Mangawhai gets creative

The fortnight promises something for every artistic taste.

Everything from cement sculpture and Japanese Shibori to creative photography and Christmas card making is on offer in Mangawhai next month, when two weeks of creative workshops will be held.

Mangawhai Artists have lined up 15 local arts and crafts tutors for a multi-media fortnight of artistic fun that runs from Saturday, November 4 to Saturday, November 18.

The range of classes will include abstract painting, working with resin, theatrical drawing, cement sculpture, bonsai, working with charcoal, painting with acrylics, mixing paints, harakeke weaving, Japanese Shibori and dyeing, scrapbooking, making Christmas cards with quilling and photography.

All the workshops are being held at the Mangawhai Artists’ workspace and gallery at 45 Moir Street, except for the cement sculpture workshop, which will be held in Devich Road.

Organisers say the comprehensive programme is aimed at everyone from artists wanting to improve and expand their skills to beginners keen to have a go at something new, or even just as a different way to socialise and meet new people.

Prices for workshops start at $35 and go up to $190, with most sitting between $50 and $70.
There is also a free social event at the Moir Street gallery, Creative Connection, on Tuesday, November 7, from 5pm to 7pm, with Creative Northland’s new Kaipara creative adviser, Kylee Newbold.

Info and bookings: and

Sat 4 Nov
Cement Sculpture, 9.30am-12.30pm
Absolutely Abstract Day One, 10am-1pm

Sun 5 Nov
Absolutely Abstract Day Two, 10am-1pm
Cement Sculpture, 1.30-4.30pm

Monday 6 Nov
Resin Art, 10am-3pm

Tuesday 7 Nov
The Art of Bonsai, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
Creative Connection, 5-7pm

Wed 8 Nov
Creative Photography, 9am-12.30pm

Thurs 9 Nov
Mixing Your Greens, 10am-3pm
Canvas and Cocktails, 6-9pm

Friday 10 Nov
A Day of Flax Weaving, 9am-3pm
Creative Photography follow-up, 3.30-5pm

Sat 11 Nov
Subtractive Charcoal Drawing, 9am-4pm

Mon 13 Nov
Japanese Shibori/Indigo Dye, 9am – 4pm

Tues 14 Nov
Scrapbook and Tea, 2-5pm

Wednesday 15 Nov
Theatrical Drawing, 10am-4pm

Thursday 16 Nov
Theatrical Drawing, 10am-4pm
Manual Photography, 6-8pm

Fri 17 Nov
Xmas Cards with Quilling, 9am-12.30

Sat 18 Nov
Joy of Painting and Drawing, 10am-1pm