We are pleased to announce the recipients of three new commissions for Masons Screen: Annie Bradley, Layne Waerea, Theo MacDonald.
Each artist will be making a new work for this project space to be shown Nov 2020–Jan 2021.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal, from Aotearoa, Australia, Italy, Canada.
About Masons Screen
A single monitor embedded in a walkway between the Terrace and Lambton Quay, Masons Screen was established as a public art project in 2016. Since then, over 50 video works have been seen by thousands of passersby each month, as they commute between the centres of government, shopping and transport. For the 2020-21 commissions CIRCUIT will also publish an essay on the three works, to be written by Mark Amery, an art critic and co-curator of the public art project Letting Space. The essay will be published on CIRCUIT in 2021.
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 at the back of the site. “In those days… there was nothing more than a rough track through the manuka scrub.”