Hinterland Art Trails showcase rich creativity diversity of our region

By Sonia Isaacs Clark

THE Hinterland Art Trails will feature 30 local artists offering enticing public access to their creative spaces over the weekend of March 26-27, with three self-guided art trails through Landsborough, Glasshouse Mountains, Maleny and Montville set to showcase the rich artistic diversity of our region.

An initiative of Arts Connect Inc, this unparalleled week-long event has evolved from its hinterland grassroots origins in 2010, to an expansive celebration of our regions’ creativity featuring 73 participating artists and galleries across the coastal and hinterland region.

Rob Natoli in studio

Last year over 1,500 people registered to attend Open Studios Sunshine Coast, and this year organisers are expecting at least double the numbers, with a particularly strong show of support expected for the considerable creative talents of our hinterland artists. Event coordinator Toni Eggleston said that with restrictions lifting, organisers were quietly confident that people will be keen to get out and about, and immerse themselves in this unique opportunity that encouraged exploration of the hinterland, while enjoying the chance to experience and purchase quality local artwork that directly supported local makers.

“This year people are wanting to get out and enjoy cultural events again, and our art trails are a wonderful way for people to enjoy a beautiful day trip or weekend away with a flow through that benefits our local economy. As a form of cultural tourism, the support to the arts and greater community is just priceless,” said Toni.

Artist Nicky Carey

With a vision to provide artists with the opportunity to show their work and create meaningful connections with audiences, when asked about how organisers measure the success of the event, Toni said this could be gauged in numerous ways.

“While sales are one indication, the opportunity for our artists to open their world and directly engage with the public, have their talent appreciated, and create ongoing connections are also great indicators of the initiatives’ success,” explained Toni.

Offering curated art trails, workshops and events, Open Studios Sunshine Coast runs from March 18-27. To find out more about this event or to download the event guide booklet head to https://openstudiossunshinecoast.com.au