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Unique creative spaces

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 May over two weekends, from May 20-28, 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 five 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., a membership driven not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers and based on the Sunshine Coast.

Arts Connect Inc. advocates for local artists and strives to connect artists and communities, industry and governments, whilst delivering premier arts events such as Sculpture on the Edge and the Open Studios Sunshine Coast. (Pictured: The Poetry of Water by Tara Spicer, and Nepalese Man by Lara Cooper.)

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