19th - 28th MARCH 2021 ~~ Meet the artists behind the Art: Celebrating 21 years of art discovery in the Whanganui Region.

Join us for the 21st iteration of this iconic event. Embark on an adventure to find the art that moves you! In this eclectic multimedia showcase of local talent, hundreds of artists will open their doors and share their unique craft over two weekends in March 2021.


Explore our new artisanal spaces. Participate in events and workshops. Discover delicious tastes in our restaurants and cafes. Enjoy the history of our beautiful River City. 


As one of the largest, longest running and most diverse artist trails in the country, we invite you to save the date to come and meet some of New Zealand’s leading and emerging artists.


Whanganui - Te Taonga Toi O Aotearoa, The Arts Destination of New Zealand.


  • Artists Open Studios invite the public to visit on the weekends of 20-21 and 27-28 March 2021, from 10am-4pm.
  • Some studios are open between the weekends too, so make sure to check out their profiles.

Join us for our Launch, Friday 19 March with the all studios showcase: 'Starting Point Exhibition’.

Latest News: Event Trail Guide Ready!

December 22, 2020

Hot off the press! Our 2021 Event Trail Guide is now available from the Whanganui i-SITE for $5.00 and will be available around the country in the new year. How great does it look?!

Pdf versions will also be downloadable on this website in the new year. We can’t wait to welcome you to Whanganui in March!!

Cover artist: Ali Hale Tilley, Iconic Artspace (Marton)

Thanks to all our participating artists, AOS Trust, Curtis Bunker photography, Liquid Edge Design and H&A Print Whanganui.

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Browse our diverse range of studios and artists now:


Photo: Miles Ward. Street Art: Daniel Mills


Each studio and artist registered to participate in the event has a profile page  here on the website, featuring a bio, images and contact details.

The Trail Guide is also available to help you plan your AOS experience, it is available to download for free below, or you can purchase for $5.00 per copy from the following locations;

iSite Whanganui - 31 Taupō Quay, Central, Whanganui

Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui - 38 Taupō Quay, Central, Whanganui

QUARTZ, Museum of Studio Ceramics, 8 Bates Street, Central, Whanganui 

Inkt - 17 Victoria Avenue, Central, Whanganui

Paige's Book Gallery - 60 Guyton Street, Central, Whanganui

The Citadel, 14 Rangiora Street, Castlecliff, Whanganui

Gonville Library, 44 Abbot Street, Gonville, Whanganui

Red Door Gallery, 88 Putiki Drive, Putiki, Whanganui

There are also complimentary Trail Maps distributed across the region and country.


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Download the Trail guide:

Complete the form to download a free PDF of the Artist Open Studios Trail Guide for 2020.

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