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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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.
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The highly anticipated , presented by , is coming to the Southern Highlands for the first time on September 10, 2023. In its fifth year, this premier event, held in the Hunter Valley, has grown to become the largest wedding event of its kind in the area and is now adding a new location in addition to the annual event in the Hunter.
Couples-to-be can look forward to a beautiful and enjoyable day out at the stunning in Bowral. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of wedding professionals, connecting with the best local suppliers in the Southern Highlands.
The Wedding & Wine Festival is not only a place to discover expert wedding vendors but also an event to indulge in exquisite food and wine while enjoying live music, and interactive displays such as our signature wedding runway, workshops and more.
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.
Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and inspiration as we open a stunning collection of art by talented local Artists. From captivating paintings to thought-provoking sculptures, this POP-UP exhibition promises to be a visual feast for everyone.
Experience the power of artistic expression, mingle with fellow art lovers, and indulge in captivating conversations about the pieces that speak to your soul. Whether you’re an art connoisseur or simply appreciate the beauty of creativity, join us!
Wine and refreshments will be served, enhancing the ambiance of this unforgettable evening. Soak in the artistic atmosphere and celebrate the remarkable talent within our creative community. All kindly provided by our generous Platinum Sponsors Centennial Vineyards.
Admission is free, however bookings are essential so bring your friends, family, and anyone else who appreciates the power of art. Let’s celebrate the transformative and enriching experience that is adding beauty to the Southern Highlands this June long weekend.
We can’t wait to see you at the opening night of the Pop-Up Project!
A steamup weekend over Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May at a private garden railway in Bowral and the main event at the PCYC hall Mittagong. Registration is essential by 1st May at a cost of $85 for the 3 days which includes morning, afternoon teas and lunch. A dinner is at the RSL Club at additional cost and non- participating family members are welcome at an additional cost to cover catering. 2 layouts will be set up with 32 & 45mm gauge track for live steam and battery operation. Coal fired locomotives are not allowed to run in the hall.
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Dogs have been our companions for centuries. For just as long, artists have been drawn to these emotional, complex beings, using them to explore questions of bravery, loyalty, and compassion. In New Dog Old Tricks we present new work by 15 artists, each invited to re-examine these thematic lenses, and imagine the dog as a key to other worlds.
Nadia Hernandez, Billy Bane, Noel McKenna, Jude Rae, Jason Phu, Julia Gutman, Todd Fuller, Guy Maestri and more.
OCCURRENT AFFAIR is a major exhibition featuring new and recent works by Brisbane-established Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW. Conceived as a collaborative activist gesture, OCCURRENT AFFAIR will address current socio-political,economic and environmental issues, while celebrating the strength, resilience and continuity of Aboriginal culture.
Gordon Hookey, Tony Albert, Jennifer Herd, Megan Cope, Richard Bell and Vernon Ah Kee
Touring partnership with Museums and Galleries NSW
Activating Ngununggula through Fire, Light and major art installations, including Burning Man Ben Quilty with Michael Whyte and First Lights, a unique sky show in partnership with Freemantle Biennale and Kirli Saunders that will celebrate the life and ancestral stories of the late Aunty Velma Mulcahy.
Featuring new commissions, Once More With Feeling investigates the articulation of bodies, the relationship between the human form and culture, femininity, sexuality, theatre and ritual.
Karen Black, Cybele Cox, Michelle Ussher and Georgia Spain
Presenting new collaborative artworks by 15 current Iltja Ntjarra artists and their family members. Alongside a new suite of works by the Southern Highlands Printmakers responding to place and landscape.Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art CentreSouthern Highlands PrintmakersIncluding artworks by Albert Namatjira from the National Gallery of Australia Collection.
We are thrilled to launch Ngununggula’s second Entry Pavilion Commission, conceptualised by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA and conceived by artist Warwick Keen and the Southern Highlands First Nations Community.
The Entry Pavilion Commission is an annual initiative in celebrating Gundungurra language, culture and history.This work honours Eddie Gilbert, an Aboriginal fast bowler who famously bowled Sir Donald Bradman in a 1931 Sheffield Shield match. Bradman had returned to Australia following a record-breaking performance at the 1930 Ashes. Nevertheless, at the Brisbane Cricket Ground he was welcomed home by a ruthless spell of bowling from Eddie, memorialised in the above image. Eddie had grown up in the Barambah Aboriginal Settlement, a community established during the segregationist policies of the Queensland Government. Bradman was dismissed for a duck, later claiming Gilbert was the fastest bowler he had ever faced.
This artwork celebrates the rich cricketing culture of our region.
SUE ALISON has spent more than 50 years in the pursuit of artistic challenges.
At a young age she displayed a natural gift in artistic and craft-based works encompassing painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, fabric design and needlework.
Sue is a qualified nurse and midwife and worked in Victoria, New South Wales and overseas.
She is a teacher as well as practitioner and began a patchwork and applique workshop through the 1980s with several exhibitions of her own work and her students in Camden and the surrounding Macarthur area.
Moving to the South Coast in the early 90s she pursued her talents as a creative and successful cook and did not have much time for painting. In the early 00s Sue met her highly inspirational and influential teacher Barbara Hilder-Messum at Nowra TAFE college leading to exhibitions in the Lady Denman museum, Huskisson, Nowra and the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre.
She received commendations for her still life in the David Turnbull Bequest Prize in 2009 and the Alvaro Still life Prize in 2010, both in Bowral.
She has an abiding interest and passion for horticulture and garden design and when not painting spends much time in her greatly admired garden in the Jervis Bay hinterland.
Sue strives to find inspiration, beauty, strength and purpose in the everyday accoutrements and tasks of life; the quotidian.
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