Explore the Sunshine Coast Art Trails
Discover the dynamic arts community of the Sunshine Coast with the 2023 Open Studios Art Trail Guide
, as artists and galleries open their doors for ten days throughout the Sunshine Coast region. Showcasing an awe-inspiring collective of seventy-seven artists and galleries, visitors are offered the unique opportunity to meet talented Sunshine Coast artists, in their own creative space and environment.
Everyone is invited to the Launch Party, but make sure to book first!
The Open Studios Launch Party
kicks off on Saturday 13 May between 1.00pm and 4.00pm at Sunshine & Sons in Yandina
. Guests will enjoy a variety of delicious food, including pizza and a big grazing platter, plus two free drinks per guest, all while soaking up the vibe and atmosphere of the rich and diverse Sunshine Coast art scene.
Ticket prices are FREE for Sponsors; $35 for Members and $45 for General Admission - please follow this link to purchase your tickets to the Launch Party.
A unique Gallery experience awaits on the Hinterland tourist drive
The curated Open Studios art trail encompasses both the Sunshine Coast region's coastline, from Caloundra to Coolum, as well as taking in the Hinterland tourist hotspots like Maleny and Montville, on a separate weekend.
Throughout this ten-day event, the community are able to take self-guided tours to meet the local artists in person; view artistry in action; purchase art; participate in workshops and gain a new appreciation for the creativity of local talent.
Quirky garden retreats ...
Ranging from backyard sheds, shipping containers, warehouses, and gallery studios, to some quirky garden retreats, art enthusiasts and collectors can visit the artists' inner sanctums to experience firsthand the energy, that inspires the Sunshine Coast's talented creatives. During the Open Studios event, there are twenty-four hands-on, innovative and creative workshops to be held over five days, that are available to visitors to experience art making. Please see details and highlighted links further along.
Don't miss out on visiting Trevor Irvine - painter and sculptor - at the 2023 Open Studios - Image: Arts Connect Inc
Arts represented in 2023 include original ceramics, drawing, glass, mixed media, painting, photography, print, sculpture, textiles, metalwork, woodwork, jewellery, installation, printmaking and so much more. For all the important info and details, please follow the highlighted links below:
Recover, remake and reuse is the motto behind Marie Shannon's work
Landsborough & Glasshouse Mountains Art Trail, 19th to 21st May, 10am to 4pm, can be found here
Workshops and Events
Leather Art by Juwel - Joanna O'Brien
In 2023, Open Studios Sunshine Coast is offering visitors the opportunity to be personally involved in workshops, to learn and create with the artists, who are very excited to be able to demonstrate and share their skills, ideas and insights.
Visitors can try painting, collage, charcoal seascapes, macro photography, mono-printing and heaps more! No experience is necessary, art lovers and creators at any level, are welcome to get involved. Children are welcome too.
Melanie Augustin likes to play with fire and hammer and shoot things (with a camera)!
For Hinterland Workshops, Coastal Workshops and Sunshine Coast Art & Framing Gallery individual links, please follow this highlighted page link
. Choose your creative passion, find out what's included in the cost and book yourself in. It's as easy as one, two, three…
Bookmark the dates and tell your friends and family all about the Open Studios Sunshine Coast event and then get ready for a couple of amazing weekends, exploring all the Sunshine Coast Art Trails. The Hinterland Art Trails
are on the weekend of 19th to 21st May, from 10am to 4pm and the Coastal Art Trails
are happening on the weekend of 26th to 28th May, from 10am to 4pm.
An initiative of Arts Connect Inc.
Open Studios Sunshine Coast is an initiative of Arts Connect Inc, established in 2010. The project is proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council's grant program and regional sponsors Arts Connect Inc, Supporting Artists and Connecting Communities.
All images courtesy of Open Studios Sunshine Coast FB, unless otherwise indicated