Te Taonga Toi O Aotearoa
The Arts Destination Of New Zealand

Artists Open Studios was founded in 2001 by established Whanganui artists Sue Cooke and Catherine Macdonald.

Originally an event for riverside studios, their idea has now blossomed into a large-scale Whanganui regional event. This year it encompasses in excess of 70 studios.

Artists Open Studios is held annually over two consecutive weekends in March, often with other events and workshops during the week in between.

Whanganui is home to many established, world renown and budding artists and as a result, the city is becoming known around the country as the arts destination of New Zealand. Artists Open Studios is proud to be part of this growing reputation.

Artists Open Studios is owned by the Artists Open Studios Trust.

The trustees are:

  • Neil Buddle (Chair)

  • Des Warahi (Treasurer)

  • Rick Baum (Secretary)

  • Lyndsay Patterson

  • Amanda Gibbons

Artists Open Studios Trust board and team

L-R: Rick Baum, Des Warahi, Neil Buddle, Lyndsay Patterson, Amanda Gibbons, David Silvester (Design Director) Kat Wade (Event Coordinator)