Kāpiti has a wealth of talent and a large and diverse arts and culture scene, making it a fascinating creative destination for locals and visitors alike.
Amongst the many talented creative people on the coast, there are visual artists, carvers, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, filmmakers, potters and jewellers.
There are many arts and culture events of all kinds throughout the year in Kāpiti. Listings for these can be found in the local newspapers, on local radio and the events website: www.eventfinda.co.nz
Find arts, dance, music, theatre and cultural groups using Community Finder, a directory of community groups and services in the Wellington region: https://www.communityfinder.org.nz/
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 2016/17 - these are available from visitor i-sites, galleries, studios and cafés around the district.
Or download the electronic version: Kāpiti Arts Guide 2016/17
Details on the annual Kāpiti Arts Trail, one of our most significant art events of the year, are available on 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 exhibition space, available to local artists and community groups.
The three Library Exhibition 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.