Manawatū Art Expo - Our Region's Longest Running Art Event!
This cash and carry art show is your opportunity to see and buy original artwork, by emerging and established artists from around New Zealand... right here in the Manawatū!
Artists from as far north as Auckland and as far south as Nelson will be converging on Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre for Manawatū Art Expo this year. Many will be available on-site to meet you, answer your questions, and perhaps even inspire you to make your own art!
Among the artists you will meet at Manawatū Art Expo is this year’s guest artist, Dennis Greenwood. Based in Levin, Dennis is a well-known watercolourist whose large-scale landscapes reflect his passion for the great New Zealand outdoors. Dennis will be among the artists running live demos throughout Expo weekend – an opportunity not to miss.
You will also want to take advantage of this year's unique opportunity to bid in our silent auction for an original artwork by Karl Maughan.
Show days are Friday July 14 to Sunday July 16. Entry is just $5, with under 14s free - There’s no reason not to come along!
Don't want to miss out on all the art this show has to offer? Join us for the excitement of opening night, and be the first to see all the original artwork on display, by booking your preview ticket for only $20!
Plan Your Visit
Manawatū Art Expo is held in the Elwood Room at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre, located at 354 Main Street, Palmerston North.
Manawatū Art Expo is open from 9am to 4.30pm on July 14, 15 and 16. A ticketed preview event will be held on July 13. Tickets for this event are $20 and must be purchased in advance.
Pay and Display parking is available around the venue, which is also in walking distance of cafes and shops on George Street, Te Manawa Museum and Zimmerman Art Gallery.
Entry to Manawatū Art Expo is $5 for adults, while under 14s attend for free. Eftpos and cash are accepted at the door but we encourage you to bring correct change to avoid delays.
Art is sold on a cash and carry basis, with payment by cash, Eftpos or online bank transfer. All prices include complimentary wrapping but we do not offer a courier service. If you plan on purchasing art to send out of town, we recommend contacting Pack & Send Palmerston North before attending.
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Guest Artist: Dennis Greenwood
We are proud to be hosting Dennis Greenwood as the Guest Artist for Manawatū Art Expo in 2023. Dennis is a landscape painter living with his novelist partner in the country on the outskirts of Levin. His qualifications are in graphic design/illustration & teaching, and he have taught visual arts and graphic design at both tertiary and secondary levels.
"I love drawing & painting with paper & water-based paints [...] My passion for the NZ outdoors results in my subject matter most often being the topography and ‘moods’ of this environment. Although I enjoy stylized and abstract works, I seem to always come back to naturalistic depictions."
Silent Auction - Original Karl Maughan Painting!
Peter Christensen has generously donated a Karl Maughan painting to the Feilding and District Art Society, to be auctioned off at Manawatū Art Expo.
Peter is an art collector in Auckland, and an old boy of Feilding who attended FAHS and went on to complete his degree at Massey University. Peter has an affinity with Feilding, particularly the Feilding Art Centre. His generous donation of a Karl Maughan piece will contribute to the Society's work in enriching our community through visual art.
Karl Maughan is an internationally-renowned artist born in the Manawatū. His work often features in the catalogues of high profile dealer galleries and auction houses, with his botanical subject matter popular among casual buyers and collectors alike. You can learn more about Karl and his art by visiting the Page Galleries website.
To bid in the silent auction, visit Feilding Art Centre any time between now and July 12, or come along to Manawatū Art Expo - bids will be open until 2pm on Sunday July 16. Remote bids may be made via the 'contact us' button at the bottom of this page.
Please note: the image above is an example only - the work on auction is on display exclusively at Feilding Art Centre.
This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors across the community. We benefit from their time, expertise, and financial support to deliver a high-quality arts experience - ensuring all our visitors see, buy, and get inspired by the fantastic original New Zealand art on display. Thank you!