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The public art collection

Auckland’s public art celebrates the creativity of Tāmaki Makaurau, reflecting and expressing the diversity and character of our city. Auckland Council cares for a collection of more than 400 public artworks and develops new works across the region.

About this website

Auckland Public Art / He Kohinga Toi showcases some of Auckland Council’s collection of public artworks, celebrating the creativity of Tāmaki Makaurau and reflecting the unique identity of our city. The new site went live on 10 October 2020 as part of the Artweek Auckland 2020 Programme.

Discover the ideas and inspiration behind some of the public artworks across Tāmaki Makaurau, located in many of your favourite places and spaces. Locate and learn more about the newest additions to the city’s public art collection, as well as temporary artwork installations. 

Search by location, artist name or artwork type to learn more about the collection. Discover artworks near you and find out more about that favourite public artwork in your neighbourhood. With more than 100 works already online, keep visiting the website as new works and information will continue to be added. 

FAQ - frequently asked questions

Our collection

How many artworks are there in the collection?

There are more than 400 public artworks in the Auckland Council Art Collection.

Who takes care of the public art collection?

Our public art team cares for the collection. We contract a range of specialists for maintenance and renewal. They include art conservators, engineers, metallurgists, stone masons among many others.  

Does Council own all of the public art in Auckland?

No, Auckland Council doesn’t own all of the public art in Auckland. However, we are responsible for public art that has been developed and commissioned as part of our public art regional work programme, and is located in public space. There are many individuals, arts trusts, community groups, developers, educational institutions, Council family organisations and others that develop and create public artworks in Tāmaki Makaurau, which they own and are responsible for.

How do I report if a public artwork has been damaged? 

Thank you for your concern. Contact us if you'd like to report a damaged work. 

For artists

How do I find out about new public art opportunities?

We often call for expressions of interest (EOIs) at the start of a new public art project. The opportunities are listed on our Facebook page or contact us to add your name to our database for future artist opportunities. 

I’d like to do a mural, how do I do this?  

​Our step-by-step guide takes you through the process of creating a mural in a public place. Download a copy of of the Murals Toolkit. Contact us to register your existing mural.