Call up for artists

Arts Connect on the search for creatives at Open Studios 2024

TIME is running out for established and emerging artists as well as passionate hobbyists who would like to be a part of one of the Sunshine Coast’s biggest art events – Open Studios 2024 (May 18 – 26).
Organised annually by not-for-profit organisation Arts Connect Inc (ACI) since 2010, registrations are open until February 2 for both first time and returning artists to become a part of this year’s event.
Arts Connect Inc President, Jen Braithwaite, said the Open Studios concept is a wonderful opportunity for artists to connect and communicate with those interested in art in an environment that they are comfortable and familiar with, such as their home studio or a collective venue shared by a number of artists.
Peachester Artist, Annie McIntosh, who specialises in contemporary landscapes, hand-painted collage, papers, acrylic, paints, and inks, has been involved in Open Studios Sunshine Coast since its inception.
Annie has found while each year has been really different, her experiences have been really worthwhile and she has enjoyed the unexpected opportunities that meeting other artists and art lovers has created.
While she acknowledges selling work is an important part of the event, Annie also really enjoys the opportunity shares the technical aspects of her work, incorporating a large display of workbooks and completed pieces in her home studio.
Paula Gowland and her team at Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery are excited to continue our support of Open Studios 2024.
“We not only support many of the artists through our framing and printing services but we also employee artists that are participants, so it just makes sense to us,” she said. “We look forward to being part of the 2024 event that promises to be exciting and impactful bringing together a community to celebrate art.”
Coastal venues will be open on May 17 and 18, Hinterland venues open on May 24 and 25, with workshops and exhibitions taking place on the weekdays in between.
If you are interested in being involved as an artist opening your studio, or in a volunteer capacity or as a sponsor, or have any other questions, please contact the Open Studios Co-ordinator Lea Parkes via email
To find out more about the Open Studios Sunshine Coast 2024 program, take a look at
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