Auckland’s North Shore is the new ‘place-to-be’ for the country’s art enthusiasts. So, for those looking for a culture injection or some fresh inspiration, the new Takapuna Soapbox will be the answer to your prayers.
The Auckland Council is set to unveil the Soapbox in the coming days, which has been designed by a selection of local artists in collaboration with the design firm Jasmax.
This installation pays homage to women’s rights activist Kate Sheppard, who sits proudly on the New Zealand 10 dollar note. The artwork is interactive, giving visitors the chance to settle in and immerse themselves in the performers’ tales. Stories will range reflect the journey of women’s rights suffragettes and will explore feminist themes to help educate and impassion the public on these issues.
We really want to build on the strong arts and culture reputation Takapuna has already earned. We’ve got a first-class hospitality sector to support it and a rich coastal and lakeside environment to help showcase it.
Takapuna has been the host for an impressive selection of artistic displays over the year, hosting the country’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, NZ Sculpture OnShore for over 20 years. The proceeds of which are donated to the Women’s Refuge New Zealand.
This new Soapbox exhibit is one of many ways the Auckland suburb is embracing the artistic community, and Kiwi’s are invited to come along and watch.