Artists on the Green

is an ‘art market with a difference’.
The market features a unique selection of artworks.

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Open Studios

is our major project for the year.
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Open Studios project establishes a
‘trail of artists at work’ through the Blackall Range.

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Sculpture on the Edge

brings our sculptors into direct contact with garden lovers – a natural fit!
This program started out as a collaboration with the Maleny Garden Club during their Open Gardens project.

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Calendar of events

gives an overview of what’s happening each month, with details for each event and an option to purchase tickets for specific events.

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Artist of the Month

profiles the history and work of our artists. A different artist is featured each month.

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Membership

is open to all and provides social interaction with like-minded people through meetings, shared activities and events.

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Workshops

are presented by our members
and provide knowledge, skills and encouragement to emerging artists in their local community.

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Our artists

practice across a wide range of disciplines – painting, sculpture, pottery, fibre art, jewellery, photography, illustration, ceramics, printmaking, calligraphy & more …

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Arts Connect Inc. encourages excellence within local arts practices through shared activities, workshops, collaboration and mentoring.

latest news & featured events

open studios 2014

This year, artists' studios will be open over 2 weekends in October, 11–12 & 18–19. Some artists are also holding workshops during the week between. Don't miss this opportunity to see our artists hard at work!

Visit a diverse range of open studios, 11 Oct – 19 Oct

open studios 2014 – full details

creative workshops

Selected artists are offering mid-week workshops where you can create, discover and free your soul as you unleash your own inner artist.

Limited places available so book early!

Workshops will be held by members, 13 Oct – 17 Oct

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sculpture on the edge

Twenty-two sculptors from South-East Queensland will participate in this year's Sculpture on the Edge. Four ephemeral artists will be working on site for a week from 25 September.

Spicers Tamarind Retreat, 09 Sep – 29 Oct

sculpture on the edge – full details

Flamenco Fire, by Deann Cumner

Tangerine Dreams, by Dianne Cumner

Fine silver face, by Rachel Azulie

supporting ARTists & CONNECTing communities

Arts Connect Inc. (ACI) supports and promotes the practice and enjoyment of the arts across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, in Queensland’s south-east.

We coordinate a wide range of activities that provide opportunities for artists to exhibit and sell their works.

ACI is a not-for-profit organisation and membership is open to everyone – artist, art lover or patron. We continually search for opportunities to expand our members’ professional development and marketing potential.

Our goal is to establish and promote the hinterland as a unique ‘arts destination’, and to stimulate a greater understanding of the arts within local communities.

We have developed several signature events over the last few years, Open Studios and Sculpture on the Edge. We are always open to new ideas and opportunities.

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Open Studios program has been a great success over several years, attracting over 2000 visits to a diverse range of studios throughout the Blackall Range during the 2013 program. Studios will be open on the weekends of 11-12th and 18-19th October, 2014.

Sculpture on the Edge is a great opportunity for sculptors to showcase their larger works in the beautiful setting of Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny from September to November. The Spicers Group have sponsored this event over several years and in 2014 we welcome artists to enter the Inaugural Spicers Sculpture Award.

With a prize of $5000 to the Judges Choice, this award has attracted some of the best sculptors on the Sunshine Coast and beyond. Work will be on show from 9th September.

In 2014 our Open Studios program, and our Sculpture on the Edge are important partners of the new HinterLand, a  six week long Celebration of Place, Art & Creativity, founded by  Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SC Tourism)

General Meetings are held quarterly and combined with a social evening of music and cameraderie at various venues throughout the Range.

Members Exhibitions are held in local galleries, as opportunites present, as group exhibitions allowing members to showcase their work in a supportive environment.

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‘Scribble Treescape’ – by Deann Cumner

sunshine coast art prize

ACI is proud to support the Sunshine Coast Art Prize presented by the Sunshine Coast Council.

Now in its ninth year, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize attracts the best contemporary and emerging artists Australia has to offer. The winner of the two-dimensional (2D) category receives $15,000 and the winning work is added into the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

For details – see the Caloundra Regional Gallery website.

Sunshine Coast Council Sunshine Coast Art Prize