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The Kāpiti Arts Trail drew many visitors to Kāpiti in the last weekend of October and the first weekend of November this year. Many of these artists continue to welcome visitors to the Coast during the year, either at regular times or by appointment. Refer to the Kāpiti Arts Guide, which provides details of the artists who participated in the Trail and others. The Guide is available from Council services centres and libraries, and many other venues. you can also download the full Guide here, or visit the artist studios and galleries' webpages.

About the Kāpiti Arts Trail:

The mission of our flagship art event, the Kāpiti Arts Trail, is to celebrate the arts on the Coast. The Arts Trail provides a platform for established and emerging artists for participation and opportunity to engage with visiting public and the local community.

Artistic mediums represented on the Kāpiti Arts Trail 2018 include painting in oils, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media; sculpture in wood, Oamaru stone, metal, and found materials; fibre arts – felted, woven, quilts; photography, ceramics, mosaic, printmaking, glass, jewellery, and tattoo.  Artistic styles range from representational to contemporary and abstract, with several ancient traditional approaches such as harakeke and encaustic painting.

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has led the event for the last 17 years, and was recognised for the event in this year’s Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards, as a finalist in the “Best Creative Place” category.

 The Kāpiti Arts Trail was designed to showcase the significant creative talents in Kāpiti, both established and emerging artists, to the regional and wider community. The Kapiti Arts Trail provides recognition, validation, and income to Kāpiti's creative sector, and benefits flow to the business and hospitality sectors also. The Kāpiti Arts Trail has become a significant lower-North Island art event, expanding from one to two weekends in 2015.

Each year, more and more local artists take the opportunity to welcome the public into their studios to experience the artists’ working environment and their passion for their art. This year, the number of participant artists and galleries topped 100 for the first time.

Follow the Kāpiti Arts Trail on Facebook for more information updates.