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.
2020 Map and Trail PDFs will be available for download in late October.
A TEXT-BASED INSTALLATION ARTIST AND WRITER, JESSICA RASCHKE’S WORK EXPLORES HOW PEOPLE GENERATE A SENSE OF MEANING AND PURPOSE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR LIVES
Jessica seeks to remind people of their own (sometimes or oftentimes) overlooked yearnings and depths, and that similar yearnings and depths reside within the many apparent strangers around us.
FOSTERING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRACTICING ARTISTS FOR WHOM PRINTMAKING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THEIR WORK
Formed in 1993 to foster printmaking in the area, Southern Highlands Printmakers exhibits regularly at Sturt Gallery and nearby regional galleries.
THE POWER OF SHAPE AND SIMPLICITY OF LINE IS ALWAYS FOREMOST
Inspired by our landscape and plants, and spending large amounts of time in Florence, she is nurtured by a great love of classical art and the amazing work that has endured the test of time.
McDONALD WORKS INSTINCTIVELY TO RECLAIM AND REJUVENATE SEEMINGLY UNWANTED OBJECTS
Constructing playful, lyrical abstracted assemblages sensitive to colour, texture, space and repetition of shapes
LILY CUMMINS WORKS ACROSS DRAWING AND INSTALLATION USING SPATIAL EXPERIENCES AND MEMORY AS A TRIGGER
Moving between expansive wall drawing to intimate collages, Cummins sits within a wave of contemporary artists who are pushing the definitions of what drawing is in our time.
IT WAS PAINT THAT FASCINATED HER… IT WAS A PURELY VISCERAL RELATIONAHSIP
The smell and feel and the mystery of creating a tactile world on a flat surface
MY PAINTING IS BASED ON FORMS THAT ARE NOT FIGURATIVE OR FORMAL
The richness of colour in the Australian landscape is inescapably unique and worthy of representation
I DON’T COPY MY SUBJECTS BUT INTERPRET THEM.
My pictures have their roots in the real world, but are by no means images in the conventional sense.
SHAZ COLLYER HAS ALWAYS BEEN DRAWN TO, AND INSPIRED BY THE COLOURS, TEXTURES AND PATTERNS IN NATURE, VINTAGE TEXTILES, BUILDINGS AND FOUND OBJECTS.
She is currently exploring these ideas through abstract colour field painting
ARTIST MAX MILLER HAS ALWAYS LOVED THE LITTLE THINGS.
Artist Max Miller has always loved the llittle things. The lizards, the insects, the mice. The tiny flora and fauna. The precious bush minutiae he has spent a lifetime capturing in his paintings and prints.
A CAPACITY FOR PATIENCE, HONESTY, DETERMINATION AND KINDNESS IS INTEGRAL TO THE WORK OF AN ARTIST
I started to find out what made me tick as an artist and realized that, to continue being happy as a professional musician, I would need to seek roles where I would be allowed to express my musical ideas and visions.