Our Annual Exhibition is held in mid July annually with an Extravaganza Opening Night on the Friday. It then runs every day from 11am to 5pm closing the Sunday 10 days later at 3pm. At our 2023 exhibition we are celebrating 50 Years of Riversdale Arts which will open with Special Celebration on Friday 21st July at 6pm, thereafter the exhibition will be open daily from 22nd to 30th July. Our Guest Artists for 2023 are previous guest artists from the past 10 years of exhibitions who will be exhibiting one artwork each. These artists are:
Janet de Wagt
Stephen Marty Welch
Some of our prestigious guest artists have included Stephen Martyn Welch (portraiture artist); Andrew van der Putten (pottery); Mandy Dempsey (painting); Mandy Angus (glass); Randall Froude (painting); Katie Gold (pottery/ceramics); Peter & Jeanette Shearer (pottery/ceramics); Tony Shatford (wood); John Toomer (painting); ‘Naked Art’ (body sculpture); Murray Swan (metal sculpture); Peter Viesnik (glass); Rick Rudd (pottery); Annemieke Farmilo (pounamu and glass artist); Phil Newbury (glass); Nathanael Provis (painting); Lou Pendergrast-Mathieson (cast glass) Odelle Morshuis (visual Artist), Stephen Martyn Welch (Portraiture), Ben Foster (sculpture), Renata Karena (Tattoo Artist)
Today, the Exhibition is a ‘must see’ event on the provinces’ Arts calendar, annually showcasing more than 500 artworks from over 80 artists, in a wide variety of mediums. The Exhibition is for invited artists from throughout New Zealand along with our own local artists also able to exhibit. One of the many drawcards for artists is such a varied high standard of artwork viewed by a large audience from Otago and Southland and also our policy of paying for return freight on unsold exhibits. For such a small town (approx. 400) our exhibition in our large community centre is quite unique. Many of our artists travel to attend Opening Night.
Emerging Artist Award: $1000 prize awarded on opening night from a limited selection of works from Southland artists aged between 13 and 25 years. These artworks are displayed for the duration of the exhibition. Entry form and entry information is available here.
Gift Shop: Is a cash and carry adjoining room at the Exhibition featuring invited craftspeople and also invited Exhibition Artists with items of lesser value.
Yum – Pop up Café: run by Balfour Home and School on site during our exhibition period. Barista and great food available, lunches and afternoon tea’s. You can find them on facebook for daily specials during the Exhibition. www.facebook.com/Yum-Pop-up-Cafe-1037304592991038
Art Classes: Follow us on facebook for further updates. Wednesday Art group currently running email us for further details. Details of our exhibition workshops here
2023 50th Annual Mixed Media Exhibition:
Opens 6pm Friday 21st July and runs until 3pm on Sunday 30th July
Friday 21st 50th Celebrations:
Doors open 6.00pm to Riversdale Arts Mavor Room Tea/ Coffee/Wine/Nibbles Meet Mingle
6.30pm Unveiling of Odelle Morshuis Commemorative Sculpture/Speeches
7.00pm Exhibition Doors open – Canopies/Bar Open
7.30 pm Video presentation celebration 50 years of Riversdale Arts
7.45 pm President's Welcoming Speech/Awards Presented/Cutting of Cake
8.00pm Exhibition Open