Wingecarribee Shire Council is encouraging residents to pick up their free map and start planning for this year’s Southern Highlands Arts Trail.
Council’s Cultural Development Officer Erin Adams said this year’s Art Trail presents a unique set of challenges but the personal safety of artists, residents and visitors remains a top priority.
“We’ve developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan for the event and registered as a COVID Safe business. All studios and galleries will be observing social distancing and COVID-safe practices.”
“This year we’ve got 37 studios and 9 galleries displaying works from more than 80 artists joining us as part of the Trail,” she said. “This includes 13 new studios joining us for the first time.”
“With so many studios open the key is to grab this year’s trail map nice and early and plan your trip in advance.”
The Arts Trail will be held over the weekends of 7 – 8 November and 14 – 15 November from 10am to 5pm.
“The Southern Highlands has long been a place favoured by artists with the area providing the perfect conditions for inspiration and creativity,” Erin added.
“And the Arts Trail is a fabulous opportunity to see beyond their studio doors and witness the creative processes that go into their beautiful works of art.”
Mediums on display will include both traditional and contemporary paintings, etching, ceramics, woodworks, textiles, photography, sculpture, printmaking and jewellery.
“All studios will be open free to the public but be prepared to be tempted and make some special purchases along the way.”
New for this year is the option for visitors to book a one-on-one appointment with participating artists and a series of mini-events whereby studios will host intimate gatherings and share some creative secrets of their resident artists. Bookings are essential.
For more information on the Southern Highlands Arts Trail including mini-events, participating studios, galleries and the Arts Trail map, visit artsfile.com.au/arts-trail-2020 or pick up a hard copy at Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre, the Mittagong Welcome Centre, Council Libraries and participating galleries.
For further information, including images or to schedule an interview with one of the artists, contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer on phone 4868 0855 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.