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Bring your expertise to the Kāpiti Arts Trail!

We are calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from artists in the community to represent Kāpiti artists on the Steering Group of the Kāpiti Arts Trail. This is a governance role, and an opportunity to contribute artists’ perspective and experience to strategic planning decisions, and to provide oversight to the project management.

Managed by Council, the organisation of the Arts Trail is overseen by a Steering Group that includes three Artists' Representatives. Artists' Representatives should have participated in and have a thorough understanding of the Kāpiti Arts Trail, and of the Kāpiti artists’ community. It is not necessary for them to be participants in this year’s trail.

Strengths we are looking for are:

  • Demonstrated experience in event planning and governance;
  • Demonstrated professional standing in the community;
  • Demonstrated interest in a variety of art forms; and
  • Motivation to grow and develop the arts trail

Steering Group members are not expected to contribute time in operational matters, but to offer advice and guidance at a broad level. However, Artists' Representatives are expected to promote the Kāpiti Arts Trail in a positive way, and to communicate Council-approved messages to the arts community.

If you are interested in becoming an Artists' Representative, please contact Arts Advisor Rosie Salas on artstrail@kapiticoast.govt.nz, or by phone 04 296 4700.

Kāpiti Coast District Council chooses winners for the Kāpiti Arts Trail 2018 feedback survey prizes

Kāpiti Coast District Council chose the winners for the Kāpiti Arts Trail prizes today, 14 December 2018. Mayor K Gurunathan was pleased to congratulate the recipients.

“My wife Claire and I always have a fantastic time on the Arts Trail and this year certainly didn’t disappoint. It’s great to be able to give just a little back to the people and artists who work so hard to make the Trail a stunning success.”

Linda Warren of Paraparaumu won a $200 voucher to put towards purchasing a 2018 Kāpiti Arts Trail piece of art. Ms Warren says her favourite memory from this year’s Arts Trail was seeing so many different types of artistic expression along the way.

“There is some truly amazing talent on the Kāpiti Coast. I had a great time and my parents were really impressed, too.”

Paraparaumu ceramics artist Vinny Thompson won the artists’ draw for a refund of her 2018 Trail application fee. Ms Thompson says this year’s effort was another success.

“It was such a treat meeting people who had rich stories to tell about the Wellington houses I paint. This year’s Trail was most enjoyable and I want to thank the Council for doing such a good job in running the Arts Trail.”  

The Kāpiti Arts Trail was recognised as a finalist in the 2018 Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards for Best Creative Place.

Come to Creative Kāpiti!

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.

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