Women's Refuge support the victims of domestic violence in New Zealand.

Expressions of interest are sought from NZ artists for the next biennial exhibition in November 2020.

Curator Sally Lush is looking for a range of new works or those not exhibited previously in Auckland that will suit the large, exposed cliff-top site.

The artworks selected will range in scale from monumental stand-alone sculptures to domestic and small-scaled works; ephemeral projects, light and sound art works, interactive and participatory works, process art and site-specific installations utilising some of the historic built structures will also be included. Works that explore and raise awareness of the Women’s Refuge cause and those that relate to the history of the site will be encouraged.

Artists are also encouraged to create smaller works and Maquettes that will be for sale in the indoor gallery. A separate Call for Indoor Gallery submissions will be made in May. 

Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to vote in the People’s Choice Award which earns a cash prize of $1500 for the winning artist, generously supplied by our sponsors Fisher Funds.

Key Dates for 2020 Event

Sat 25 Jan and Sun 26 Jan:   10.30am Artist site visits with curator to book
9 March: Deadline Expressions of Interest via Registration Form
Early April: Artists selected and notified
April/May: Artists contracts settled and exhibiting artists announced
May: Call for Indoor Gallery submissions
August: Indoor Gallery proposals deadline
September: Indoor Gallery artists selected and notified
28 October: Installation of outdoor works commences; Indoor Gallery works received
3 November: Installation of outdoor works complete
7 - 22 November: NZSoS Exhibition at Fort Takapuna (Closed Monday 9th and 16th)
23 November: De-installation of outdoor works and collection of sold works by purchasers


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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