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Opening our doors … 20-21 & 27-28 March 2021

Yes, Newstead Open Studios will be open on 20-21 & 27-28 March 2021 – 10am to 5pm. Hurrah!

After nearly a year of COVID closures, we are delighted to open our doors and invite you into our studios again. We’ll have a COVID-safe plan in place to look after us all.

Twenty one artists in thirteen studios/ venues around Newstead: a record! So lots to see and enjoy as you visit our studios.

As always we have a great map and guide to help you navigate your way around. Download your copy, or pick up a guide at local venues in Newstead, the Visitor Information Centre in Castlemaine and surrounding towns. Each studio will have copies, as will Sarah Koschak Ceramics right in the centre of Newstead (6a Panmure Street) and the Newstead Arts Hub at the old railway station.

Visit 6 studios or more to go into the draw to win a selection of unique handmade pieces from Newstead Open Studio artists. Pick up your entry card at the first studio you visit.

And while you are in and around Newstead, do enjoy a coffee, lunch or a snack at one of our two cafes – DIG Cafe and New Boots Cafe, shop for some homewares at the Mud Room Store or foster your creativity at Art Supplies Castlemaine, or perhaps its a delicious drop from Welshmans Reef Winery.

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Newstead Open Studios art trail 2020 – opens this Saturday

Sat 7, Sun 8 & Mon 9 March (Labour Day weekend) plus Sat 14 & Sun 15 March 2020 – 10am to 5pm

Guides and maps are available at each studio, Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre, in Newstead at Sarah Koschak Ceramics, and lots of other places. Or its on our website too!

Newstead is home to a wealth of artists across a diverse range of media and 17 artists will have work on show at 11 studios and galleries around the town during March.

Over two weekends these artists invite you into their domains to have a look at their working life. Taking the time to visit a studio brings an immediate sense of connection with the maker and their work. It is an opportunity to discuss process and materials, and to see firsthand the environment from which many of the artists draw inspiration. Each studio bears the stamp of the artist and is completely individual.

See prints, drawings, paintings, photographs, jewellery, glass, sculpture and ceramics along with the methods each artist use to create their art. This program is a satellite event to Castlemaine Arts Open, which runs simultaneously.

For the first time this year there is an added incentive to explore Newstead. Visit six studios or more and you will go into a draw to win a selection of handmade pieces from participating artists. The prize will be drawn 29 March. For details on how to enter the draw ask at the first studio you visit.

Artists include:

Chrisanne Blennerhassett (prints) and Angie Izard (ceramics)
Carol de Graauw (silver smithing and ceramics) and Wendy Dwyer (glass)
David Golightly (mixed media)
Chris Johnston (ceramics) and Andrew Kimpton (sculpture)
Ken Killeen (drawing, painting, sculpture) and Diane Thompson (mixed media)
Sarah Koschak (ceramics)
Belinda Prest (drawing) and Trefor Prest (sculpture)
Prue McAdam (painting) and Richard Sullivan (prints)
Roger McKindley (sculpture)
Selina Wilson (painting and mixed media)
Photographers of the Goldfields (Janet Barker, Patrick Kavanagh, Geoff Park and Bronwyn Silver) – at the Newstead Arts Hub