Sunshine Coast artists are being invited to register their interest in the 2021 Open Studios program. The popular week-long event scheduled for March 20–28 is designed to showcase established and emerging local artists in their working environment.
Art lovers and collectors keen to gain a glimpse behind the scenes, and to purchase directly from the makers, recognise the event as one of their favourite immersive art experiences in the calendar.
Event coordinator Toni Eggleston says the 2021 event will be bigger than ever, with the trail extending from its previous home of the hinterland to include the whole Sunshine Coast region from Caloundra to Coolum.
“The fact that you get to actually see where and how the art is being made, and to meet the artists is a huge drawcard for visitors. We expect to see the profile and popularity of the event increase in the coming years,” says Ms Eggleston.
“We are looking for artists from all disciplines to exhibit a diverse selection of original ceramics, drawing, glass, mixed-media, painting, photography, print, sculpture, textiles, metalwork, woodwork, jewellery, installation, printmaking and more.
“One of the things our visitors always comment on, apart from meeting the artists, is how much they enjoy seeing the maker spaces which can be anything from a backyard shed to a shipping container, warehouse, gallery studio or garden retreat.”
Throughout the week-long event, the community is encouraged to take self-guided tours where they have the opportunity to meet local artists, purchase art, participate in workshops, and gain a new appreciation for the creativity of the region’s talent. This event provides an opportunity to see works of art and many studios not normally open to the public.
Open Studios Sunshine Coast 2021 is an initiative of Arts Connect Inc. and was established in 2010. The project is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grant program.
To register now go to openstudiossunshinecoast.com.au/membership-registration/