Arts Coordinator

The South Taranaki district produces a wealth of creativity.  Our rich cultural history has helped shape our national identity, and helped produce New Zealand icons such as the Patea Maori Club and author Ronald Hugh Morrieson.  Our unique, dramatic landscape offers inspiration for visual artists working in a diverse range of mediums.  Their artwork is showcased in our district art galleries, which also feature exhibitions from other regions.   Our growing participation in public and community art reflects who we are and offers opportunities for participation and pride in our public spaces.  Annual art events are a great chance for artists to get involved - give it a go and enter a competition, sell your creations at a local market or join one of our many clubs to meet like-minded people, share skills and have fun.

The South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator, Michaela Stoneman (pictured above), works with trusts, galleries, committees, schools and individuals throughout our seven towns and within our rural areas.  By maintaining active links with arts groups, providers and practitioners, Michaela can offer practical advice to support you or help you make local connections that will aid you in achieving your artistic goals.

Contact Michaela:  Ph: 0800 111 323  Email:      

Check out the latest State of the arts newsletter here. State of the arts is a seasonal newsletter with all sorts of news and information for the artistic community.

South Taranaki Creative Communities funding

Creative expression is fundamental to developing our sense of who we are and how we relate to each other. The Creative Communities Scheme, jointly administered locally by Creative New Zealand and the South Taranaki District Council, aims to foster an environment that supports creative expression and provides greater opportunities for people to enjoy the arts, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances. Individuals and groups may apply for community-based arts activities in South Taranaki that meet one or more of the following funding criteria:

  • Broad community involvement - A project that will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity - A project that will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young people - A project that will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

Do you have a project in mind that will get people involved in the arts or strengthen your local arts sector?

Application forms and information are available on the STDC website under funding/grants:

If you would like more information or would like to discuss your application, please contact Maryse Ropiha, Creative Communities Administrator on 0800 111 323 or email

Arts in the Park

An annual event for artists and crafts people to display and sell their handmade arts and crafts. Held in the pleasant surroundings of King Edward Park, Hawera in the first weekend of December and Taumata Park in Eltham in March. Entertainment, food and free arts activities for kids make it a great day for all the family. Check out our Events Calendar for more details or contact Michaela if you would like to be involved.


Taranaki National Art Awards – A National Competition

This national art awards competition is hosted annually at Opunake's Sandfords Events Centre in October each year, coinciding with the Taranaki Rhododendron Festival.  With over 10,000 in prize money on offer, the awards attract a wide range of entries by artists from throughout New Zealand.  Displayed and judged in seven categories, most of the artworks are for sale, offering a fantastic opportunity to purchase an original piece of NZ art.

For more information please visit the website or follow Taranaki National Art Awards on Facebook.                                        


South Taranaki District Council Arts Lease Programme

The Art Lease Programme was established in 1996 to support and nurture our creative community.  The gallery enables us to showcase a selection of work from our talented artists and creates an opportunity for participants to exhibit to a wide audience and offer their work for sale.
To qualify for the Art Lease Programme artists must reside within the South Taranaki district boundaries.
Both wall hanging and sculptural artworks are considered. 
Selected artists are paid a lease fee of $150.00 for a year lease. Submission can be sent in October each year, with works changing over on or near the 1st of November. Please contact Michaela Stoneman, Arts Co-ordinator for more information on 0800 111 323 or by emailing   

Taranaki Arts Trail

Held in mid-June, this annual event features over 80 studios, galleries and shared spaces throughout the region. The self-guided trail offers a chance to meet artists in their studios and is a fantastic showcase of the diversity of the arts from north to south Taranaki. Pick up a booklet from local galleries and i-SITES or plan your tour from the website: Follow on Facebook - Taranaki Arts Trail - for updates.