Public Art Fund

The Public Art Fund is designed to support the delivery of innovative and exciting public art in Whanganui.

Applications are assessed by the Public Art Steering Group to ensure they meet criteria and reflect the desired outcomes of the Public Art Fund Guidelines.

2021 Application Dates
For projects that take place between 15 November 2021 and 15 November 2022

Open: Monday, 16th August
Closing date extended to: 12 noon Friday, 29 October

For more information about the eligibility of your public artwork please see the Public Art Fund Guidelines(PDF, 9MB). Eligible projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • works such as sculpture, street art, pou whenua, sound, light, new genre public art, land art, murals, relational aesthetics, digital art, moving image and installations 
  • artists contributing to urban design developments (such as parks, streets, bridges, buildings and street furniture) 
  • temporary public art activities and events, such as performance artworks, time-based sculpture, sonic art, projections, paste-ups, media arts, and movable works 
  • artists working with communities in public spaces. 

The Public Art Fund is a match funding scheme. As such, any successful grants will only be disbursed once the same amount of funding is sourced by applicants from another private or public sponsor (for instance, if you are applying for $5000 from the Public Art Fund you will need to match that with $5000 from another sponsor). This helps ensure community investment in an artwork and the fund can support more artworks.

Please read and complete the application form(DOCX, 107KB) and send it to the Community Arts Coordinator, Anique Jayasinghe by email on

Alternatively, you may post your hard-copy applications to:

Anique Jayasinghe
Community Arts Coordinator
Whanganui District Council
PO Box 637
Whanganui 4541