Selwyn Arts Festival 2019

Celebrate with us at the inaugural Selwyn Arts Festival.

The rich and diverse event programme traverses the district with demonstrations, workshops, live art competitions and behind the scenes glimpses of theatre-in-production. And plenty of chances for you to buy new, original pieces and the opportunity to meet the makers.

Anchored by the established Darfield Artweek and Art Couture, plus new events and opportunities for you to see, try and taste the arts have emerged with both Art Crawl and Try the Arts on, see how they fit.

Brought to you by the Selwyn District Council, in collaboration with Lakeland Gallery, Down by the Liffey Gallery, Selwyn Gallery, Darfield Artweek, Art Couture and supported by Taste of Life Tours.

Pick up a copy of the Selwyn Arts Festival brochure at your local facility or download a copy [PDF, 2533 KB].

Events


Darfield ArtweekPeonies

12–20 October
10am–5pm
Darfield Recreation Centre
Free

See over 300 mixed media artworks from 120 New Zealand artists in this annual art showcase. In its 38th year, Artweek promises to be a great experience for art lovers.

Find out more about Darfield Artweek.

Art Couture – Wearable Arts Show Art Couture

Saturday 12 October
7–10pm
Lincoln Event Centre
From $20–$100 per person

Enjoy an evening of local and nationwide talent where designers create art for the human form in this wearable arts show. See the garments up close and have the opportunity to talk to the designers.

Find out more about Art Couture or book your tickets now!

Art Crawl

Sunday 13 October
Please note this event has been cancelled.

Join art connoisseur, Kristin Kinney from Taste of Life Tours as she guides you round Selwyn’s art galleries. Experience the best the district has to offer with an opening at Selwyn Gallery (Darfield), demonstrations at Lakeland Art Gallery (Leeston) and a chance to meet the makers at Down by the Liffey Gallery (Lincoln). Be sure to bring your wallet for cash ‘n’ carry opportunities.


Try the Arts on, see how they fit!

Ever wondered what backstage really looks like? Ever seen a live art competition? Always wanted to have a go at fibre arts? This is your chance to try the arts on and see how they fit in a series of have a go workshops and behind the scenes glimpses into the art world of Selwyn.

So What If You Can’t Draw
Sunday 13 October
10am–3pm
$25 (plus booking fee), drop-in and pay at the door.
West Melton Community and Recreation Centre

"Create bravely! No to rules… but yes to a chance to exhibit an expressionist painting or mixed media visual artwork you create on the day. Plus a chance to win a prize! Canvas and materials provided. Join us for a day of not drawing. For adults (18 years and over).

Art in a Box: Live Art Competition
Sunday 13 October
1–3pm
$15 (plus booking fee) drop-in and pay at the door.
West Melton Community and Recreation Centre

A live art competition where contestants each receive an identical box of mystery art ingredients to create a piece of art that evokes a provided theme.

For more information and bookings visit eventbrite.co.nz

Chalk n Cheese
Thursday 17 October
6–8pm
Lincoln Library
$25 (plus booking fee), bookings essential

Learn how to create a landscape using pastel chalks with local artist Mike Glover and enjoy some delicious cheese.

For more information and bookings visit eventbrite.co.nz

Pottery Starter
Sunday 13 October
10am–3pm
West Melton Community and Recreation Centre
$5 per person

Local ceramic tutor, Frank Hakkaart from West Melton Pottery will help you make a decorative tile. Make the tile with stamps, textural elements or painted slip decorations. Drop in, no bookings required.

Portrait Drawing
Sunday 13 October
10.30am–3.30pm
Lakeland Art Gallery, Leeston
Free

Portrait artist Sam Wakelin will be drawing from live sittings, working in pencil, charcoal and ink. Come and have your portrait drawn.

For bookings phone 027 820 3045 or visit the gallery.

Painting Demonstration
Saturday 19 October
10.30am–3.30pm
Lakeland Gallery, Leeston
Free

Abstract and realism artist Andrew Bond will be working in the gallery demonstrating his skills, technique and inspirations, working in acrylic paint on canvas.

For bookings phone 027 820 3045 or visit the gallery.

Fascinator Making
Saturday 19 October
11am–3pm
Lincoln Library
$25, bookings essential

Create a unique look for the races and make a fascinator with fashion designer and tutor Beth Monk.

For more information and bookings visit eventbrite.co.nz

Photography Workshop
Saturday 12 October or Sunday 20 October
10am–3pm West Melton Community and Recreation Centre
$20 (limited to 20 participants)

Learn from professional photographers Tess Rait and Katrina Easton about the basics and fundamentals of photography. Suitable for beginners to those who are proficient, bring your own camera.

Bookings essential, to book visit eventbrite.co.nz or links below. Limited to 20 participants.
Saturday 12 October
Sunday 20 October

Mosaics Workshop
Sunday 13 October
10am–3pm
West Melton Community and Recreation Centre
Cost $20 (limited to 20 participants)

Create a mosaic tile, coaster or another decorative object with guidance from Rails Mackey and her team. Objects can be brought from home to decorate such as a vase or paver.

Bookings essential, to book visit eventbrite.co.nz.

Limestone Carving  
Sunday 13 October
10am–3pm
West Melton Community and Recreation Centre  
Cost $60 (limited to 12 participants)

Local limestone carving legend Ross Mackey will guide you through creating your own Oamaru stone sculpture.

Bookings essential, to book visit eventbrite.co.nz.

Flax Weaving Workshop
Sunday 13 October
10am–1pm
West Melton Community and Recreation Centre
$20 per person (limited to 15 participants)

Join the Kahu Collective and weave a Putiputi (flower) in this flax weaving workshop.

Bookings essential, to book visit eventbrite.co.nz.

Behind the scenes
Saturday 12 October
10.30–3.30pm
Lakeland Art Gallery
Free

See artists at work from paintings to weaving, while enjoying live music. A behind the scenes glimpse of the Lakeland Art Gallery.

Live demonstration with Mike Glover
Sunday 20 October
10.30–3.30pm
Lakeland Art Gallery
Free

Local pastel artist Mike Glover will be showing his skills, technique and inspirations from the natural environment.

Spring into Art
Sunday 13 October
10am–4pm
Down by the Liffey Gallery
Free

A special art celebration with live music, a gallery exhibition and demonstrations with cash ‘n’ carry opportunities.

Selwyn Arts Festival key events