Creative Talent Wanted for Korimako Lane

Creative Talent Wanted for Korimako Lane

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) is seeking expressions of interest to create an artwork for the soon to be developed Korimako Lane in Hawera.

South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop says the commission is open to artists who currently or previously have lived in the South Taranaki District.

“It’s exciting and very appropriate to be able to support local artists to contribute to works in our community spaces,” he says.

Korimako Lane has been designed to link the Napier Street carpark with High Street and is part of the overall Hawera Town Centre redevelopment plan.New shop frontages will also be developed which will open onto the lane.

Community Development Advisor, Ella Borrows, says the artwork should reflect the Town’s cultural and historical heritage while acknowledging that the Bellbird, in Māori is Korimako.

“Artists are encouraged to evoke a unique ‘sense of place’ and to balance the need for a strong visual impact with a site-appropriate approach to design,” says Mrs Borrows.

“The artwork can be functional, abstract or multi-dimensional, but must be practical and achievable within a budget of $4,000 (including installation).As the artwork will be located outdoors it will also need to be durable to the natural weathering elements of wind, salt and sun,” she says.

If you are interested please email ella.borrows@stdc.govt.nz or contact her at the South Taranaki District Council on 0800 111 323 by 5.00pm on 3 August 2018.

An opportunity for interested artists to visit the site will be provided on Saturday 21 July between 10.30am and 11.30am.Council staff will be available to answer questions about the site plan and proposed options for placement of artwork.

The commissioned artwork is to be completed by 8 November 2018 and able to be installed by 23 November at the latest.