Held on Saturday 12 October, 11am – 10pm, this family-friendly one-day arts festival invites visitors to experience Yarra Glen through an artistic lens.
The key event of the festival is the launch of the Not the Archies Street Gallery, a grassroots portraiture project by the artistic Yarra Ranges community and supported by Yarra Ranges Council. This initiative is a community project to foster creativity and give emerging artists an opportunity to put their work on display.
There will be hundreds of painted, woven or sketched portraits displayed in the windows of traders along the main street of Yarra Glen, breathing life into the streetscape and adding a human touch with faces from the community on display.
The Not the Archies Arts Fix also includes the Gulf Station Open Day, where time-honoured skills and forgotten trades like basket making, weaving and spinning and blacksmithing are rediscovered onsite at the heritage homestead.
Visitors can also take a sneak peek at the outstanding contemporary Australian sculptures that are peppered on the landscaped lawns of Yarra Valley Arts | Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, which is officially opening the following day.
The studio doors of some of the most talented artists in the Yarra Valley will also be opened, revealing magical – and usually hidden - worlds along the Melba Highway as part of Yarra Valley Arts Open Studios.
A highlight of the day will be the Not the Archies Projection of Local Faces. As darkness falls, visitors can watch art created in real-time while an artist creates live portraits of passersby, projected onto the face of a building in the Yarra Glen main street. There will also be a FREE Pop Up Street Party and family-friendly live entertainment from Woody's World and Sugar Fed Leopards.
The Not the Archies Arts Fix embodies the spirit of the creative local community with access to a variety of art platforms and experiences across the day.
Start planning your visit today by heading to www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au