Chorus Boxes

Photo of Queen Street Chorus Box by Artist Philip Sue - Jan 2019.

Are you a talented artist looking for a project to increase the art in our community? We have Chorus boxes that can be transformed into works of art and we need your help to do it.

Applications open

Horowhenua District Council facilitates this process each year and calls out for artists to put forward their submissions to paint selected Chorus boxes that have been allocated.

Five cabinets have been chosen for beautification in 2022, with two in Hōkio Beach (located next to each other) and one cabinet each in Shannon, Foxton and Manakau. Artists are encouraged to get their designs in before submissions close on Monday 19 September 2022.

Amateur or pro, we invite you to submit an application with your artwork idea. Depending on the size of the box you're allocated, you'll be paid between $400 and $1,500 for your work.

Council will work with Chorus to decide on the successful artists. Chorus will have final approval of the design (and may request modifications).

Submit your application


We take all of these elements into consideration when deciding on the artists:

  • sketch / design
  • meaning behind the artwork
  • originality
  • creativity
  • how the artwork enhances the community where the box is located
  • artist’s availability and agreement to complete within the given timeframe.

Artist Information Pack & Checklist(PDF, 194KB)

Let’s celebrate

Talented artists in our district have already been working hard to add their artistic flair to the Chorus boxes and helping to create a beautiful looking community. These cabinets become works of art in the street, often telling stories about the communities in which they are located and helping to discourage tagging.

If you want to go and see these masterpieces yourself, you can view a map of the locations.

Map of Chorus boxes and locations in the Horowhenua District

Successful entries

If you've been successful, the following requirements must be met:

  • health and safety form completed and returned prior to work starting
  • mural painted within the specified timeframe
  • invoice supplied to Chorus 
  • photos of finished artwork provided.

Chorus Health & Safety Risk Assessment Form - Chorus Boxes(PDF, 301KB)

Watch the Queen Street Mural Timelapse