Whanganui Girls College                22 -28 April 2018


What is the Fibre Arts New Zealand Event

Fibre Arts New Zealand runs an annual five-day residential event that provides participants with the opportunity to work with both New Zealand and overseas artists and craftspeople who are experts in their fields. 

There are up to seven workshops on offer, each with between 10 and 14 participants, targeting different levels of knowledge.  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.  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.

Where are the Fibre Arts New Zealand events held?

The Fibre Arts New Zealand 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.    

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 a Fibre Arts New Zealand event?

Participants at the Fibre Arts New Zealand event 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 accommodation. 

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 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.


Can I buy any craft supplies at the event?

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

Can I display and sell my own work?

On the last afternoon, there is a display of the work created by the participants in each of the workshops along with an opportunity for participants to sell their own art work which may or may not have been made during the event.  Both the display and the sales tables are also open to the public.

10 x10's

Participants are also 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 scholarship.

The art works can be in any medium or technique.  They should fit within the size guidelines and be mounted, ready to display.  You can make as many as you like.   They are handed in when you register on the first day of the event.  There is no obligation to take part.