This just in – a chance to have your poem on a Christchurch street. Literally.
Your poem will need to reference some aspect of the history or use of Victoria Street and surrounds. It must be entered by 23 March 2013 and the commissioned poems will earn $1000.00 ex GST each. The following resources will help:
- Search our catalogue for Denis Glover and Caxton Press
- The Christchurch Art Gallery exhibition A Caxton Miscellany is currently on at Central Library Peterborough. We have some photos on Flickr.
- View a set of Caxton Press images on DigitalNZ
Here’s the official information:
Christchurch City Council (CCC) is embarking on a transitional programme for Victoria Street, Christchurch. As part of the programme, we are seeking to commission two poems for Victoria Street, including one from Ngāi Tahu writers.
Poems need to reference some aspect of the history or use of the street and adjacent areas. We are interested in telling the long and traditional commercial history of the street. The street has an auspicious association with literature. Poet Denis Glover co-founded The Caxton Press on Victoria Street in 1935, and the business still operates there today
We intend to paint the poems onto structures and surfaces in the street and this form of application will be considered when selecting work. Submitting poets and writers are encouraged therefore, to be mindful of the limitations in setting out works due to the method and potentially disjointed application of text. Te reo Māori translation of texts is also of interest.
A knowledgeable panel will be convened to make the selection. The CCC Metropolitan Arts Advisor and project Landscape Architect will advise the panel.
Your submission must include:
• an original poem for consideration and translation to English or Māori if available
• arts curriculum (your previous poetry and writing credentials)
• full contact details
Submissions must reach us no later than 23 March 2013.
Value of Commissions
$1000.00 ex GST for each poem
This is a unique situation where Council is commissioning poetry as public art. In this instance we would seek to preserve the artists’ rights to the work (and to reproduce the work acknowledging the commission) and also seek to ensure Council’s rights as the commissioning agent to reproduce the work for promotional and recording purposes.
Given the transitional nature of spaces and places in the central city, CCC cannot guarantee work will remain unaffected by any remedial work on the structures of surfaces to which the text is applied. We will seek to reinstate completed text on any affected surface as soon as is practicable or where suitable.
Contacts for your submission
Enquiries should be directed to Kiri Jarden, Metropolitan Arts Advisor.
Email submissions are preferred to Kiri.Jarden@ccc.govt.nz
03 941 8635 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 03 941 8635 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Metropolitan Arts Advisor
Christchurch City Council
PO Box 73016