Open Studio Weekend Countdown ....only 3 weeks to go!

During the Easter Weekend Birregurra's practicing artists invite you to discover their studios, providing an intimate and privileged insight into their arts practice.

The Weekend provides a rare opportunity for visitors to chat with the artists in their studios and view works in progress, pieces that didn't quite make it, and, of course, successful end results. Also, where possible, they may witness the creation of a new work. You are invited to experience the people, space, making process and ideas that unfold within the private studios of artists in and around Birregurra.

The studios will be open Saturday, 19th and Sunday, the 20th of April, 10am - 4pm.
We are counting down the weeks by shining the spotlight on individual, participating artists, giving you a little taster of one of the Open Studios each week.

The '3 week to go' spotlight is on Monica Provan        
Monica Provan uses the process of lampworking to make glass beads and cabochons. The combination of original glass works, wire and metal smithing creates unique, wearable works of art. 
Monica is one of the talented artist exhibiting and demonstrating at Tarndwarncoort Homestead during the weekend.
She will be demonstrating lampwork and visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a taster workshop on how to make a pair of earrings. 

Sign up for our Printmaking Workshop - Saturday 12th April 10am - 4pm

GET IN QUICK - Only 3 places left

Call Fiona on 5236 2464 (leave a message) or email birreartsgroup@gmail.com



Open Studio Weekend Countdown .......... 5 weeks to go!

During the Easter Weekend 9 of Birregurra's practicing artists invite you to discover their studios, providing an intimate and privileged insight into their arts practice.

The Weekend provides a rare opportunity for visitors to chat with the artists in their studios and view works in progress, pieces that didn't quite make it, and, of course, successful end results. Also, where possible, they may witness the creation of a new work. You are invited to experience the people, space, making process and ideas that unfold within the private studios of artists in and around Birregurra.

The studios will be open Saturday, 19th and Sunday, the 20th of April, 10am - 4pm.
At 9 weeks out we started a countdown of a weekly artist spotlight, giving you a little taster about one of the talented artists each week.

The week 5 spotlight is on Wendy Dennis at Tarndwarncoort Homestead        

Wendy & David Dennis run a Polwarth sheep and wool growing enterprise on their historic Birregurra property ‘Tarndwarncoort‘, established 1840 in Western Victoria. Polwarth sheep were developed by Richard Dennis at Tarndwarncoort in 1880, by crossing Saxon Merino sheep from Tasmania with Victorian Lincoln sheep. This progeny was then joined back to the Merino and bred to a fixed type. These un-mulsed sheep were named Dennis Comebacks and later renamed Polwarth after the local electorate. They are Australia’s first breed of sheep.
At the farmgate wool shop, four and eight ply worsted Polwarth yarn is sold in approximately two hundred gram hanks along with fleece and/or wool top that make any textile artist's dreams come true.
Being an accomplished textile artist herself, Wendy hand-dyes the wool for craft use, producing an unlimited colour palette that is something to behold.
During the Open Studio Weekend, Tarndwarncoort Homestead is one stop not to be missed.
As well as sampling the delicacies from the Courtyard Cafe, there will be Hay Rides for the kids to enjoy, workshops and Saturday night sees the official opening of the Ciderhouse Gallery.
Monica Provan, Chris Hoggard and Tim Lucas are the 3 local artisans that are exhibiting and demonstrating their workmanship in the beautiful surrounds of Tandwarncoort. (see their individual profiles amongst the 'Open Studio Countdown' post on this site)

Open Studio Weekend Countdown......6 weeks to go!

During the Easter Weekend 9 of Birregurra's practicing artists invite you to discover their studios, providing an intimate and privileged insight into their arts practice.

The Weekend provides a rare opportunity for visitors to chat with the artists in their studios and view works in progress, pieces that didn't quite make it, and, of course, successful end results. Also, where possible, they may witness the creation of a new work. You are invited to experience the people, space, making process and ideas that unfold within the private studios of artists in and around Birregurra.

The studios will be open Saturday, 19th and Sunday, the 20th of April, 10am - 4pm.
At 9 weeks out we started a countdown of a weekly artist spotlight, giving you a little taster about one of the talented artists each week.

The week 6 spotlight is on Chris West.
 Chris describes her journey to becoming Birregurra's renowned textile artist this way.
‘Fifteen years ago I bucked the trend and moved from Queensland to Birregurra. A major, initial drawcard was the large studio with small house attached, but soon I came to realise Birregurra offered much more than that.
Over the years I have dabbled in many techniques and courses, all centred on textiles and fibres but latterly I have been content to share more informally with a group of friends as sought to extend our skills and interests.
It is the texture, colour and movement in textiles and fibre that provide the stimulation for experimentation and improvisation.
For the Open Studio weekend I shall be concentrating on revisiting passementerie skills learnt some years ago in the U.K.’
Passementerie - if this is for you, like it was for me, something you have never heard before, a visit to Chris's studio will soon enlighten you.


Open Studio Weekend Countdown......7 weeks to go!

During the Easter Weekend 9 of Birregurra's practicing artists invite you to discover their studios, providing an intimate and privileged insight into their arts practice.

The Weekend provides a rare opportunity for visitors to chat with the artists in their studios and view works in progress, pieces that didn't quite make it, and, of course, successful end results. Also, where possible, they may witness the creation of a new work. You are invited to experience the people, space, making process and ideas that unfold within the private studios of artists in and around Birregurra.



The studios will be open Saturday, 19th and Sunday, the 20th of April, from 10am - 4pm.


At 9 weeks to go we have started a countdown of a weekly artist spotlight, giving you a little taster about one of the talented artists each week.

The week 7 spotlight is on Chris Hoggard.
Frog Water Feature

Chris Hoggard is a potter who creates garden ornaments using her garden and surroundings for inspiration. Frogs, lizards, chooks and birds feature in much of her work.
Bird baths are a practical and creative addition to any garden, especially in the dry conditions we are experiencing, giving birds and family pets a regular source of water.
This year Chris will be amongst the artists exhibiting and sharing an insight into their work at at Tarndwarncoort Homestead.

Arts Ambulance.....

.....First Aid for the soul!

We visited Apollo Bay Music Festival today and met Dave, the Arts Ambo.


David Freedom Rose is a member of the Apollo Bay community and has used this years' music festival to premiere his Arts Ambulance.
He stood out from the many stall holders in that he had nothing to sell, not a single product to feed our relentless consumerism.
Instead Dave, The Arts Ambo, provided a pristine set of Derwents, some paper, a plush rug upon with various musical and percussion instruments and some colorful ribbons. All of it inviting festival goers to do or practice, rather than just buy.
We came away feeling...hm... what.... if I had to put a name to it, I'd say joy. This joy was also evident in the 'patients' Dave administered his First Aid to - thank you Dave.

Dave, the Arts Ambo administering his First Aid

Patient Fiona's creative joy restored.
Dave, the Arts Ambo can be emailed HERE.