About Open Studios
Open Studios Sunshine Coast is a celebration of the region’s vibrant and diverse art scene, offering visitors a unique opportunity to meet and see artists work in their own creative spaces. This unparalleled event offers artists the opportunity to share their skills, make deeper connections with the community and make sales directly with art lovers. The program explores art behind the scenes and provides a glimpse into spaces not usually available for public viewing, as well as permanent gallery spaces. Ranging from backyard sheds, shipping containers, warehouses, gallery studios to some glorious garden retreats, anyone can visit the sanctums where artists find their inspiration and create.
Throughout the week-long event, the community can take self-guided tours to meet local artists in person, view artistry in action, purchase art, participate in workshops and gain a new appreciation for the creativity of local talent. The program is held annually in March over 2 weekends, showcasing the lush hinterland’s art trails on the first weekend and the scenic coastline’s art trails on the second. During the week there are 5 days of hands-on, innovative and creative workshops available so people can experience art making.
Arts represented include original ceramics, drawing, glass, mixed media, painting, photography, print, sculpture, textiles, metalwork, woodwork, jewellery, installation, printmaking and more. Open Studios Sunshine Coast is an initiative of Arts Connect Inc. and was 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.
Arts Connect Inc. is a membership driven not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers and based on the Sunshine Coast. The growing membership enjoys a yearly schedule of workshops, exhibitions, social events, and major arts events. A dedicated committee of volunteers aim to provide opportunities to artists and develop and enrich their arts practice at all experience levels.
Arts Connect Inc. advocates for local artists and strives to connect artists and communities. The goal is to support and promote artists living and working in the region, connecting members with opportunities to develop and showcase their work.
Arts Connect Inc. also collaborates with communities, artists, industry, partners and governments to deliver premier arts events on the Sunshine Coast that realise unique art experiences.
The two major events held each year are Sculpture on the Edge and Open Studios Sunshine Coast.