Kāpiti has a wealth of talent and a large and diverse arts scene, making it a fascinating creative destination for locals and visitors alike.
Amongst the many talented creative people on the coast, there are visual, fibre and digital artists, sculptors, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, filmmakers, jewellers and potters.
There are many arts events of all kinds throughout the year. Listings for these can be found in the local press, on the radio and on events websites such as www.eventfinda.co.nz
The Public Art Panel and the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board are investigating an art installation for Paraparaumu Beach and have saught input from the community on what stories/themes it should represent. Feedback has now closed for this project.
Kāpiti has a wonderfully diverse range of art with studio artists and galleries displaying works from Ōtaki to Paekākāriki all year round. There is something for everyone, whether you're just starting to look at art, you're a seasoned enthusiast or you're an artist in your own right.
Check out the details of many of these artists and galleries in our Kāpiti Arts Guide 2016 - these are available from visitor i-sites, galleries, studios and cafés around the district. Or download the electronic version:
Details on the annual Kāpiti Arts Trail, one of our most significant art events of the year, are available at this page.
As the District's Public Gallery, Mahara Gallery has an annual programme of high-calibre curated exhibitions and provides opportunities for Kāpiti Coast artists to exhibit.
The gallery, located in Mahara Place in Waikanae, is operated by the Mahara Gallery Trust and receives funding from the Council.
The gallery has access to the prestigious Field Collection of works and artefacts collected by the internationally-renowned artist Frances Hodgkins and her family. The Field family has strong historical ties to Kāpiti, in particular Waikanae, and the collection provides a very valuable insight into the life of the artist, her family and the district.
The Mahara Gallery Trust is now fundraising for a redevelopment of the gallery building to enable it to be brought up to professional museum standards. Once this has been achieved, the gallery will be able to permanently house the Field Collection and ensure it is not lost to Kāpiti.
For more information view the Mahara Gallery website here.
Each of the public libraries in Kāpiti provides an art space, available to local artists and community groups.
The three Library Art Spaces are:
Gillian & Roderick Deane Art Space, Paraparaumu Library
He Kākano, Waikanae Library
Ngā Purapura, Otaki Library
The Creative Communites Scheme is funded by Creative New Zealand and is administered locally by the Kāpiti Coast District Council. The Scheme aims to support and encourage local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within the District, as well as for defined communities of interest.
There are two funding rounds in each Financial Year. (The Council's Financial Year starts 1 July). To view more information about the scheme, go here.
The Kāpiti Coast is home to many people involved in the Middle Earth films - actors, crew, musicians, artists, artisans and more - and we congratulate all of them on their work and achievements. Many of these connections go back to the original 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy.
Waikanae Beach has the studio of ceramicist and potter Pamela Annsouth and the late Mirek Smisek OBE who created over 700 pottery goblets, jugs, bottles and other items for the trilogy.
Kāpiti featured in the movies, with three locations in the district chosen to film in. These included Queen Elizabeth Park (Pelennor Fields), Ōtaki Gorge Road (Hobbiton Woods) and Ōtaki Totara Forest (The Road to Hobbiton).