August 11, 2022

Trail returns to showcase region’s art

Artists and art enthusiasts have swarmed the Surf Coast for the return of the Surf Coast Arts Trail, visiting studios and galleries to view the region’s talented artists.

The annual arts trail celebrated its tenth anniversary at the weekend following two years of pandemic challenges and postponements, with more than 60 venues and the works of 200 artists on display.

“It really was a delight to be back on the Trail admiring the wonderful artistic talent we have here in one of Australia’s most-creative regions,” Surf Coast Shire Councillor Rose Hodge said.

“The Trail has become an institution for good reason – it is such a welcoming, engaging, and inspiring event, and this year’s truly shone.

“There was so much to see, and the atmosphere around venues was fantastic with people sharing their highlights and appreciation for works and for the generosity of artists in sharing their time and insights.

Formal attendance numbers are yet to be confirmed by Council, but initial figures indicate thousands of people attended galleries and studios across the region.

Works on display ranged from delicate bobbin lacemaking to blacksmithing, painting and printmaking to glassware, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and textiles.

Art-lovers attended studios across four key areas of the Surf Coast, Aireys Inlet/Fairhaven/Lorne, Bellbrae/Anglesea, Torquay/Jan Juc and Winchelsea/Hinterland.

“The Trail weekend means so much to our arts and wider community.”

“Pre-pandemic we estimated that sales and commissions were worth about $80,000 for artists across the weekend, and then of course there are important spin-off economic benefits for our busy cafes, restaurants, and shops."

“We look forward to seeing the data for this year, but I am sure we can say that the 10th anniversary Trail was a hit, and we are already looking forward to the 11th!”

People are urged to follow Surf Coast Art Matters on social media, to keep up with everything art-related on the Surf Coast.

Read Surf Coast Times story here.


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