Auckland for Kids guide to Artweek 2020

Auckland for Kids guide to Artweek 2020

Glow at Artweek 2020

Auckland’s tamariki are spoilt this Artweek Auckland 2020, with workshops across the city to get their creative minds spinning, in drawing or painting classes from 10 to 18 October 2020.

The 9 best events at Artweek Auckland 2020 for kids are:

1. Follow Me

Auckland City Centre
Sunday 11 October to Friday 16 October 2020
Wander the streets of the city centre with your family to follow an urban art and light trail. From Freyberg Place to Khartoum Place enjoy the unique daytime experience of these fun and artistic artworks that really come to life at night. 

Follow Me


2. Play with Clay | Auckland Studio Potters

The Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead in Hillsborough
Sunday 11 October 2020: 10am to 2pm
Auckland Studio Potters and the Wallace Arts Trust will be holding an event designed especially for children of all ages. This will be a fun workshop centered around hand building with clay. Children will be able to produce all sorts of fantastic creations using a variety of clay that we will supply on the day. You are welcome to come and get creative for as long as you like. Once you have completed your pieces, they will later be taken back to Auckland Studio Potters to be fired in their kilns. A date will be set for pickup so that the children and parents can pop into Auckland Studio Potters to collect their handmade treasures.

Play with Clay


3. Late Night Art

Auckland City Centre
Tuesday 13 October 2020: 5pm to 9pm
Enjoy the city centre at its best by joining a culture loving crowd for a night of art, exhibitions, light, music, and performance in the heart of the city.

Open Late in Freberg

4. Art Club | Wallace Arts Trust

Art Club at the Wallace Arts Centre in Hillsborough
Sunday 18 October 2020: 2pm to 4pm

This is a great chance for kids to come along, get crafty and be inspired by works on show in the galleries. This fun and educational hands-on workshop is suitable for children aged 4-10 years.All materials are provided and the activity is FREE.

5. Waterfront Free Family Art Walk

Auckland City Centre
Saturday 10 October 2020: 11am to 1pm and Sunday 18 October 11am to 1pm

Explore diverse forms of art and creative expression in the city’s streets, squares, and laneways on these free guided walking tours. A family-friendly exploration of art along the city centre’s beautiful Viaduct, Silo Park and Wynyard Quarter. Get hands-on with great interactive art installations that will capture the imaginations of people of all ages.

Bookings open Monday 21 September. Maximum 2 walks and 2 places per walk per person.
Supported by Heart of the City.

Waterfront family art walk


6. Kids Workshops on the Waterfront

Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter
Sunday 11 October and Sunday 18 October 2020.

Kids boredom buster alert! Get the kids outdoors, active and thinking creatively with Workshops on the Waterfront in Wynyard Quarter.

Workshops on the Waterfront get kids involved in a range of activities from creative arts and crafts to practical skills and sports based activities.

The Workshops are drop in sessions and take place next to the playspace in Silo Park or if it’s raining, in the Karanga Kiosk (temporarily located by the bridge hut opposite Karanga Plaza).


Workshops on the Waterfront

7. Sketching at the Pah for teens

The Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough.
Saturday 10 October 2020: 2pm to 4pm
Secondary school aged artists are invited to come along to the Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead during Artweek to be led in a sketching session with artist and experienced arts educator Katie Blundell. Using the works on display in the Wallace Art Awards and Wallace Secondary School Art Awards as inspiration, as well as the Pah Homestead heritage building itself, you will be guided through some basic principles of drawing in an open studio environment. A $5 donations is reuqired to cover the art materials.

8. Muriwai Sand FREE art hands on Experience with Lesley Dixon

Meet at the Muriwai Open Studio, 458 Motutara Road, Muriwai Beach
Saturday 17 October 2020 and Sunday 18 October 2020

Lesley Dixon, sand artist and member of the Muriwai Art Open Studio (MAOS) collective is delighted to share her skills building large sand castles, sculptures and creating sand art drawings at Muriwai Beach, just 30 minutes north west of Auckland. Lesley will be running two free interactive sand art sessions suitable for all ages on Muriwai beaches – please bring a bucket and/or rake for a fun, creative and inspiring experience. Children need to be accompanies by an adult.

Sand art experience

9. Glow@Artweek

Clarence St, Devonport, North Shore
Postponed this year due to COVID-19

Glow@Artweek is a major annual Artweek event hosted in Devonport. Unitec’s 2nd year School of Architecture students are challenged to put their designs to the test and construct architectural light pavilions for the event to a zero waste, zero budget brief. Pictured in the lead image is a prior year’s GLOW installation, you will need to wait to see what 2020’s will be.

Glow@Artweek, which takes place over two nights in October, draws thousands of interested Aucklanders and visitors to Devonport in the dark to admire, be inspired and experience this fantastic art experience.

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