For Immediate Release
14th March 2019.
Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust have announced that NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018 has raised a staggering $219,000 for
Women’s Refuge NZ.
The biennial exhibition, which took place in November 2018 at Fort Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore, featured 89
large-scale outdoor artworks by NZ artists. Open to the public over 14 days, the event attracted 20,000 visitors and
almost half of the artworks were sold.
“We’re delighted with this fundraising result for Women’s Refuge which has exceeded our target and expectations,” says
Rhonwen Dewar, Chair, Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust, “the efforts of everyone involved in making NZ Sculpture OnShore
such a success, is testament to their commitment to creating brighter futures for women and children affected by
The $219,000 donation to Women’s Refuge will be channeled into refurbishment projects for safehouses, new linen and
bedding packs for each of the 42 refuges across the country and supporting access to counselling services for women and
“New Zealand has one of the worst rates of domestic violence in the OECD with one in three women experiencing some form
of abuse within their relationship. Last year nearly 50,000 women and children were referred to Women’s Refuge. This
donation will enable Women’s Refuge to continue to deliver their vital programs,” says Dewar.
Dr Ang Jury, Chief Executive of Women’s Refuge says, “We are extremely grateful to Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust and
everyone involved with NZ Sculpture Onshore for their incredible hard work, dedication and generosity. Without the
passion and support of such groups, we simply could not continue providing our essential services to women and children
when they are at their most vulnerable."
To learn more about NZ Sculpture OnShore visit: www.nzsculptureonshore.co.nz