Whanganui – Artists Open Studios
I used to frequent Whanganui as a child, roaming Kowhai Park, surfing Morgan Street, swimming at the local school pool and playing on the hill in Cooks Gardens. Now that I am all grown up and interested in art, it turns out Whanganui is a whole lot more than I remember.
Its mix of heritage and Modernist architecture, river walks, combined with a recent history as a centre of glass artistry makes it a rewarding place to visit. With the addition ofthe Sarjeant Gallery it is one of New Zealand’s great regional art destinations. Facilitated by affordable housing, artists and professionals returning to the city and a continual turnover of artists visiting the Tylee Cottage residency program there is very vibrant arts scene. A great time of year to visit is when they have the “Artists Open Studios” which is spread over two weekends in March/April. This event offers access to over fifty studios and galleries around Whanganui and up to Waverley and a chance to meet the artists and makers that abound here.
Places to visit:
New Zealand Glassworks
Quartz Museum of Studio Ceramics
The Arts Centre
Whanganui Regional Museum