For the artsy and the artistic, Dandenong Ranges Open Studios 2022, will take place on April 2nd and 3rd, bringing visitors into the hidden creative spaces where they can meet, greet and learn from extraordinary artists. Now celebrating its 19th year, the annual weekend celebrates the unique stories, histories and contexts and offers an opportunity to get an exclusive ‘sneak peak’ into the vibrant making spaces of the Dandenong Ranges.
This year the program will be COVID safe (please check the website for the most up to date info) and will be bursting with 35 participating studios, including seven studios participating for the first time, five collectives and 4 emerging artists.
Let your curiosity guide you through the beauty of the Dandenong Ranges in full autumn glory, the perfect backdrop for an incredible weekend.
Over the years, this highly anticipated event has seen over 7500 studio visitations each weekend and 2022 will follow suit, bringing some of the most exciting and creative talents including sculptor Ross Miller (pictured above), Nerissa Box and her quirky animatronics; Brenda Page’s nostalgic glass sculpture; playful Lego art by emerging artist Matari Grace and poetry and performance at a writer’s salon with Natalie Rose-Dyer.
Each studio involved in the program will also contribute a new work to a major group exhibition, SHIFT. Our lives have been in flux and we have had to shift to new places, whether it is a slight adjustment or a cataclysmic transference, we have vacillated, causing a recalibration of some kind. The artists of open studios have created a new work that moves to their personal SHIFT. Come and see what unfolds at the new Burrinja Gallery from March 17, 2022.
The easy-to-use Open Studios guidebook will be available from Burrinja and throughout the Dandenong Ranges from March 2021, visit the website openstudios.org.au to use the interactive map and book into one of the workshops and events occurring over the weekend.
A full list of participating artists and available workshops and events can be found by clicking here.