About Us

Art Adventures

We offer customised, creative experiences around the lake and alpine resort of Queenstown, New Zealand. Visit artists' studios and dealer art galleries, or relax and discover your own artistic skills with our professional tutors, who will unleash your hidden talent in spectacular surroundings. No art experience is necessary as our adventures are tailored to suit all levels of artistic ability. Please visit our range of activities that can take you on a life-changing adventure...

 
How we began...

Art Adventures is the unique blend of my in-depth knowledge of art and love for the outdoors. I have been a full-time artist for more than 30 years, exhibiting in New Zealand, Chile and the United Kingdom. In addition, I have been the director for the James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland, New Zealand, and worked in many art galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery and British Museum in London.

After completing a Post Graduate Diploma and Masters in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College in London, I followed the footsteps of British artists' Richard Long and Hamish Fulton, creating art while walking. My documentary installations were the result of walking long distances alone with tent, food and watercolours. It was during these long isolated periods that I began thinking of how I could share my love of the unique southern New Zealand landscape and knowledge of art.

Years later, during the completion of a Diploma of Computer Graphics at Natcoll, in Christchurch (2009), I developed a ‘house style’ that embraced this concept. Returning to Queenstown, I renovated my large, lake-side house, incorporating a modern studio for clients of Art Adventures to use during inclement weather, along with a gallery and office. The dream rapidly became a reality, all of which is now history....

Art Adventures operates successfully with the involvement of my inspirational art tutors, all of whom are professional exhibiting artists. We consider it a privilege to encourage novices to explore their creative side and to give artists an opportunity to try new mediums with guided tuition. It gives us great pleasure to see confidence develop and an individual sense of expression blossom, particularly with people who have no previous art experience. Please view the variety of activities we offer and contact me for any specific requests.

Alice Blackley, owner, guide and tutor