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 9th & Sunday 10th November, 10am - 4pm.

We’ve also opened our "call to 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 organisations located in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area.

By October you will be able to pick up a copy of our 2019 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!

Join us over on Facebook and Instagram, where we'll keep you in the loop with further details, sneak previews and special announcements.

With the dates now set and the "call to artist" open, we've plenty to look forward to in organising this year's event and can’t wait to share our 2019 programme with you!

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 50 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 creative workshops, a 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 and list of Artists involved in the 2018 event (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