Six new artists are joining this year’s Open Studios program with twenty-four artists in twenty-one studios inviting the public into their domain to see how art is created. The new artists join an established group who have helped build the program’s reputation for showcasing high-quality work since 2012. This year two exciting new initiatives have been introduced to the Open Studios program, adding inclusiveness to the artistic and cultural diversity.
Indigenous artist, Janet Bromley is the Open Studios artist-in-residence located at the Old Auction House Gallery in Kyneton, funded by the Hepburn Shire. Janet is a Yorta Yorta woman and her art work explores her cultural heritage, displacement, past life experiences, vulnerable people and our management of waste materials. A weaver and maker, Janet uses non-traditional materials to produce art works influenced by her heritage and the modern world.
Three final year visual arts students from Federation and Latrobe Universities will be mentored during the event in the studios of artists Kianne Longley, Basil Eliades and Anthony Vanderzweep, all funded by Regional Arts Victoria. Open Studios draws more than 4000 visitors a year to the Central Highlands, an area regarded as one of Australia’s richest art regions.
This Free Event offers visitors a rare chance to see how professional artists work, how their studios are set up and to ask how and why painters, sculptors, ceramicists, print makers, photographers and mixed media exponents do what they do. Open Studios will also hold a group exhibition at the Convent Gallery Daylesford with one example from each artist to help visitors select which studios to visit. The Gallery is open 10am to 5pm throughout the event except Easter Monday.
Meet the artists Open Studios is run over two weekends – 13th & 14th and Easter weekend – 20th, 21st and 22nd April. http://www.dmropenstudios.com.au and on Facebook