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  (Upper Clutha Community Arts Council)

  18th – 22nd April 2016


For this, our 27th annual school, we’re delighted to offer you an exciting programme with highly talented tutors from New Zealand, USA and Australia. Some are new to us, others are returning from previous years.

The school is based at the modern Mt Aspiring College campus with practical classes exploring the district. We look forward to a stimulating week in the stunning autumn environs of Wanaka – an opportunity for learning and exchanging ideas and techniques as well as meeting a variety of people with diverse interests.
Classes are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. We may take bookings after the closing date, but classes may also have to be cancelled if there are insufficient numbers by that date.

Updated information on the availability of classes will be posted on our website: .  Where a class is full it is always worth contacting us to put your name on the waiting list. People do cancel and there is a chance you will get in.



All classes, unless indicated otherwise, will run from Monday to Friday with registration from 8.30am on the first day. Normal hours are 9.30am to 4.30pm although these are flexible according to class activities.
A social hour will be held at the end of classes each day – a chance to meet participants on other courses.

On Thursday evening there will be a casual meal at the College followed by a number of our tutors discussing their work. Bookings for the meal must be made prior to the school. Please include payment with your enrolment. Friends are also very welcome. If you prefer you may attend the evening after the meal.
A Mini-market will be held following classes on Wednesday. Both tutors and participants are invited to sell their work.


See ‘Course Details’ for fees which all include G.S.T. Please note that for some courses an extra charge will be required to cover materials, models, etc. Where these charges are not included in the brochure, they will be paid to the tutor during the course.


The organisers reserve the right to cancel classes if necessary. This will be decided by March 13 and fees will be refunded in full.
If students cancel before March 13 a refund of fees paid less an administration fee of $30 will be made. Refunds will not be given for cancellation after this date except in special circumstances. All applications for refunds must be made in writing.


Lunches at a reasonable price will be available on campus. Tea and coffee will be provided each day.


A wide variety of accommodation is available in Wanaka including several backpackers’ hostels, motor camps, lodges, B & Bs, private holiday houses, motels and first class hotels. Participants are to make their own arrangements, but if you require a list of facilities, please refer to

The status of each class will be regularly updated on this site. Please register early to avoid disappointment and facilitate planning.Ja


Philip Temple will be repeating the Memorial Lecture he gave to the NZ Society of Authors during Writers Week in Wellington in March. The theme is “Where we were, where we are now”.

The hour long lecture will be held in the West Common Room at Mt Aspiring College, 7.30pm, Wednesday, April 20. Entry: a gold coin donation.


Following the Art School, from 22nd to 24th April, ASPIRING CONVERSATIONS will present a line up of speakers and panels that should further  inspire and challenge your mind on current, controversial and just downright interesting subjects. Check out the programme HERE