Hit the Noosa Trail to enjoy celebration of art

Huge array of exhibitors to deliver feast of art and craft on the Sunshine Coast.

A record 98 artists and galleries will take part in a bumper 2020 Noosa Open Studios Art Trail which has been changed to a 10-day event.

The Noosa Art Trail will run from 9–18 October and is a celebration of the artists’ work which can be experienced through inspiring and informative studio visits, workshop opportunities and special events. 

The free event includes five geographic art trails covering ceramicists to sculptors, knife artisans to illustrators; furniture makers, mixed media artists, printmakers, photographers, painters; and those working with glass, metal, mosaics, textiles, wood and more.

To get the most out of the event, organisers recommend you start your jounrey at the historic Wallace House in Noosaville where you can collect the 100-page arts trail guide.

Bronwyn Innes artwork.

The trail is divided into various regions across the region – from Noosa, to beaches and various hinterland villages. 

At Wallace House you can get a taste of what’s ahead by viewing an exhibition featuring one example 
piece from every artist on the trail. Volunteers will be available to give advice on getting the most out of the experience.

This year’s event will also feature a unique fundraising initiative.

Sunshine Beach artist Yanni van Zijl and Tourism Noosa have chosen 26 artists, whose work will feature on the trail, to paint a canvas for a deckchair in their own styles. Cooroora Woodworkers have  handcrafted the deckchair frames from local red gum. 

Warren Salter artwork

The idea was borne from COVID-19 restrictions, which ruled out all the usual fundraising methods for Noosa Open Studios.  

The 26 deckchairs will be auctioned at Noosa Botanic Gardens on 3 October.

“It occurred to me that the beauty of this idea is that we get to showcase the beautiful hinterland and the multitude of artists living in this region and mirror this installation on the coast, further underpinning Noosa’s arts credentials,” van Zijl said.

“Given the diversity of the region it was a no-brainer to me to install all these deck chairs painted by the local artists and create a promotional video of the artwork in situ.

"I often work on large-scale site specific art installations and this was a way to bring all these ideas together as both a means to promote our artists, and our region as a creative destination."

Art trail events 

DECK CHAIR ON THE GREEN (3 October, noon–3pm, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake MacDonald Drive)
Free entry, no booking required.

Bring a picnic and wander the stunning Noosa Botanic Gardens, perusing the 26 bespoke deck chairs handmade by the Cooroora Woodworkers and with canvases painted by local artists in the Amphitheatre from noon before a live auction at 2.30pm. Live music by Lee Hardisty. 

A SOIREE AT MOON MOUNTAIN (10 October, 4pm–6pm, Moon Mountain)
Tickets: $75 (Noosa Open Studios members $65).

A Soiree at Moon Mountain will celebrate music, art, design, wearable art, slow food, craft wines and beverages. Wander through the stunning grounds that host carefully curated sculptures and see the unveiling of Nick Warfield’s new work The Two Sides of Bob Hawke, and listen to live music and a talk on “the importance of art” by Bill Hauritz, from Woodford Folk Festival. Guests will receive a specially created “slow food” picnic box, featuring the flavours of Noosa, and a drink on arrival. A cash bar featuring local craft beer, gin and more will also be available. 

ARTWORKS (FROM TOP): SONJA CONTI; BRONWYN INNES; WARREN SALTER.

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