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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‘Dialogues’ is an exhibition which brings together three artists:
Judy Mylonas manipulates paint and pastel to evoke a sense of time or place, but, rather than merely record, she seeks to simplify, clarify or interpret.
Mary Anne Brophy’s photographic images are impressionistic interpretations of landscape, capturing its granular, organic and impermanent nature, and our interaction with it.
Janelle Gerrard, who comes from a graphic design background, explores the possibilities of porcelain, acrylic and timber media to transform her inspirations from nature into wearable art.
Each is fascinated by the natural world, and through their chosen media, explore the landscape in individual ways.These recent works, created using very different media, inevitably stimulate dialogues between the works them-selves, between the various creative processes, between landscapes per se, and, of course, between landscapes and us, the viewers.
Opening : Saturday the 28th of August 2021 at 2.00PM
2021 WATERBROOK DRAWING PRIZE – Sponsored by Waterbrook Bowral – Judge: Noel Thurgate
First Prize $3,000 People’s Choice $500
All works are for sale.
THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM:
24 July – 8 August, daily from 10am to 4pm
OFFICIAL OPENING and PRESENTATION:
Saturday 24 July 2021 at 2pm at Bowral Art Gallery – 1 Short Street, Bowral
Sturt Gallery is delighted to present Landscape with Rock – a new exhibition of prints and drawings by renowned printmaker Tony Ameneiro inspired by Fred Williams’ visit to bush land near Mittagong during the late 1950s.
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A wall of extinction: this groundbreaking Gillie and Mark exhibition gives a close-up on what extinction looks like with the last 50 orange-bellied parrots.
The Last 50 Orange Bellies’ has been created to raise awareness with the public, not only about extinction in general but also about these beautiful birds. This is a form of conservation art that will change the course of survival of a species through knowledge as well as donations. “Our goal with this exhibition is to raise awareness and interest in conservation but also to help the important work of the researchers by sending donations their way,” said Marc. The exhibition will provide information on the birds as well as a link to donate to the research, helping the public to play a more active role and become a part of the movement, both for conservation and for orange-bellied parrots.
The exhibition also includes a number of sculptures by Gillie and Marc.
We are a group of around 20 people who come together because we love to paint. We have the opportunity to learn, share ideas, give encouragement and motivation to each other under the guidance of our wonderful tutor, Steve Underwood each week throughout the year.
Steve is a well-respected artist and teacher who has received several art prizes and has featured in Australian Artist and The Artists Palette magazines.
We work in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolour, charcoal, pencil, pen and cover a broad range of subject matter – portraits, landscape, still life, sea and city scapes, animal studies, realism, abstract etc. Our exhibition “Diversity V” is a reflection of our very diverse range of styles, subjects and media. We are pleased and excited to be returning to Bowral Art Gallery for our “fifth” Diversity exhibition.
Opening Saturday 7 August, 2021 at 1pm.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.