Noosa Open Studios: Take A Look INside
If you have ever wondered what happens inside an artist’s sanctuary, Jolene Ogle finds out how you can take a sneak peek inside some of Noosa’s most unique studios.
Noosa Open Studios is back for another year, allowing art-lovers and the naturally nosey to look inside some of the region’s best home studios and creative spaces. From creative nooks to expansive studios and everything in between, Noosa Open Studios throws open the doors of local artists’ havens.
Noosa Open Studios was first held in 2015, created by the Noosa Arts and Crafts Association at Wallace House in Noosaville to encourage the community to engage with local art. This year, more than 70 artists are taking part along with six galleries in a program that stretches over two big weekends starting 16 August and running until 25 August.
Last year, more than 8,000 visitors took part in the art trail with even more people expected to dive into this year’s event. The art trail takes participants along a creative journey covering all mediums from painters to ceramicists, photography, sculpture, textiles and even paper lanterns.
New additions to this year’s trail include a unique metal artisan who creates bespoke knives and an exhibition at the iconic Halse Lodge in Noosa Heads that will showcase the creative works of emerging local artists who don’t have their own studio. A host of workshops will allow you to learn new skills and truly immerse yourself in this unique event.
Event organisers are excited to announce the addition of renowned, prolific British pop artist Peter Phillips. With a colourful career spanning more than six decades, Peter has an internationally recognised record of exceptional achievement in the arts.
Peter has recently opened his impressive purpose-built studio in Tinbeerwah and will be a part of this year’s Noosa Open Studios trail. Peter’s addition to the event is a big coup for festival organisers who say his inclusion endorses the growing popularity of the art trail.
This year, distinctive and colourful flags will mark each studio and gallery space so it will be easy for art-lovers to find new studios to explore and spectacular artworks to digest. Studio guides will be available from mid-July to help guide first-timers and return visitors around the expansive Noosa region. Copies can be requested online at www.noosaopenstudios.com.au
Last year, IN Noosa Magazine featured the exclusive Noosa Open Studios guide within the magazine. We were so inspired by the beautiful studio spaces of Noosa artists that we returned to photograph our fashion pages in a handful of stunning studio spaces. A special thank you to the artists who kindly allowed us to capture their light-filled, cosy and inspirational spaces: Amy Clarke, Lew Brennan, Bronwyn Innes and Carol Watkins.