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.
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Journalist, Peter Hartcher – wrote “Treehouse Theatre is how Australia can witness the experiences of the young refugees among us. Australia gives them a new life, and they give back so much in return.”
Young refugees share their life stories through public theatre performance. This group is sponsored by ADFAS ( Australian Decorative Arts Society Bowral, as part of our annual young philanthropy initiative for 2023).
“Why Me” on the 20th of October at 12:00pm or 7pm.
ADFAS Members/Concessions/Students: $25
Frensham Students: $5
Happy Father’s Day from Bradman Museum
Free Shane Warne book for dad
To celebrate all the amazing father’s out there, Bradman Museum is giving away a free copy of the book ‘Warne Worn’ for every dad with museum admission on Father’s Day weekend.
The book tells the story of how Shane Warne’s Baggy Green hat rallied the country during the devastating ‘Black Summer’ bushfires of 2019/20.
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Rocks In My Head, by local artist Poss Keech, is a collection of artworks in acrylic, oil, collage and mixed media. Poss has been inspired by rocks that were an ever-present feature in the environments in which she grew up and discovered the world.
The Petals of Flowers, by local artist Susan Buret, is a collection of fired clay artworks. Susan has been inspired by the variant of the material from which plants grow and observed colour from her beautiful Southern Highlands garden.
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Come to the Open Weekend and find out what the Southern Highlands Quilters Guild does!
There will be quilt displays, quilt-making demonstrations, raffle and craft items for sale, demonstrations by Know-How sewing Essentials and more.
To coincide with Tulip Time, a group of local Southern Highlands ceramic artists are holding an exhibition in the sculpture garden of Bowral Art Gallery.
“Celebrating Clay in the Garden”
Tuesday 19th September – Monday 2nd October 2023
Open daily from 10am – 4pm
Celebrating Clay is a group of ceramics artists based in the Southern Highlands, producing work for exhibitions a few times a year.
Susan Buret builds totem pole garden sculptures.
Zoë Black creates hanging sculptures using local wild clay.
Catherine Castelain forms colourful clay flowers, incorporating native nuts and sea shells.
Sarah Norton finds the personal in the landscape, expressed through her functional and decorative pieces.
Emma Robertson creates both wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces evoking a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world, drawing inspiration from the intricate patterns and details found in flowers, leaves and other organic forms.
Bronwen Wicks is inspired by endangered and traditional Highlands flower species in her decorative, wearable flower jewellery pieces using porcelain and majolica.
Irena Ziolkowski finds immersion in nature evokes joy, and to create with clay brings wonderment at that which comes from mother earth.
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Celebrate spring in the Highlands with this joyful exhibition of ceramics, paintings, fibre art and floral artistry at Sturt Gallery.
Showcasing work by local painter Kim Shannon along with 20 of Australia’s most talented ceramic artists: Asahi So, Bruce McWhinney, Cathy Franzi, Chrystie Longworth, Helen Earl, Jacqueline Clayton, Helen Fuller, Shannon Garson, Janetta Kerr-Grant, Jann Kesby, Keiko Matsui, Minna Graham, Moraig McKenna, Niharika Hukku, Philipaa Taylor, Sandy Lockwood, Sarah Ormonde, Sergei Shatrov, Sue Buckle, Terunobu Hirata, and Lissa de Sailles with flowers by Mittagong Flower Merchant.
Official opening by Elisabeth Charles 11am Sunday 17th September followed by artists talks in the gallery at 12.20pm.
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.
The Southern Highlands Orchid Society’s annual show and plant sales .
A beautiful display of orchids grown in the southern highlands with many plants for sale.
This Annual Exhibition of Miniatures & Small Artworks is now in its 14th year.
Last year was our first in our new home @ wonderful White cottage Gallery,
in the grounds of Retford Park Bowral
Exhibition & Gallery: 10am – 4pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
(Check W:nationaltrust.org.au for Garden & House Tour details)
Official Opening: Saturday 16 December 2023 @ 2pm
Please RSVP by 3 pm, 15 December E: email@example.com
Artists this year: • E. Atkin • G. Baldock • L. Brack • R. Brewster • N. Boughton • P. Jones
• M. Kay • P. Levett • I. Pye • K. Shannon • C. Thomson • J. Waterlow
Look forward to some exciting new Art Practices represented this year along with your favourites:
Bonsai Accents, Bound Art Books, Ceramics, Drawing, Miniatures, Painting, Print Making, Woodturning.
Plus Artists Gift Cards & Illustrated Printed Books
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By completing the online form your event will be published automatically on both the ARTSFile and Destination Southern Highlands websites.