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Corcoran French Kaiapoi Art Expo

You'll find 570 works of art from over 100 artists at the Corcoran French Kaiapoi Art Expo - and a chance to have a go!!

The 12th Kaiapoi Art Expo is the largest visual art show in the Waimakariri district.

The show is on 10 A.M. 'til 7 P.M. Saturday July 15th and 10am - 5pm Sunday July 16th at the Kaiapoi Club.  Gold coin Entry.


The 12th annual Corcoran French Kaiapoi Art Expo is Waimakariri district's largest visual art show and attracts large crowds every year. The Expo displays a wide range of art disciplines by local art groups and individual artists, all under one roof, over two days. 

Alongside the Expo the School Art Expo sponsored by Bowden Environmental features a fantastic display of paintings and drawings from 14 Waimakariri Schools. 

The ever popular Expo is expanding this year into a festival offering more art activities during the week leading into the weekend. Additions include a tour of artists' studios Wednesday 12th July, a 'Have A Go' session all day Saturday as well as the Blackwell's Fire and Ice Night market with ice sculpting on Saturday afternoon.

This year's Expo will feature

- 108 artists exhibiting 570 artworks 

- 77 artists who have previously exhibited at the Expo


11th Kaiapoi Art Expo the Biggest Yet


Derek Adair's huge digital print of Shag Rock won the John Rhind Public Choice Award at the recent Corcoran French Kaiapoi Art Expo. An easy winner, the 1.4m wide photograph gained a high percentage of the votes collected from the public during the weekend event on July 23 and 24. Adair was thrilled the artwork sold on opening night. He wasn't sure that the light was right when he took the photo early one morning but as the public saw, and judged accordingly, the resulting shot captured the scene perfectly and the size of the print on canvas couldn't help but impress the public.

Ivan Button's Rangiora Town Hall painting was second with third place to Mark Adams for High Country Hives.

The Public Choice Award for the Bowden Environmental Schools' Expo was Alyssa Morel from Clarkville School for a striking portrait.

Determined to grow the annual Kaiapoi Art Expo, organisers are more than satisfied with the success of the 2016 event. On top of a week of arts activities, a well-attended opening night with double the sales of last year, two days of big crowds viewing the 565 artworks, plus another 174 from eleven Waimakariri schools, Blackwells Ltd added ice sculpting and a night market, creating a very busy time for art lovers.

Guest artist Clare Wilcox turned out to be a popular choice with nine of her sixteen works selling. Her painting of a bird's eye view of Kaiapoi was bought by retired Kaiapoi dentist, Al and his wife Caroline and gifted to Kaiapoi. A member of the Kaiapoi Community Board Mr Blackie would like to see the painting hung in the Ruataniwha Civic Centre.

Kaiapoi artist, Paul Smith donated a work he painted during Arts Week for auction at the opening. Long-time supporter of the Expo, Sandra Shaw of Christchurch, won the auction.

149 artworks were sold over the weekend totalling over /style8,000. Dan Gordon, chair of the Waimakariri Arts Trust, which runs the Expo, was happy that the aims of the trust to support local artists and promote art in the Waimakariri had been met so successfully this year.

"Comments from the public made to trustees and collected from our survey show a very positive experience from their visit and that's encouraging for the future development of the event," said Gordon.

"There's a huge buy in from the business community and Council too, through Visit Waimakariri, and we are extremely grateful to all our funders and sponsors, who ensure the event continues to run at a high standard."

This year the Trust increased advertising to include social media and two radio campaigns in the already extensive marketing plan and new sponsors were sought to support the new Arts Week. This year for the first time Waimakariri Arts Trust awarded individual artists for their outstanding work.

The winners were:
Outstanding Pencil - Katherine Jacob
Outstanding Photography - Abby Souter
Outstanding Abstract - Margryt Fennema
Outstanding Acrylic - Diana Gillanders
Outstanding Landscape - Jenny Burtt
Best New Artist - Rick Rubens
Outstanding Watercolour - Ivan Button
Outstanding Panel - Paula Jackson



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