Kia ora welcome to the Open Studios Waitākere website. 

It's exciting to be able to announce this year's Open Studios Waitākere weekend dates. Please book the event into your diary - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th November, 10am - 4pm. 

We're currently doing a "call out" for artists to register to take part so if you know anyone you think should be involved please let them know. The event is open to all artists, designers, makers and creatives - as well as art groups and galleries located in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area.  To be involved, please fill in our REGISTRATION FORM before the closing date of: Friday 31st August 

By mid-October you will be able to pick up a copy of our 2018 event brochure and map. Use this, or visit our website, to plan your weekend visiting studios. Make the most of the full programme of exhibition openings, artist talks, workshops, children's events and more.  You'll also be able to book yourself on an Open Studios Bus Tour. 

In the lead up to the event, we'll be sharing a few photo interviews - giving you a sneak preview and introducing you to why the experience of meeting artists in their own creative spaces is so inspiring!  

Sign-up to our Open Studios Waitakere Newsletter and join us on Facebook and Instagram, where we'll keep you in the loop with further details, sneak previews and special announcements. 

We've plenty to look forward to in organising this year's event. We're sure that all of the artists and studio visitors will have a great weekend!  

Best regards, 
Renée Tanner - Event Manager

ABOUT  Open Studios Waitākere

Open Studios Waitākere is an annual weekend opportunity for artists resident in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area to open their studios to the public. With over 70 artists involved, and 40 studios from Huia to Henderson Valley, Titirangi to Te Henga, it's an inspiring weekend out and about! 

The weekend provides the opportunity to meet local artists, see art in action, purchase local artwork and learn about the creative process. Visit some of Waitākere's most celebrated artists including sculptors, painters, jewellers, illustrators, ceramic artists and photographers.  Many of the artists will have works for sale, so we recommend having some cash ready!

You can take a self-guided tour at your own pace with our Open Studios Map and mobile App, or jump on an Open Studios Bus Tour.  Enjoy a short break from your Open Studios touring and join us at the Lopdell Precinct for Events ranging from live music, a creative workshop, film screening and exhibitions.  

To help you get to know some of the talented artists involved in past events, watch our Open Studios VIDEO below, and enjoy our Artist Interviews (see the menu above). 

Before the event, you can pick up copy of our brochure at your local library, gallery or cafe, or email to request a brochure by post.

For all enquiries please contact event manager Renee Tanner by email or phone 0211496707

This event is funded and supported by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board