Open Studios Sunshine Coast

Open Studios Sunshine Coast is the most exciting opportunity for artists living and working on the Sunshine Coast. The event is held over two weekends in March and is bridged by 5 days of workshops. It will attract visitors to the region and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work and attract sales.

Free and open to the public, the Annual Open Studios Sunshine Coast showcases emerging local artists and studios in the region with a two-weekend Art Trail. Throughout the week-long event, the community is encouraged to take self-guided tours where they have the opportunity to meet local artists, view artistry in action, purchase art, participate in workshops, and gain a new appreciation for the creativity of talented local artists.  This unique event provides an opportunity for the community to see works of art and many studios that are not normally available for public viewing.

Open Studios Sunshine Coast aims to provide greater opportunity for the public to access the visual arts, to showcase our local artists, and to provide a series of creative workshops curated by artists that encourage community participation and celebrates diversity.

Open Studios Event Registration

Event Registration

Participation is open to artists and galleries and includes a web and printed guide profile and social media exposure leading up to and during the event. Register Now to participate in Open Studios Sunshine Coast.
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Open Studios Participating Artists

Participating Artists

Some of the regions’ best artists open their studio doors to the public. Open Studio provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with local artists and their creative practices. Each artist invites you to their space to provide insights into how they work, tell their stories and see them at work. Check out the participating artists

Open Studios Information for Artists

More information

For more information about Registration, Artist Guidelines, Participation and the Terms and Conditions please go to our dedicated Open Studios Sunshine Coast website.

About our Open Studios Event

The Arts Connect Inc run Open Studios (OS) program has had a very successful history thanks to the hard work of previous committees, connecting our artists with local art lovers and the many visitors to the region. The Sunshine Coast region is brimming with talented artists, and many work in studios that they are happy to open to the general public, gaining their work exposure, feedback, and sales. If you do not have a studio that meets the criteria, shared spaces are allowed.

Our Open Studios event for 2020 has been cancelled due to regulations and restrictions around COVID19. It will now run March 2021, with dates to be released soon.

Utilising our resources we will provide the framework and support for artists wishing to be part of Open Studios Sunshine Coast 2021, focusing on a larger scale marketing campaign bringing many more art lovers to the region over two weekends. By signing up for the program to be held on two weekends in March 2021, artists will be committing to what we hope will become the largest art event on the Sunshine Coast. Your participation and support are vital to the success of this new iteration of OS.

The event Open Studios Sunshine Coast features artists opening their studios to the public with the option of a workshop component. The first weekend will see the Hinterland open its artist’s studio doors, with the coastal areas the following weekend. This is bridged by 5 days of artist’s workshops available to the public, as well as artists of all levels. We hope this event will bring many visitors to the region as well as generate income and exposure for artists. We have received grants from the Sunshine Coast Council and Regional Arts Development Fund, without whose support this event could not proceed.

This year we are inviting galleries to join Open Studios, with an intention to bring the Arts Community on the Sunshine Coast closer together, and to work together to make our region THE go to region for the Arts. To ensure transparency and fairness, we will be ensuring all participating artists have the necessary arrangements in place if they are represented by a gallery, and we will be working with each gallery to ensure no sales are lost, but increased through Open Studios. The more you get involved, the better job we will do to ensure this happens.

All You Need to Know

We have a dedicated website for our Open Studios Sunshien Coast program. Head over there now to find out everything you need to know about this event.