The 2021 Surf Coast Arts Trail gives us the opportunity, once more, to discover the work of the Surf Coast’s thriving arts community.
The easing of COVID-19 restrictions will allow us to meet artists in person in their studios and creative venues from the coast to the hinterland.
This year’s Trail will launch with an exhibition of works at Surf Coast Art Space @The MAC in Torquay on Friday 6 August, before artists throughout the region throw open their studio doors for the weekend in a COVID-safe celebration of our vibrant Surf Coast visual arts community.
As is the Arts Trail tradition, there will also be venues dotted around the Shire where artists who don’t have home studios will be on hand to talk visitors through their artistic process, in the presence of their work.
And, to celebrate our 10th Anniversary there will be two new, exciting components to the Trail:
Artists who are unable to open their studios will have the option to be photographed for a paste up portrait. The paste ups will be showcased across the Shire in the lead up to the Arts Trail weekend and are a wonderful way of making visible some of the individual artists that help form our incredible creative community.
This weekend workshop (22 – 23 May, details to be announced) and mini film-festival gives would-be storytellers the skills and confidence to share their stories in high quality short videos filmed entirely on their phones. The short videos they create will form part of an Arts Trail exhibition at Surf Coast Art Space @ The MAC.
The Surf Coast Art Space Inc will run the mini-film festival in the new gallery at The MAC. Artists who are not opening studios will have the chance to showcase their work in a two-week group exhibition.
Surf Coast Shire spans the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar people.
We acknowledge them as the Traditional Owners and Protectors of this place.
We acknowledge their ancestors who cared for the land, rivers and sea – and all of its creatures – for thousands of generations.
We pay our respects to elders past, present and future who continue on this path.