headland Sculpture on the Gulf

Enhanced by a magnificent landscape, headland Sculpture on the Gulf is New Zealand’s premier contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition. It is listed in the New York Times as number 35 in the top 46 destination events in the world to visit.

The dates for the next headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition: Friday 27 January to 19 February 2017 with a Gala opening on the evening of 26 January.

2015 marked the seventh biennial headland Sculpture on the Gulf which was initiated by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, with the support of founding benefactors, John Gow, Sue Fisher, and Ruth Foreman. Owned by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, this event which was first staged in 2003 was initially run by a gallery sub-committee. As the event grew, the gallery formed a separate organization, Headland Sculpture on the Gulf Ltd. The gallery continues to support the exhibition by operating the Pavilion Gallery, providing volunteers for the event and appointing the directors of the headland board.

In 2015 over 55,000 people flocked to the island to enjoy the exhibition of large-scale sculptures by some of New Zealand’s most significant artists, exhibited along a spectacular 2.5km coastal walkway overlooking Matiatia harbour, the gateway to Waiheke. 

From 23 January to 15 February 2015 around 30 artists’ works were temporarily installed on dramatic sites along the headland. The works were chosen by a curatorial panel and at each event visitors cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. A number of invited artists also exhibited their work in the Pavilion Gallery.

The Lexus Premier Winner in 2015 was Cushla Donaldson for her work The Precariats.  The Fullers Peoples Choice winner was James Wright for his work Target. 

This free exhibition is Waiheke Island’s largest community event and receives huge support from partner sponsor Fullers as well as other supporting sponsors, residents, holidaymakers and tourists.

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf is an art experience that takes people on a vibrant art journey over some of Waiheke Island’s most magnificent scenery – an inspirational space literally “on the edge”.

For more information and news visit  www.sculptureonthegulf.co.nz