Bannockbunr Arts
Jan Hudson doing the catering mahi for a previous festival. Photo Supplied

The Arts Central sub-committee organising the Bannockburn Arts Festival Across the Bridge have made the call to change the format for 2022.

This year, they will host an Art School in Bannockburn, offering week-long classes in the visual arts – drawing, creativity development, watercolour painting, acrylic painting and photography – creative writing, writing your family story and poetry.

There will also be a wine masterclass tutored by our local winemakers, and a cook’s tour.

The school is scheduled for Monday, October 3 till Friday, October 7, and will be followed by the now well-established Cairnmuir Woolshed Art Exhibition, spotlighting the professional artists of Bannockburn.

After having to cancel the wonderful Art Festival planned for 2021, organisers have decided that for this year an art school format, with restricted numbers and featuring tutors from the Central Otago Region, would be a safer format for this year. 

The plan is to return to a festival format in 2023, and then make the decision whether to perhaps alternate between the formats going forward.

Jan Hudson, sub-committee member, says she is excited by the quality of the tutors they have managed to attract.

“We are keen to keep up the momentum of the last ten years for our annual celebration of all that Bannockburn has to offer.

This year is the perfect opportunity to give people a chance to explore their creativity, do something new and get five days of focused absorption and relaxation.”

The full programme and registration details are currently being finalised.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the event, please contact

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