Dandenong Ranges Open Studio Weekend events are always very exciting for those who have a keen interest in the artist behind the product. Running over two days from Sat to Sun 8-9 May 2021 from 10am to 5pm, and celebrating 18 years of the event, you get to have a sneak peek into the private world of the artists' working environment.
There's a massive 37 studios participating, including 6 collectives of artists and 15 first time studios. Let your curiosity lead you through the lush forests of the Dandenong Ranges to find unique and talented artists. Look out for the printed guidebooks at Burrinja or in your local cafes, libraries and arts venues.
For those of you who are unable to get your hands on a printed guidebook or have missed out on getting one, you can get the guidebook in PDF format here. To find your favourite or discover a new artist, see here for the studios. Clicking on each artists name will take you to the details.
Navigate your weekend via Google Map and complete your personal open studios trail found on the back page if you have a hardcopy guidebook. Stay in touch via the event page for ticketing to this FREE event and if you have any questions, please direct them to the Open Studios organisers.
Part of the Open Studios Event, WABI SABI: The Beauty of Imperfection runs from 15 April to 9 May 2021 at Burrinja, corner Glenfern Rd and Matson Drive, Upwey (03 9754 8723 Tue-Fri 10am-4pm). It's an annual group exhibition designed to produce a cohesive and diverse range of artwork to showcase the creative energy and skill of each artist. The title for this year reflects on the Japanese tradition of seeing the beauty in the imperfect.
THE LAUNCH of the Exhibition will be held on 15 April 2021 at 7pm. RSVP to the launch HERE
WORKSHOPS, DEMONSTRATIONS & EVENTS 8-9 MAY 2021 Do more than watch, participate
Immerse yourself and experience the creative process of the artists. There's an amazing array of workshops, demos and events on offer of the Open Studios weekend. Some fees may apply, with all workshops, demonstrations and events occurring at the corresponding studio. Visitors are limited according to COVIDSafe Guidelines, hence please book the workshop you would like to participate in following the links here.
You'll find interesting workshops with the majority free, on knife sharpening, portrait painting, drawing nature, sculptures, linocut, Shubuichi, printmaking, fabric art, mono-printing nature, and a whole lot more over the weekend.
Stay in touch via Facebook where you'll be privy to snippets of information about the artists participating, not to mention beautiful images of their work. Makes it easier for you to decide which artist you might want to visit, by finding out a little bit more about them online. On the page, you'll meet Llana who paints and illustrates picture storybooks. You can learn her process as part of the Open Studio Weekend. Then there are the creative ladies of Leaf Studios who invite you to experience their otherworldly creations.
You might want to explore Tracey Roberts' world of synesthesia-inspired art at her geodesic dome nestled in the trees, which looks amazing! Juliet Widdows' studio is also one of the most inspiring places to create her handmade pottery. Ross Miller uses bronze, wood, cement fondu, mild steel, and stone to create his sculptures, with each sculpture telling its own story. Ross' studio is packed with intriguing tales. Come and enjoy Ross' sculptures along with many other fantastic works of art from other artists over this annual Open Studios weekend.