South West artists burst into bloom

Photo of William Yeoman

The annual Margaret River Region Open Studios returns after delays due to COVID-19, writes WILL YEOMAN

From Busselton through Dunsborough, Cowaramup and Margaret River to Augusta, the annual Margaret River Region Open Studios covers as many kilometres as it does artistic styles. Arguably the biggest free showcase for artists, their work and their studios in Australia, this 7th iteration gives the public a unique opportunity to observe more than 100 rare species of artists in their natural habitats.

The 2020 Margaret River Open Studios was originally to have taken place April-May. But due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was postponed until September.

Chairman Jim Davies says there’s been a definite sense of excitement amongst participating artists in the lead up to the September 12-27 event.

“New works have been created, art workshops are being planned and there is a really positive energy,” he says. “Having more time leading up to the event hasn’t allowed our artists to rest on their laurels. In fact, it seems to have had the opposite effect.

“Artists have been busy creating. Some have been influenced by the impact of COVID-19, others have turned to nature or to environmental themes of re-purposing and sustainability, and others to life’s simple pleasures. A number of artists are planning small-group workshops for children, novices, amateur artists and those with more experience.”

Margaret River Region Open Studios features painters, sculptors, illustrators, jewellers, printmakers, glassblowers, ceramicists, potters, photographers, furniture makers, woodworkers, textile artists, metalworkers, mixed media artists and upcyclers. Some have lived in the Margaret River region for many years and others hail from other corners of the world and now call it home, living on farms, in town, on rural retreats, in the forest or on the coast.

To find out who is participating and view studio details, maps, opening times and more, visit mrropenstudios.com.au and download the updated event guide to your favourite device.