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 16 March 2019, Artists in Eden Day will be back celebrating 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 will 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 is always a carnival one with live music from popular jazz ensemble Nairobi Trio, children's art activities including balloon sculptures, the opportunity to win a Stanley Palmer print in our annual raffle, two very special collectors' item collaborative sketch books 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.
As well as regular longstanding favourites such as Clyde Scott, George Baloghy, David Blair, Mike Morgan, John Horner and Peter Gibson Smith, we welcome to the event this year newcomers Alan Ibell, young prize winner Rhea Maheshwari from our 2018 awards series, and returning artist Verity Kindlaysides who is back from overseas. We also welcome back other popular artists such as Peata Larkin, Neal Palmer, Simon Williams, Belinda Griffiths, Nicholas Pound and Krystie Wade.
The day will culminate as always in all the excitement of the live auction at 2.30pm. Some buyers will take home a bargain, while others will end up having to bid fiercely for their favourite lot. Regular auctioneer Richard Valintine will be back to inject his particular brand of expertise and charm.
As always we will keep our fingers crossed for fine weather but even in the most inclement of conditions (think Cyclone Lusi in March 2014 and Cylclone Pam in March 2015!) we will go ahead as we have the amazing indoor venue - the Mt Eden Village Community Centre - just across the road as back up.
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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!