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 18 March, Artists in Eden Day celebrated its 30th birthday – 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 busy 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 - always a carnival one - was even more fully charged than usual as some of the "originals" nostalgically took their place once again to create something extra special for this landmark year.

From commemorative sketch books to roving caricaturists and live entertainment from popular jazz ensemble Nairobi Trio, Artists in Eden Day lived up to its promise to be an extra-special day out for the Eden Arts anniversary, culminating as always in the excitement of a live auction at 2.30pm. Visit our Facebook book - Eden Arts Trust (or click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of our Home page) - to view the updates and images that we regularly post...

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 joined us  to celebrate our 30th anniversary with us!