With over 185 artists across the Mount Alexnader Shire, walk into their studios and gain insight into their creative process; and if you love it you can purchase directly from the maker. With so many fantastic artists in the one region you don’t have far to travel to see some of the finest visual art, ceramics, photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting and illustration. A most enjoyable and cultural celebration of creatives over two weekends. Enjoy!

As a painter and sculptor my main focus has always been on the environment. I grew up in ‘Dunmoochin’, an artists enclave

I make ceramic cups and plates. Everything I make is intended to be used, with each cup being slightly different so people

RedShed Arts Workshop is a facility for artists both professional and amateur and for those who wish to learn new skills or

Melinda’s current body of work is about discovery and returning. It’s about excavating what it means to be human, to be fallible,

Having moved in a few different trajectories I spent time working on colour and painting technique in the last few years with

Wild Parterre I am questioning the categorising of flower‚ to paint the weeds on our roadside, the grasses lying with their individual

In creating alternate worlds in different mediums there is perpetual tension between the real and the imagined. Portal invites you to experience

Penny Peckham is a printmaker, based in Castlemaine since 2014. With a background in Art History, much of her work has been

This prolific international Scottish Artist has won numerous prizes, both overseas and in Australia for his impressive landscapes and is one of

Delicate watercolours, colourful mosaics, exquisite ceramics and brilliant abstract paintings.

Playground My studio is a place of research and development, where I am exploring the formal elements of line, form, space and

I’d like people to see my new studio right in the heart of Castlemaine. I will have oil paintings and gouache for

Artist and graphic designer Lisa Major, loves creating sustainable gifts of joy. Lisa’s unique paintings, illustrations and design inspirations come from her

Diana Orinda Burns is an artist who is primarily concerned with process and the evolution of ideas. In the last twenty years

Colleen and Brian are excited to share their newly organised studio –in a large shed on their small Taradale farm. Their eclectic

The Spirit Bottles of Giovanni Baptista It is 1630s Florence and Giovanni Baptista, a man in lockdown due to a ravaging plague,

Sea Garden Ceramics are fine porcelain works. The working process is hand built, hand painted /glazed and fired. The organic detailed forms

Catherine Pilgrim’s recent works revolve around narratives of women from history. Exploring the murky ground of historical sources, Pilgrim builds imagery suggestive

Our studio, firing service, and workshops are an opportunity for beginners and experienced ceramic artists, potters, and hobbyists to gather, share, learn,

Walking in Campbells Creek There is a curious uncertainty, a wondering, a stillness, and yet, in the atmosphere of the bush as

I create functional wheel-thrown porcelain ceramics, bringing handcrafted elegance to everyday life. Objects that are special to us create ritual and honouring;

I make works on paper, artist books and small paper sculptures. Linocuts, hand stamping, collagraphs and monoprints are the print techniques I

Ann Ferguson is a ceramic artist living and working on Djaara country in Castlaine. Her work is primarily abstract and sculptural, exploring

I have always been fascinated by the age of sail and making boat models has been one expression of that interest. There

Graeme has been a professional artist for fifty years, recently retiring to the Castlemaine area. Painting small intimate panels, en plain air,

As a visual artist – painting and printmaking – Betsy looks for form and shape from which to build a platform for

David Frazer has held over 40 exhibitions in Australia, London and China. He has won many Art Awards locally and Internationally including

Painter in oils. Born Essendon Victoria 1932 Began painting at age 15 and is self taught. Exhibitions: since 1971 AMP Building, Emerald

Trefor’s sculptures are fabricated from numerous components which he makes using various engineering techniques and reflect the human condition. Belinda’s delicate pen

After the success of my previous exhibition at the Taproom, I’m grateful for the opportunity to exhibit my new paintings in this

Painting and drawing I am an abstract artist and my paintings are influenced by the world around me. I reference the High

I’m inspired by the real Aussie Bush which has not been desecrated by the European Invaders. I don’t mean the grass paddocks

I paint anything, but mainly landscape using Gouache, Oil and occasionally Acrylic. My studio is a wholly, present time, functional artist space

Explore Newstead and surrounds by following our Art Trail. See the works of printmakers, painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, and more – at

Kate is a multi-disciplinary artist, working from her studio amidst the beautiful Muckleford Forest. Kate works with paint, multimedia and embroidery. She

Contemporary Artist Dale Cox works across a diverse range of visual media including Film, painting and sculpture, often appropriating found objects as

My studio is up in the clouds with splendid views of Castlemaine’s woodlands and its landscape of rocky shapes, and ever-changing light

