Art and artists are a significant part of Auckland’s creativity and dynamism. Public art is the process and result of engaging artists’ creativity and ideas in developing Auckland’s public places.
What Auckland Council seeks to achieve through the Public Art Policy is that all Aucklanders and visitors have the opportunity to experience thought-provoking, culturally vibrant, enjoyable, challenging and inspiring public art and public space that is distinctive and unique to Auckland.
belonging, and transform Auckland’s public places. The Public Art Policy reflects the council’s long- term commitment to developing and supporting public art activities and caring for Auckland’s collection of public art assets.
in public art, the principles that guide the council’s actions, the various roles the council plays and the context within which decision-making for public art takes place.
1.1 Auckland’s unique context
Auckland’s point of difference, multicultural diversity, our youthful population, heritage and history, stunning natural landscape and the special character of our built environment, and our distinction as the world’s largest Polynesian city.
1.1.1 Māori identity
Auckland region bear the cultural traditions and heritage that help to make Auckland unique.
The council will partner with mana whenua to ensure that public art activities contribute to the visibility and celebration of their stories and histories.
1.1.2 People diversity
- Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world, with two-thirds of New Zealand’s Pacific people. Dynamic Pacific languages, cultural practices and customs make Auckland distinctive. The council will work with the region’s Pacific communities and artists to ensure that public art activities contribute to celebrating Auckland’s Polynesian richness.
- By some counts Auckland ranks amongst the most multicultural cities in the world: we host more than 200 different ethnicities, and almost 40 per cent of Aucklanders were not born in New Zealand. In the last 15 years the greatest increase of any ethnic group has been in those of Asian origin, principally from China, India and Korea. The council will work with Auckland’s diverse ethnic, linguistic and cultural communities to reflect and respond to their stories through public art as opportunities arise.
- By global standards Auckland is still a relatively small, comparatively young city, both in terms of the age profile of its population and the history of its development. Auckland’s youthfulness and rapid growth have contributed to the energetic atmosphere in parts of the city. One-third of children in New Zealand live in Auckland and our children and young people are the top priority of the Auckland Plan. Focusing on creating a city that is a great place for children, young people, their families and whanau to live will contribute substantially to making Auckland the world’s most liveable city. Public art will play a role through engaging with and giving expression to the creativity of Auckland’s children and young people.
1.1.3 Distinctive natural and built environments
- Auckland has a natural environment that few other cities can match: our beaches, islands, harbours, waterways, volcanoes, ranges, lush forests and productive rural areas provide a magnificent setting for the diversity that is Auckland.
- Auckland’s built environment, which retains the feel of a collection of villages and town centres each with its own distinctive characteristics, tells of our heritage and neighbourhood identities.