Masons Screen Commissions 2020/21

Theo MacDonald, Waterfall Confessional (2020)

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.

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 passers-by 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”. For more on Masons Screen, see here.

Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal, from Aotearoa, Australia, Italy, Canada.