Blob-shaped tapestry woven with red, orange, brown and cream threads.

May Edition

Things of Note:

  • A floor-talk and tour for The Suter’s 125th anniversary exhibition is being held on 1 May. 
  • The Professional Weavers Network Talk is being held at The Refinery on 22 May (11am). This will focus on master weavers from around Aotearoa New Zealand who came together in 1991 to promote excellence in the art of weaving and art textiles. They will share their origin story: how, when, where and, why they formed, who they are and what motivates the group to continue to produce works of excellence.
    • Marilyn Rea-Menzies tutors for NZTE and is a master weaver. Marilyn is holding a three-day Tapestry: Design to Weave Workshop 24-26 May in Westport.  Enrol here.
  • The Opera Festival at NCMA opens in early May. Designer Maggy J, also a NZTE tutor, has designed a number of costumes for this event. Mannequins will be set up in the foyer, auditorium and on the stage. Maggy has an Unconventional Textile Workshop held in Richmond on 8/9 June.  Enrol here.
  • Tutors Needed - NZTE is in growth mode and we are looking for new textile/fibre art tutors located  between Christchurch and Nelson/Tasman as well as Central Otago. We have recently added a new artisan workshop category to our calendar.  Knife-makers, cheesemakers and woodturners - and any other artisans, if you can offer a workshop or experience for our NZ and overseas visitors get in touch with the NZTE team at

Local Spotlight

ArtDoors Whakatū Nelson

ArtDoors Whakatū Nelson is a project by Make/ShiftSpaces & Arts Council Nelson. The project aims to transform 100 of the city’s doors over a two-year period.

The project will connect business and property owners with local makers and creators whose artwork will be used to transform tired and plain-looking doors and windows, adding a splash of colour and optimism to our city streets.

NZTE is sharing the information from the ArtDoors Whakatū Nelson website to support this innovative project as it will benefit the community, business owners and the art world.

Please share with artists and local businesses you think would be interested in being part of this project and ask them to contact Tracy or Lloyd at details below.

If you are an artist and would like your work to be considered for this project please complete the artist registration form, or contact us for more information:

  • Tracy Allan at or
  • Lloyd Harwood at