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Studios set to open their doors for Southern Highlands Arts Festival

4 October, 2012Posted in: Events, Tourism
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The Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail, a once a year opportunity to see beyond the studio door of some of our best artists, is on again this November.

The Art Trail is the feature event of the Southern Highlands Arts Festival, a time to celebrate and enjoy the creativity of the region. The month-long festival features exhibitions, workshops and performances, as well as the Art Studio Trail which runs over the first two weekends of November.

The Art Studio Trail allows a sneak peek into the creative processes of some of the region’s best artists, with studio doors open 3 – 4 November and 10 – 11 November, 10am – 4pm.

Twenty four studios will be opening their doors and visitors can meet the artists, admire the work in the place it was originally created and purchase directly from the studio. Mediums include painting (traditional and contemporary), ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, furniture, textiles, photography, mosaics, garden sculpture, painted tiles, printmaking and botanical art. Entry to all participating studios is free.

Also during the month of November, the grand Hillview Estate in Sutton Forest will be open to the public, hosting Sculpture on High@Hillview. Originally built in the 1850s, Hillview was the vice-regal retreat for the governors of NSW between 1882 and 1958. The sculpture exhibition will be open to the public from 3 – 30 November.

The Southern Highlands Arts Festival runs throughout November and is an excellent opportunity for tourists and locals to visit the many galleries and studios on offer in the Southern Highlands.

For more information, or for a full program, visit www.shaf.com.au or contact the Southern Highlands Visitors Information Centre in Mittagong on 1300 657 559.

Please contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer Jenny Kena for media images or to schedule an interview with one of the artists.