LETTING SPACE seeks to transform the relationship between artists, the public and their environments to enable social change.
Based in New Zealand, we create major temporary public artwork and events designed to provide dynamic new spaces for engagement, increasing the public commons.
We empower artists to be courageous as agents of change. We work with commercial and property partners to create programmes that transform the way we treat urban spaces as living spaces.
LETTING SPACE also asks the public to become engaged in art as participants. Through creative provocations, we treat art as part of the social fabric, providing impetus for change in our cities and communities
LETTING SPACE seeks to engage a wider public in the vitality and relevance of installation and performance-based contemporary art practice outside an institutional gallery framework.
We commission leading contemporary New Zealand artists to work in commercial and public spaces, and also provide advisory and curatorial services for organisations looking to programme temporary public art events.
LETTING SPACE is built on a programme of the same name run we ran with Artspace in 1994-96 in Auckland.
Over 2010 and 2011 we worked with artists to create a major series of projects in vacant commercial sites in Wellington and Auckland, and a series of fora brokering relationships between artists and property owners, with funding support from Creative New Zealand, Wellington City Council and Auckland Arts Festival.