Muriwai Arts Open Studio Collective

 Muriwai Beach is a wild, wonderful west coast community, located just 40 minutes from Auckland’s CBD. Known for its sweeping black sand beach, excellent surf conditions and spectacular cliff-top gannet colony, this spot is also home to a group of well-known, diverse and highly gifted artists.

This group of Muriwai artists (many award winning) has the aim as individuals and a group to inspire and nurture creativity by providing workshops, exhibitions, open studio visits and unique experiences such as art degustation. As a collective, they are all clearly inspired by the rugged coastal environment in which they live – Muriwai Beach. As individuals they also have their own unique creative processes and fascinating forms of expression.

Artists include Martin Bailey, Tanya Blong, Laetitia Decan, Lesley Dixon, Karuna Douglas, Todd Douglas, Gaylene Earl, Kathryn Enchmarch, Emma Farry, Nat van Halle, Mette Hay, Pat Henley, Joss Hong, Amanda Kemp, Laird McKechnie, Liz Smith, Kirsten Reid, Christine Rose, and include painters, potters, photographers, illustrators, sculptors, poets, mixed media, jewellery, textile and embroidery artists.

Working together they wish to provide communities greater access to the arts across a variety of media. Whether you want to buy, be inspired, learn or simply ‘step out of the ordinary’ and enjoy time out, get along to one of their exhibitions, open studio days, workshops or art experiences. Muriwai Arts Open Studios Collective is an operating arm of the North West Arts Trust. The charitable trust aims to provide better access to the arts and to nurture evolving artists in the community.