The Open Studios weekend, featuring 36 local hills studio, is one of the most anticipated events for the region's cultural calendar, attracting art minded visitors and tourists since 2004.The 2015 program includes new categories of artists that all celebrate the rich and diverse creativity of the hills. Individual artists and Collectives will be joined by Emerging artists and Odd Balls (You have to come along to find out more!). The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios program provides a unique insight into our artists' work environments as well as their art.
For more info on Open Studios visit www.openstudios.org.au
2 April - 3 May
Life is about interaction. We are all grouped, classified and labelled - yet unique.
Social Inter Action explores the social codes and norms that prevent strangers connecting and how we might break from them.
Through drawing and mixed media Eddie Botha implores us socialise and get some action in our precious lives.
8 May 2015 – 7 June
Jarmbi Gallery Downstairs
While the inspiration from and response to the natural environment informs much of their work, the concept of More than Green extends beyond the visual. These artists are also exploring eco-dyes, zero waste production, sustainable practice and recycling; processes which remain mostly hidden but are an intrinsic part of the artworks.
They produce original, meaningful pieces in a tactile and familiar medium; yet one which can be re-interpreted in a contemporary and expressive way.
4 July – 20 September
The exhibition includes 60 works from the personal collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art of Adrian and Anne Newstead. Adrian Newstead, a prominent dealer, expert, activist and writer, has been involved in Indigenous art movement for over 30 years.
It contains many rare and previously unseen works by some of its most influential artists, tracing the breadth of the movement from early the bark painters, to Western Desert masters, to the politically charged works of contemporary urban artists.
4 July - 26 July
Burrinja Inner Gallery
Dances with Lyrebirds is an installation inspired by the extraordinary qualities of the Superb Lyrebird, and their forest habitat in the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley, through dance, photography and sound art.
A live performance will open the exhibition at both venues and there will be a program of informative and experiential lyrebird-focused events for community members and visitors.
Photo by Kate Baker.