First held in 1996 in a private garden in Takapuna, the event grew so much in popularity that in 2004 it moved to the spectacular Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve on Auckland's North Shore.
The exhibition, which features work from established and emerging artists, provides a unique snapshot of contemporary three dimensional art practice in New Zealand. This includes monumental stand-alone sculptures, domestic and small-scaled works, ephemeral projects, light and sound art works, process art and many site-specific installations.
All of the works exhibited at NZ Sculpture OnShore are for sale during the exhibition and proceeds from each exhibition are donated to Women's Refuge. To date close to $2 million has been donated to help Women's Refuge support the victims of domestic violence in New Zealand.
NZ Sculpture OnShore Limited is wholly owned by Friends of Women's Refuges Trust, and is very much a community initiative.
The vast majority of those involved in planning, organising and staging NZ Sculpture OnShore are volunteers. This not only allows us to keep overheads to an absolute minimum, but provides an opportunity for a large number of people to be directly involved with the exhibition and to contribute to the work of NZ Women's Refuge.