The traditional 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 20 March 2021, Artists in Eden Day was back celebrating more than 30 years in the park. This was hot on the heels of our "Unlocked" version of the event in November 2020 which marked the rescheduling of the original 2020 event at the outbreak of the pandemic a year ago.
Artists in Eden 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. Entry is free and the public is encouraged to chat to the artists as they work.
The weather on the day behaved itself perfectly as around forty artists set up shop in the Essex Reserve to paint their personal rendition of the mountain which gives the village its name. There was live music from popular jazz ensemble Nairobi Trio, children's art activities, the opportunity to win an artwork in our annual raffle, two very special collectors' item collaborative sketch books to bid for at auction, and the chance to purchase Eden Arts' very own commemorative 30 Year book written at the end of our anniversary year in 2017.
As well as regular longstanding favourites such as George Baloghy, Mike Morgan, John Horner, Neal Palmer and Rebecca Tune, there are always some newer artists at the event every year such as Tira Walsh, Wanda Gillespie and Brendon Leung. We also welcomed back other popular artists such as Peata Larkin, Belinda Griffiths, Nicholas Pound and Krystie Wade.
The day culminated as always in the live auction at 2.30pm. This was a mixed bag of great bargains for some lucky buyers as well as other works being fiercely fought after. Regular auctioneer Richard Valintine held it all together admirably as always with his particular brand of expertise and charm.
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 for helping us to continue our support of the arts and artists in our community!