Sculpture on the Gulf 2024

Wander through incredible artwork on Auckland's slice of paradise, Waiheke Island.
Emma Clark-Dow
January 30, 2024


Sculpture on the Gulf is celebrating its 20th year of exhibitions with yet another collection of incredible sculptures placed along the shores of Auckland's Waiheke Island from Saturday, February 24—Sunday, March 24.

Two decades ago, a group of Waiheke Island locals wanted to do something to showcase the island's creative community and so Sculpture on the Gulf was born, a concept inspired by Bondi Beach's Sculpture by the Sea. It was a huge success, with 12,000 people flocking Waiheke to experience art in a new way.

The exhibition has since become renowned in the art world, with fans gathering at Matiatia Coastal Walkway to wander through the 2km trail of sculptures, created by a range of talented artists.

These artworks vary in size, shape and form — from Turumeke Harrington's large-format installations to Steve Carr's work made entirely of car tyres. Then there's Nicholas Galanin's excavation piece in the shape of Albert Park's Queen Victoria statue, speaking to the former monarch's looming presence and what that meant for Indigenous people during her ruling.

In addition to the walkway, smaller scale pieces will be displayed at Waiheke Community Art Gallery.

Aucklanders are encouraged to make a day out of Sculpture on the Gulf, jumping on the ferry and trying out one of Waiheke's many wineries or restaurants before or after experiencing the exhibition. Entry to the sculpture walk is just $20 or free for children under 15. For an additional $10, art fans can grab a shuttle from the ferry, taking them directly to Matiatia Coastal Walkway.

Scuplture on the Gulf is open everyday, from 10–4pm Monday to Thursday, 9–6pm on Friday and Saturdays and 9–4pm on Sundays.


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