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Letting Space News

We bring news of the continued expansion of public ground, with the announcement of a new Letting Space project in Wellington later this year, and public art projects happening under the auspices of Urban Dream Brokerage in the Capital’s CBD this month. Plus more news on projects in Auckland and Christchurch.
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For our latest public art project we’re working with artist Siv Fjaerestad on the development of her Projected Field, for the town belt and sportsfields of Berhampore, Wellington late this year. More information on the work can now be found on the Letting Space website here.

A major part of the work at this stage is finding out about people’s use of Macalister and Liardet Street Parks and stories/memories they have. Whether you’re a local resident, have friends who live in the vicinity (Vogeltown, Berhamphore, Kingston) or have been a visitor to the parks in the past we’d love your help. It takes about four minutes to answer the survey at and we’d appreciate your help circulating this to people who might use the park. We’re also collecting stories and information via a Macalister and Liardet Street Parks Facebook group here you can join.

We’re also calling for interns and volunteers interested in joining this project at this stage as it develops and we build aspects of it with the local community together. If you’ve got an interest in what we do and want to get involved this is a good time. Be in touch by hitting reply.

Journalist and critic Sally Blundell has produced a terrific summary of the Christchurch TEZA project in essay form. Joining our archive of essays on Letting Space projects, read Sally’s essay here. The responses and documentation of the project continue to grow on this mammoth project. Also added to our bountiful TEZA Transmission blog is another written response to the project from Rebecca May from stellar New Brighton organisation Renew Brighton here. We have also created final descriptions of all the commissioned projects at

Projects #13 and 14 are now open ‘for a limited time’ in the Wellington CBD - Victoria Singh’s Waiting Room (in residence at the old Ferret Bookshop - 123 Cuba Street) and Vanessa Crowe and Dr Sarah Baker’s Moodbank at 29 Manners Street, Wellington. You’ll find both on the Urban Dream Brokerage homepage, where we have also assembled extensive photo galleries and more information on all 14 projects (click on the links) whose spaces have been brokered by the Brokerage over the last year.

This concludes the pilot, supported by the Wellington City Council Public Art Fund, but we’re rapt to announce that with the assistance of the Wellington Community Trust we’ll be opening up the criteria to reach more communities soon.

The first of Letting Space-JWT artist commissions in Auckland is Judy Darragh’s work Please Give Generously. We invite you to view the work in Imperial Lane and on Level Two (ask at reception for access to the boardroom) of the Imperial Building, 44 Queen Street. It runs until the end of May 2014. See for more information and images.

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