Arts and Crafts Gisborne celebrating its 21st

And a festival this Saturday is open to everyone.

And a festival this Saturday is open to everyone.

ARTS and Crafts Gisborne is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, and one of the founders, John Hall, remembers its beginnings.

Hall presented to the then community arts council, the idea of an arts and crafts group that would also help with fundraising efforts for the community.

The arts council agreed and a public meeting was held at Tairawhiti Museum.

More than 50 people voted in favour of an arts and crafts organisation and in 1996 the Guild, as it was called then, was formed.

“It took a while to come up with a name that everyone approved of,” writes Hall.

The Guild of Creative Arts and Crafts-Gisborne-East Coast became known as the Guild. The name was eventually changed to Arts and Crafts Gisborne.

“The organisation was essentially a network to keep members informed of what was happening in their area of interest and arranged outlets for sales.”

The inaugural fair was held in DJ Barry’s liquor outlet courtyard, then at the Holy Trinity Church hall. In the late 1990s the Lawson Field Theatre’s Rose Room became home to Arts and Crafts Gisborne’s quarterly fairs. When the theatre closed in 2016 Arts and Crafts Gisborne moved to Ilminster then to Girls’ High School, the current venue.

To maintain a high standard, pieces are considered by a panel, says Hall.

“At some fairs artists demonstrate their work.”

Among organisations supported by donations from Arts and Crafts Gisborne are Palliative Care, Gisborne Rescue Helicopter Trust, the Cancer Society, SPCA and Plunket.

“Arts and Crafts Gisborne looks forward to the next decade or so, providing the public with this unique opportunity to buy local four times a year,” says Hall.


ARTS and Crafts Gisborne is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, and one of the founders, John Hall, remembers its beginnings.

Hall presented to the then community arts council, the idea of an arts and crafts group that would also help with fundraising efforts for the community.

The arts council agreed and a public meeting was held at Tairawhiti Museum.

More than 50 people voted in favour of an arts and crafts organisation and in 1996 the Guild, as it was called then, was formed.

“It took a while to come up with a name that everyone approved of,” writes Hall.

The Guild of Creative Arts and Crafts-Gisborne-East Coast became known as the Guild. The name was eventually changed to Arts and Crafts Gisborne.

“The organisation was essentially a network to keep members informed of what was happening in their area of interest and arranged outlets for sales.”

The inaugural fair was held in DJ Barry’s liquor outlet courtyard, then at the Holy Trinity Church hall. In the late 1990s the Lawson Field Theatre’s Rose Room became home to Arts and Crafts Gisborne’s quarterly fairs. When the theatre closed in 2016 Arts and Crafts Gisborne moved to Ilminster then to Girls’ High School, the current venue.

To maintain a high standard, pieces are considered by a panel, says Hall.

“At some fairs artists demonstrate their work.”

Among organisations supported by donations from Arts and Crafts Gisborne are Palliative Care, Gisborne Rescue Helicopter Trust, the Cancer Society, SPCA and Plunket.

“Arts and Crafts Gisborne looks forward to the next decade or so, providing the public with this unique opportunity to buy local four times a year,” says Hall.


Arts and Crafts Festival, 9.30am-2pm April 22, Gisborne Girls’ High School Hall.

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