The Open Studios program invites members of the public to visit the studios of local artists during the Festival. This is a great opportunity to meet our region’s most valuable creative assets and support them by purchasing their work.

Abbie Heathcote | Australian Ecology Artist
Original Paintings Prints and creative garments inspired by the Australian ecology with some influences from World Art movements. Abbie is dedicated to awakening love and appreciation for the amazing versatility of our country seen through our own eyes.
ADDRESS 25A William Street, Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Daily 11.30am to 5pm

Anne Tweed, Diana Orinda Burns & Kir Larwill, with guest artist Prue Cole | Prints, drawings and paintings
CC Studio is Anne Tweed’s workspace, including working studio and industrial-scale exhibition space. Spacious and welcoming, the doors will be thrown open for the duration of the Festival, celebrating the dedication, quiet observance and deep value of arts practice.
ADDRESS 49 Main Road, Campbells Creek
DATE/TIME Sat 20 Mar 2.30pm – 5pm Sun 21 Mar – Sun 4 Apr, 10am – 5pm

Castlemaine Brickworks Gallery Group Show
The Castlemaine Brickworks Gallery rests on the original site of the Castlemaine historical artists’ commune. Originally a brickworks quarry, it was home to many artists during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Take a glimpse at their project masterplan with this curated group show.
ADDRESS 15 Gallway Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME 19 Mar – 4 Apr, Sat & Sun 11am – 9pm

Rosemary McKenry
Green is the colour of new life | Paintings
My favourite places remain the Australian Outback and coast. However, recently I have been drawn to the colour green because it represents new life. I use photographs as inspiration for my paintings, in which I interpret the experiences using multiple layers of transparent acrylic paint on untreated canvas to depict the colours and shapes of nature.

ADDRESS 8 Campbell St, Castlemaine
DATE/TIME 20 – 28 March. Daily, 11am–5pm

In My Backyard |International Print Exchange
Castlemaine Press is an artist-run community access printmaking studio – a home for all things printmaking in regional Victoria. The International Print Exchange, In My Backyard, will be on show for the Festival, and Press members will be there to provide visitors with information about the exhibition, the artists, and how to be part of Castlemaine Press.
ADDRESS Lot19 Artspace, McShanag’s Drive, Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Sat & Sun, 10am – 4pm

2021 DAS Art. Group Exhibition
Showcasing local artists who are in attendance throughout the festival, conducting demonstrations and workshops for small groups of all ages.
ADDRESS The Mill, 9 Walker Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Thurs – Mon, 11am – 3pm

Journey: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics | Group Exhibition
Artworks by Liz Caffin, Helen Fraser, Tarli Glover, David Golightly, Carolyn Graham, Justine Hutchison, Paula Martin, Liz Mclennan, Jane Rusden, Lee Shelden, Greg Somerville, Anne Tweed, Wayne Viney, John Wolseley, Bronwyn Silver, Diana Wiseman and others.
ADDRESS 35 Templeton Street, Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Daily 11am- 5pm (closed Tue 23 & Tue 30 Mar)
Continues Thurs – Sat 11am – 5pm until 29 May

David Frazer | Printmaking

Internationally recognised artist/printmaker, working in wood engraving, etching and linocut.  David will be printing wood engravings on his antique iron hand press.  Enter his raffle for the chance to win an original wood engraving.

ADDRESS 28 Blakeley Road Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Sat & Sun, 11am – 4pm

David Moore | Recent Paintings
On display will be oil and gouache paintings, which will include still life and landscape works hung in David’s studio and throughout his house. David paints local landscape subjects, and objects from life in his studio.
ADDRESS 22 Blakeley Road Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Sat & Sun, 11am – 4pm
P 0412568441

Dee Hutchinson | Works at the Minnow
Dee, a studio potter with 40 years’ experience, brings her latest work to the 2021 festival. Originally from New Zealand, she started her career wood firing pots using a large kiln, digging clay, inspired by the Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada Craft movement. Today Dee works out of a small electric kiln using mid firing clays and porcelain.
ADDRESS 17B Lawson Parade Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Daily 10am to 4pm
P 0414961107

Eleni Rivers |Drawings and paintings
View the works of Eleni Rivers – drawings, watercolours, acrylic and mixed media paintings.
ADDRESS 84 Main Road Campbells Creek
DATE/TIME Every Sat & Sun, 10am – 4pm

Rabbit Hole
Felicity’s ceramic art shares its evolution and textural exploration with her love of painting. Working with the vibrancy of earthenware clays and glazes her narrative works display repeated motifs from her visual vocabulary that is unmistakably her own.
ADDRESS 514 Muckleford-Walmer Road Muckleford
DATE/TIME Fri 19 & Sat 20 Mar, 10am – 4pm, Sun 21 Mar, 11am – 4pm, Fri 26 & Sat 27 Mar, 10am – 4pm, Sun 27 Mar, 11am – 4pm

Oil and Water, Salute to Nature Hazel and Russell Annear |Painting
Award-winning Russell is a landscape artist whose primary medium is oil. His work finds expression in the light and atmosphere of the Australian landscape in a contemporary, representational style.
Hazel loves the forest and is constantly amazed and inspired during daily walks through the Kalimna forest. She expresses the colours and shades of the forest, the birds and frogs, leaves and twigs through staining and layering of watercolour.
ADDRESS 79A Hunter Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Fri 19 March – Sun 4 April, 10am – 4pm (closed 26 – 28 March)

Julie Shaw, Peggy Shaw, and Judy Wild Mosaics and paintings

Julie’s colourful mosaics are made with ceramics, dinnerware and glass. They depict people, animals, landscapes and other topics. Judy’s beautiful paintings depict flowers, birds, still-life arrangements, seascapes and landscapes. She works in watercolour, oil paints and acrylics and many are featured on beautiful greeting cards, which will also be for sale. Peggy Shaw is 98 and intends to paint her best work when she is 100.
ADDRESS 77 Hunter Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Daily 10am to 4pm
E Insta @mosaicsbyjulie

Transition. Karen Holland | Painting
Karen’s inspiration comes from the bush, gardens and the objects around her home. The abstract shapes which appear everywhere in nature excite her, as does the light and atmosphere created by weather as well as colour. Her subject matter can be quite random – at present she is embracing “still life” and “transitioning” into including birds.
ADDRESS 6 Nolan Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Sat & Sun, 10am – 4pm

i love. Katherine Bowman | Paintings and sculpture
“In the face of a pandemic, economic instability, social isolation, what is left? What I am left with is my creative life. My need to create regardless. To make sense of the world and myself through the act of creation. I am left with what I love. Which is everything.”
ADDRESS 220 Barker Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Fri 19 Mar, 10am – 5pm, Sat 20 Mar,10am -4pm, Tues 23 – Fri 26 Mar, 10am – 5pm, Sat 27 Mar, 10 am – 4pm

Somewhere in the House Kathy Landvogt| Mixed media
Kathy Landvogt probes everyday human experiences and relationships through personal story-telling and metaphor, informed by feminist understandings. While collage, painting and drawing dominate her earlier work, current investigations include three-dimensional objects and a longstanding interest in fibre crafts where the process of making itself carries part of the meaning.
ADDRESS 12 Thomas Street, Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Fri, 1pm – 5pm. Every Sat & Sun,11am – 5pm
W P 0437202804

fluxed earth. Kirstie Murdoch and Rye Senjen |Ceramics
High-fired stoneware ceramics in classic Japanese and Chinese glazes
ADDRESS 7 Matheson Road, Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Fri 19 – Sun 21 Mar, 11am – 4pm. Thurs 25 – Sun 28 Mar, 11am – 4pm. Thurs 1 April – Sun 4 Apr, 11am – 4pm

Rendezvous in Rowe Street. Leslie Thornton |Painting
Leslie Thornton’s quest is to paint every Australian mountain, every beautiful, neglected Castlemaine building, to further explore the Brisbane River and continue the series of humorous images.
ADDRESS 10 Rowe Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Sat 20 March – Sun 4 April, 12 noon to 6pm

Liadaan (Lyndel Thomas Art)
Sculpture garden, painting and haiku. Landscapes, still life and figures. Small affordable unframed paintings plus small, framed paintings and larger paintings. Sculptures in ceramic, mixed media and bronze. Both outdoor and indoor. A fun feature of this exhibition will be the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

ADDRESS 26 Parkins Reef Road Maldon
DATE/TIME Daily, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am – 4pm

Lynne Edey and family |Sculptures and paintings
This exhibition is a collection of Lynne’s works from the early 21st century to yesterday – bronzes, ciment fondue, plaster, papier mache, as well as recent abstract paintings. Also pieces by her family and numerous collected objects which have attracted her attention. There will be larger sculptural works outside.
75 Hunter Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Open by Appointment
E 0438 496 292

