The Highlands is a well-known spot for creativity, talent and art.
Annual preparations are underway to set out a ‘trail’ to lead people to artistic hubs.
Last year, more than 30 studios and 50 artists were featured and hopes for this year are even higher.
Highlands creatives can give their studio the chance to be discovered by hundreds during the 2017 Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail, an event that will run over multiple weekends.
Expressions of interest are now being taken for this year’s trail.
Council’s cultural development officer Jenny Kena said the event gave the public the rare opportunity to meet the makers. “They can see where the works are created and buy direct from the studio door,” she said.
Ms Kena said patron highlights included the chance to browse a variety of studios, and gain specific insights through the opportunity of speaking to artists.
The Art Studio Trail gives the public a rare opportunity to meet the makers, to see their work in the environment within which it was created and to buy direct from the studio door.Council cultural development officer Jenny Kena
On the flip side of the spectrum, artists involved in last year’s trail provided positive feedback and commented on how they were able to form connections with viewers and see how audiences interacted with their work.
This year, an extra stream will be included – that of ‘featured artist’. New for 2017, the category will highlight career artists who may be known beyond the Highlands and have a significant body of work.
All participating studios will be required to open on both weekends of the trail. Participating artists and studios must be located within the Wingecarribee Shire.
The 2017 Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail will run on the weekend of November 4 and 5, and November 11 and 12. To submit an expression of interest, visit www.shaf.com.au. Expressions of interest must be received by Tuesday, May 30. Details: 4868 0855.