CIRCUIT and Wellington City Council are now inviting proposals for three new artist commissions for Masons Screen, a permanent public outdoor site for artists’ moving image in Pōneke. The three successful proposals will each receive $750 towards the production of a new single channel video.

The 2024/5 commissions will be shown on Masons Screen for a period of six weeks each from December 2024—April 2025. CIRCUIT will also commission an essay on the three works, to be published on the CIRCUIT website in 2025.

Each proposal should consider the nature of public space, the fleeting (yet repeated) engagement of passersby, and the need for an ambient, intermittent, or silent soundtrack.

Note: this call for proposals is open to artists who are either from or currently based in Aotearoa.

About Masons Screen

A single monitor embedded in an inner-city walkway between The Terrace and Lambton Quay, Masons Screen was established as a public art project in 2016. Since then, over 80 video works have been seen by thousands of passersby each month, as they commute between the centres of government, shopping and transport.

According to a 1913 letter to the Dominion newspaper, 'Mason’s Steps' were named after Mr William Mason, who arrived in Wellington in 1842 and ran a blacksmith’s shop.

"In those days… there was nothing more than a rough track through the manuka scrub."

How to apply

To apply, please submit a proposal that includes:

  • a description of the proposed project (up to 1 page in length, including a statement about how the project will respond to the context of public space)

  • a bio of the artist, and details of any proposed collaborators

  • if available, links to video of previous work

Please email your proposal to Mark Williams,

Any enquiries can be sent to the same address.


The deadline for proposals is 10am Monday 22 July 2024.

We will notify successful applicants by 5 August 2024.



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