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Arts & Culture

Carterton is proud of its thriving arts and culture scene which offers many opportunities for both local artists and those who just love to appreciate the arts.


Toi Wairarapa – Heart of Arts

Toi Wairarapa facilitates, supports and advises on the region’s arts, culture and heritage activities through advocacy, connections and training services.  They are a regional organisation concerned with building skills, participation and enterprising opportunities through working relationships and the delivery of a high-quality workshop programmes, open to all ages.

Located at 47 High Street North, Heart of Arts is a gallery run by more than 20 dedicated volunteers hosting live music, artist exhibitions, Toastmasters meetings, and presentations by local artists.  Heart of Arts is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

More information is available on the Toi Wairarapa website


Wai Art

Wai Art is a non-profit incorporated society providing an exhibition platform for enthusiastic creative Wairarapa artists to promote and showcase innovative, exciting artwork, helping them to become more profitable, more efficient and clearly recognised. The annual Big Wai Art Sale is a highlight in the Carterton art scene calendar.

More information is available on the Wai Art website.


The Wairarapa Arts Festival Trust

The Wairarapa Arts Festival Trust is responsible for producing KOKOMAI, a biennial creative festival for the enrichment of the local community, and to showcase the rich diversity and talent of the Wairarapa and it’s people to the wider population.  Festivals feature an inspiring series of workshops and performances of music, visual arts, film, dance, theatre and culinary arts and literature for all.

More information is available on the Kokomai website.


Limelight Theatre Company

Limelight Theatre Company is a community theatre company based in Carterton with the aim of promoting theatrical arts in the Carterton district.  It is based at the Carterton Events Centre with past shows including Once on Chunuk Bair, Ugly Customers, Par for the Course, and Conjugal Rights.

More information is available on the Limelight Theatre Company website.


Carterton Art Trail

Take a walk on the Art Trail which showcases the innovation and talent of  our local artists.  For more information contact the Carterton Information Centre on 06 379 4081 or


Carterton Events Centre

Acoustically designed, the Events Centre is a nationally recognised venue that hosts a wide range of exhibitions, shows, theatre, and music concerts.  Past performers have ranged from amateur local groups such as Limelight Theatre, to visiting tours such as CapitalE, The Oversew Fashion Awards, The 60 Piece Hutt Valley Orchestra and The Royal New Zealand Ballet.

More information is available on the Carterton Events Centre website.


Creative Communities Scheme

The Creative Communities Scheme is a relationship between Creative NZ and the Carterton District Council to support a wide range of community arts projects including: Craft/Object arts, Dance, Interarts, Literature, Ngā Toi Māori, Multidisciplinary artforms, Music, Pacific arts, Theatre and Visual arts.

The Carterton District Council administers two funding rounds each financial year to foster local projects.  More information and application forms are available from: