Arts Central is delighted to announce that their annual art workshop series, known as New Art at Old Cromwell, is returning on 5-8 March. The workshops are still able to run, under the Covid Red Alert level. This is because all participants and tutors must have vaccine passes to attend, the event numbers are less than 100, and mask wearing will be encouraged.

“These workshops are kept low in numbers so that participants get plenty of individual tutor contact. It is also an opportunity to work with a wide range of artists and learn from these experts in their field,” says organiser Megan Huffadine.

Central Otago has an abundance of talented professional artists and craftspeople, and the workshops have been hugely popular in previous years. An old favourite, Jewellery Making at Objects of Art, with tutor Les Riddell, is back on offer.

You may decide to try your hand at weaving a beautiful waikawa storage basket, with tutor Jasmine Clark.  Bev Muir will be guiding participants through the making of a pair of felt slippers in the ‘Cosy Feet’ workshop, and Mellissa Lopez will show how to create a wool rug using the felting process.

Local creative PKay Maracin is running a two-day sewing workshop on making a coat for winter.

“The coats can be made for men or women of all ages and sizes,” says PKay, adding, “It’s a chance to make something unique to enjoy for many years to come.”

It is important to book soon, as there is a cut-off date of February 8 for this workshop.

“As the workshops are spread over four days, there is an opportunity to attend more than one,” says Megan. “Participants travelling from out of the region will often do this.”

Get in and book soon, as places are filling quickly. For further information on the workshops, and to book, contact

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