After last year’s success running the Taranaki Arts Trail concurrently with the Taranaki Garden Festival, 84 artists have signed up for this year’s event.
Instead of opening for one weekend, the artists are opening for two 3-day periods — 29, 30, 31 Oct and 5, 6, 7 Nov. Some are opening for the days between as well.
The self-drive, region-wide Taranaki Arts Trail gives people the opportunity to visit artists at their studios, see them at work and view their art.
Now in its eighth year, there are 25 new artists taking part in 2021, along with established and emerging artists.
With practices ranging from fibre to stone, painting to ceramics, wood to gems, there is certainly something for everyone to be wowed and inspired by.
“Together with all the gardens, this has become the largest Spring Festival available and a not-to-be-missed visual feast,” says Arts Trail Coordinator, Niki Jenkinson
A combined Taranaki Arts Trail/Taranaki Garden Festival brochure is available at all i-Sites throughout Taranaki as well as galleries, libraries, garden centres, restaurants and cafes. Or just jump on the website for your digital brochure and start planning your visit taranakiartstrail.co.nz/trail-info/brochure/
The Arts Trail section is split into four Taranaki regions for easier navigation to the various studios, as well as a fold-out map. Each artist will also be displaying their bright orange Arts Trail flag on the roadside highlighting their locations.
An exhibition will be held at Gover St Gallery in New Plymouth, which will also double as the Arts Trail information hub. The hub is available for all enquiries, if you need directions, advice or a respite before travelling to your next chosen studio.
Taranaki artists are proud of their region and are happy to discuss with you their inspiration and processes of work. They all look forward to welcoming you to Taranaki, their studio and the 2021 Taranaki Arts Trail.
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