headland would like to thank the people of Waiheke for hosting the eighth biennial Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition.
Last summer, 34 incredible artworks were placed throughout the beautiful Matiatia peninsula by established veterans and debuting artists to create one of New Zealand’s most memorable outdoor sculpture collections.
Virginia King’s Phantom Fleet proved to be the most popular of the bunch, taking out the 2017 Fullers People’s Choice Award. Her three beautiful hanging vessels made from stainless steel proved a hit with Waiheke locals and island visitors.
Phantom’s Fleet’s form suggests boat hulls and empty seedpods, and makes references to environmental migration, endurance, and loss. Suspended above the Waitemata for headland Sculpture on the Gulf, the vessels imply rising seas and the urgency of addressing global warming.
Virginia’s sculpture was joined by several other remarkable artworks including seven pieces that will stay on Waiheke Island.
Semisi Fetokai Potauaine’s Manuesina (White Bird and White Angel) is a gigantic 14 metre architectural sculpture made from steel and polymer. Semisi’s design was inspired by Tongan patterns called kupesi.
Te Rerenga Wai o Tikapa Moana – The flowing waters of Tikapa Moana by Waiheke local Chris Bailey consists of eight carved pouwhenua. Often it’s discouraged to touch artwork but Chris wanted visitors to walk through and engage with his carvings.
headland is donating both sculptures to Waiheke Island. The locations of these instalments are yet to be decided but they will be placed in prominent public areas for the people of Waiheke and tourists to enjoy.
Five other sculptures have been purchased by Waiheke locals including Chris Booth’s Kinetic Fungi Tower to Connell Bay Sculpture Park, Jeff Thomson’s Mesh to Batch Winery, Phil Price’s Forbidden Tree to Tantalus Estate and Natalie Guy’s Reading Zen in the Rocks and Denis O’Connor’s Seance going to private estates.
The Gateway was a new initiative in 2017 and it has also found a home on a private estate on Waiheke. The owners have confirmed that they will periodically open the property to the public to give people the opportunity to walk over the dynamic wooden structure designed by Stevens Lawson Architects and constructed by Unitec.
These remarkable pieces of art will strengthen Waiheke’s reputation as an island of visual arts.
headland Sculpture on the Gulf is New Zealand’s premier outdoor sculpture event and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of the Waiheke community.
headland would like to thank all the volunteers from installation and de-installation crews, event volunteers, pavilion set up and pack down teams, board members, interns, admin teams and of course, the locals who were scattered throughout the trail assisting visitors.
Collectively these people put over 30,000 volunteer hours into the 2017 exhibition.
headland would also like to thank Ngati Paoa Iwi Trust and the Piritahi Marae – their support of the arts on Waiheke continues to enrich the island.
It’s impossible to name all the Waiheke businesses and individuals that contributed to headland Sculpture on the Gulf this summer, but here is an attempted list to show the extent of the support this exhibition has received:
1081 Waiheke Labour Hire, Aaron Carpenter & Neal Ghoshal, all the volunteers, Anna & Shane Brealy, APECT, Artspex, Arts Foundation, ATEED, Auckland Council, Batch Winery, BlueDoor, Boffa Miskell, BP Oneroa, Cable Bay, Chris and Sally Bailey, Church Bay Road Honey, Clough & Associates, Countdown Waiheke, Craigs Investment Partners, Creative NZ, Delight Café, Destiny Bay Wine, DJ Chica Licorica, DJ Gareth Ross, DJ Matt, Slimboy Young, Fenice, Fire Brigade, Flora n Fauna, Foundation North, Fox Promotions, Franco’s La Panetteria, Freightlink Cartage, Fullers, Greenacres, Gulf Foods, Holmes Consulting, Hot Shot, Island Coffee, Island Print, Island Shuttles, Island Sound, Isle Land, Jaguar, JLT Insurance, Kennedy Point Vineyard, Little Frog Organic Café, Lockard & Smith, Man O’War Vineyards, Mazda Foundation, Mike Ten Holt, Ngati Paoa, NZME, Obsidian Vineyard, On the Spot Cleaning, Oneroa Medical Centre, Original Print, Oyster Inn, PaperPlus, PB Distributors, Peacock Sky, Pead PR, Peter Rees Photography, Piritahi Marae, Placemakers, Police, Post Office, Print Matters, Production Associates, Pukeko Signs, Sealink, Soho Wines, Sotherby’s, St Johns Ambulance, Steiner School, Stevens Lawson Architects, Stonyridge, Studio Italia, Surfdale Sandwich Shop, Tantalus Estate Waiheke, Te Matuku Bay Oysters, The Boatshed, The Collective, The Concierge Waiheke, The Island Grocer & Merchants, The New Hope Shop, Timberlab, Tomik Ltd, Treescape, Tui Plumbing and Gas, Unichem Waiheke Pharmacy, Unitec, Voyager Affairs, Vincent Accounting, Wai Kitchen, Wai Talks, Waiheke Adult Learning, Waiheke Bus Company, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Waiheke Community Library, Waiheke Container Hire, Waiheke Couriers, Waiheke Document Security, Waiheke High School, Waiheke Laundry & Dry Cleaning, Waiheke Local Board, Waiheke LPG, Waiheke Movers & Freight, Waiheke Resort, Waiheke Resources Trust, Waiheke Soul Orchestra, Waiheke Stage Hire, Waiheke Sustainability Centre, Waiheke Transfer Station, Waiheke Tree Care and Arborists, Waiheke Water, We’ar, Whelan Building, Wild on Waiheke, Woodside Bay Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Woodside Bay Villas, WSP and Z Energy Onetangi.
An estimated 40,000 headland Sculpture on the Gulf visitors benefited from this list of extraordinary individuals and organisations.
All guests were encouraged to take part in a survey which revealed the following results:
– 98% of visitors would come again and recommend the event to others
– 90% of visitors were either very satisfied or satisfied with their Sculpture on the Gulf experience
– 80% of visitors thought the overall quality of the exhibition was either excellent or above average
– 84% of visitors also took part in other Waiheke activities such as visiting vineyards, restaurants, beaches or Oneroa
It’s important to headland to emphasise the importance of the arts and in 2017 the education programme continued to expand with artists such as Tiffany Singh and Maureen Lander preparing workshops for locals and visitors. This year three local schools took part in the programme: Te Huruhi Primary, Waiheke Primary and Waiheke High School. Also, Papatoetoe High School, Bruce Mclaren Intermediate, Kelston Girls College, McCauley High School and Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Middle School ferried over to take part.
headland Sculpture on the Gulf also believe it’s important to inform the people of Waiheke where the funding for this event comes from and how it’s distributed. Here is a pie chart breaking down where the funds are sourced and how they’re applied;
*(Waiheke Coummunity Art Gallery breakdown: 4% to support Gallery operations; 9% to support the 2019 event)
Sculpture on the Gulf was proudly presented by the headland board: Margaret Malaghan (Chair), Barry Fenton, Tony Chamberlain, Caroline Forsyth, Andrew Scott, Jonathan Rutherfurd Best, Brooke Howard-Smith, John Ewer, John Goodwin, Zara Stanhope Pak Peacocke and the Management team; Millie Vingrys, Kelly Carmichael, Ruth Money, Nique van Selm, Cyril Wright, Angie Quattrocecere, Kara Sweney and Charlotte Maguire.