The Artisan Hills are a unique destination – easily accessible from Melbourne – the area offers an opportunity to reconnect with nature and community, and easily step into a time and place which is genuine, uplifting and refreshing.
Created by Nillumbik Shire Council and local partners in 2016, The Artisan Hills campaign aims to inspire locals in Melbourne’s northeast about the natural attractions and the artistic talents in our own region.
It also showcases to visitors – whether they’re from elsewhere in Melbourne, regional Victoria, interstate or international – the experience that they can have in the area.
Come take a peek at The Artisan Hills; you never know what, or who, you might find.
For more information on the food, wine, accomodation and other events in the region visit www.theartisanhills.vic.gov.au
Our artists studios are located in three zones through out the Artisan Hiils, Zone A, Zone B and Zone C
Zone A: Eltham, Eltham North, Research, and Plenty
A wander through the township of Eltham, Eltham North, Research and Plenty. A colourful artistic population whom have been at the heart of Melbourne’s artistic movements for decades. This zone sees studios a stone’s throw away from each other, enabling you to see a variety of beautiful studios without having to travel very far.
Zone B: Panton Hill, Bend of Islands
A step off the sealed roads will see you travel though some of the Shires most beautiful landscapes. The Bend of Islands celebrates the beauty of the bushland. With studios nestled amongst the gums this zone is a must see for those who want to experience the purity of the environment and honest working artists studios. A stop at Creek House Studios will see you meet the colourful Syd & Ona, a couple whom where involved in founding this program nearly 30 years ago.
Zone C: Hurstbridge, Cottles Bridge, St Andrews
Hurstbridge is a vibrant community hub which would a great starting point for visiting studios in this zone. Moving outwards a visit to the historic artist colony, Dunmoochin is a highlight of the program. A number of studios are scattered on the property which was once home to three time Australian Archibald prize winner- Clifton Pugh.
The beautiful Baldessin Press & Studio is a stunning bluestone building hidden away in bushland that could see you spend hours chattering to a number of the artists who share this unique and special space
Map of Studios