The gala event of the Eden Arts calendar is held in March each year and brings together a large number of recognised Auckland artists who draw and paint from the Essex Road Reserve. The completed works are auctioned the same day to provide funds for community arts initiatives.
Around 40 visual artists work in the park during the day. Talk to the artists or watch an artwork progress from start to finish. Children’s workshops are offered. The work of well known artists can be won in the raffle. It’s a great day with live music, entertainment and various activities to enjoy.
At the end there is a chance to purchase the works created, not to mention all the excitement of
a live auction!
On Saturday 17 March 2018, Artists in Eden Day celebrated more than 30 years in the park – it is Auckland’s longest running art event of its kind and a fabulous opportunity to enjoy some of the art talent which is such an integral part of the Mt Eden community.
A group of around forty artists set up shop from 10am in the Essex Reserve to paint their personal rendition of the mountain which gives the village its name. The atmosphere was a carnival one as always with live music from popular jazz ensemble Nairobi Trio, children's art activities, the opportunity to win a Stanley Palmer print in our annual raffle, a very special collectors' item collaborative sketch book to bid for at auction, and the chance to purchase Eden Arts' very own commemorative 30 Year book written at the end of our anniversary year in 2017.
It was a day of outguessing the weather - which at times threatened with the odd light shower and gust of wind - but luckily we had the amazing indoor venue across the road as back up. Indeed, some of the working artists moved inside the Mt Eden Village Centre to complete their paintings while others remained outside for the whole time.
As well as regular longstanding favourites such as Clyde Scott, George Baloghy, David Blair, Mike Morgan, John Horner and Peter Gibson Smith, newcomers this year included local young artist Finn Wilson, Unitec MFA students Brendon Leung and Gabby Tiongson, textile artist Christopher Duncan, and Sara Langdon who created a beautiful miniature painting of the volanic cone. We welcomed back other popular artists such as Peata Larkin, Neal Palmer, Simon Williams, Belinda Griffiths, Nicholas Pound and Krystie Wade.
The day finshed as always with all the excitement of the live auction at 2.30pm. Some buyers took home a bargain, while other lots saw some extremely competitive bidding. Regular auctioneer Richard Valintine as usual held it all together with expertise and charm.
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Artists in Eden Day is the flagship event of the Eden Arts Trust - it helps to fund our annual award programmes and we thank those who join us for helping us to continue our support of the arts and artists in our community!