About the Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail

KOAST at Labour Weekend

Every year, for the last six  years, KOAST has been held in Kerkeri, located in the picturesque Bay of Islands, where an amazing array of artists reside.

This year, the seventh year, due to COVID 19 and the uncertainty regarding travel and social distancing, the 2020 AGM have voted to postpone this year’s event.  However, plans are underway to replace this with online events and other exciting developments, so watch this space. 

KOAST has offered an opportunity for visitors and local residents to find artists, potters, jewellers, painters, sculptors, wood carvers and photographers to name a few. There are also artists producing fibre art and ceramics.

Every year, during Labour Weekend each year, Kerikeri has held the Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail (KOAST) as part of the vibrant art scene. This event provides local artists, potters, jewellers, painters, sculptors, wood carvers and photographers with the opportunity to showcase their work in a unique way.

Members of the public are invited to come and see artists at work in their studios, chat with them and enjoy a wide selection of media. Using the KOAST Trail Guide (available for purchase) which lists artists, their locations and the medium they work in, visitors can plan a weekend spent exploring Kerikeri’s art scene.

More than 65 Kerikeri and Waipapa artists, potters, jewellers, painters, sculptors, wood carvers and photographers took part during 2019 at 34 studios and galleries and we are sure you will have a great array to visit this year as well.

As well, KOAST invites guest artists from around the country to attend and exhibit.

Unique opportunity

KOAST provides both artists and the public with a unique opportunity as it’s not often you’re able to see artists at work in their studios.

You will need a Trail Guide which has the only map of where you can find the studios and exhibits. The Guide costs only $5.00 and gives you entry to all exhibits as well as an entry in one of the great raffles (big baskets) run each year.  It also has a little description about each artist – and you can find more on the website of course.

During 2019 Trail Guides were  available from several local stores and galleries – thank you for your support!

Kerikeri: Paper Plus (Kerikeri Rd), The Little Black Gallery, and at the Old Packhouse Market on Saturdays
Kawakawa: Kings Theatre Creative
Waipapa: Village Books
Whangarei: Both I-Sites
Mangonui:  I-Site, A Gallery
Paihia: Post Shop and Flying Fish

Ann Winship KOAST - Kerikeri Open Arts Trail

Trail Dates

The next KOAST Trail will be October 23, 24 and 25 over Labour Weekend 2021.