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Deciding on public art

In making decisions about public art, we represent all Hamiltonians to ensure our collective histories and cultures are reflected. 

To formalise our decision making, in November 2021 we adopted the Permanent Public Art Policy, and the Monuments and Memorial Art Policy. Key features of the policies include a:

  • public art panel to review and make recommendations on new artwork proposals
  • more robust and targeted consultation process for monuments and memorials

process for dealing with existing public art that has caused significant upset to community members.

Local arts initiatives

As well as our public art policy, there are a number of local arts initiatives and independent organisations that are helping create a vibrant, engaging, and accessible arts scene in our city. 


Boon street art festivals celebrate art, music and creative expression all around the streets of Hamilton.

MESH Sculpture Hamilton

Bringing the best of contemporary public art to the Waikato through projects that tell local stories, stimulate a culture of generosity and inspire community collaboration.

Creative Waikato

A non-profit organisation that supports and champions Waikato arts and culture.


TOTI focuses on integrated projects bringing together art, culture and the environment with an emphasis on collaboration.

Waikato Regional Theatre

The Waikato Regional Theatre will be the new cultural heart as the premiere arts venue for the city and region

Meteor Theatre

The Meteor is a Hamilton theatre for all performing arts and a place to share creative experiences.

Clarence Street Theatre

A versatile performing arts venue for theatre, music, comedy and dance.

Riverlea Theatre

A much-loved community theatre in Hamilton that’s been operating for more than 25 years.

The Place

A multi-purpose space that provides workshops, development programmes, mentoring and classes for the wider community.

Related pages

Creative communities scheme

Apply for funding to support arts and culture-focused community initiatives in Hamilton.

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Last updated 29 November 2022