arts fest

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.


Try the Arts on, see how they fit!

11–19 October
Various locations

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.

More details coming soon or keep your eye on facebook.

Darfield ArtweekPeonies

12–20 October
Darfield Recreation Centre

See over 300 mixed media artworks from 120 New Zealand artists in this annual art showcase. In its 37th year, it promises to be a great social evening for art lovers.

Find out more about Darfield Artweek.

Art Couture – Wearable Arts CompetitionArt Couture

Saturday 12 October
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 competition. 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
Tickets $25
Full day coach tour departs and returns to Rolleston Community Centre
Lunch will be available to purchase in Leeston

Lakeland GalleryJoin art connoisseur, Kristin Kinney from Taste of Life Tours as she guides you round Selwyn's art galleries for the inaugural Selwyn Art Crawl. Experience the best the district has to offer with an opening at Selwyn Gallery (Darfield), demonstrations at Lakeland 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.

Tickets on sale on 9 September at Eventbrite.