Join the Hokitika community for the annual Driftwood and Sand Festival in 2021
Hokitika Driftwood and Sand Festival
Our 2021 Festival will be running from Wednesday 27th - Sunday 31st January.
Prize giving will be at 2pm on Sunday 31st January.
Our guest artists this year are Wendy Burton and Steve Trevella. Wendy is well known as the creator of many wearable art costumes and has been a regular winner in WOW (World of Wearable Art). Steve is a props maker with creative genius and problem solving as his forte.
Who can participate?
Anyone who wishes to register a sculpture may take part. This is an event for everyone, not just artists, especially people who are looking for an excuse to spend time on a wild and beautiful Te Tai Poutini/West Coast beach. Even those who only wish to watch and marvel can take part by voting for their favourite artistic creation.
Any registered sculpture made from beach material is eligible for prizes. Fixings are allowed but must be kept to a minimum and removed later. No dangerous or poisonous substances are allowed. No glass.
$10 Adult entry
$5 Junior entry (under 16)
Driftwood and Sand is based in Hokitika, Aotearoa/New Zealand and began as a community beach sculpture event in November 2002. It was conceived by local artist Donald Buglass. Who saw the driftwood-strewn beach as a fabulous creative opportunity, offering the raw materials and the inspiration for a community art celebration - a sculpture competition with a difference. Every year he is commissioned to build a large “signature piece” to inspire other artists.
Driftwood and Sand is a charitable trust and the sculpture event is run annually by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. The Trust aims to create benefits for the community and improve participation in the arts in the region.
As a beach sculpture event the Trust encourages participation by artists, novices and people of any age. It is also hoped that the unique beach venue will break down barriers and make art less intimidating by providing an opportunity for novices to make art alongside artists.
Driftwood & Sand has become a regular feature of the Te Tai Poutini/West Coast arts calendar, providing a delightfully artistic edge to the stunning scenic backdrop that the Te Tai Poutini/West Coast is famous for.
“The Driftwood and Sand 2007 event was a fantastic showcase of community, creativity and passion for the environment of New Zealand’s West Coast. Every work that I discovered along the beach was a delight, and the passion for our landscapes that I felt expressed in these artworks was energising and inspiring.” - 2007 guest judge Auckland artist Caroline Robinson