Nature in the Abstract Marian Alexopoulos| Mixed media
Marian’s main artistic interest lies in the field of mixed media, and she loves to create abstract works rich in colour and texture. She uses acrylic and collage materials, inks and other drawing media. She loves the plunge into the unknown and the instinctive search for resolution that is inherent in abstract work.
81 Margaret Street Macedon
DATE/TIME Every Sat & Sun,10am – 4pm. Or by appointment.
E P 0418 884 281

Merric Brettle| Painting

DATE/TIME 110 Main Road Campbells Creek
ADDRESS Every Fri – Sun, 11am – 4pm
P 0403716435

A Fragile Piece Michael Rigg | Printmaking and painting
Michael’s work attempts to reflect the poetry of our past and present.
ADDRESS 13 Brown Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Fri – Sun, 12 noon – 4pm. Or by appointment
W P 0407 067 254

Multiple studios in Newstead and surrounds.
Explore Newstead and surrounds: it’s a feast for the senses. Visit printmakers, artists, painters, sculptors, jewellers, glass and fibre artists and potters at home in their studios and the Newstead Arts Hub. Artists: Andrew Kimpton, Angie Izard, Belinda Prest, Carol de Graauw, Chris Johnston, Chrisanne Blennerhassett, David Bradtke, David Golightly, Diane Thompson, John Perry, Julie Patey, Ken Killeen, Leone Wallace, Prue McAdam, Richard Sullivan, Roger McKindley, Sarah Koschak, Selina Wilson, Trefor Prest, Wendy Dwyer.
Art Trail guide available at or at Sarah Koschak Ceramics, 6a Panmure St Newstead.

DATE/TIME Sat 20 & Sun 21 Mar, 10am – 5pm. Sat 27 & Sun 28 Mar, 10am – 5pm
W P 0419 322 681

Close to Home Penny Peckham| Printmaking and demonstration
Penny Peckham works primarily as a printmaker, using her small etching press to print linocuts, collagraphs and some dry point prints. She uses some of her prints to make artists books. She will also be demonstrating a relatively simple technique for making prints using a gelatin plate, thin layers of acrylic paint and a range of stencils, plants and mark-making materials to build images. ADDRESS Rear 16 Carol Street, Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Sat & Sun, 11am – 4pm
W P 0411 722 955

Richard Baxter| Painting
Painting classes may be running on some days but feel welcome to come through.
ADDRESS The Mill, 1/9 Walker Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Fri 19 Mar,9.30am – 5pm. Sat 20 & Mon 22 Mar, 9.30am – 3pm. Wed 24 – Fri 26 Mar, 9.30am – 5pm. Sat 27 Mar, 9.30am – 3pm. Mon 29 Mar, 9.30am-3pm. Wed 31 – Fri 2 Apr, 9.30am – 5pm Sat 3 Apr, 9.30am – 3pm Sun 4 Apr, 10am – 2pm
W P 0421908203
Painting classes may be running on some days but feel welcome to come through.

Robert MacLaurin| Painting, drawing, etching
This prolific Scottish Artist has won numerous prizes, both overseas and in Australia for his impressive landscape paintings. Since arriving in Castlemaine from Scotland twenty years ago, Robert has been working and exhibiting both here and in Europe. When Robert’s overseas solo exhibitions were cancelled due to the pandemic, he built this small interim studio and is at present, producing small scale works.
ADDRESS 2 Happy Valley Road Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Thurs – Sun, 10am – 4pm. Or by appointment
W P 0408 022 612

Liminal Time, Betwixt and Between Roz Avent| Drawing
Liminal Time is when all that we know has come to an end and we are not yet sure what the future will be. An unsettling time of grief and anxiety but also filled with potential. These works address this mixture of feelings.
ADDRESS 5 Berkeley Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Sat 20 – Mon 22 Mar, 10am – 5pm. Thurs 25 – Sun 28 Mar, 10am – 5pm.  Thurs 1 – Sun 4 Apr, 10am – 5pm. Or by appointment

Sarah Koschak| Ceramics
Sarah creates functional, wheel-thrown porcelain ceramics, bringing handcrafted beauty to everyday life. Objects bring ritual and honouring to our lives. It’s our relationship to objects that interests her; they occupy space in our homes and cradle memories and stories.
ADDRESS 6a Panmure Street Newstead
DATE/TIME Daily 10am to 5pm
W P 0419 322 681

