DELIGHT your senses and satisfy your artistic curiosity by joining in Margaret River Region Open Studios.

From April 27 through to May 12 over 100 painters, sculptors, illustrators, jewellers, printmakers, glassblowers, ceramicists, photographers and furniture makers will participate in the sixth annual event which is free to attend and doesn't require bookings.

For the first time, 24 artists from Busselton to Augusta will also open their studio doors. Visitors will meet the artists in their home towns and off the beaten track for a unique behind-the-scenes creative experience.

Margaret River Region Open Studios chairman Jim Davies said the 16-day event ticked many boxes in providing art lovers with a memorable experience.

"This year's artistic line-up includes many old (and young) favourites, plus a number of artists new to the event, so it's perfect for both first time and regular visitors," he said. "There really is something for everyone, whether it be learning about creative intentions and techniques, sharing ideas, admiring art, exploring out-of-the-way back roads, or owning a piece of art created by an artist you have had the opportunity to meet."

Local artists are the stars of the show and talent this year includes recognisable and respected names such as Leon Pericles, Rachel Coad, Rebecca Cool, Lauren Wilhelm, Ian Mutch, Christian Fletcher, John Streater and John Miller.

  • Leon Pericles will give print demonstrations and sign his new 50-year retrospective book.
  • Interactive artist Britta Sorensen invites visitors to immerse themselves in colour and watch or join in her interactive experiential recycled textiles installation.
  • Ceramicist Dariya Gratte will demonstrate fine porcelain techniques.
  • You can attend a learn how to paint workshop by Heidi Mullender or other painting demonstrations with many of the Open Studios artists.
  • Glass guru Gerry Reilly will provide glassmaking experiences and show how to 'blow your own bauble'.
  • At Ian Mutch's home studio you can watch a film of his public artworks and flip through his artist sketchbooks.
  • Ian Thwaites will give woodworking demonstrations and Nalda Hoskins will share how she makes her stunning glass beads and jewellery.
  • Enjoy a chat and a chai from a mug handmade by ceramicist Sally Mills in her beautiful garden, or have a go on her pottery wheel.

Using the event's handy maps, explore studios within artist's homes, in country cottages, on winery properties, in peaceful bushland, on working farms with friendly barnyard animals, in a '70s beach shack, at an ice-cream farm, a maze, in a tattoo studio, and in a homemade mudbrick studio Swallow's Welcome.

For more information, go to mrropenstudios.com.au or on Facebook (mrropenstudios) and Instagram (@margaretriverregionopenstudios).


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