The Raglan Arts Weekend (RAW) is our highly anticipated open studio art event, held every October over Labour Weekend.

RAW is now in its 14th year and draws thousands of art aficionados from across the country who come to get a sneak peek into the creative process of Raglan’s local talent. We’ve got many new artists this year plus some of our established favourites. You can visit over 60 artists working in an exciting and diverse range of media from recycled metal sculpture, silk fabrics and ceramics to jewellery, photography and taxidermy, as well as the more traditional art forms, such as painting and illustration.  This year sees the return of ‘The Hatch’, our emerging artists exhibition.

Labour Weekend | 26- 28 October 2024 | 10am – 5pm


RAW is a self-guided tour, with visitors using the Arts Trail maps to help them plan their own routes. You can start at the Old School Arts Centre where you can pick up a brochure, view an artwork from each participating artist and plan the rest of your day or weekend. As well as the Preview Exhibition, there are 300mm×300mm artworks available for a fraction of the usual price. These pieces are donated by the artists to help support the event and are priced at just $200 each.

RAW studios are open Saturday 26 October to Monday 28 October 2023. All studios are open 10am until 5pm. Some studios are closed on Monday so please refer to the Raglan Arts Guide for details, or see individual artist listings for 2024.


If you’re in need of a cuppa, or maybe even a little bite to eat over RAW, head to ‘The Hut’ at Rangitahi. It’s a great way to avoid the queues in town – plus you get to check out one of our RAW artists at the same time!

29 Rangitahi Road