Welcome to Arts Open 2022

ARTS OPEN 2022 is a COVIDsafe event designed to promote regional visual arts on Dja Dja Wurrung
country in historic Castlemaine, Newstead, Maldon, Taradale and district. Offering a rare opportunity to visit studios and galleries within the shire and experience a behind the scenes, personal look at artists in their natural habitat, discuss their artwork and techniques, and purchase directly from the artist.

The Dja Dja Wurrung are the first peoples of Mount Alexander Shire. As Traditional Owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung have been custodians of the land and waters across the centuries and continue to perform age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. Beginning as a boomtown after gold was discovered in 1851, Castlemaine and the Mount Alexander Shire boasts a vibrant community with an eclectic mix of people and a broad range of historical, culinary, artistic and social opportunities for visitors.

With the generous support of Cantwell Property, Regional Arts Victoria, Visit Victoria, We Push Buttons Web Design and Digital Marketing, Michael Wolfe Art+, Union Studio Conservation Framers, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Lot 19, Bendigo Art Gallery and Shedshaker Brewing this event showcases over 120 local artists, galleries and exhibitions in what has become a very successful biennial event.


Arts Open Maps, Programs and Info

Castlemaine Market Building
44 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine
Open Daily: 10am to 4pm

It’s always good to speak with a local and get the inside knowledge! The Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre can assist with maps, brochures, accommodation booking and travel advice.

Welcome and enjoy!