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.
A live Q&A with expert host Kirsty Mootz, exploring homemade, low-impact skincare.
“My mission is to empower people with the knowledge and skills to make better decisions for themselves and the planet.”
Kirsty Mootz is the founder of Parva: Little Things, a business focused on reducing environmental impact through sustainable living. She offers live workshops such as DIY Skincare Products, Beeswax Wraps, Green Cleaning & Edible Skincare to help individuals confidently embark on a plastic-free, low-impact journey.
A live Q&A with expert host Hannah Churton, exploring composting and worm farming fundamentals.
Hannah Churton cares about food waste. In 2016, she started ‘The Worm Monger,’ teaching people about responsible waste disposal in schools, businesses, and communities.
Her program educates people about vermicomposting, a method that uses worms to break down organic waste. She offers various services like workshops, consultations, and worm sales. Besides ‘The Worm Monger,’ Hannah has also worked in government and diplomatic roles for Australia.
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Life Drawing. All ages and experience levels welcome. Bring your own materials (charcoal, paper, board, etc.). Please note this is a casual sketch group, there is no tuition.
COST: 10 weeks for only $180.00 OR $25 per night / $15 students. Cash payment preferred.
For more information please contact Lu on 0404 082 500 or Jo on 0401 107 518.
Winter School Holiday Art Camp
Age group accepted: 5-8 year olds, 8-10 year olds, 10-12 year olds
Use your Creative Kids Vouchers and come on down to Studio Mary Lou! Weekdays in the July school holidays.
4-7 years 9.30-12.30pm 8-12 years 1.30 -4.30pm
Activities may include winter leaf cookies, autumn mandalas, string resistant painting, cardboard forests, clay project, doodle lanterns, salt painting, wire beaded sculpture, coloured chalk wood sculpture, tissue paper balloon bowls, oil and water colour painting, slime, oobleck and lots more! Lots of colour and fun!
Mon-Wed 3 day camp: $135
Thurs -Fri 2 day camp: $90
Five day camp: $200
One day session: $35
10% sibling discount
The camp is run by local artist Mary Lou Pavlovic who holds a PhD, MA and BA in Visual Arts. She has a Working with Children Check and a National Police Check.
P 0427 110 968
Build your confidence and learn the simple art of seafood with Anna Philips, Seafood Master and Foundation Teacher at the Sydney Seafood School.
Anna has a commitment to and has a passion for sustainable seafood with over 40 years experience teaching and writing about Australian seafood. She takes her inspiration from freshwater rivers to the NSW South Coast.
When cooking seafood it’s all about timing and a fresh seasonal product for the right dish. With delicate fish you need to celebrate with unique flavours and enhance with fresh herbs. For balancing textures with cuttlefish, octopus and squid, pair with breadcrumbs, crispy pancetta or capers.
In this class you will learn:
* seafood has seasons just as other fresh produce and that sustainable seafood choices are very achievable* how to clean and prepare a whole squid to cook two ways* how to fillet a whole fish* how to bake the whole fish for a table feast* all about mussels – a delicious mollusc packed with iron and so quick and easy to prepare.* all about prawns – cooked v’s raw
Tips and tricks for purchasing, storage and just how easy seafood can be to cook.
After our cook up we will sit down for a seafood feast with local wine.
Cut of date for booking is Thursday 13th October at 9.00AM
Presenter: Peter “The Magician” Kazacos
Ages 4-7 yrs
Calling kids aged 4-7yrs, this one’s for you!
Mini Magic Explorers is a mini magic workshop designed for younger children. In this short but super fun workshop Mini Magic Explorers will come together to learn great tricks, play games, do craft and experience a morning of exciting magical fun.
During this workshop kidlets will:
• Experience the excitement of magic
• Have fun with interactive games & craft
• Learn & perform their very own (& new) Magic trick… Balancing Bird + more!
Morning tea will be provided. Magic trick props go home with their mini maker.
Join Adam Corrigan from Your Energy Friend & Wingecarribee Shire Council staff as we spend some time unravelling confusing energy bills and assisting you with recommending some changes in your own home that could go a long way to reducing energy use and costs.
First Adam will explain the different aspects of an energy bill, what it all really means and who you can turn to for the facts and support. Then we will sit down together and go through YOUR energy bill, so make sure you bring along a copy.
Adam’s Energy 101 sessions aims to educate and encourage you to take control of your energy usage, but also reduce your carbon footprint through energy efficiency and installation of renewable where it makes sense.
We look forward to meeting you there.
We also have a follow up event in October with Adam, please click the link below to find out more information, or navigate back to the events page for Sustainable us:
P 02 48615348
Have you ever woken up and still been in the soft focus of a dreamscape? Or had flickering daydreams of places you would rather be? This workshop will enable you to bring these quiet, imperceptible moments to life.
Artist Lily Cummins, whose own practice explores memory and intuitive mark-making will guide you in this imagined landscape workshop where you can begin to create your own visual vocabulary through mark making, painting and collage.
Lily graduated from The National Art School in 2017 with a Masters in Drawing and has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas.
Sunday Sew-cial: kids edition! Hand-stitch your very own short or long sleeve shirt during this two-hour workshop with the talented fashion designer Beattie Lanser! Choose from two designs and a range of fabric options.
This class is appropriate for children aged 8-12. Participants will need to be able to confidently thread a needle. Sewing tools and materials will be provided, just bring yourself and a can-do attitude!
A minimum number of bookings are required for our classes to proceed. Please support our artists and creative program by booking your spot now.
Experienced artist and educator Libby Wakefield will guide participants through the development of a series of expressive landscape paintings. The morning will be spent exploring ways to interpret the landscape. Participants will develop confidence in responding intuitively to subject matter.
Libby has been making and teaching art for almost 20 years. The central focus of her work looks at ways in which she can depict the local landscape and wetlands through the lens of Romanticism, exploring themes of beauty and the sublime.
Libby has been a finalist in many art prizes including The Waverley Art Prize, The Fisher Ghost Art Awards, The Wingecarribee Landscape Prize, The Goulburn Art prize, The David Turnbull Bequest Prize, NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize, and highly commended in the Norvill Art Prize and the Belle Property Prize. She recently won the Blue Square Art Prize.
Libby is currently represented by Whitewall Art projects in Berrima and the Grainger Gallery in Canberra.
Spots are limited to 10 people a class. A minimum number of bookings are required for our classes to proceed. Please support our artists and creative program by booking your spot now.
Not interested in weekend sport?
Then come dive into art activities with our Saturday workshops. Get creative, experiment with different materials and most importantly, have fun! Develop your skills through activities including painting, collage, sculpting, printmaking, and drawing!
Classes run weekly between 23 July – 17 September (9 sessions). Memberships are $250 per child for the term. Sessions will be available for children between 5 and 12 years old.
Click the button below to add your Arts / Culture / Design event.
You will be taken to the ‘Add an Event’ page on the www.visitsouthernhighlands.com.au website.
By completing the online form your event will be published automatically on both the ARTSFile and Destination Southern Highlands websites.