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Hawke’s Bay Art Trail

At Labour weekend artists and art admirers will be treated to the return of the Hawke’s Bay Art Trail, as part of the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival. This is an event revitalized by Arts Inc. Heretaunga and Creative Arts Napier, featuring many of those listed in the Hawkes Bay Art Guide.  Soak in the region’s scenic beauty and a dive into its passionate arts scene, peeking into the studios of artists, designers, and creatives.

Approximately 32 artists and 13 galleries in and around the Hastings and Napier areas will be open to welcome you over the weekend, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of October, from 10am to 4pm. Both Arts Inc. Heretaunga in Hastings and CAN in Napier will be open as a good starting point to the trail, with free maps available.

It’s a diverse list. Explore Napier’s close knit art community on the hill or in Taradale by hopping from one studio to another, then into town for a coffee and a visit to the Hawke’s Bay Inkers Pop-Up Gallery in Hastings street, to see live printmaking demo’s and browse the unframed bargains. Do a sticky beak into Morganmade Pottery studio store in Market Street to watch some clay being thrown on the wheel.

CAN is proud to host eight of the Arts Trail artists in a collaborative exhibition on the Mezzanine level, who were unable to open their studios for the event. Peruse beautiful Hawke’s Bay landscapes painted by Graham Stitchbury, Havelock North artist Abbey Merson’s quirky contemporary scenes or lamps by David Trubridge. Downstairs in the Workshop area, enjoy drop-in classes with St. Beads and make yourself something special to take home with you. This activity is ideal to keep the kids occupied while you indulge in some serious art-viewing.

See ceramics by Annette Bull and Natham Crossan in Clive, then mosey on out to the coast to experience Ema Scott’s exquisite sculptural pieces at Stonepeace, take in Jo Fisher’s glorious landscapes, Mary Jessie Sullivan’s intriguing encaustic process, or pick up some contemporary works on paper at Paperworks Gallery.  Of course, the artists will be available for a chat about a commission or have work on display for sale.

Downtown Hastings City boasts many significant art works. Hastings City Art Gallery has partnered with Arts Inc. to bring you a fascinating free guided art tour, led by John Eaden.  Get the in-depth stories about each piece, and understand its relevance to the urban landscape.  Meet for this hour-long tour at the Hastings City Art Gallery, 11.00am, Saturday 24th October.  Please note, the tour needs a minimum of five to proceed. 

And as an additional treat a tour of Nga Pou o Heretaunga will run from 12.30 – 2.00pm, following the urban art tour.  Nga Pou live in the Civic Square, between the City Gallery and the Memorial Library, each one representing one of the 18 marae within the Hastings District.  Both tours are free, and bookings aren’t necessary.

Out to Waipawa and Waipukarau where you can experience find block printing on fabric at Tattertales, visit the talented Susan Higginson in her studio or enjoy the sunshine in the sculpture garden at Artmosphere Gallery.

All open studios will be clearly identified by large, bright yellow balloons, printed with the Art trail logo. Grab a Hawke’s Bay Art Guide from Arts Inc. or Creative Arts Napier or download your map HERE, or from www.hawkesbayartguide.co.nz, or https://www.hawkesbaynz.com/.

Get a sneak peek of some artists’ stories through the Hawke’s Bay Art Trail Facebook and Instagram, at www.facebook.com/hbarttrail/ and www.instagram.com/hawkesbayarttrail/ (@hawkesbayarttrail).

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