Public Art Fund

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

This funding is administrated within the Whanganui District by Whanganui & Partners.

Peaceable Kingdom artwork - Drews Avenue

Image: Peaceable Kingdom by Brit Bunkley & Andrea Gardner, 2020

Applications are assessed twice yearly by the Public Art Steering Group to ensure they meet criteria and reflect the desired outcomes of the Public Art Fund Guidelines and the Public Art Strategy 2010-2012(PDF, 387KB)

Applications Dates
Open: Monday, 7 September 2020
Close: 12 noon, Monday, 9 November 2020
For projects that take place between 1 December 2020 and 19 November 2021

For more information about the eligibility of your public art work please see the Public Art Fund Guidelines(PDF, 4MB) 

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. 

This is a $30,000 match fund. As such any successful grants will only be disbursed once the same amount of funding is sourced by applicants from additional sources (for instance, if you are applying for $5000 from the Public Art Fund you will need to match that with $5000 from other places). 

Please read and complete the application form(PDF, 1MB) and send it to the Community Arts Coordinator, Anique Jayasinghe by email 

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

Anique Jayasinghe
Community Arts Co-ordinator
Whanganui and Partners
PO Box 637, Whanganui 4500

You can also drop your hard-copy applications directly to the Whanganui & Partners front desk at 179 St Hill Street.