Explore artists studios in some of Australia’s most beautiful settings over three weekends
Sat 29 April -Sun 30 April Sat 6 -Sun 7 May Sat 13 -Sun 14 May 10am–5pm
Some of Australia’s finest artists who choose to work and live in the stunning Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region are opening up their studios over three weekends for the fifth Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios (DMROS) program, which takes place from Saturday 29 April – Sunday 14 May.
Drawing over 4,000 visitors in 2015, the Open Studios program showcases the extraordinary cultural community of central Victoria, an easy day visit from Melbourne. 30 artists have been selected to participate and will open their studio doors for six days, offering the public the opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the creative process, meet the artists in their creative spaces and to learn about their work and inspiration.
DMROS Creative Producer Jill Rivers said, “The selected artists encompass an array of artistic practices from fresco painting, mosaic, sculpture and letterpress printing to handcrafted jewellery and art photography. What they share is a powerful connection to the inspiring region they have chosen to live and work in. The Open Studios program is their gift to you, an invitation into their world, to embrace the benefits of arts and culture and to experience the beauty and tranquility of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges.”
Participating artists include sculptor and print maker Tim Jones, whose work is presented in the British Museum; fine art photographer Deborah Mullins, who is also opening her garden near Hanging Rock; former fine arts lecturers and painters Anne Saunders & Doug Wright, Brae Studios; Greg Mallyon, whose paintings are inspired by aerial views of the landscape; handcraft photographer Ellie Young, Gold Street Studios; and Victorian inspired jeweller and Asian-influenced painter, Liz Archer.
DMROS 2017 includes eleven artists new to the program such as renowned sculptor and ceramicist Petrus Spronk and fellow members of Clay Space; scientist and wildlife artist William Ritchie in Artisans at The Mill timber studio; maker of functional contemporary ceramics, Emma Jimson; and charcoal/pastel drawer & painter, Brian Reberger.
The studios range in style and setting from intimate spaces to acres of bush. The idyllic DMROS region, which spans 180 kilometres and includes two rural shires, is celebrated for its high concentration of fine foods, wines, spas and natural beauty. The studios form an art-hop trail, with plenty of culinary stops at hand for visitors to refresh and replenish as they tour the iconic region. Several artists are also opening their country gardens and twelve artists will participate in Art-full Conversations in their studios, hosted by Creative Producer Jill Rivers at the beginning and end of the open days.
DMROS honours the vital contribution artists make to their community and offers art lovers a chance to meet artists and discuss the role of artistic practice in their community as well as the artists’ personal motivation and influences. The participating artists were selected by an experienced curatorial panel consisting of Isabel Crombie, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management, NVG; Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art; and Beverley Knight, Executive Director, Alcaston Gallery, that identified artists producing work of exceptional quality across a range of genres, showcasing the quality and diversity of arts practice in the region.
The hub of the trail and site of the unmissable DMROS group exhibition showcasing one work from each of the participating artists is this year at heritage The Convent Gallery, Daylesford.