Taranaki Arts Trail

Words by Irena Brooks
Photo by Tony Carter Photo by Tony Carter

With 84 artists participating, the 2018 Taranaki Arts Trail is set to be the best one yet.

Running from Saturday 8th June to Monday 10th June, this free event provides the public with a unique opportunity to meet with artists in their studios & workshops.

The collection of local artists incorporates photographers, painters, sculptors, jewellers, printmakers as well as artists working with fibre, glass, ceramics, wood and upcycled materials.

“We have a refreshingly broad spectrum of career stages, from the emerging artist through to the very established and world renowned,” says Taranaki Arts Trail coordinator, Niki Jenkinson.

“We are proud of what our province has to offer, both in the quality of artists participating as well as the extraordinary locations that they reside in.

“Ultimately, the aim of the Taranaki Arts Trail is to build a greater understanding in the community of the processes involved and the skills required, to create a work of art.

A brochure and accompanying fold out map shows the locations of all the artists. Brochures are available from galleries and iSites around the region (see page 30). Digital Brochures are also available on the Taranaki Arts Trail website. www.taranakiartstrail.co.nz

“People could plan their trip by starting in Stratford at the Percy Thomson Gallery where an exhibition showcases an artwork from each artist registered on the Taranaki Arts Trail,” suggests Niki.

The Taranaki Arts Trail 2019 exhibition opens on Friday 24th May and runs through to the 16th June.

To assist with planning your tour the Trail has been divided geographically into five smaller areas. These are North (2 maps), East, South and West.

The artists’ studios/workshops are open from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm on the 8th, 9th & 10th June and admission is free. If you don’t get to all your favourites over the three day event, many artists’ studios are also open by appointment all year round.

All artists’ work is available for extensive viewing on Taranaki Arts Trail website www.taranakiartstrail.co.nz

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