37 artists signed up for RAW 2019

Registrations for 2019’s Raglan Arts Weekend (RAW) have now closed and a whopping 37 artists have signed up to be a part of the open studio weekend over Easter. RAW coordinator Nicky Brzeska says the event, a firm favourite for art aficionados across the country, promises to continue to wow with 14 new artists and many of the established favourites taking part.

“We’re blown away by the number of sign-ups and the diversity in talent that we’re seeing this year,” Nicky says. “Along with some amazing painters, mixed media artists, photographers and ceramicists, we also have tattoo artists, those who forge steel, a furniture carver, a weaver, a floral designer and even an artist who works with dyed beeswax,” she says.

New artists for this year include – Pauline Abrahams, Marianne Aschenbrenner, Karin Bettley, Vince David, Hope Didsbury, Mike Haugh, Greg Hogan, Catherine Houston, Ross Jones and Catherine O’Kelly – both emerging artists last year, Brodie Reynolds, Jess Santorik, Raglan Buds and the Raglan Writers’ Collective.
RAW – April 20-22 

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.”

Ceramic artist Sarah Bing is back for her second time at Raglan Arts Weekend

Sarah Bing at work in her studio

Sarah Bing at work in her studio

Raglan ceramic artist Sarah Bing is back for her second time at Raglan Arts Weekend in Easter, 2019. We asked her a few questions about art, the weekend and living in Raglan.

 How would you describe your work? Expressive and impulsive, with more than a small dose of anal retentiveness thrown in.

When inspiration hits how do you channel that into your work?
I usually do a quick sketch and/or write a line that relates to what I’d like to do.

What inspires you generally? Other artists and their work, colour, interior design, music and poetry.

Where did you get the inspiration from for this particular piece? Reading a book about modernism in landscape design

Tell us about artists you admire? Del Kathryn Bartons extreme profusion of profuseness, the colour, richness and detail of her imagined worlds and creatures. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s immediacy and fervour. En Iwamura’s ceramic works, huge, masterfully made and full of whimsy. David Hockney’s saturated colour.

Work by Sarah Bing

What are you working on at the moment? Larger ceramic sculptures – assessing how to make my ideas into a reality, and create engaging surprising works on a bigger scale.

Tell us something you like about living in Raglan. Beautiful Raglan! The close proximity to nature and its varying, often hostile moods.

Where can we see your work? In my home studio, although I will be taking on stockists in 2019!

What do you like about the Arts Weekend? It’s a great opportunity to engage with people in a different, more relaxed way and to get instant feedback about new work and ideas.

What do you think about the move to Easter? I think it’s a great idea! Now we can have homemade hot cross buns and some sort of chocolatey cocktail over the weekend!

Would you recommend the weekend to other artists? It’s such a good way to meet buyers and engage with people in a different way. It’s also an excellent opportunity to get work sold!

How was last year for you? Hot! But enjoyable. It was my first year and I loved getting to meet people and have longer chats about my work!


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.