What to do
The Art Trail is the second-largest art trail in Australia with a record 98 artists and galleries involved in 2020 celebrating of their craft with inspiring and informative studio visits, workshop opportunities and special events.
The free event includes five geographic art trails covering ceramicists to sculptors, knife artisans to illustrators; furniture makers, mixed media artists, printmakers, photographers, painters; and those working with glass, metal, mosaics, textiles, wood and more
Event Organisers recommend that you start your trip at the historic Wallace House in Noosaville, where you can collect the 100 page arts trail guide which is thoughtfully divided into various regions across Noosa – from Noosa, to beaches and various hinterland villages. At Wallace House you can view an exhibition showing one example piece from every artist on the trail while the friendly volunteers at Wallace House can provide you with refreshments and advise you on your tailored road trip.
2020 brings a very exciting fundraising event. Noosa Open Studios along with artist Yanni van Zijl and Tourism Noosa have engaged 26 selected artists in the Open Studios trail event this year to each paint the canvas for a beach deck chair in their unique painting style. Cooroora Woodworkers in Cooroy are hand crafting the 26 deckchairs from local red gum.
A viewing and auction will take place at the Noosa Botanical Gardens in Cooroy on Saturday 3 October to showcase the local creativity and launch a new and iconic symbol for Noosa, embracing the beach and culture of the region. Thereby establishing a permanent link in Noosa between beach and Art cultures to all visitors.
With almost 100 local artists, galleries and artisans over five amazing trails, Noosa Open Studios has firmly cemented its place as the region’s largest artists’ studio tour.
With Covid restrictions putting a stop to all previous forms of fundraising for the annual Noosa Open Studios Art Trail (NOS), Sunshine Beach artist Yanni Van Zijl developed an idea with the NOS executive around a safe outdoors event that’s also an inventive way to showcase the trail’s artists. Tourism Noosa also saw great opportunities for underpinning the destination’s primacy in the cultural tourism space and partnered with NOS on this project and provided an enabling special financial grant.
“It occurred to me that the beauty of this idea is that we get to showcase the beautiful hinterland and the multitude of artists living in this region and mirror this installation on the coast, further underpinning Noosa’s arts credentials. Given the diversity of the region it was a no brainer to me to install all these deck chairs painted by the local artists and create a promotional video of the artwork in situ.” explains Yanni
"I often work on large scale site-specific art installations and this was a way to bring all these ideas together as both a means to promote our artists, and our region as a creative destination."
The 25 deckchairs making up the installation all have unique canvas slings painted by top Noosa shire artists, enabling each chair to double as a frame for original art, rather than a painting on an easel… an iconic and novel way to celebrate the cultural aspects of Noosa. Adding to the local provenance, the chair frames are made from locally sourced timber in Cooran and cut, seasoned and hand made in Cooroy by the local craftsmen of the Cooroora Woodworkers. On Saturday October 3rd we invite all art lovers to a public installation “Deck Chairs on the Green” at Noosa Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre (noon till 3.00pm). At the conclusion all 25 deck chairs will be auctioned - with proceeds supporting the staging of this year’s Noosa Open Studios Art Trail.
Yanni is no stranger to public art installations and recently won overall first prize at Sculpture on the Edge at Spicers resort last year, in addition to the 2017 and 2018 environment award for installations at this event.
Saturday 3 October, 12 noon-3pm , Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake MacDonald Drive. Free Entry, no booking required.
BYO picnic and wander the stunning Noosa Botanic Gardens; peruse the 26 bespoke deck chairs handmade by the Cooroora Woodworkers and featuring stunning canvases painted by local artists in the Amphitheatre from 12 noon before a live auction at 2.30pm. Live music by Lee Hardisty, spring blooms and a handcrafted and painted canvas deck chair that you could take home! What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
Saturday 10 October, 4pm-6pm, Moon Mountain. Tickets: $75 (NOS members $65); including live music, Slow Food Flavours of Noosa picnic box; drink on arrival; guest speakers and more.
A Soiree at Moon Mountain will celebrate music, art, design, wearable art, slow food, craft wines and beverages. Wander through the stunning grounds that host carefully curated sculptures and see the unveiling of Nick Warfield’s new work “the Two Sides of Bob Hawke". Live music and a talk on “The Importance of Art” by guest speaker Bill Hauritz from Woodford Folk Festival will keep you entertained. Guests will receive a specially created Slow Food picnic box featuring the flavours of Noosa and a drink on arrival. A cash bar featuring local craft beer, gin and more will also be available.