Oct 24 – 26: Raglan Arts Weekend back on – this time on Labour Weekend!

After a small set back when its Easter event was cancelled, the much-loved Raglan Arts Weekend (RAW) event is now back on, with a new date set for Labour Weekend, 24th to 26th October this year.

The popular open studio artist trail around Raglan is in its 11th year and enables visitors to meet artists in their own spaces, get a peek into the creative process and be the first to purchase new artworks developed specifically for the weekend.

“We’re keen to keep up our momentum and especially build on the success of our opening night of the Preview Exhibition, which we hosted literally a week before lockdown,” says Nicky Brzeska, RAW Co-ordinator. “It was pretty surreal going from an 80-person gathering and a new record for opening night sales, to no event in a matter of a week, but we’re so pleased we’re able to pull it off still,” she says.

Local businesses have really helped make this happen with Raglan Signs reprinting and installing signage for free, local graphic designer Mafia Designs making changes to artwork at no cost and others volunteering their time and skills to help make RAW a reality this year.

The 37 registered artists are rearing to go with only a couple sadly not making the new October date.  The event promises to surprise and delight with a wide range of media including paint, photography, illustration, pottery, mosaic work, jewellery and organic sculpture, to name but a few.

Accomplished Raglan artist Jane Galloway displays her new abstract style, a marked difference from her incredibly detailed realist work to date, and one she developed in lockdown

One unexpected outcome from the postponement is the inspiration that many of the artists have drawn from lockdown, as well as the time and breathing space to create more works. One such artist is Jane Galloway, whose incredibly detailed realist paintings have given way to a newer more abstract style, one that she has been nurturing in lockdown through a new course and lots of practice.

For a taste of what’s on offer, interested folk should visit the Preview Exhibition at the Old School Arts Centre, open week days from 10 until 2pm until 26th October 2020. Here visitors will be able to see and purchase from the ‘Talking about Climate Change’ exhibition or pick up a limited 300×300 artwork for $200.

The Raglan Arts Weekend will run for three days over Labour Weekend from Saturday 24th October to Monday 26th October.  It is a self-guided art trail visiting open studios of the very best artists that Whaingaroa has on offer. Most artist studios are open from 10am until 5pm.

For further information, visit raglanartsweekend.nz@raglanart on Facebook, or pick up a copy of the new brochure from the Raglan Old School Arts Centre or various cafes and galleries across the North Island.

Raglan Arts Weekend back on for Labour Weekend

We are very pleased to say that the Raglan Arts Weekend is back on, and we are holding this event over Labour Weekend in October (24/25/26 October 2020).

 We’re very much looking forward to showing off our Raglan creative talent and we hope NZ will support us!

 We have all our artists on board, with the exception of two (Brodie Reynolds and Megan Hockley) who will not be a part of the October event.

 Please do contact any member of the Raglan Arts Weekend team if you have any queries and hopefully see you in October.

Mar 19 to Apr 13: Arts Weekend preview exhibition takes a creative look at climate change

The countdown is on for the Raglan Arts Weekend at Easter Weekend, and Thursday 19th March sees the opening of the Preview Exhibition and 300 x 300 show at the Old School Arts Centre, 5 Stewart St, Raglan.

Art fans, both local and visiting, will get a teaser of what’s on offer at the Raglan Arts Weekend, with all 37 registered artists displaying two of their works for sale. One of these works is a one-off, 300 x 300mm artwork created especially for this year’s event, and the other is a showcase piece.

“We’re shaking things up this year, and for the first time, we’ll have a theme for the showcase artworks,” says Raglan Arts Weekend coordinator Nicky Brzeska. “We’re asking artists to really challenge themselves and develop work that speaks to our ‘Talking about Climate Change’ theme. It’s a subject that resonates well in our eco-conscious seaside town, and we’re hoping will entice a broader audience to come and see how it is interpreted.”

As per tradition, you’ll be able to pick up an exclusive piece from a favourite artist for $200, but there’s only one per artist and so you will have to be quick. These pieces have proved popular among art lovers wanting to add an affordable artwork by a local artist to their collection.

It’s not only about buying art, visitors will also be able to discover new talent, catch up with established favourites and see what they’ve been up to, as well as plan who they want to visit over the Arts Weekend.
The Preview Exhibition will run from Thursday, March 19th until Monday, April 13th, 2019 from 10am until 2pm at the Old School.

The exhibition opened on the night of Wednesday, March 18th with artists, their friends and family, and Raglan Community Arts Council members.

For further information, visit raglanartsweekend.nz, @raglanart on Facebook, or pick up a copy of the new brochure from the Raglan i-SITE on Wainui Road or various cafes and galleries across the North Island.

Arts Weekend gets financial boost

The Raglan Arts Weekend has received a huge financial boost with a grant from one of New Zealand’s leading fine arts charities.

The Chartwell Trust is the charitable arm of the Chartwell Collection, a collection of more than 1500 contemporary artworks from New Zealand and Australia that has been held on long term loan at the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki.

Raglan Arts Weekend coordinator Nicky Brzeska says the grant is a fantastic vote of confidence for the
calibre of art in Whaingaroa

Raglan Arts Weekend coordinator Nicky Brzeska says the grant is not only a fantastic vote of confidence for the calibre of art in Whaingaroa, but also greatly acknowledges the work the arts weekend team does promoting local artists to a wider audience.

“It really says something about the Raglan Arts Weekend to have support from such a prestigious organisation.”

In its 11th year, the arts weekend has become one of the foremost art events in the Waikato, and Nicky says the number of artists involved has increased over the years with 37 creatives taking part this year.

“This financial backing is very exciting for us as it also opens up some more possibilities in terms of how we can nurture our talent, for example with our Mentorship Programme – a first for this year.”

Father and daughter, Rob and Sue Gardiner, two of five Chartwell Trust directors, have a relationship with Raglan, spending summers here at the family bach in Lorenzen Bay.

They are impassioned advocates for a society that works together to build a movement for a connected creative vision – where art is more than just a passive, pretty thing on the wall.

The Chartwell Trust was set up by Rob to promote the importance of visual arts and to innovatively help fund the building of Hamilton’s first collection-based public art gallery. Since then it has moved the Chartwell Collection to Auckland Art Gallery (1997), continued to grow it year by year, and supported hundreds of visual artists and projects through the Chartwell Trust’s charitable donations programme.

The Raglan Arts Weekend kicks off with the Preview Exhibition on Wednesday 18 Feb, 6.30-8pm at the Old School Arts Centre. Check out the artists in their studios from Sat 11 – Mon 13 April.

Visit www.raglanartsweekend.nz

or www.facebook.com/raglanart for more information.

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 facebook.com/raglanart or raglanartsweekend.nz.