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 21 March, Artists in Eden Day was to have celebrated more than 30 years in the park as Eden Arts' annual flagship event. 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.
Unfortunately with just days to go, the Board of the Eden Arts Trust most regretfully had to make the call that the event would not go ahead due to the daily evolving COVID-19 situation. This tough decision was made with the safety of artists, volunteers, public and special guests in mind and was not taken lightly.
This is only the second time in the impressive 33 year history of Artists in Eden Day that the event has had to be cancelled - it was rained off in 1995. This was long before we had the Mt Eden Village Centre across the road as a rain venue, which has meant the day has been able to go ahead up to now even despite Cyclone Lusi and Cyclone Pam in 2014 and 2015.
For this year's event, we had around 40 artists all prepared to set up shop on the day to paint, some from scratch and some with a partially prepared work. Two collaborative artist sketch books had also been completed for the auction, with work by twelve different artists in each, and senior Mt Eden artist Stanley Palmer had once again donated a framed print for Eden Arts to raffle on the day.
We are pleased to share some images on this page and via our social media for your viewing pleasure and in order to re-create some of the magic from the day that never was...
In the meantime, we are working hard to formulate a Plan B for all the artists involved, and will be making announcements when we can. We wish everyone good health and wellbeing in these extraordinary times.
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 regularly join us for helping us to continue our support of the arts and artists in our community!