Event Update as at Thursday 19th March 2020

Important update to our Visitors and Supporters.

Kia ora,

The AOS Whanganui Trust sadly has the following announcement to make:

The Artists Open Studios Whanganui March 21 – 29 2020 event is hereby cancelled in its entirety due to the international health crisis regarding the COVID 19 virus.

Over the last 2 weeks, AOS Whanganui Trust has followed the situation closely, remaining in touch with our funding partners, monitoring public health information and considering participant and visitor feedback and concerns. This is an unprecedented situation, with a rapidly changing landscape in which we have done our very best to effectively manage all aspects of a complex situation, in the most timely manner possible.

On Tuesday 17th March we held an emergency meeting to discuss the continuation of the event. Based on the information and feedback we had at that time, the decision was made to continue with the event in a limited form. Following this announcement, a quarter of studios participating understandably decided not to open.

The Trust has held another meeting today and after further evaluation we have decided the potential risk in going ahead with the event, even with Ministry of Health Guidelines in place, is not feasible. 

We understand many of our visitors will have invested money, time and effort attend these weekends. We will endeavour to utilise our digital platforms and other creative solutions to promote our artists work over the coming week. The AOS website will host a 360 virtual tour of the Starting Point Exhibition, which is currently being worked on, with links from works featured to the corresponding studio profile on our website.

There may be studios that wish to independently open their studios / venue to the public, taking all health / safety precautions as directed by public health bodies, we support their choice and wish them every success.

We ask for your understanding in this matter and would like to sincerely thank all of our event visitors, supporters and participants, who have tirelessly supported AOS Whanganui.

AOS Whanganui Trust

Note: The Starting Point Exhibition at 19 Taupo Quay will NOT be open to the public.