Volunteers sought to make up public art selection panel

The search has begun for panel members who will select a piece of public art for the Octagon, in Dunedin.

The Dunedin City Council said this week it was seeking volunteers to help choose the new artwork.

Candidates should have a ``keen interest'' in Dunedin's public art and cultural history, knowledge of and experience with nga toi Maori and contemporary art, council initiatives relationship adviser Lisa Wilkie said.

There are four panel seats to be filled in addition to three to be occupied by council staff.

The deadline for applications was November 24.

The call followed news last month the council was seeking expressions of interest from artists and designers for a new piece of public art, to be added to the Octagon, hopefully within the next 12 months.

The successful artist would be paid $65,000 and their work would be the first of a new collection of public artworks to be built up over the next 10 to 15 years.


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