Noted New Zealand artists Colin McCahon and Sir Toss Woollaston were drawn to Nelson in the 1930s by the climate, the landscape and the opportunity for seasonal work to support the painterly life.

Other artists followed their lead, the local clays were found to be ideal for pottery making and Nelson Region was on its way to becoming a region known for its artists and craftspeople.

These days many of the 350 working artists in the wider region open their studio doors and welcome visitors to see art being created ‘in its own place’.

A ceramic bowl that you buy from a gallery in Upper Moutere or Tasman will take you back in memory to the sun-filled days of your holiday…