20 years - Kāpiti Arts Trail

2020 saw the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Kāpiti Arts Trail, where artists across the district opened their doors to Kāpiti’s vibrant art scene.

Every year, visitors are able to see more than 60 artists at work in their studios. As well as witness creativity in action and learn the stories behind the art.

Arts Trail 2020

2020 saw the 20th year of the Kāpiti Arts Trail!

Last year we celebrated the twentieth year of the Kāpiti Arts Trail - two weekends of art immersion offering a rare glimpse into the studio spaces and workings of artists who are listed in the Kāpiti Arts Guide. 

Stretching from Paekākāriki in the south (just 45 minutes from Wellington) to Ōtaki in the north, it was the perfect way to check out Kāpiti’s delicious food scene, stunning walks and beaches, and enjoy many superb artists' gardens in Spring on the Trail.

The Arts Trail ran over 7/8 and 14/15 November - entry was free meaning visitors were able to plan a day or weekend with family or friends. The Kāpiti Arts Trail both an annual weekend event and also has aspects that can be visited all year round! Meaning people can visit the artists and see them work outside of the 'official' event. 

For future, Kāpiti Arts Trail events or weekend trips and there are loads of ideas and information on what to do on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast right here on kapiticoastnz.com.

There's always something for everyone on the Arts Trail: painting in oils, watercolour or mixed media; fibre arts; ceramics; jewellery; photography; street art; digital art; tattoo; glass; and wood. Many artists demonstrate their creative process, and all have their art available for sale, it is a great way to support quality New Zealand artists.

Alongside demos, hubs and galleries to visit, the Arts Trail also features Index Exhibitions in each area - which is a chance to get a taste of artists’ artworks in a curated collection before you visit their studio.

You can pick up a beautifully produced Kāpiti Arts Guide with over 78 listings from community centres, libraries, and many other venues from early October, or plan your Trail online through the KCDC website and interactive map.

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Want to know more about Kāpiti, need ideas for what to eat or where to stay?

With a multitude of eateries and over 400 accommodation providers (including many baches and B&Bs) you are sure to find what you are looking for on the Kāpiti Coast.