The 2017 Upstream Art Trail

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The Upstream Art Trail is a temporary public art exhibition that showcases the work of emerging artists and designers in the beautiful surrounds of Wellington's Central Park. The inaugural event in 2015 was a hit, attracting over 2000 visitors and winning the Best Visual Arts award at the NZ Fringe Festival.

The free event provides a platform for local talent to showcase their work and encourages art-lovers of all ages to explore the Park.

Visitors can view the diverse, site-specific artworks as they wander "Upstream" through Central Park, and kick back and relax in the Upstream beer garden.

We are running the next Upstream Art Trail from March 2-5, 2017. To make it as great as the first we need your support.



The Art Trail is focused on emerging artists and designers, most likely people who are recent graduates or in the early years of their creative practice.

The chosen artists are mentored by established Wellington practitioner Gabby O'Connor, who also convenes a group artwork by five local primary schools.


Thanks to generous support from the Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand we have already secured half the funds we need to run this exciting, not-for-profit event.

We need to raise a further $7,500 to provide our 15 talented artists with the materials and support they need to create their masterpieces.

Every $500 donated will help one emerging artist to design, build, and install their artwork in Central Park.

Any additional funds raised will help us to provide the artists with the platform they deserve by publicising the Art Trail far and wide!

Please help us to reach our goal and spread the word about the Upstream Art Trail by sharing the link to this page with your networks.



Donations from generous, community-minded individuals and organisations make holding the Upstream Art Trail possible. We are eternally grateful for your support.



The Upstream Art Trail is organised by Upstream: Friends of Central Park, a group of enthusiastic volunteers who work with the Wellington City Council to help maintain and develop the Park as a key community asset.

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  • 3 WEEKS TO GO!


    The 2017 Upstream Art Trail is now only three weeks away!

    The 15 exhibiting artists (and 5 primary schools) are hard at work creating their masterpieces and from March 2-5 Central Park will be transformed into a sculptural wonderland!

    We would love it if all our Boosted donors could join us for the Art Trail opening on Thursday March 2. There will be a welcome from Wellington Mayor Justin Lester at 4.30pm in the Children's Playground, and the chance to relax and unwind in the Upsteam "beer garden".

    Come and wander 'upstream' with us. We can't wait to see you all there!

    To find out more about the 2017 Upstream artists please visit:


    3 WEEKS TO GO!


    With one week to go in the campaign we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us so far by making a donation or helping to spread the word about the Art Trail.

    We were delighted to reach our initial target of $7,500 on day 15 of our 28-day campaign!

    Boosted is an all-or-nothing platform, so we picked a target that we hoped might be achievable in a 4-week campaign. In reality, we need a little more to get the Art Trail off the ground, so exceeding our target has come as a welcome surprise.

    The initial $7,500 will go towards materials and support for our talented artists, and will help them to design, build and install their work in Central Park.

    Funds over and above our target will go towards publicising the Art Trail and getting as many visitors as possible along to the event.

    Thanks for supporting the Upstream Art Trail. We can’t wait to see you there from March 2-5 2017!



    We are excited to announce that the artists for the 2017 Upstream Art Trail have been selected and, thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are over 90% of the way to funding their masterpieces.

    The theme for the upcoming Art Trail is “structure” and the proposed works respond to this theme in delightful and unexpected ways. We look forward to seeing the artworks take shape over the next few months!

    The 2017 exhibiting artists are:

    Amy King & Natalie Smith

    Anita Springintveld

    Anna Gilbert

    Birgit Bachler

    Brenda Sullivan

    Candace Smith

    Kate Lepper

    Kerry Scott

    Maria O’Toole

    Oliver Gedye

    Phillip Silverman

    Poppy Law

    Ruby Joy Eade

    Shaun Matthews

    There will also be a group work created by 5 local primary schools: Berhampore, Brooklyn, Ridgway, St Bernard’s and Te Aro.


    Thanks for supporting the Upstream Art Trail. Your donations make this fantastic community event possible!



    We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received in the first few days of the campaign.

    A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed. The $4500 raised so far will help to fund 9 talented exhibiting artists.

    The inaugual Art Trail in 2015 showcased a range of diverse works including a series of fluorescent fungi, a "super city" made from flax, and a video installation exploring the hidden life in Central Park's waterways.

    We can't wait to see what the 2017 Upstream artists will produce!