Artist Submissions Open for the Big Hoot Auckland 2018

In early 2018 Auckland’s streets, parks and open spaces will play host to up to 40 individually designed and beautifully created 1.6m tall Owls. These Owls will be displayed on a trail across the city as part of the Big Hoot art event.

Submissions from artists interested in designing and creating an owl of their own are now OPEN.


The Big Hoot fibreglass owl sculpture will provide a quirky canvas for artistic expression. The sculptures, which will be sponsored by local businesses and organisations, lend themselves to a raft of multimedia approaches.

What makes the experience special for the artistic community, is the opportunity to be part of an event that celebrates the mass appeal of public art – made accessible and fun. Taking art out of traditional arts venues and onto the streets, for everybody to enjoy interacting with, can popularise art and encourage a wider appreciation of artistic techniques.

The Big Hoot Artists

It is anticipated that the Big Hoot will attract thousands of visitors and generate a considerable amount of media attention during its ten week run in the autumn of 2018. At the end of the Big Hoot, each Owl will take centre stage at a charitable auction to raise funds for Child Cancer Foundation.

Inspired to create a design for an owl for The Big Hoot? Download the Artist Pack and Submission Form found on our Big Hoot Artist page. Commissioned artists will receive an honorarium of $1,500 upon completion of their work.

The deadline for submitting designs is 5pm, Monday 15 May 2017.

The Big Hoot is presented by Child Cancer Foundation in partnership with the international creator of the event, Wild in Art. Wild in Art has worked on similar events all over the world and are renowned for high quality, high profile and exciting events. The events provide a unique and high-profile platform for the talents of artists and local creative communities to get their work noticed.