Headland Sculpture on the Gulf

Waiheke Island • January - February 2017

Fullers is a proud sponsor of headland Sculpture on the Gulf, which returns to Waiheke Island from Friday 27th January - Sunday 19th February 2017. 

headland Sculpture on the Gulf aims to make a unique contribution to the cultural life of New Zealand Aotearoa by creating opportunities for people to experience the power and beauty of contemporary sculpture in the landscape.
In 2017 headland Sculpture on the Gulf will present significant new contemporary works by some of New Zealand’s foremost artists.

Guided by terrain and place, established and emerging New Zealand artists will transform a 2km section of headland from Te Atawhai Whenua Reserve towards Church Bay and Matiatia with more than 20 works of art installed along the coast.  headland Sculpture on the Gulf will assist artists to present site specific artworks that respond to the unique Waiheke Island environment.

A major art event in the public realm for Auckland, the Board and Cultural Programme Committee plan a reinvigorated event with art work that offers an active and purposeful engagement with site and community. A public programme including films, lectures, workshops, interventions and other events aims to engage a broad local, national and international visitor audience.


Purchase one of our exclusive headland Sculpture on the Gulf packages and make a day of it on Waiheke Island.

Click here to buy tickets.


27th January - 19th February 2017 - headland Sculpture on the Gulf open to the public (8am - 10pm daily).


The 2017 headland Sculpture on the Gulf is distinctive in that it requires artists to produce new work made specifically for the event.  It focuses on the very best of established and early-career New Zealand artists. Within the multitude of talented artists partaking in the 2017 event are 5 local Waiheke artists:

Above: Chris Bailey. Bailey trained in the traditional Maori material culture techniques of working stone, timber and flax fibre before commencing his career as a sculptor. Gravitating towards the harder stones of basalt and granite, Bailey developed form-driven stone works in a larger scale while also developing carving skills working in totara alongside carvers of Piritahi Marae on Waiheke Island. Recognised for the high quality of his artwork as a senior Maori sculptor, in 2005 Bailey was granted life time Toi Iho status.

Above: Denis O'Connor, Keelstone, 2001. Denis O’Connor’s sculpture ranges from public monuments to the most private and intimate narratives. Collaborations with poets and architects are a crucial component of his practice. His work is represented in all our major art museum collections and he has completed prestigious public commissions throughout New Zealand. O’Connor has been the recipient of many significant awards, including the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at Otago University, the Moet & Chandon Art Fellowship in France, the Rathcoola Fellowship in Ireland and in 2016 a Blumhardt Foundation residency in Australia.

Above: Kazu Nakagawa, Steps to the sun II, 1991. Kazu Nakagawa’s minimalist art practices, which are often based around architectural objects or integrated with architecture, incorporate English words. Sentences are screen-printed onto fabrics or baked into ceramics, words sand-blasted onto glass or carved into wood – highlighting his vision expressed with language through transient and/or socially engaged installations. Nakagawa's work can be seen on Waiheke Island's library building - forty nine letters, which pays tribute to Waiheke’s climatic conditions that the artist, a long-time resident, describes with these words - Lots of rain, lots of sun, lots of wind, lots of day, lots of night. Over six months, the artist hand-carver the phrase, letter by letter, across the southern facade. 

Above: Paora Toi-Te-Rangiuaia, Les Lapidiales 2009-15, France. Toi-Te-Rangiuaia's Waiheke gallery ‘Paora’ is in its 15th year and showcases his technical jewellery skills from precious metals and gems through to the progression of larger sculptural scales of bronze, aluminium, granites, marble, basalt, limestone, wood and glass. Every second year since 2005 Paora has exhibited and sculpted in Switzerland, Albania and France. His 30 year art practice of tatai toi uses the vehicle of myth message and whakatauaki proverbs to overlay a Maori paradigm on current narratives. This follows his Tipuna through utilising cosmologies and genealogical historical recounts to preserve and inform the community of environment and identity.

Above: Richard Maloy, Big Yellow Asia Pacific Triennial, 2013. Richard Maloy is an artist who works within and across the disciplines of photography, sculpture, video, and installation. Much of his work is concerned with the act of art making and the connections between artists, artwork and audience. Maloy was awarded the inaugural Fulbright-Wallace award in 2009 and travelled to the United States of America as a visiting Fulbright Scholar in 2010 to take up a three-month artist residency at the Headlands Center of the Arts in San Francisco. In 2008 he was awarded a three-month residency, at Artspace Sydney. He has produced many large scale cardboard constructions at public art galleries and Museums and for biennials and Triennials though-out Australasia.

See a full list of artists here.


Fullers wants to share the imagination of headland Sculpture on the Gulf with school groups around the country.  If your school group would like to visit Waiheke Island and see art  and creativity at work on one of the most beautiful coasts of the Hauraki Gulf, please contact 09 3679111 to arrange a ferry booking.  Fullers can offer a free adult ticket for every 6 school children travelling, with standard ferry charges applying for school children 5-17 years of age.

Fullers is proud to be a partner of headland Sculpture on the Gulf, and we love the opportunity to open up horizons and be a part of inspiring young artists-to-be!  If you are a school group wanting to come to headland Sculpture on the Gulf, please contact Fullers directly on (09) 367 9111, or email enquiries@fullers.co.nz.


18 August 2016: Fullers CEO Douglas Hudson proudly accepted the Limited Edition headland Sculpture on the Gulf Sponsors Recognition Diving Rod, 2016 designed by Dane Mitchell on Thursday. “headland Sculpture on the Gulf is a major event for the New Zealand art scene held on Waiheke Island. It’s been great to see the event grow over the years and be a part of inspiring young artists-to-be”, says Hudson.

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Travel Alerts


Please be advised due to vessel breakdown the 10.30am Auckland Harbour Cruise has been cancelled today 25th January 2017.

We apologise for  any inconvenience this may cause.


Effective from 29 January 2017

Auckland Transport will be making changes to some cash and AT HOP fares for Gulf Harbour, including the removal of the 40-trip ticket. This ticket will no longer be available for purchase from 29 January 2017. Passengers carrying this ticket type can continue using it for 12 months from date of purchase. Please see at.govt.nz for full fare change information.