Update 17 March 2020 - Event cancelled due to COVID-19 

“Meet the Makers Hidden in the Hills”

Now celebrating its 16th year, Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is an annual weekend program that invites visitors from the region and afar to meet, greet, witness and learn from artists working in their private studios.  It is in these curious and inspirational environments that the artist’s creative practice truly comes to life. The 36 participating studios will open their doors for visitation on March 30 and 31, 2019. 

Nestled within the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, this is a highly anticipated event that saw over 8000 studio visitations per year. Be inspired by the landscape, and amazed by the creative talent.

Project co-ordinator Toni Main said, “In 2018 we welcomed an incredible suite of individual artists, an excellent array of emerging artists, and the choicest of collective studios.  This year’s program highlights the true depth and breadth of creative practice in the hills – a testament to our history as a creatively vibrant and rich community.”

This year also sees the launch of 'The makers trail'. Be led, fed and inspired on this curated tour of arts through the Yarra Ranges. Let us take the wheel with this full day curated bus tour of Dandenong Ranges Open Studios and TarraWarra Museum of Art's Open Weekend. Start at Burrinja for studio visits and morning tea, then head to Two Floors in Belgrave, followed by a visit to the Open Studios exhibition at Sherbrooke Gallery. Enjoy a picnic with a view at Kapi Art Space in Kalorama, before winding your way across the Yarra Valley where you'll finish your day with a Makers’ Market and wine in hand at TarraWarra Museum of Art’s Open Weekend. More info.

As well as regular popular favourites such as painters, ceramicists, textile and collage artists, this year's program features some exciting and fresh creativity, including:

A jewelers atelier; 

A painter’s geodesic dome;

A knife maker’s forge;

A poet’s garden;

A junk artists scrap yard;

A copper etcher’s attic; and

An entire floor of quilting and textile art.

Each studio involved in the program will also contribute to a major group exhibition at Burrinja. “Based around the theme of ALCHEMY, the exhibition represents an interrogation of  the instinctual ability of an artist to turn nothing into a work of creative expression,” says Main.

The easy-to-use Open Studios guidebook will be available from Burrinja or throughout the Hills, or via the website from February 2019.

Open Studios Weekend: Saturday + Sunday, 30 + 31 March 2019, 10am to 5pm
Group Exhibition Dates: 21 March – 22 April at Sherbrook Art Gallery
Exhibition Launch: Thursday 21 March 2019 @ 7pm
Venue: Burrinja Gallery, Glenfern Rd cnr Matson Dr, Upwey


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Burrinja Cultural Centre

Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre that encompasses multiple gallery spaces, a 400 seat theatre, live music, arts activities and events, artist studios, gardens, workshops and a café.