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Open Studios Waitākere 2016, 19 & 20 November


Artist Anna Crichton in her studio

Open Studios Waitākere 2016

Open Studios Waitākere 2016 is a weekend opportunity for artists resident in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area to open their studios to the public.

With over 60 artists involved, and 40 studios from Piha to Glen Eden, Titirangi to Te Henga, it’s going to be an inspiring weekend out and about.

This much anticipated event is a unique opportunity to meet some of Waitākere’s most celebrated artists in their own studios from sculptors, painters, jewelers and illustrators, to ceramic artists and photographers.

Artists include well renowned New Zealand painter Dean Buchanan at his studio in Karekare; award winning ceramic artists Sang Sool Shim and Keum Sun Lee in Henderson Valley, ceramic artist Renee Boyd in Glen Eden, book artist and writer Liz Constable in Glen Eden – and many more

The weekend provides the opportunity to see art in action, purchase local artwork and learn about the creative process.

"People that visited loved being able to see behind the scenes where everything is made and an insight into all the work that goes on in the artists studios “, Renee Boyd, ceramic artist.

Visitors can enjoy a self-­guided tour at their own pace with the events Open Studios Map and mobile App, or jump on an Open Studios Bus Tour. This year Vevo Foodstore has collaborated with the event to offer an Open Studios Lunch Box, which can be pre-­ ordered and enjoyed while out on the road.

Further collaborations and associated events include an Open Studios Rooftop Gig on the Saturday at Lopdell House. This free music event will feature a line-­up of local talent and provides an entertaining break from Open Studios touring and a chance to refuel at the local Titirangi cafes.

Join artists Charlotte Graham and Te Rongo Kirkwood for a candid talk about how art shapes life on at Lopdell House. Visit the Portage Ceramic Awards and then pop into the Learning Centre for a children’s “Claytime” workshop at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. Children can also drop by and get stuck into some craft making at the Upstairs Gallery “Children’s Craft Table”.

The weekend marks a very significant anniversary. On 19 November 1986 the Lopdell House Society opened the Waitemata City Arts and Cultural Centre in Lopdell House. The precinct continues to thrive today as an arts hub for the west.

The event has been made possible through the funds and support of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board.

“A flourishing arts and culture scene is one of our key priorities,” says Waitākere Ranges Local Board Member Denise Yates. “We are thrilled to fund this event and believe Open Studios will showcase an amazing range of local talent.”

Full event details can be found online at, or by picking up an event brochure at your local library, gallery or café.


WHAT: Open Studios Waitākere 2016.
An event offering people the opportunity to visit artists studios.

WHERE: Over 60 artists studios throughout the Waitākere Ranges Local Board Area

WHEN: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2016, 10am – 4pm.

AUDIENCE: Artists, designers, makers across all art disciplines.
Art and gallery enthusiasts and art buyers.



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