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Noosa will become a celebration of the visual arts with major art festivals taking over our streets, waterways and towns as local artists throw open their studio doors or install their artistic creations in the everyday environment for the whole month of October. Welcome to Artober! Words by Georgia Beard.

In times of crisis and transformation, art erupts. It’s an internal reaction to an external change, a feeling that demands expression. Across history, we have seen the creative community rise from adversity, particularly in Europe. 

Romanticism was born and then thrown out with the monarchy in favour of Realism; and Dadaism emergd during the destruction of World War I as the Spanish Flu swept the globe.

Closer to home, we can see a diverse and ground-breaking plethora of artworks and art festivals rising from the chaos of COVID-19. Sporadic restrictions and lockdown lulls have freed creativity rather than stifled it. Owing to the perseverance of the arts community and a lot of passionate volunteers, this October has been renamed to Artober with four iconic exhibitions across Noosa and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Like so many artistic movements before us, the showcased works offer a reflection of the environment in which they were created. 

Across two long weekends and by appointment, Noosa Open Studios Art Trail gives locals the chance to visit artists in their private studios. Pick up your Trail Guide and see works from all participating artists at the home of Noosa Arts & Crafts, Wallace House at 1 Wallace Drive, Noosaville, before embarking on one of five self-drive tours. You’ll discover how a work of art transforms from a scribbled idea to a masterpiece, and maybe make an investment to call one your own. 

Floating Land: At the Edge of Ideas connects human art with natural landscapes along the Noosa coastline, exploring the clashing and coalescing of ideas and the point at which they become realised. Temporary installations of artwork will interact with local environments and disappear without any physical trace, provoking conversations about our role in environmental care. 

Based in the Hinterland town of Maleny, Sculpture on the Edge offers a sprawling exhibition of sculptural works and installations in the stunning 18-acre surrounds of Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Lose yourself in a forest of more than 40 creations, all produced by renowned artists from across Australia. Make a day of it and you might even be lucky enough to take a piece home. 

Tour a stretch of pop-up galleries during Tall Trees Art, an exhibition returning to its physical form after last year’s virtual showcase. Taking place over one weekend in Cooran, the event will transform local businesses into bustling hubs of artistic expression, all in support of the arts community. 

Immerse yourself in our vibrant and emerging arts scene during Artober! Explore the towns, villages and environments because ‘earth’ without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’! Read on for more…

Explore these FREE events in October.

Noosa Open Studios Art Trail

1 October to 10 October

Choose from 5 self-drive art trails

Floating Land

9 October to 24 October 

Lake Cootharaba, Boreen Point

Park Road Boardwalk, Noosa

Sculpture on the Edge

22 October to 7 November
Spicers Tamarind Retreat

88 Obi Lane South, Maleny

Tall Trees Art

29 October to 31 October

King Street, Cooran

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