Trefor & Belinda Prest | Sculpture and drawing
Visit the rural workshop of a sculptor who uses his engineering skills to fabricate complex sculptures and a drawer who explores her local environment.
ADDRESS 136 Daylesford/Newstead Road Strangways (enter from Kooyea Lane)
DATE/TIME Daily, 10am to 5pm.
W Insta @treforprest_sculpture

Kynan Sutherland | Landscape Painting
A rare opportunity to see original oil paintings by Kynan Sutherland. These paintings have been created en plein air to reflect the quiet mystery of the local landscape.
ADDRESS 13 Happy Valley Road Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Fri – Sun, 10am – 4pm. Or by appointment
W P 0435448379

Catherine Pilgrim | Drawing
Meticulous, considered drawing, is the basis for her practice including lithographs, drawings and textiles – with absence, contemporary still life and historical narratives influencing much of the subject matter.
In 2011 Catherine completed her Master of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University. Her work can be found in public and private collections including National Gallery of Australia, Geelong Regional Art Gallery, National Australia Bank, Perri Cutten and Castlemaine Art Museum.
Rear, 87 Farnsworth Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Sat & Sun, 10am – 5pm. Or by appointment

Laura Woodward | Kinetic sculpture
Laura Woodward is best known for her kinetic sculptural installations. Her current explorations focus on the potential of system-based installations, where the system’s inherent logic drives its formal and systematic emergences. These systems develop through the relationships between materials, movement, time and the artist’s hand, opening up the opportunity for bodily resonances and experiences forged between artwork and viewer

ADDRESS 15 Fitzgeralds Close Castlemaine
DATE/TIME 20 March – 3 April. Every Sat 1pm – 5pm, Every Thurs 1pm – 4pm

Jem Freeman | Digital fabrication, furniture design
Like Butter is a design and fabrication studio led by industrial designer and occasional artist, Jem Selig Freeman, with strong ties to the kinetic art and public sculpture industry through our co-founder, artist Laura Woodward. Specialising in digital fabrication, CNC timber machining and furniture design and production, Like Butter welcomes visitors on these dates for a workshop tour and CNC machining demonstrations on the Saturday sessions, and a chance to meet the team on the Thursday sessions.
ADDRESS 15 Fitzgeralds Close Castlemaine
DATE/TIME 20 March – 3 April. Every Thurs 1pm- 4pm. Every Sat 1pm – 5pm

Michael Wolfe| Painting, photography
As a painter and photographer Michael Wolfe draws inspiration from the landscape around his home in Central Victoria. He has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally and his work is included in public, corporate and private collections. “I’ve been painting this country for many years and never tire of the rolling hills, granite outcrops, rhythms, textures and colours. There’s order and geometry, and mostly wonderful chaotic confusion”.
ADDRESS 16 Doveton Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Daily, 10am – 4pm
W P 0419 365 308

Nothing New Ben Blacket | Photography
‘Nothing New’ is an exhibition of photographs that allude to Ben’s misgivings about the future. While out photographing his surroundings, Ben’s thoughts are plagued by the looming climate crisis and other uncertainties. The remnants of the gold rush, and a devastated landscape that still bears the scars of past atrocities, are stark reminders of the contributing factors that led us here. But these photographs are not allegories of such concerns. They are his wistful attempts to slow the passage of time.

ADDRESS 53 Templeton Street Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Fri 19 – Sun 4 April, Mon-Sat,10am-5pm, Sun, 11am-3pm

Andy Indrans| Photography

ADDRESS Gallery at Station Street Taradale
DATE/TIME 20 Mar–3 April, Mon–Fri 1pm–4pm, Sat & Sun 11am–3pm


Helen Gilfillan|Painting
Helen Gilfillan has spent time getting creative indoors and the bulk of her work this year is still life oil paintings. This is quite departure for her, as her open studio in 2019 was very much an abstract show.

ADDRESS Shed 49/1-9 Walker Street (Pilates at the Mill) Castlemaine
DATE/TIME Every Sat & Sun, 10am – 4pm. Or by appointment

Jenyns Collection Lorraine Jenyns |Drawing, sculpture
A collection of works on paper framed and unframed, glazed ceramic sculptures and wooden sculptures. Lorraine has exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Watters Gallery, Sydney, Art Gallery of South Australia, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria.

ADDRESS 2982 Pyrenees Highway Newstead
DATE/TIME Daily 10am – 4pm