Te Manawa Lightboxes

Porirua City Council is calling for curators and artists to propose new light box exhibitions for our 2024-25 programme. We are looking for up to three exhibitions that will run for approximately five months each.


Running the length of Hagley Street to Ferry Place, the light boxes are a unique public site for the display of art. They provide an opportunity for curators and artists to exhibit work in a dynamically urban, high-profile and challenging environment.

There are 3 double-sided light boxes, and each is a 3-metre tall, made of steel and glass, have been installed in the spine of Porirua’s CBD, Te Manawa.

Lightbox Exhibitions

Light box artworks are digital files printed on vinyl that is adhered directly to the glass panel door of each light box. The front face of the artwork is adhesive and the printed images have a degree of translucency. The light boxes are lit at night, but not during the day.

Light box dimensions

  • Light box glass: 2658mm (h) x 1055mm (w)
  • Image print size: 2668mm (h) x 1065mm (w)

Dates and duration

Light box exhibitions run for approximately five months. The next lightbox exhibition will open in the early 2024.

Proposed proposal process

Arts organisations, institutions, curators and artists will be invited to submit exhibition proposals. The deadline for proposals is Monday 4 March 2024.

We require a written proposal that includes:

  • the proposed exhibition concept and objectives, including a description of the work to be exhibited.
  • supporting images, including mock-ups of at least 3-4 proposed artworks in situ (note, these can be works in progress). It is important to provide visuals to show how the exhibition may look in situ.
  • how the work will relate to the site and engage audiences
  • information on the participating curator(s) and artist(s) including CVs
  • relevant images of the artists’ previous work

Artists are welcome to discuss their proposal ideas with the curatorial team at Pātaka.

Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF via email to: [email protected]

Call for Proposals 22 November 2023

Proposals close 4 March 2024

Assessment and Selection March 2024

Notification Date 29 March 2024

Exhibition Opening June 2024, January 2025, June 2025


Your proposal will be reviewed by the Porirua City Council’s Public Art Panel. You will be notified of a decision by email by April 2024.

Previous exhibitions

  • Miriama Grace-Smith, Hei Matariki (Jun 2023)
  • Ruth Robertson-Taylor, Beacons of Gaia ki Parirua (December 2022)
  • Kohai Grace, Turangawaewae (July 2022)


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