Expressions of Interest: Black Walnut Carved Panels

Call for Expressions of Interest

Creative Bay of Plenty and Ōmokoroa Public Art Group (OPAG), in conjunction with the local Hapū, Pirirākau Incorporated Society, are commissioning a carved/relief panel(s) to be created from a black walnut log felled at the local Gerald Crapp Historic reserve. The panel(s) will be installed inside the temporary library on Western Ave, Ōmokoroa and eventually moved to the new library once this has been constructed.


It is envisaged that there will be up to three wall panels; this commission therefore may be awarded to more than one artist. We will encourage shortlisted artists to collaborate with Pirirākau carvers to create a multi-cultural representation for Ōmokoroa. The design will provide an opportunity to express Ōmokoroa’s unique identity and the library staff brief is very broad in that the panel(s) should be “something relevant to Ōmokoroa in some way”.

Dimensions and material

The space on the library wall for the panel(s) measures 4.8m x 1.6m, but this does not need to be filled completely, and the weight of the finished panel(s) will need to be suitable for hanging on this wall.  The black walnut log has been milled into five slabs/flitches (measuring roughly 2.7m long and 500mm, 480mm, 400mm, 350mm and 300mm wide) and 2 offcuts.

Process and timeframes

Expressions of Interest close 5pm, Thursday 31 March 2022.

How to register your expression of interest:

  1. Complete the online Registration Form below
  2. Upload the following information:
  • Links to sites where your work can be viewed (your website, social medias, etc.)
  • Examples of previous work (photos, descriptions, and all relevant details included)


Once we have received the Expressions of Interest, our panel will shortlist a selection of artists.  These artists will then be invited to view the log slabs/flitches and discuss the criteria further.  Artists still interested will be paid $500 each to prepare a concept design and budget, and to present their design to the panel.

Concept Design Submissions close 5pm, Thursday 15 September 2022

The panel will evaluate the concept designs and budgets and choose the successful artist/s by the end of October 2022, with the intention of the artwork being commissioned and completed in agreement with the artist after funding has been secured. Payment will be 50% in advance and 50% at completion.

Assessment criteria

Proposals will be assessed with the following criteria in mind and align with the WBOPDC public art guidelines:

  • Artistic excellence and quality,
  • Cultural representation
  • Community engagement
  • Innovation
  • Impact


For further questions about this and other creative opportunities, contact Rose Treadwell at Creative Bay of Plenty:


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