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.
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Between the Grand Fondo, Crit or Dirty Bowral come and visit Hamish’s bees!
Bowral Beekeeping is running workshops all weekend to fit between your various races or for friends and family while races are on. The workshops are a great introduction to beekeeping and are a wonderful opportunity to get into a bee suit, get up close to some bees and get some memorable photos! In this immersive experience, you will join a local food and wine enthusiast, beekeeper, and bon vivant on a honey tasting, an overview of the lifecycle of a colony, and then suit up and visit a beehive!
The honey tasting provides a unique insight into the different tastes and textures that the bees make as they forage on different flowering plants at various stages in their flowering. Hamish harvests his honey using the Flow Hive system which allows you to take small amounts of honey at a time without disturbing the bees. In turn, we get to taste honeys collected weeks and sometimes days apart and compare them. Each has a highly distinctive colour, aroma, flavour, and viscosity. All of this alongside leaf tea or plunger coffee and freshly baked scones.
After the morning tea and tasting we “suit up” in a professional sting proof suit, light a smoker and visit the bees. You’ll be shown through the different styles and sizes of hive, including the Flow Hive. You’ll be guided through the process of doing a standard inspection, checking the laying pattern of the queen, check for honey stores, and for pests. If we’re lucky we’ll find “Liz” the current queen (lol).
Parts of the apiary are undercover, so rain isn’t a problem. Children 10+ are very welcome.
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Offering a fresh approach to painting is Ngununggula’s next Sunday Painters Series artist, Heath Nock, who has come to the medium as a celebrated draughtsperson and tattoo artist. Living on Gandangara lands, in The Southern Tablelands, Nock explores his relationship with the Australian landscape working in oil and synthetic polymers paint, and pushing the figure into genderless forms in both urban and rural settings. His segue from a more graphic tattoo style to a brushy, fluid abstraction has been seamless, often taking its cue from music to tap into the world around him.
Create your own beautiful, large scale flora painting.
This workshop suits beginners as well as intermediate level painters. Tracey has many years of experience guiding beginner and intermediate artists in creating pieces they proudly cherish. This workshop is perfect for those who just don’t have the time to commit to a full class term or want to try something new.
Fun for all the family with a workshop building and flying kites. Suitable for all ages – young and old. Bring your own kite or enrol in a kite making workshop.
Costs: $15 Workshop only or $20 Workshop plus sausage sizzle
Costs include kite kit, construction & decorating workshop
Refreshments and Sausage sizzle available
Admission to the garden by donation
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By completing the online form your event will be published automatically on both the ARTSFile and Destination Southern Highlands websites.