For decades Nillumbik has been home to some of Australia’s most legendary artists. Just a thirty minute drive from the CBD, Nillumbik invites you to discover over 35 artists in their studios, providing an intimate and privileged insight into their arts practice. Explore the inspirational backdrop of some of Victoria’s most beautiful bushland and interesting architecture, constructed from mudbrick, stone and recycled materials.
Open to the public only four weekends a year, the Nillumbik Artists’ Open Studios Program takes you through the leafy towns and villages of Warrandyte, Eltham, Research, Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, Diamond Creek, Hurstbridge, Panton Hill, Cottles Bridge and St Andrews. Named by the Wurundjeri-Bulluk and Wurundjeri-Willam people, Nillumbik is also home to the iconic artist colonies of Montsalvat and Dunmoochin.
Well known Nillumbik artists include Clifton Pugh, Arthur Boyd, Walter Withers, Clara Southern, Penleigh Boyd, Max Meldrum, George Baldessin, the Jorgesen family, Danila Vassilief, Albert Tucker, Neil Douglas and Alistair Knox to name but a few. These creative souls all chose Nillumbik as their base from which to live and work. The dynamic scenery obviously had a profound influence on their artistic output, and who can blame them?
The rolling hills, vibrant bushland and big skies continue to inspire our local artists in their paintings, prose, ceramics, photography, printmaking, textile and glass art, jewellery, sculpture and the odd spot of navel gazing. Take time out from the hustle and bustle of every day life. You may just discover a hidden gem.
Artists Open Studios 2014/2015
In 2014, studios will be open on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd November AND Saturday 29th Sunday &30th November, 2014. Also Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May, 2015. The new Open Studios booklet will be available early September 2014.
Telephone 1300 660 072 for more information or contact us via the Enquiry Form.
Download the Artists Open Studios 2013/14 booklet
For more information about the Nillumbik Region, visit the Nillumbik Tourism Association’s website – Discover Nillumbik