Nov 23: Art lovers auction heaven at the Old School

Head to the Old School Arts Centre’s Creative Raglan Art Auction on Saturday 23 November, 6–8pm for the best of the best in local art. All the work has been donated to the Old School and all funds raised will go straight back into supporting the arts. Throughout the year the Old School supports the arts through the Raglan Arts Weekend, Raglan Art to Wear, Raglan Film Festival, Raglan Creative Market, local exhibitions, clay and art classes for adults and children, music nights and regular movies. The centre is also a cost-effective venue hire alternative for all sorts of events, classes, workshops, and boutique food production.

Centre manager Jacqueline Anderson says the auction is a not-to-missed opportunity to bid for work by a favourite local artist. “We’ve got an awesome lineup of stunning art to auction off. It’s also an awesome opportunity to refresh your art collection or get a collection started and at the same time show your love for the arts in Raglan.”

Some of Raglan’s best-known artists have supported the auction with pieces donated by Jane Galloway, Marise Rarere, Dr Airbrush, Dominique Marriott, Hadley Hodgkinson, Claudia Grutke and more. As well as paintings, there is also ceramics by the Monster Company, Sarah Bing and Hope Didsbury, Annick Faubert’s taxidermy art and photography by Jillian Lankshear, Geraldine Burns, Richard Gemmell and Stuart Mackenzie.

From top left clockwise – Amanda Watson, Jane Galloway,
Hope Didsbury, Dr Airbrush, Ailene Cuthbertson,
Rick Youmans, Jane Galloway, Julian Godfery, Annick Faubert and Stuart Mackenzie

There’s also work by former Ahoy Creative Crew artists Jodi Collins, Elsa Lye and Gila Cohen, floral art by Raglan Floral Co, and fne drawings by Vince at Raglan Tattoo and Julian Godfrey. There’s too many to mention so check it out for yourself at the Old School Monday through to Friday from 10am-2pm until auction day.

RAW artist success at Te Papa

Congratulations to Raglan Arts Weekend artists Simon Te Wheoro and Jess Santorik whose work caught the eye of Te Papa Store general manager Tania Tupu during the Easter Arts Trail.

Simon’s Takaka marble sculpture Kotiate – club blade and Jess’s carved surfboard Nehutai/Sea Spray were selected to feature at the store’s Matariki-themed display.

More than a million people from around the world visit New Zealand’s national museum every year and the store is one of the first places they see when they step inside.

Photos of Raglan Arts Weekend 2019

Thank you so much to everyone who made our 10th Raglan Arts Weekend the amazing success it was. To our sponsors and partners: we literally could not do it without you. To our visitors: your visits and energy got our little town humming! Everyone has been talking about the energy in town. And to our artists: we can’t thank you enough for your professionalism and dedication.

Apr 20, 21, 22: Tenth annual Arts Weekend hits Raglan this Easter Weekend

“Raglan has been an inspiring place for many artists, and we’ve seen top internationally acclaimed talent first start out in our event, which is both humbling and amazing,” says Nicky Brzeska, co-ordinator of the Arts Weekend. “The Weekend gives everyone a chance to connect with artists and artworks and have a sneak peek into studios and creative processes which aren’t usually that accessible.”

Visitors and locals will get a chance to visit Sam Mathers’ new studio which is being built for the Weekend, as well as some other hot favourites including Miranda Caird, Toni Kingstone, Rick Youmans and The Monster Company. It’s possible to tick off a few artists in one visit, such as Studeo where taxidermy, panel & paint and clay come together, or Palm Prints where Jane Galloway, Stuart Mackenzie and Julian Godfrey reside.

The Old School Arts Centre will also host a couple of artist studios, as well as the Preview Exhibition where you’ll be able to get a taste of the arts trail to help you plan your visit. Also on offer is ‘Eats and Treats’, a collection of delicious food stalls open from 10am-2pm on the Saturday and Sunday. Some foodie favourites include Pie-Kai’s hand crafted pies, the coffee guru Mal and Raglan Chocolate.

Rainbow series by Heartbeads Studio

Rainbow series by Heartbeads Studio

For full details of each participating artist and directions to their studios, pick up a copy of the official Raglan Arts Trail Brochure, designed by Raglan-based agency Mafia Designs. You can collect them from the Old School Arts Centre, the Raglan i-SITE or various Raglan cafes and galleries. Most studios are open from 10am until 5pm with a handful closing at 3pm over the three days. You can also learn more about each artist at or

LAST CALL for Raglan Arts Weekend registrations

The walk to fabric artist Jean Carbon’s studio.

Raglan Arts Weekend is on the move to a new date and with a new project manager at the helm. The arts weekend will move from Auckland Anniversary weekend to Easter weekend in 2019 and former London-based public relations consultant Nicky Brzeska hopes to add her PR, brand management skills and fresh ideas to the popular art trail.

The format will remain the same – a preview exhibition in the weeks leading up to the weekend at the Old School and open studios during the weekend. Feedback from artists from 2018 is that not only did they sell work, they also made key
connections with art lovers across the country.

“The main message to get to artists is registrations are closing soon – Friday 9 November is the last day to register,” Nicky says. “Even though the event is in April, we want the brochures designed and printed before Christmas to ensure maximum exposure over the holidays. It also means we can really focus on PR early next year.”

Nicky recently organised an Artist Huddle at the Old School where an impressive number of artists and art enthusiasts gathered to provide their views on the event. “We received fantastic feedback and some really good ideas.”

Nicky Brzeska

Nicky Brzeska

This year, there is a website for the first time. Along with the four week exhibition and the extensive marketing for the weekend, the website will provide artists with more exposure and opportunities to profile themselves and their art.

“A key focus is to refresh the brand and ensure that it’s consistent across platforms – the brochure, the web site, the Facebook page and other marketing materials.”


Come and meet fellow artists and share your views on Raglan Arts Weekend, Easter 2019.

Thursday 25th October, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

At Raglan Old School Arts Centre
5 Stewart St
Raglan, 3225
07 825 0023

Raglan Arts Weekend 2019

Save the date for Raglan Arts Weekend 2019 in Easter – April, Saturday 20 to Monday 22. A popular fixture for art lovers since 2009, the weekend is a much-anticipated date on the Raglan calendar and a wonderful opportunity to showcase local artists to a wide and appreciative audience. Marketed extensively throughout the North Island, RAW draws hundreds of arts lovers to Raglan Whaingaroa.

A preview exhibition will be held at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre in the weeks leading up to Easter and during the Raglan Arts weekend the exhibition will continue with local artists displaying their artwork.

Visitors make the Old School their first port of call for the Arts Weekend before visiting artists with open studios.

As well as the Raglan Arts Weekend event, participating artists are included in the Raglan Arts Guide. We encourage you to contact our artists at any time during the year to arrange a time to visit.

Copies of the Raglan Arts Guide are available all year round at the Raglan i-SITE (15 Wainui Rd) and the Raglan Old School Arts Centre (5 Stewart St). Prior to the Arts Weekend copies are available at Raglan cafes and galleries and other locations around the Waikato.

Please phone ahead if you are visiting a studio outside of the Raglan Arts Weekend times.