Call for proposals for visual artists in the Greater Wellington area

Arrival of the Buddy Bär in Wellington

Arrival of the Buddy Bär in Wellington, © German Embassy Wellington

16.07.2021 - Article

Kia ora visual artists!
Our most recent team member needs a new dress! Would you like to showcase your art on our ‘Buddy Bear’?The Embassy is looking for a visual artist, based in Greater Wellington*, to design our Buddy Bear.
The application deadline will be extended to September 30th.

The Buddy Bear is part of the worldwide project  www.buddy-baer.com

The design should celebrate the bear’s German origin but also its Aotearoa / New Zealand identity.

It will be a ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ for the long standing friendship between our cultures!


Some bio data :

Height: 2 m - width: 1.2 m - depth: 0.8 m  / Surface in total: approx. 4 m²

Weight: approx. 50 kg

Material: glass-fibre reinforced plastic

The paint to be used is acrylic paint (the bear has received an acrylic priming).

Varnishing will be applied afterwards.


Please send us your first draft, cost estimate, including work allowance/per diems, your short CV and links to a website showing your work to info@wellington.diplo.de until 31st September 2021. Please include the words ‘Buddy Bear’ in the subject line.

Please use this template for your proposal which will give us an idea of how you would like to design the Buddy Bear.



*Place of work should be reachable by car within approx. 2 hours from the Embassy, for delivery of the statue.

Please use this template for your design proposal

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