The SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space is New Zealand’s only international biennial dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art in public space. It is organized and managed by the Art & Industry Biennial Trust.
SCAPE is the largest producer of new contemporary artwork in New Zealand, by both national and international artists. It plays an important role as it is the only New Zealand biennial which focuses on commissioning
new works of art, and has established a vital platform for both national and international artists to develop dynamic, lively and progressive artwork.
Held in Christchurch’s central city public spaces and supported through a range of partnerships SCAPE is renowned for showcasing leading contemporary artists. The Trust’s vision for the SCAPE biennials is to engage local, national and international audiences with outstanding new artworks in public space through partnerships with industry.
Matching artist with industry, material, intellectual property and resources enables
the production of new innovative artworks, attracting and involving communities in the exploration of contemporary art.
SCAPE has established a platform for artists to develop dynamic, critical and progressive new public artworks. Through its program of six permanent artworks and commissioning of more than 150 temporary public artworks SCAPE provides a unique point of difference for the city, enhancing the urban centre and raising the profile for public art Christchurch.