Call out for local artists to open their studios this coming May

Mudjimba resin artist Carlie Johnston from Seajay Art is looking forward to opening her studio doors in 2024 as part of the ‘Open Studios’ art event. Photo: Contributed  

TIME is running out for established and emerging artists, as well as passionate hobbyists, who would like to be a part of one of the Sunshine Coast’s biggest art events – Open Studios 2024 which will run from May 18-26.   

Organised annually by not-for-profit organisation Arts Connect Inc (ACI) since 2010, registrations are open until February 2 for both first-time and returning artists to become a part of this year’s event. 

Arts Connect Inc President, Jen Braithwaite said the Open Studios concept is a wonderful opportunity for artists to connect and communicate with those interested in art in an environment that they are comfortable and familiar with, such as their home studio or a collective venue shared by a number of artists. 

“Feedback from past participants has shown that while it is an important opportunity to sell their work, it also has many other benefits including exposure to new audiences, a vital information gathering tool, as well as an excellent way to connect and learn from other local artists and art professionals,” Jen said. 

Mudjimba local Carlie Johnston from Seajay Art is a devoted resin artist whose work mirrors the essence of the ocean, capturing its ever-changing hues and ceaseless rhythms. 

Participating in Open Studios is more than just a chance to sell her artwork it’s an opportunity to share her passion for resin with others.  
“I cherish the connections with fellow artists and art lovers and being able to foster long-term friendships and sometimes collaborations,” Carlie said.   

Coastal ‘Open Studios’ will be open on May 17 and 18 and Hinterland studios will be open on May 24 and 25, with workshops and exhibitions taking place on the weekdays in between. 

If you are interested in being involved as an artist and opening your studio, or in a volunteer capacity or as a sponsor, please contact the Open Studios Co-ordinator Lea Parkes via email at 

To find out more about the Open Studios Sunshine Coast 2024 program, take a look at or Facebook – openstudiossunshinecoast 

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