About Us

who are we?

Noosa Open Studios provides locals and visitors to our beautiful region on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, with the unique chance to visit artists in their private studios over several days. Whilst there, visitors can learn about the artists' creative processes, see their work and perhaps even make an art investment to call their own!

This is a free event held annually. It's an opportunity to be creatively inspired by painters, ceramicists, mixed media artists and other artisans, whilst driving through the picturesque shire of Noosa, discovering back roads and hidden treasures in this wonderful corner of the world. A total of 103 artists and artisans welcomed visitors into their personal creative space across the Noosa region in 2023, making it Queensland's largest open studios event.

 

This is a creative community event, produced by artists for artists.

meet our

2024 COMMITTEE
Carol Watkins

Carol Watkins

PRESIDENT

Carol has participated annually in Noosa Open Studios since the first event in 2016. She served on the management committee for three years prior to this year, with her last year as President in 2022. With a background in human resources and marketing management, she has worked with a number of not for profit organisations, and is also currently Chair of the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre. A practising ceramic artist for 18 years, she specialises in alternative firing methods such as saggar, raku and naked raku. Many of the organics used in these firings are sourced from her hinterland residence and the resulting spontaneous surfaces evoke memories of surrounding landscapes, seascapes and bushland.

Gabi Dick

Gabi Dick

TREASURER

A founding member of NOS.
Life member of Noosa Shire Arts & Crafts association.
Multi media artist.

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Moira Pearl

SECRETARY

I've a passion for travel and nature and love discovering countries and their people, cultures, architecture and capturing aspects of these experiences in photography. With a background in administration I look forward to supporting NOS and artists to connect with community, locally, nationally and abroad. Life is colourful and it is wonderful to share our unique creative expressions. Carpe Diem!!

Jasmine Hayes

Jasmine Hayes

PROMOTIONS

Jasmine is a Visual Arts teacher and is the head of the art department at a local school here in Noosa. Additionally, Jasmine is the designer & maker for Coastal Studio Ceramics, working from her pottery studio near Lake Cootharaba, Kabi Country. Jasmine handcrafts bespoke tableware, drinkware, home decor and benchtop hand basins. She also creates unique underglaze transfers that are sold worldwide and hosts regular pottery workshops. With a wealth of knowledge around social media and marketing, Jasmine is excited to be a part of the 2024 Noosa Open Studio Art Trail.

Kay Wright

Kay Wright

TRAIL GUIDE

11 years ago Kay and her husband made a spontaneous decision to leave the big smoke of Sydney and head for Noosa. Leaving full time work and now living on acreage near Lake Weyba, Kay has taken the opportunity to actively pursue her passion for art. In 2018 she studied and obtained an advance Diploma of Visual Arts at Nambour TAFE . Since then, her art practice has focused on alternative fired ceramics and abstract painting. She has been a NOS participating artist for the past three years.

Kay has participated in several exhibitions and has been a finalist and winner of a number of art awards. She has conducted ceramic workshops at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre and is currently a volunteer tutor to Visual Arts students at Nambour TAFE.

Kay has a background in marketing and is keen to share both her work and art experience with others.

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John Tonkin

ARTST LIAISON

‘John’s ancient history is a Science degree and a Graduate Diploma in Computer Studies, followed by a working life that was mostly in Computer Simulation and Training Systems. John’s interest in warm glass (fusing and slumping) started as a hobby approximately 10 years ago.

John’s warm glass work includes pieces that are primarily abstract for colour and aesthetics, and others whose focus is geometric to include the challenge of precision, whilst allowing for the movement of glass when fired. The work generally takes anything from one to six firing cycles, each of which lasts a minimum of 24 hours.; with more cutting and grinding in-between.’

Clare Parsons

Clare Parsons

ARTIST LIAISON

Clare grew up in Cairns NQ and then moved to Brisbane where she spent most of her working career in the Healthcare IT industry which included the development, implementation and support of various software applications.

Clare lives in Tewantin and is now enjoying an artistic lifestyle which includes creating hand built pottery, pastel and acrylic painting and various other artistic endeavours.

Clare brings her organisational and administration skills along with her enthusiasm and support for another successful NOS.

Shirley Topp

Shirley Topp

EVENTS

Shirley Topp, a former project manager at Standard Chartered Bank and an entrepreneur who migrated to Australia over two decades ago, boasts a diverse career background. Beyond her professional pursuits, she is also an accomplished watercolorist and potter, often collaborating with interior designers and hotels to create unique artworks. Currently serving as a dedicated member of the Noosa Open Studios Committee, Shirley focuses on leveraging her organisational skills to ensure the seamless execution of events.