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 to discover at the Wairarapa's largest museum. 
The Martinborough Fair is the best craft fair in NZ, held twice each year.
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.
Wairarapa Film Festival celebrates local film and filmmakers with a programme for Masterton, Carterton and Martinborough.
Snack and sip at Alana Mays popular Paint & Pour Parties, where she guides you through the creation of your own masterpiece.
Rototawai is a historic home in Wairarapa, where you can view the private collection of art, and walk in the stunning gardens.