Written by Sara Black
Objectspace is New Zealand’s leading public gallery dedicated to the fields of design, craft and architecture.
When Objectspace relocated to their new gallery on Auckland’s Rose Road in 2017, they decided to set up the plinth commission which offered makers, artists and designers everything they need to make great art. Situated below Objectspace’s white-box façade, works for this space respond to the courtyard’s unique architectural conditions and remain in situ for up to 12 months.
You may remember their inaugural commission with Warwick Freeman’s In Praise Of Volcanoes, followed by Virginia Leonard’s All I Want Is A Face Lift (which was subsequently bought for the collection of the Gallery of New South Wales) and their current work, Seeing Is Believing by Mary-Louise Browne.
Help Objectspace fund the next three one-of-a-kind artist plinth projects. Their first three commissions, to date, have been made possible through the generosity of the community. This time, their call for support comes at a crucial time as the gallery faces a 30 per cent programming budget cut related to Covid-19.
They’ve launched a $40,000 Boosted crowd-funding campaign and, with this fund, will guarantee three artists, three significant commissions over the next two years. Their courtyard commissions are Objectspace’s best-resourced projects — offering artists important opportunities to develop work.