March 8-10th 2014
In 2012 Castlemaine held its inaugural Arts Open, a three-day Exhibition and Open Studios program designed to showcase the excellence in local arts practice. Conducted in the alternate year to the biannual Castlemaine State Festival, Arts Open aims to maintain some of the momentum established by the festival whilst presenting an inside view to some of the extraordinary art studio workings that occur on a daily basis.
The second Castlemaine Arts Open is destined to eclipse the 2012 event with an even richer and deeper program of Open Studios, Exhibitions, Public Talks, Book Signings, Gala Evening an an array of other complementary events. The Castlemaine Market Building, located in the heart of Castlemaine will offer a tightly curated exhibition showcase for Arts Open.
Open Studios and other Exhibitions will take place in and around Castlemaine, including in the nearby townships of Taradale, Elphinstone and Maldon. Importantly, Arts Open is not about people practicing art as a hobby or people pretending to be Artists. This is real life for all the Artists involved, who are sharing their most personal of physical and creative spaces – their studio – in the spirit of warmth and hospitality. This unique 2014 Labour Day weekend will present an unforgettable opportunity for all visitors to learn.