DAYLESFORD MACEDON RANGES OPEN STUDIOS

The Daylesford Macedon Ranges region is home to a vibrant and diverse community of talented artists who are teaming up to open their studios to the public over three weekends in April and May. The Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios is now in autumn to celebrate the region’s most beautiful season. Now in its sixth year and still relatively young, Open Studios has become an established event to the extent that it draws more than 4000 visitors to the region each year.

Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see the studios of professional artists – painters, sculptors, ceramicists and printmakers and see how their studios are set up and even ask the artists themselves about their work. They can discover what motivates them, how much time they put in, how they get that shine, or even why they chose a creative profession. In turn, the artists can ask visitors what they love about art.

Open Studios is able to give a face to the artwork, sculptures and ceramics that can be seen in shops around the district, or online, so next time a visitor sees the artist’s work, they’ll have a better understanding of where it’s come from and the process that went into its creation.

Twenty five artists, working in 23 studios are vetted by an expert, independent curatorial panel involving the NGV, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Alcaston Gallery before they are confirmed in the program. The artists are also taking part in a group exhibition at Daylesford’s Convent Gallery at the same time. This beautiful setting is the perfect starting point, allowing visitors to view all the work from the participating studios and make a list of studios to visit. Open Studios, is volunteer-run and offers art lovers a chance to become Friends of Open Studios. For further details of artists, studio locations, profiles and Friends of Open Studios visit Facebook, Instagram and www.dmropenstudios.com.au.

Studios are open April 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th and in May on 5th & 6th between 10am & 5pm.

Images: Sam Varian (Ceramacist) in her studio; Untitled, a mixed media work by Anne Saunders; The Great Tower, a linocut by Lawrence Finn

Mica Grange