ABOUT NOOSA OPEN STUDIOS

Noosa Open Studios promotes Noosa Shire and surrounds as an arts destination, showcasing local artists and artisans through an annual signature event, visiting artists in their private studios over several days throughout beautiful Noosa!

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 2021, making it Queensland's largest open studios event.

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

2022 COMMITTEE

CAROL-WATKINS

CAROL WATKINS
President

This is my seventh year participating in Noosa Open Studios.  It is such a wonderful opportunity for everyone to immerse themselves – artists and visitors alike – in our beautiful region, visiting and meeting artists while exploring the diversity on offer. As a ceramic artist, I love playing with alternative firings – raku and saggar in particular, to produce unusual surfaces on my forms. I’m looking forward to assisting in making 2022’s event even more successful.

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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!!

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SAREN DOBKINS
Gallery Liaison

Zambia, Central Africa was where Saren grew up until migrating to Australia in 1976. Since then she has lived in several places both in Australia and overseas and has recently settled in Tewantin. Saren has been painting for over 30 years, and has also used photography, sculpture and drawing in her art practice.  With a quirky sense of humour, a philosophical bent and a love of colour, she explores  vulnerability, love and our sense of place within the world. Her work is found in public and private collections.

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DALE LEACH
Artist Liaison

Dale studied at Prahran College of Advanced Education for the 3-year Diploma of Art and Design course. After completing a Grad Dip of Education, Dale taught Art for the next 20 years in Technical, High Schools and Colleges in Vic, WA, NT and Qld.

She had her first solo show at Martin Galleries in Brisbane in 2010 and has participated in many solo and group art shows. She now teaches art to adults a few times a year and volunteers at the Cooroy Butter Factory in the Artisan Shop and as part of the Install team.

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BERYL PURVIS
Artist Liaison

Beryl grew up in Rhodesia, Studied Textile Design and then immigrated to Germany. She travelled with Trevor in their self styled and built camper van overland to Australia in late 70’s.
We have always been passionate about the arts and now spend much time in the outback, exploring artists communities and galleries. Now retired to the hinterland town of Cooroy, I have the fantastic opportunity to be immersed in a diverse creative community.

 

Libby-Hoskin

Libby Hoskin
Promotions

Libby has a broad skills base, starting her working life as a print journalist before moving into government media and strategic communication.Several years in remote North West Australia saw her working in diverse area including heritage, local history, environmental conservation, communication and regional administration.

More recently Libby has been on the organising committee for the Cooroy Fusion Festival. She is a curator for Noosa Museum and has a keen interest in people and places.

Barbara

Barbara Luff
Treasurer

A successful Resort Manager and Hotelier with vast experience in the real estate, property management and hospitality industries including excellent business skills in administration, operations, finance and marketing. Strong negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills plus the ability to train and motivate a team to produce quality results.

 

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