Perfectly Inspired… (Art) Retreat to Norfolk Island

Perfectly Inspired… (Art) Retreat to Norfolk Island

Artistic inspiration is in no short supply on Norfolk Island.  Evocative convict buildings, high rising cliffs, dramatic seascapes, green undulating valleys, lush rainforest and brilliant turquoise waters have aroused the senses and created a rich artistic island life. Local artists draw on a cultural heritage derived from their Polynesian foremothers as descendants of the Tahitian women and mutineers of mutiny on the ‘Bounty’ fame.

There are several galleries on the Island one of which, Gallery Guava provides entry to Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama. This stunning work created by artists Tracey Yager and Sue Draper is a ‘painting in the round’ depicting the entire Bounty story.  Aatuti Art showcases original art by Sue Pearson and the application of her fabulous designs on material and clothing.  Across the road you’ll find Niow where Donna Rowlinson’s handmade jewellery includes pieces made from local hi-hi (periwinkle) shells. On the other side of Burnt Pine there’s Graham White’s Local Art and Craft Gallery and right next to our NITC office you’ll find Norfolk Art - Adam Jauczius. Stalls at the Sunday market attest to locally made weaving, jewellery, ceramic and photographic works.

Painting Kingston Beach From Flagstaff Hill

For over 25 years the Community Arts Society of Norfolk Island has supported local learning and participation in visual and performing arts and dance. Their annual Wearable Art fashion parade and competition provides an opportunity for not only designers, but also for others to perform on stage as models. Every four years the Society takes a delegation of dancers, painters and weavers to the Festival of Pacific Arts.

Clearly, this is an island that embraces artists and their creative pursuits and that message is now also being appreciated by visiting artists and those looking to paint and create while on holiday.  Norfolk Island has become the perfect artist’s retreat.

Internationally acclaimed Lake Macquarie artist Belinda Biggs has had a long-held passion for the Island and a love of passing that on to the students she brings each year for her ‘Belinda Biggs Painting Holiday’. Organised in conjunction with the Norfolk Island Travel Centre she has just completed her 9th successful, fully booked out trip in October 2019. In addition, a growing number of renowned artists and tutors have now been engaged to lead En Plein Air (EPA) painting trips with many scheduled in the coming year. Other studio-based Art Workshops offer a range of genre’s including pastel drawing and Natural History watercolours.

The idea to bring EPA trips to the Island was begun in 2014 by local resident and artist Barb Kelly. She realised that for visiting artists, Norfolk offered not only a natural beauty but also the opportunity for engagement with the many local artists with creative exchanges able to flourish. The resulting 7 day En Plein Air and Art Workshops have a maximum of twelve painters and are personally accompanied by a local artist to introduce the best painting locations around the island offer a very ‘local’ experience and artistic camaraderie.

Past participants of all art trips have included less experienced painters to the more highly skilled. As the leading artists are experienced tutors and due to small group sizes, they are capable of teaching to a variety of skill levels. For those looking to join their first art retreat holiday, Norfolk Island is a perfect not-too-far-away ‘international’ destination, which also importantly meets the entertainment needs of accompanying non-painting spouses and family!

For En Plein Air painting, Norfolk Island is hard to beat. In addition to offering a diverse array of inspiring vistas all located within a short 10 minute drive from each other, the Island is uncongested and peaceful. Painting here is in a place that allows quiet contemplation of the surrounds aided by the invigoration of the Island’s utterly fresh air. While the beauty of Norfolk is well-known, it’s the easy pace, fascinating history and culture, and welcoming locals and that make it the ideal painting holiday destination.

If you feel the need to be perfectly inspired, it may just be time to join an art retreat on beautiful Norfolk Island.

Norfolk Island Travel Centre Anson Bay Painters

Hot Deals - valid for selected travel dates up until 31 March 2025

Country-style Cottages

Trade Winds Country Cottages

Country-style cottages sit on extensive gardens that grow fresh produce available for guest use, Trade Winds Country Cottages offer the perfect island and country escape combined.

From $2639 pp twin share
ON SALE - Self-contained Apartment

Crest Apartments

SAVE $680 per couple if booked by 31 May 2024. The Crest Apartments occupies a prime position on an elevated 3 hectare block, looking out to Phillip Island and the Pacific Ocean. 

From $1799 pp twin share
5 Star Adults Only Luxury

Glencar Luxury Villas

Glencar Luxury Villas is the ultimate 5 star adults only property on Norfolk Island. With awe inspiring views over the countryside towards Mount Pitt and the ocean, these One Bedroom Villas are perfect for relaxation and escape from the every day.

From $4089 pp twin share
ON SALE - Self-contained House

Christian’s of Bucks Point

SAVE $1,770 per group of six if booked by 31 May 2024 and discover the rich history of this 3 bedroom heritage house.

From $2099 pp six share
ON SALE - Resort-style accommodation

Governor’s Lodge

Discover resort-style accommodation at Governor’s Lodge. Close to town and the sights of Kingston, yet set on 12 acres of subtropical gardens offering the perfect Norfolk Island escape.

From $2889 pp twin share
ON SALE - Stay 7 Pay 5!

Ocean Breeze Cottages

SAVE $560 per couple with this stay 7 nights, pay for 5* for travel between 01 June to 31 August 2024. Ideally located high in the centre of the island, these self-contained cottages have broad panoramic views.  The property also has a tennis court and barbecue area and transit lounge for guests use.

From $2129 pp twin share
Hillside Ocean View Spa Villa

The White House

Located in the prestigious Buck’s Point area, this Presidential, 5-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom hillside ocean view spa villa is for your Exclusive Indulgence – no other guests or neighbours.

From $2029 pp eight share
Centrally located

Aloha Apartments

Stay 7 nights at centrally located Aloha Apartments Norfolk Island. Relax and unwind in a fully self contained apartment that offers all the comforts and conveniences of home.

From $2229 pp twin share
Private & Peaceful

Whitewood Sea

Beautiful newly renovated holiday cottage with magnetic views of majestic Phillip Island.

From $2109 pp twin share