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Public Art Panel – Expressions of Interest

Tauranga City Council are seeking expressions of interest for panelists to sit on the newly reformed public art panel.

Tauranga City Council has a bold and ambitious new city vision and strategic framework for public art. One which embraces partnership and recognises the role that art and artists play in creating thriving communities. Over the next ten years the city will undergo a major transformation, which will include the development of a new civic and cultural precinct, Te Manawataki o Te Papa.

The new Public Art Framework will support the commissioning, development, gifting and maintenance of artworks which are located on Council-owned sites. This includes integration of artwork into the planning of key Tauranga City Council infrastructure and civic projects. The framework prioritises external partnerships for the creation and funding of artworks, and builds capacity and expertise within Tauranga City Council, the local creative sector, and the community.

To support Tauranga City Council on the realisation of their vision, the Public Art Panel will be made up of industry-leading professionals who provide independent, professional assessment, advice and recommendations to Tauranga City Council.

The role of the Public Art Panel:

  • Be an advocate and champion for public art in Tauranga.
  • Discuss and provide expert advice to Tauranga City Council on significant public art initiatives, at all stages of development and implementation.
  • Assess public art proposals based on the assessment criteria, and identify areas for improvement early in the concept, design and delivery process.
  • Make funding recommendations for internal and external projects to the public art fund.
  • Participate in the development and annual review of the public art master plan priorities.
  • Provide Council officers with advice on commissioning processes and artist selection methods, consistent design advice, clear direction, and confidence in their delivery and reporting.
  • Make recommendations on current works which should be removed and/or re-sited.

The panel will meet up to eight times a year, members will serve a term of three years, although this can be reduced or extended in the first instance, to ensure timely succession. Panel members will be remunerated for their time spent preparing for, and in, panel meetings. When selected, panelists will need to comply with the public art panel’s Terms of Reference.

Tauranga City Council is looking for applicants that have more than one of the following desired qualities:

  • Expertise and proven experience in commissioning, creating or curating public art.
  • Expertise and proven experience in commissioning, creating or curating ngā toi Māori within public spheres.
  • Sound knowledge of the history and/or landscape of Tauranga.
  • Sound knowledge of the narratives of mana whenua.
  • Expertise in urban design, architecture or landscape architecture.
  • Expertise in arts management.
  • Governance experience, particularly within an arts, culture or heritage institution.
  • Funding, sponsorship and philanthropy experience, particularly involving arts, culture  and heritage.
  • Well connected in the Bay of Plenty.

For further information on this role, or to apply, please email your CV and a cover letter to:

Image: Angus Muir’s installations at The Strand, courtesy of Tauranga City Council and Downtown Tauranga. Photo: Jess Lowcher.

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