20 - 28 MARCH 2021 ~~ Meet the artists behind the Art: Celebrating 21 years of art discovery.

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: Join us for the Artists Open Studios Dining Experience

February 26, 2021

Top of your Artists Open Studios journey with our exclusive dining experience – Artists Palate.

Join us for a progressive dinner where we will gather to weave together an evening around food and art.

The evening includes:
~ Tour of Starting Point Exhibition with drinks and canapés
~ Evening meal and desert at Mud Ducks
~ After hours visit to Sarjeant i-SITE Gallery objects collection
~ Live music with local Terry Sarten

Click here to find out more and book a place.

An evening not to be missed – Artists Palate – Saturday 20th & 27th March

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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 2021.

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