Mark your calendars!  

2016 Artists Open Studios Whanganui

Saturday & Sunday, 12-13 & 19-20 March 2016

A warm welcome to Whanganui:   The Arts Destination of New Zealand

Whanganui is known for its cultural and historical significance as well as for the vibrant creative community who have settled in the region. Combined with our superb restaurants and cafes, river based adventures and historical architecture all ensure a getaway destination for everyone.

The 2016 Artists Open Studios will once again include the Festival of Glass giving visitors to Whanganui the perfect balance of viewing and participatory events. For two weekends 12-13 & 19-20 March 2016 the region will once again wear its art on its sleeve for all to see.

Arts, Action, Heritage along the Awa.

Art Studios will be Open to visit with either individual artists or artist collectives showing their work and working spaces offering a unique glimpse into why we are The Arts Destination of New Zealand. These artists are diverse and work in many media including glass, photography, jewellery, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and drawing. Every space will surprise you with something different;

You can use this website and/or the trail guide to get an idea of the diversity of Arts from the 2015 event. Check back with us at the end of 2015 to see which studios will open their doors in 2016.


Calling all Whanganui Regional Artists! 

Download the Artists' Studio Participation Form here.

Click to Download the Art Studio Participation Form



View a quick video of our event: 


& a quick video about our beautiful city, please do come and stay:






Featured Artist

Space Studio & Gallery

Listing no. 11

An Open Studios line-up not to be missed: In our gallery: Local Painter Pat Cush accompanied by Wellington Ceramic artist Craig Williams (21st/22nd) followed by infamous New Plymouth Street Artist Mikaere Gardiner (aka Rip Eno) (28th/29th).  

 In our studios: Amy Blackburn (Painter), Jayne Workman (Retro/antique textiles & crafts), Rebecca Higgie (Design & illustration), Bridget McArthur (Sculpture), Wendy Caldwell (Drawing), Caitlyn Mackley (Painter), Kristy Pollard (Painter). 

Arts Mini Market (Saturday 21st): Enjoy more art, designer crafts, coffee and a fabulous atmosphere. 

Opening events for our exhibitions: Pat & Craig: Saturday 21st from 5.30pm, Mikaere Gardiner: Saturday 28th from 5.30pm