Nillumbik artists’ open studios

Words by CopperLine and supplied

Over two weekends, each day from 10 am to 5 pm, this November (11th and 12th, 18th and 19th) 28 artists will open their studios to the public.  This Nillumbik Artists Open Studio Program is an opportunity to explore sculpture walks in picturesque locations, get lost in painting studios and potteries and witness demonstrations of how the artists create their work.  

The program spans Eltham and Hurstbridge, with its lively cafes and food culture, through to the beautiful hills, valleys and vineyards of Watson Creek, St Andrews, Kangaroo Ground and the Bend of Islands. 

This year, for the first time in its 35-year history, the program will be offering (in addition to the pamphlet), a phone app for visitors to preview and locate every participating artist and studio.

Visitors will be invited into the studios to watch the artists at work, view their creations and perhaps purchase a piece of artwork. Art forms across the studios include painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, textiles, metal sculpture and glass work. Community workshops, commissions and private classes will also be available at some of the studios.

Ahead of time, CopperLine caught up with two of the exhibitors:

  • Robyn Koiker – water-colour artist in St Andrews
  • Melissa Thomas – painter and sculpture artist in Hurstbridge

Head to to find out more, download the app from the Apple or Google store, view some virtual tours, visit the online shop and obtain further details about every participating artist. The pamphlet is available to download if you haven’t picked one up at the many outlets (cafes, shops, libraries, etcetera.) throughout Nillumbik and beyond. 

Further information contact Annette Nobes, Coordinator – [email protected]; 0408 518 067