Twenty sculptors from across Aotearoa have been selected to create sculptures on-site for the two weeks of this Contemporary Sculpture Symposium. Coinciding with the America’s Cup race on the Waitemata Harbour this is the only event of its kind to have artists working on-site with multiple mediums of wood, hard stone, soft stone, metal, polystyrene and glass, creating sculptures from start to finish in the one place.

The sculptors will be creating, from start to finish, a sculpture pertaining to an aquatic theme which, when finished, will be auctioned to the highest bidder in a live auction on Sunday 28 March at 4pm. A percentage of sales will be donated to a charity pertaining to the theme in this case, Coastguard NZ.

Some of the artists have also brought one finished sculpture to display during the event, showcasing the individual artists work. These works will also be auctioned.

This Biennial event is held on Takaparawhau - Bastion Point, Whenua Rangatira land of Ngāti Whatua near Michael Joseph Savage Memorial gardens overlooking the Waitemata Harbour.

Visitors are welcome to come and view the Sculpture Symposium at any time during working hours, and can expect to see a number of different mediums transform into works of art and to meet the makers. This work, usually done behind closed doors, is made by people with a huge passion and love for their craft. Raumati Toi looks to inspire and pass on that passion to others.


Two highly experienced Sculptors will be present to tutor ten teenage students in sculpting and designing a soft stone (Oamaru Stone) carving over two weekends during the symposium, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.

Raumati Toi will supply tutors, stone and tools for the students over the four days. At the end of the program students will have the option of selling their piece or keeping it. If sold, the students will keep 100% of funds. This experience will broaden their artistic knowledge, help foster self-esteem, dignity and pride to students and their Whanau, and inspire them to reach their full potential and advance options for employment and career development.