ARTS Trail 2020

It’s on again!

Highlands artists are invited to apply to be part of the Southern Highlands ARTS Trail, opening their own studios, or joining with another studio to showcase Highland creativity. This year, we are also inviting Highlands Commercial Galleries to participate in the event.


In November 2020, locals and visitors will again be following the ever-popular Trail (social-distancing of course!) visiting Highlands studios and galleries featuring the work of Highlands artists.

The Trail has been a major feature in our cultural landscape for nearly a decade, but its success and popularity has brought with it growing complexity in administration, marketing and management. To help improve the experience for all participants and visitors, a thorough analysis of the event over the past few years was undertaken by Council’s Arts & Culture Advisory Committee and a number of recommendations made.

As a result, for 2020 we have reimagined The ARTS Trail to help streamline the process and enhance its quality and reach:

  • A tweak to the name and a new identity to capture the vibrant creativity of the artists on the Southern Highlands ARTS Trail. Artist’s studios will still be the feature of the Trail but, with new vision and energy in 2020, we are keen give a strong Visual Arts focus to the ARTS Trail weekends. For this reason Commercial Galleries will again have a strong presence
  • The introduction of a ‘Curatorium’ – a group of guest curators whose task it will be to assess work submitted in order to maintain high quality and diversity. This introduces an element of competition which will help to contain the spread of the Trail and keep it manageable from a visitor’s perspective
  • The launch of our new ARTSfile website which, as a media-rich portal to all things ARTS/CULTURE/DESIGN in the Highlands, will represent you and your work professionally, and ensure that artists and studios on the Trail are strongly aligned with the best of the arts in all disciplines
  • No more SmartyGrants – A new online APPLICATION FORM within this website simplifies the application process, streamlines administration and reduces development time. Get started by clicking the appropriate link below

Key dates for ARTS Trail 2020

Get started by clicking the appropriate link below

Start your application

To start your application, please select if you’d like to register as an Artist or as a Gallery.

Resume your application

If you have already registered and have received a username and password, please login to resume your application.

Why do I have to REGISTER?

Artists/Studios and Galleries must Register to create an ARTSTrail User Profile before application can be made. Once you have created your User Profile you will be able to log in to your User Dashboard and complete your Application Form for 2020. You will be able to save your work at any time and log out to prepare photographs or write your Artist Statement etc, then log back in to continue at a time that suits you. The timeline below shows the key dates in the ARTS Trail process.

About photographing your artworks

We are doing our best to improve the quality of the images received for display on the ARTSfile website, and particularly on the ARTS Trail 2020. It is relatively simple to take very satisfactory images of your works with a smart phone or digital camera – please watch the video below for some simple tips and tricks that will help you help us!

You can also download the Photography Guidelines PDF below for assistance preparing your images.