Fibre Arts Workshops


What are Fibre Arts New Zealand events?

Fibre Arts New Zealand runs events that provide participants with the opportunity to work with both New Zealand and overseas artists and craftspeople who are experts in their fields.  Some workshops focus on techniques whilst others are designed to push the participants to think about their creative practice in a new light or in a new direction.

At the annual five day residential event, there are up to six workshops on offer, each with up to 14 participants, targeting different levels of knowledge.  Participants select one workshop and work with that tutor for the duration of the event.  At breaks and in the evenings, there is plenty of time for socialising with and being inspired by the other participants.

Fibre Arts NZ also runs single tutor events.  Depending on what is agreed with the tutor, participants may be able to attend from one to five days.

Where are the Fibre Arts New Zealand events held?

The annual five day residential event is held at Whanganui Girls College in Whanganui, New Zealand. Whanganui is about a 2.5 hour drive from Wellington or 1 hour drive from Palmerston North.  It can also be reached by air from Auckland.    

Single tutor events are held in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

What do I need to bring for my workshop?

You will be sent a requirements list from the tutor.  The tutor may also supply some materials to students and may charge students a materials fee to cover these.    

Where can I stay when I'm at Fibre Arts New Zealand events?

Participants at the annual Fibre Arts New Zealand residential event in Whanganui are able to stay and eat at Ad Astra, which is the hostel associated with Whanganui Girls College.  The accommodation is boarding school hostel style. 

All rooms are single.  Bedding and linen is provided but you will need to bring your own towel.  Returning participants are able to request the room they stayed in, in the previous year.  The meals are of an excellent standard and special dietary needs are catered for.  There is parking available on site.  

You can also choose to be a day student and find your own accommodation locally.  The fee for day students also includes some meals.

Participants at single tutor events in Lower Hutt are responsible for their own accommodation.  Morning tea and lunch are provided as part of the event but other meals, are the responsibility of the participants.


Can I buy supplies at Fibre Arts NZ events?

There are traders on site to provide an opportunity to purchase or order textile supplies.    

Can I display and sell my work?  (five day residential events only)

On the last afternoon, there is a Pop-up Exhibition and Art Market.  The Pop-up exhibition is a display of the work created by the participants in each of the workshops.   The Art Market provides and opportunity for participants to sell work from their own art practice.  Both the pop-up Exhibition and the Art market are generally open to the public.

How do the participants at the Fibre Arts NZ residential event encourage future fibre artists?

Participants are able to make a piece of art, no larger than 10 x 10 x 10 cms, to be displayed at the Fibre Arts event all week.  These are sold for $10 each with the proceeds used to fund the attendance of students from Whanganui Girls College at the following year's five day residential event.