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Art & Heritage

Raglan, Waikato Old School Arts Centre

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Art & heritage attractions, things to do

Community life is the breath of the Raglan Old School Arts Centre with films, workshops, events, creative weekend market, clay shed, an art collective and venue for hire.



Raglan Old School Arts Centre is the hub and beginning for the art trail. The Arts Centre is located in a historic school building built in colonial times. Raglan Arts Trail is a location guide to well known studios and outlets, collect your brochure either from the Arts Centre or the Visitor Information Centre. The Arts Centre is a gallery in its own right, hosting the annual ‘Art to Wear’ festival and the town’s monthly creative markets as well as the annual Raglan Film Festival and Raglan Arts Weekend. Get hands-on at one of the regular art workshops, catch an exhibition or film and pick up some friendly advice to help you find your way around.



The Old School Arts Centre is run by the Raglan Community Arts Council in a 19th century heritage building in Stewart St, Raglan, New Zealand. The Arts Council supports the arts in Raglan and acts as an umbrella organisation for Arts Raglan groups and individuals involved in art and craft.

The Old School Arts Centre is used by the arts community and friends of the arts in Raglan, Whaingaroa, New Zealand.


Raglan Clay Shed

A community led artistic collective focused on clay and pottery with regular workshops, exhibitions and classes. The Clay Shed group operates at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre. The Clay Shed is located in the ground level of the new Creative Space building, behind the historic Old School building.

Access is by the lane between the Old School and the kindy.

You can become a Clay Shed member and join an active group of clay artists with a range of abilities. You must also join as a Raglan Community Arts Council financial member.

Raglan Creative Market every second Sunday, rain or shine, with local food, crafts and art.

Films at Old School Arts Centre

What a place to watch a movie. The historic 19thc Raglan Old School Arts Centre, offers locals and visitors alike Saturday and Sunday screenings of recent releases (with an art house/film society emphasis), every first and third week of each month.


  • Capacity: 35 seats
  • Screen: Single, with 2K DCP
  • Sound: 5.1 Dolby surround sound
  • Seating: An eclectic mix of couches and chairs
  • Snackbar: Home baking, refreshments, tea & coffee, beer & wine
  • Accessibility: Good access from courtyard frontage and access ramp at rear., with good viewing sites

Raglan’s arts trail follows the shoreline around one of the most scenic towns in the Waikato. The footbridge connects the two sides of the estuary inlet, the streets are fringed with mature trees and local sculptures add a personal note to the postcard town appearance.



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Raglan Arts Weekend

The Raglan Arts Weekend is the highlight of the Raglan arts calendar.

Traditionally held over the Anniversary Weekend, around 30 artists exhibit over the three days, showcasing an impressive range of painting, ceramics, photography, jewellery and wearable art.

Many artists will be exhibiting from their own studios, while others will be located within the Old School Arts Centre on Stewart Street. All work will be available for purchase, and the artists themselves will be in attendance to chat about their ideas and creative processes.



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