Fibre Arts Workshops


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 six workshops on offer, each with up to 13  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.


Getting to Whanganui


If you are driving Whanganui can be accessed from either State Highway 3 (SH3) or State Highway 4 (SH4).

Arriving on SH3 via Bulls, just as you get to Whanganui, before you cross the river, take the third exit at the roundabout onto Wikitoria Road (SH4). This runs into Putiki Drive and then becomes Anzac Parade. Ad Astra Hostel is on the right.

Arriving on SH4 from north, continue until you arrive at Ad Astra Hostel. It will be on the left.


Air Chathams is the only airline that flies to Whanganui, and it only flies between Auckland and Whanganui.

Alternatively, Air New Zealand and Jetstar fly to Wellington, Palmerston North and New Plymouth.  Intercity Coachlines ( runs buses from each of these places to Whanganui, including some directly from the airports.

By bus

Whanganui can be accessed by bus using InterCity Coachlines.  Depending on where you are coming from, you may need to change buses somewhere.

Can I buy 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 work?

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 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 attendance of students from Whanganui Girls College at the event.

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.