Updated 20 April  2020



Artists Open Studios – with a difference

16& 17,  23&24 November 2019

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.

Nillumbik’s was one of the original open studios models, which is now replicated across Victoria. 

Mayor Karen Egan said the program was created by a small, tight-knit artistic community who wanted to share their artistic endeavours over three decades ago.  “For decades, the Shire has been home to some of Australia’s most legendary artists. This event allows the public to experience art and the artistic process first-hand,” Cr Egan said.

Artists opening their studios this year include: 

Kate Hudson, Chris Pittard, Mary-Lou Pittard, Wendy Hicks, Linda MacAulay, Sue McFarland, Glynis Brown, Clare Dunstan, Jacquie Hacansson, Jack Lätti, Artek Halpern-Laurence, Deborah Halpern, Annette Nobes, Nerina Lascelles, Bruce Mckay, Ona Henderson, Syd Tunn, Tim Read, Jess Jarvie, Jacquie Campbell, Sandra Nicolaides, Simon Cross, Stephanie Davies, Mel Rayski-Mati, Harry Zed Hughes, Melissa Thomas, Mark Wotherspoon, Fionna Madigan, Judy Trembath, Sharon Edwards, Lynne Godina-Orme, and Susan Elizabeth Woodfall.

This year for the first time there has been a lean in range of artist facilitated workshops, so we be sure to check out individual artists profiles to find out more! Being part of a workshop is a great way to meet and get involved with the artists. Enjoy an inspirational class in a stimulating environment for artists of all stages and ages. 

The Nillumbik Artists Open Studios was formed three decades ago by a small group of dedicated artists opening their studios several weekends per year. 

Deputy Mayor Bruce Ranken said the natural beauty of the Shire was mirrored in much of the artwork.“We encourage visitors to spend a whole day in the Shire. See the artwork, visit our cafes and take in the beauty of our Shire,” Cr Ranken said.

For further details or to help plan your tour pick up a booklet from the library or download a copy from www.artistsopenstudios.com.au


Artists Open Studios Weekend: 16& 17,  23&24 November 2019, 10am to 5pm

Group Exhibition: 18 October to 19 November 2019, at Eltham Library COommunity Gallery