Bookings open next month for Creative Matakana, the annual week of arts and crafts workshops and courses that runs during the first week of May.
As in previous years, the event includes everything from five-day intensive courses down to one-day tasters covering a broad spectrum of creative activities, including sculpture, painting and drawing, photography, woodwork, weaving and writing.
Highlights include Making Moulds & Casting with popular metal artist Jeff Thomson, Bookbinding with Terrie Reddish, Willow Weaving with Peter Greer, and art courses by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden, Helene Carpenter and Maxine Thompson. There is also a new course on Kiribati Weaving with Kaetaeta Watson and Louisa Humphry teaching how to make traditional headdresses and other items.
For food and drink fans, there are talks and tastings on olive oil, gin and wine, and local history will be the subject of a special cruise on the Jane Gifford.
Organisers say the week will be the perfect antidote to the challenges and frustrations presented by Covid-19, though they stress that events will be adopting whichever restrictions apply at the time, which may include proof of vaccination.
Bookings for all events open at 8am sharp on Monday, January 10 at www.creativematakana.nz