Artists Open Studios – with a difference

Six new artists participating in the upcoming Nillumbik Artists Open Studio program will join well-known local creatives in opening their studios and in an annual exhibition launching in October at the Eltham Library Community Gallery.

Newcomers include Deborah Halpern with her eye-catching ceramic sculptures and Harry Zed Hughes with his wild and wonderful allegorical paintings.

khstudio, Artists Open Studios – with a difference

(Above: Kate Hudson in her studio)

Mayor Peter Clarke said Council was proud to continue as the major funder of the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios, which runs over the weekends of 17-18 and 24 – 25 November.

“Nillumbik Artists Open Studios showcases diverse visual arts practices from painting, photography and printmaking to ceramics, sculpture, textiles and glass. There is something for everyone.  It serves not only as a culturally enriching experience for the community but also as a tourism drawcard to the Shire,” Cr Clarke said.

workbench, Artists Open Studios – with a difference

(Above: Mel Rayski-Mati in her studio)

Held across a range of locations in Nillumbik, the Artists Open Studios Program offers visitors an opportunity to get a rare glimpse of local artists at work in their own environment. Visitors can meet the makers, view demonstrations and buy original art and handcrafted items directly from the artists. This year artists are offering an extensive workshop program offering opportunities for the public to engage in art-making activities.

The Nillumbik Artists Open Studios was formed three decades ago by a small group of dedicated artists opening their studios several weekends per year. The group host their annual survey exhibition at the Eltham Library Community Gallery where this year artist Syd Tunn will be doing painting demonstrations on the first three Sundays of the exhibition from 2-5pm in the Library Gallery. 

Artist Open Studios, Close up

For further details or to help plan your tour pick up a booklet from the library or download a copy from


Artists Open Studios Exhibition: Eltham Library Community Gallery, Panther Place, Eltham. Open during library hours, Thursday 18 October until Monday 19 November 2018.  

Artists Open Studios Weekend: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November and Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2018, 10am - 5pm. 

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Nillumbik Shire is located 25 kms north-east of Melbourne and the southern boundary is the Yarra River.