We are 3 artists working in 3 different syles and mediums. James is a photographer and printer, Serena is a sculptor, primarily

Carole Kernohan and Michelle Guest We create using various techniques, including dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, silversmithing and use a variety of

We love clay! Our studio is a hive of muddy activity and we’d love you to come visit. Our members and students

fluxed earth uses high fired stoneware clay and glazes influenced by Japanese, Korean and Chinese ceramic traditions. Our current focus is on

I am a Fine Art graduate from Monash University. In 2012 I left Melbourne for the central goldfields in Victoria, to set

Sandra Dean is a realist painter working and living in Central Victoria. Her work honors traditional oil painting techniques and materials. Formal

Ah but your land is beautiful. Alan Paton was talking about South Africa our homeland. This is what we feel about our

My work is contemporary realism. Still life is my primary passion and focus however, I am working more and more with birds

I am a printmaker working mainly in dry point etchings on aluminium plates. I am interested in the natural world on my

I am a printmaker, with a practice which also includes painting, cyanotypes and artist books among other things. I returned to Australia

I like the discipline of making mid fired Porcelain and Terracotta Tableware but also enjoy the freedom of making one off pieces.

Bev Lewis makes works on paper presenting the natural world in novel and contemporary ways. I want to encourage the viewer to

On show are Mezzotint intaglio prints; graphite Botanical drawings and soft pastel landscape drawings. The work spans a period of approximately 10

Jane McKenzie’s ceramic sculptures have evolved from a life-long preoccupation with making art and a parallel architectural career. She completed a Master

Leslie Thornton has lived and worked in Castlemaine for 50 years. His body of work includes paintings of local icons‚ bridges, shops,

Paul Cavell was born in Melbourne in 1946 and studied architecture in the mid-sixties at the University of Melbourne. He transferred to

Sarah Fowler’s work is created entirely by hand, her passion for design and fine craftsmanship has given her a reputation for superb

A fascination with wilderness, both local and remote, underpins Jane Rusden’s work. Combining Zoology and art she immerses herself in the landscape

My work is hand built in earthenware clay and fired in oxidation. My specialty is saggar fired ceramics using an electric kiln.

At a time when meeting indoors was restricted, a group of artists gathered amongst the granite boulders to talk art, creativity and

My art practice is centred around the flow of energy, whether this is in everyday life, nature or spiritual influence. I use

Three artists , one venue. Pixels & paint cohabitat to present a diverse collection of work. Eleni  showcases acrylic and watercolor paintings

Artpuff is a groovy new little showing and making space, launched in late 2021. Run by artists Kir Larwill and Melissa Proposch,

From the East India Company, to Anthropocene. Utilising visual narrative, textual investigation and historical journeying, I unpack a more realistic understanding of

Life’s a studio. Images and metaphors synonyms and rhyme Expelled from a less than perfect heart Late expressions from one slowing man

Belinda and Trefor Prest

Trefor’s sculptures are fabricated from numerous components which he makes using various engineering techniques and reflect the human condition. Belinda’s delicate pen drawings are Plein-air renderings featuring the bucolic charm

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Darron Davies

The Spirit Bottles of Giovanni Baptista It is 1630s Florence and Giovanni Baptista, a man in lockdown due to a ravaging plague, believes that he can see into the future

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Sandra Dean

Sandra Dean is a realist painter working and living in Central Victoria. Her work honors traditional oil painting techniques and materials. Formal art studies include Diploma of Visual Arts and

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Ella Hughes

We love clay! Our studio is a hive of muddy activity and we’d love you to come visit. Our members and students make wheel thrown, hand built and innovative work

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Ann Ferguson

Ann Ferguson is a ceramic artist living and working on Djaara country in Castlaine. Her work is primarily abstract and sculptural, exploring both contoured forms in nature and the angular

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Kate Smith

Kate is a multi-disciplinary artist, working from her studio amidst the beautiful Muckleford Forest. Kate works with paint, multimedia and embroidery. She then extends her art practice across other materials

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Jinette de Gooijer

My studio is up in the clouds with splendid views of Castlemaine’s woodlands and its landscape of rocky shapes, and ever-changing light & colour. I will be exhibiting works made

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Jane McKenzie

Jane McKenzie’s ceramic sculptures have evolved from a life-long preoccupation with making art and a parallel architectural career. She completed a Master of Fine Art at the National Art School

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Newstead Open Studios Art Trail

Explore Newstead and surrounds by following our Art Trail. See the works of printmakers, painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, and more – at home in their own studios. Download our Pocket

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