Welcome to Arts Open 2024

ARTS OPEN 2024 is Australia’s Biggest Open Studios 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 now boasts the highest number of artists per capita in Australia and is 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 Mount Alexander Shire Council, Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine Fringe Festival, Cantwell Property, Regional Arts Victoria, We Push Buttons- Digital Marketing, this event showcases over 120 local artists, galleries and exhibitions in what has become a very successful biennial event.

Welcome and enjoy!


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!