The Highlands is known for the strength and creativity of its artistic community. Practitioners of all levels, from national icons to enthusiastic amateurs, come to the area for the cool air, natural beauty and lifestyle which combine to provide an inspirational environment in which to create. The region supports a vibrant Arts/Culture ethos that is reflcted in the wealth of events, performances, exhibitions and festivals that occur
through every season, all year. As a dedicated Arts & Culture site for the Southern Highlands, ARTSfie is both a teaser for the spectacular creative offerings of the region, and a calendar of events for various cultural happenings during the year. We trust that you enjoy what you see and look forward to meeting you here in the Southern Highlands.
The Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail is held every year in November. It is an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to open their studio doors and welcome visitors to explore their creative habitats. Exhibiting artists include full-time professionals as well as emerging artists across a range of media; painting (traditional and contemporary), ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, furniture, textiles, photography, garden sculpture and printmaking
Download the Map and Trail PDF
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To celebrate Christmas, The SHAC is having a Hand Made Market Day this Sunday, 8 December, 2019 from 9am until 2pm.
This will be an amazing day to spend a few hours at The SHAC, along with the 17+ permanent studio residents at The SHAC (who will be open until 4pm) there will be another bunch of makers doing demonstrations and selling hand made products.
New SHAC Hand Made retail store, The Modern Major General in Shop 1 out the front is up and running. Featuring a collection of hand made items, from homewares to fashion.
SHAC Resident ANDY WALLACE A new studio Freedom Surfboards, featuring and making traditional hand made timber surfboards. Also featuring a special Ocean Dreaming Collection of boards Andy has made in collaboration with aboriginal artist Andy Snelgar.
The Robertson Men’s Shed Come for breakfast. The team from The Shed will have a marquee running a gourmet sausage sizzle, and soft drinks and tea and coffee all day.
Christmas Gifts There will be a huge array of hand made Christmas gifts to purchase so that you can do all your Christmas shopping in one day
We look forward to seeing you there!
Join us for an evening exploring the tradition of timber surfboard making in Australia and the unique artistry of ANDY WALLACE. Andy will talk about how he employs only the traditional techniques of board manufacture where every piece of timber is selected according to its functionality and beauty, and used to shape the rails and ribs over which hand-shaped planks are combined to create the hull and deck of a fully functional hollow board.
Using rare and often salvaged, second life timber, Freedom Surfboards are unique, fully functional works of art, specifically designed to capture and preserve the beauty and joy that both nature and surfing provide.
Andy’s talk will be held at The Workshop Room at The SHAC
P 0423 527 227
In this 6 hour workshop you will learn the secrets of Camembert, one of the most iconic of all French cheeses – how to develop and mature the bland rubbery curds of cultured, renneted milk into a creamy elegant and fragrant delicacy – Camembert, a cheese that has become synonymous with warm summer evenings, glasses of wine, sunsets and relaxation. An achievement to be truly proud of! This is a hands-on workshop, in which you will make three types of cheese and will take them all home with you to care for, mature and ultimately enjoy. The class takes place in the kitchen of our beautiful permaculture farm set amongst the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands. All equipment, ingredients and a yummy homegrown, home-made lunch are provided, although you are advised to bring along an Esky or large waterproof box to take home your cheeses.
P 02 4889 8388
Studio and gallery is open to view and purchase works. Come and see this recognized maker’s unique works and see the wood kilns in a bush-land setting. Meet the maker. Enjoy refreshments from our studio cafe. Great opportunity to select unique and special gifts for Christmas.
P 02 4860 2083
Sturt’s famous annual Night Market is the ideal pre-Christmas event. Specially curated each year to bring visitors the best selection of the hand made to make unique Christmas gifts. With artisan’s stalls throughout Sturt’s gardens, food and drink, live music and the opening of two new exhibitions in Sturt Gallery, this is an event not to be missed.Free event.