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Arts Open 2018: Meet the Makers

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Discover the thriving art scene in Central Victoria
Penny Peckham - Still Life Bottles & Milk Jugs Linocut Collagraph 30 x 30cm

Over two exciting weekends, art lovers from all over Melbourne and Victoria are invited to go behind-the-scenes and explore a vast range of professional artists at work, including painters, printmakers, jewellers, sculptors, multimedia artists and craftspeople.

Beating to Windward

Held biennially, Arts Open 2018 returns to Castlemaine this Labour Day long weekend and due to increasing visitor demand and previous success of the festival, it will be held over two weekends, March 10-12 and 17-18.

This anticipated visual arts extravaganza showcases the works of over 90 professional painters, printmakers, jewellers, sculptors, multimedia artists and craftspeople across the townships of Castlemaine, Newstead, Maldon, Chewton and beyond.

Chloe Neath - Blanche, 2014, Charcoal on brown paper, 100cm x 70cm

Over the two weekends, members of the public have a unique opportunity to meet the artists, witness the spaces in which work is created, gain insights into the creative process and purchase work directly from the artists.

This year, the Castlemaine Market Building will be the Arts Open festival information hub and present an exhibition of outstanding work from the region.

Michael Raftos - Normalisation
Michael Raftos - Normalisation

Come and explore how the spectacular Central Victorian surroundings provide endless inspiration and inspect the respective artworks and techniques up close.

Attracting well over 6,000 visitors in 2016, Arts Open 2018 is expected to exceed this number. Visitors come from afar: Melbourne, Sydney, and regional centres such as Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo; making Arts Open a fantastic weekend for everyone!

Trefor Prest
Trefor Prest

Start planning your Arts Open 2018 experience today by viewing the 2018 Program here. With over 90 artists and 40 venues to explore, plus unique B&Bs, fine restaurants, eclectic gift shops and historic buildings, you can easily plan two jam-packed weekends in Mt Alexander Shire.

For more information on what's on at Arts Open 2018, please visit

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When: March 10-12 and 17-18, 2018
Where: Townships of Castlemaine, Newstead, Maldon into Chewton and beyond
Cost: Free
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