Wairarapa Art

If you're after a bit of an arty-fix then there's plenty to fill your time in the Wairarapa. The best place to start is with the Featherston Camp Sculpture by internationally renknown artist, Paul Dibble. 

Featherston Camp Sculpture - Paul Dibble

At the northern entrance to the Wairarapa, in Masterton, the impressive Ascension, by Neil Dawson towers above the gateway's round-about.

Ascension - Neil Dawson

Adding tonnes of colour to Bannister Street in Masterton, artist Gina Kiel has completely transformed the stretch of wall with her mural, Lullaby of the Moon. The central circular form, represents calm evening/night and sleep with the flowing and radiating colours representing the song. Her hands are realeasing the birds into flight to carry their songs to the elders and the young ones across the air. 

Masterton Mural

Craft fairs, art trails, museums and festivals, the Wairarapa has plenty to see and do in the local arts scene. Take a look at these options to get you started:

There's always something fascinating at Aratoi in Masterton, the Wairarapa's largest museum. You'll discover national and Wairarapa displays, exquisite Māori taonga/treasures, ceramics, paintings, photography, children's art, textiles, and much more. 
Masterton Amateur Theatrical Society (MATS) is a brilliant organisation concerned with putting on shows for the community to enjoy!
The Martinborough Fair is the best craft fair in New Zealand, held twice each year in February and March.
Heart of Arts, based in Carterton is a unique arts, culture and heritage hub showcasing local artists.
Check out the eight vibrant murals around Martinborough as you walk or cycle around the village.
ConArt (Container Art) is a collection of containers creating an exciting gallery and Wairarapa art studio space.
The Masterton Arts Quarter includes Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art & History, ConArt Gallery & Studio, King Street Artworks and Te Pā (Te Pātukituki o Wairarapa), all located at the northern end of Masterton.
Schmid Gallery bring unique and bespoke jewellery and art to Martinborough, showcasing some of the best NZ artists and supporting emerging artists. ​Take one of Sandra's workshops where you'll be guided through the process of designing and making your own individual rings.
Rhondda Greig is a contemporary painter/illustrator, writer and creator of children's books, and a published poet. Visit her idyllic garden gallery to meet Rhondda, see a selection of her latest works for sale and also sculptural works of renowned ceramic artist, James Greig.
Wairarapa Film Festival is a celebration of local film and filmmakers, with a programme for Masterton, Carterton and Martinborough during 2021 that includes short and feature films, workshops, exhibitions and guest appearances.