The Highlands is known for the strength and creativity of its artistic community. Practitioners of all levels, from national icons to enthusiastic amateurs, come to the area for the cool air, natural beauty and lifestyle which combine to provide an inspirational environment in which to create. The region supports a vibrant Arts/Culture ethos that is reflcted in the wealth of events, performances, exhibitions and festivals that occur
through every season, all year. As a dedicated Arts & Culture site for the Southern Highlands, ARTSfie is both a teaser for the spectacular creative offerings of the region, and a calendar of events for various cultural happenings during the year. We trust that you enjoy what you see and look forward to meeting you here in the
November is Southern Highlands ARTS Trail time! Visual artists across the Highlands open their studio doors for visitors to explore their creative habitats and purchase works direct from the maker. Exhibiting artists range from full-time professionals to emerging artists across genres including painting, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, photography, sculpture and printmaking. Many of our galleries also participate with Trail-specific exhibitions.
Click the Map Icon above to download the printable A4 version of the 2020 Map and Artist Details PDF
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The much loved annual exhibition by the Southern Highlands Textile and Fibre Network is to be held from Friday 13 August to Monday 23 August 10-4 daily at BDAS gallery, Short St, Bowral.The title is “Treasured Fragments” and will feature interpretations of this theme in garments, wall pieces,3D items, wearables created by felt makers, machine embroiderers, stitchers, installationists, textile artists. Each fragment weaves its own tale of memories, sometimes thought provoking.Creative Textile postcards based on the COVID theme will be displayed as well as the group project on a Circle theme which aimed to keep us all inspired and united in 2020. The Fashion Parade opening at 1pm on Saturday 14 August will showcase some of the wearable art.
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Join us for our fourth annual Earth Hour event, which includes our Sculpture in the Gardens competition. Live music, entertainment, sustainability stalls, children’s workshops and a family fun Science Show. Refreshments available or bring your own picnic.
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The Southern Highlands Expo showcases a wide range of products and services from outdoor recreation and adventure to motoring, home and garden, rural and agricultural, local travel and tourism information, food, wine and much more.
There will be lots of great entertainment and attractions for the whole family including amazing Jetpack / Flyboard stunt shows, an Animal Nursery for the little ones, Reptile Awareness Displays, the ‘Scout Zone’ adventure area with rock climbing, ropes activities, camp cooking demonstrations, etc.
Entry Adult $15Seniors $10Kids under 16 FREE – if accompanied by an adult
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In November 2021, the Highlands will again host the hugely popular ARTS Trail.
The Trail in 2020 was the biggest and best ever (despite COVID nightmares) and we’re planning to do even better this year.
Visit the artists in their studios, see where they create their work and buy direct from the studio door. From Balmoral to Balaclava, Bowral to Burradoo, Berrima to Bundanoon, Burrawang and everywhere in between.
Painting, sculpture, pottery, bookbinding, printing, woodwork, jewellery, weaving, textiles, photography, illustration, drawing, botanical art, ceramics and more…
The Trail map will be available for download from mid September, or pick one up from the Welcome Centre at Destination Southern Highlands, Main Street Mittagong from late September.
Be ready to shop – you will be tempted by what you see so come prepared – some studios will have eftpos, but many will only be able to accept cash payments.
Enjoy your artistic ramble around the beautiful Southern Highlands this November.
Opening Night 5th November.
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During Open Garden at Retford Park, Artists of the Round Yard present an exhibition of works in the gallery for you to enjoy.
Open Saturday and Sunday between 10am – 4pm, you may visit the gallery free of entry fees.
Should you decide to take a look at the grounds or do a tour, go to and pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment.
During Open Garden at Retford Park, Artists of the Round Yard present an exhibition of works in the gallery for you to enjoy.Open Saturday and Sunday between 10am – 4pm, you may visit the gallery free of entry fees.
FAMILY AFFAIR 2
The Tucker family have collaborated once again to bring you an extraordinary exhibition.
featuring STUDIOS OF THE MASTERS.
Graeme presents his work as a tribute to past great artists set in their private studios where they created their masterpieces.
Artists featured are : Boyd, Cezanne, Monet, Olley, Picasso, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rodin, Van Gogh and Vermeer
Bethany Macdonald presents her colourful still life paintings including works for children’s books and Paul Macdonald presents his sculptures.
Enjoy abstract art created by Scott Petrie as well as artwork by Chris Rochester and also creative grandchildren.
Come and enjoy this diverse collection created by the Tucker family.
WHEN – 15th to 20th July 2021 Open daily from 10AM – 4PM
WHERE – BOWRAL ART GALLERY Short Street Bowral
Exhibition and sale of sculptures, paintings and books by Dr Tony Emmett. Having been a Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon in Brisbane he retired age 61 from active surgery but continued to lecture and write, moving to Bowral in 1993 and becoming an art student, learning sculpture and painting, retraining over a 5 year period. In the subsequent 23 years he has produced sculptures in clay ceramic, some glazed, and in stone, steel, glass, resin, and wood, of all sizes from 100 mm to 6 metres. His paintings in polymer acrylic range over the same period and vary in size. His books range from surgery to philosophy and sculpture. Having been patron of BDAS and promoted the Bowral Sculpture Prize for some 21 years, the proceeds of this current exhibition will be donated to the BDAS. He is giving a talk at the U3A on Universal Consciousness in Term 3 of 2021 and producing a book on that.
Join us for our next inspiring exhibition at Sturt, Australia’s oldest design centre. ‘Drawn from the Garden’ brings together three talented artists drawing inspiration from their gardens to create unique textiles and ceramics. Ceramics by Fiona Hiscock and textiles by Sharon Peoples and Julie Ryder.
I See: You See exhibition commencing on 23rd June, 2021. The exhibition asked printmakers from the Southern Highlands Printmakers and Open Bite Printmakers in Sydney to extend their own practice and to explore innovative approaches through the challenge of responding to another artist’s work. The successful RSVP in Print, held at BDAS in 2019, involved a similar exchange of prints with Firestation Gallery Printmakers in Melbourne. Reflecting the creative brief, many of the final prints combine more than one technique, incorporating media such as linocut, woodcut, etching, silkscreen, collagraph, collage and other mixed media elements. Printmakers will be available to discuss these techniques with visitors.
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Agri Show – Small Farms & Field Day Expo hosted at Moss Vale Showground has Products, Services & Solutions for everyone.
– Over 5 acres of exhibitors and products.
– Test and compare products so you know you are making informed buying decisions
– Talk to experts and get new ideas and exchange tips.
– Browse, learn and buy, all while having a fun family day out!
– Discover products and suppliers that can help improve your farm, from big to small.
Agri Show has exhibitors that cover a range of products from animal feed to tractors and trucks, demonstrations of how to use items, how to herd and talks from industry professionals to give you the knowledge you need to improve your skills. Fun for the whole family.
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