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.
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.
Upcoming En Plein Air (EPA) Tours
Enjoy a week of painting outdoors in a range of stunning Norfolk Island locations with Julie Goldspink during her En Plein Air Painting trip. Capture on paper your own little piece of our Island paradise.
Known mainly for her beautiful Watercolours on paper, but also working with Oil, Acrylic, Pastel and Mixed Media, Julie paints landscapes, seascapes, flowers and still life.
Working as a professional artist for over 30 years and tutor for over 20, Lizzie regularly teaches many workshops on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Hervey Bay area – Seaside Artist’s Gallery, Redcliffe, Go Arty, Maroochydore, Griffith Flavourtech Exposed, as well as the Grafton Artsfest. She has also taken groups to the Greek Islands and Fiji.
Lizzie has held more than 20 solo exhibitions since 1994 and received 40 awards to date.
Together you will gain inspiration from Norfolk’s natural environments, and further your painting journey under her expert tuition. A fabulous Island-painting holiday.
Dr Sylvia Ditchburn is well known for her vibrant tropical and desert Australian landscapes.
Immerse yourself in idyllic surroundings on an En Plein Air Painting trip on Norfolk Island with Melissa Read-Devine. Take some time out to capture the natural beauty of Norfolk as well as time to relax too.
Mellissa has continuously studied and practised painting and printmaking for over 20 years honing her art to vibrant optimistic harmony with the natural landscape.
Situated on New Cascade Road, overlooking Cascade Valley out to the Pacific Ocean, this accommodation is set in beautifully kept gardens in a tranquil location. Cascade Gardens are a 10–15-minute short walk to town, where you can find restaurants, clubs and a lively local shopping centre.
Ideally located high in the centre of the island, these self-contained cottages have broad panoramic views. The complex also boasts a tennis court and barbecue area and transit lounge for guests use.
Need a break & love a bargain? 7 night holiday package on Norfolk Island. Saints Holiday Apartments offers guests clean and comfortable rooms at a great price, a few minutes’ walk to town.
Set on 11 acres of lovely tropical gardens, Paradise Hotel & Resort features an outdoor pool, massage services and a restaurant.
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.
Discover Rainbow’s End, a 3 bedroom house located on 4 acres of land with breathtaking views of the natural bushland and ocean.
Have your morning coffee on your private timber balcony overlooking stunning Ball Bay. This secluded modern holiday home is the perfect spot for your group’s relaxing holiday on Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island is your “over-the-seas” domestic holiday destination. Stay 7 nights and get 2 nights free in Aloha Apartments Norfolk Island. Relax and unwind in a fully self contained apartment that offers all the comforts and conveniences of home.