...where artists get inspired and craftsman get creative!
The Nelson Tasman region is the undisputed creative arts centre of New Zealand. This is where the World of WearableArt (WOW) event was born and the internationally acclaimed Hoglund Art Glass studio has been in operation for thirty years. The region has over 300 working artists. Painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, potters, glass blowers, jewellers, writers and creators draw energy from the spectacular natural environment and create art and crafts that have a unique and personal signature attached to them.
They're scattered around the lakes, along our rivers, on the beaches, in forest dwellings, high in the hills, low in the valleys and in every little nook and cranny where artists can find artistic, spiritual and creative inspiration. Meet artists, visit their workshops and participate in creating your own art! Learn glass bead making or ceramics. A highly memorable experience is assured when interactive fun is at your fingertips. Enjoy your journey of discovery as you travel around the region.
To help you plot your adventures around the artist galleries and studios, pick up a copy of the Nelson Arts Guide from local bookstores and galleries. The ninth and newest edition showcases many of the region’s artists, wineries, cafes and cultural entities. It is the ideal companion for anyone who appreciates art, enjoys local cuisine and loves pleasant surprises.