The Arts Village is encouraging locals to submit artwork for its Tulip Festival exhibition.

Held in conjunction with the annual Rotorua Tulip Festival next month, the exhibited work will hang in the Art Village's Mosaic Gallery.

Manager Mary-Beth Acres said this was the first year the Arts Village had put the call out for artists to take part.

"Anybody who wants to be involved is able to. All levels are welcome who want to submit."


The theme of the exhibition is spring.

Ms Acres said a range of artists had brought work in so far, from mosaics to oil paintings.

"It's a really fun exhibition. If someone hasn't exhibited before it's a good introduction. It's quite easy - we will be hanging all the works for you."

Artists are allowed to submit a maximum of two works. All artwork will be for sale, which includes a 25 per cent gallery commission.

Works must be submitted by September 23, with the exhibition open from October 1 to 29.

Meanwhile Rotorua Lakes Council inner city revitalisation adviser Portia McKenzie said with two weeks to go until the Tulip Festival, everything was going ahead well.

"As the headquarters for the festival is based at the Te Runanga Tea House, there will be a range of activities at the Government Gardens from the Arts Village to the Rotorua Museum. We have collaborated with all the buildings in the area."

Local painting group The Pleasure Painters will be exhibiting its spring-themed work in the Art Village's Cottage Gallery during the festival.

President Pam Terry said the group was looking forward to it.

"We're quite pleased to be able to exhibit. Everybody helps each other at the various exhibitions."

There will be other festival related events held at the Arts Village, including a market to be held on October 1.

Tulip Festival
- More than 100,000 tulip bulbs have been planted this year.
- The festival will be held from October 1 to 9.
- There are more than 40 events happening during the festival.
- Celebrity speakers include chef Mike van de Elzen, NZ Gardener magazine editor Jo McCarroll and award-winning contemporary furniture designer and maker
David Trubridge.