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2019 Kāpiti Arts Trail
The Kāpiti Arts Trail last year was a great celebration of many of our artists in Kāpiti, with many visitors reporting they had a wonderful time on the Trail. You can still send feedback to us at any time.
You can visit many of the artists and galleries in the 2019/20 Kāpiti Arts Guide, available at Kāpiti libraries and service centres. You can also download the full 2019/20 Guide, or visit the artist studios and galleries' webpages.
Many galleries have regular opening hours and many artists will open by appointment.
The Kāpiti Arts Trail Steering Group
The Kāpiti Arts Trail is managed by the Kāpiti Coast District Council, and guided by a Steering Group including senior Council staff and artists representing the Kāpiti artists community. Artists are encouraged to share their views to the Artists' Representatives who can contribute artists’ perspective and experience to strategic planning decisions.
We are delighted to have Jennifer Turnbull as an Artists' Representative for 2019–21. Jennifer is a well-known and very experienced artist, bringing great expertise and perspective to our strategic planning and decision-making.
We have two more Artists' Representative positions to fill. If you are interested, please contact Arts Advisor Rosie Salas on [email protected], or by phone 04 296 4700.
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 Guide 2019/20 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, tattoo, and mural art. 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 19 years, and was recognised for the event in the 2018 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 Kāpiti 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. The number of participant artists and galleries topped 100 for the first time in 2018 and there are again over 100 listings in the 2019/20 Kāpiti Arts Guide.
There is some truly amazing talent on the Kāpiti Coast. I had a great time and my parents were really impressed, too.
- 2018 visitor
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.
- 2018 Artist
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