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Calling all artists for Art Expo – new student competition too!

Whitianga Lions Club is pleased to announce that their Art Expo is returning this year to the Whitianga Town Hall on King’s Birthday Weekend (May 31 opening night – June 3) with all profits going to Project Mammogram.
 |  Cynthia Daly  | 

“The Art Expo committee is pleased to provide this fabulous opportunity for artists to showcase their work. Its central location makes it very accessible to the public, and we hope with SH25a now open, that there will be lots of visitors to our area over the long weekend. Entry is free and that encourages people to come and have a look at the talent we have in this community, and hopefully buy something to take home,” says Art Expo committee chair Mike Brown.

The artists who have previously exhibited at Art Expo have been invited to the 2024 exhibition. Contact will also be made with artists who have expressed an interest in taking part.

“We know that there are so many talented artists in the Coromandel community and rather than risk missing them with an invite, we’d like them to contact us by emailing us at and we will send them an entry form with details of the event.

“Whether you paint, sculpt, work in mixed media, are a potter, jewellery artist, wood turner or wood carver, photographer…basically if you create visual art then this expo is for you.

“This year we also have an exciting new competition for Coromandel Peninsula school students in years 11-13 with $500 as the first prize for the winning artwork (2nd $250 and 3rd $100) which will be judged by the Whitianga Art Group committee.

Student Competition

“We’re asking students to create a visual artwork that depicts life on the Coromandel Peninsula either ‘past or present’. If this sounds like something you could do, either talk to your school art teacher or email us at and we can send you the entry details. The winners in this competition will be announced on opening night and all student entries will be on display on that night and for the duration of the Art Expo. If students want, they can even sell their artwork at the event.

We want artists to have as much opportunity as possible to sell their artwork.”