Margaret River Open Studios returns in September

Gracetown artist Rachel Coad.
Gracetown artist Rachel Coad.

Organisers of Margaret River Region Open Studios are thrilled to announce its rescheduled 2020 dates, confirming 101 artists from around the region will be opening their studio doors to welcome in art lovers.

MRROS chairman Jim Davies confirmed the rescheduled event will be held from September 12 to 27, 2020.

"We're thrilled to be able to run the event in September and our artists are looking forward to welcoming in visitors to the region to share their passion for art in all its forms," he said.

"We always said we would postpone and not cancel.

"As things became less restrictive throughout May and June we were able to plan the event, talk to the artists and stage a comeback.

"Our artists have not been able to sell any of their work in galleries since they were all closed, we were only four weeks out from the event when we had to postpone it because of COVID-19 restrictions.

"We believe we might be the first full-scale event returning to the Margaret River Region post COVID-19 restrictions - an exciting prospect for both our artists and the local tourism industry.

"Our artist studios will conform to the State Government's COVID-19 health and safety requirements in place at the time of the event and we will share this information on our social media channels and website."

Mr Davies said the event would run in the same format - artists opening their private studios to the public to view their artwork, gain an insight into how they create their work, and share stories and information.

"We will repurpose the event guides already printed for the event, but recommend people planning their studio visits go to mrropenstudios.com.au to find out the full list of artists participating and their studio opening times," he said.

Now in its seventh year, MRROS features painters, sculptors, illustrators, jewellers, printmakers, glassblowers, ceramicists, potters, photographers, furniture makers, woodworkers, textile artists, metalworkers, mixed media artists and upcyclers who share a love of this beautiful part of the world.

Renown Margaret River Region artists participating in the rescheduled event include Leon Pericles, Rachel Coad, Lauren Wilhelm, Mary-Lynne Stratton, Patricia Negus, Ian Mutch and Christian Fletcher.

Jim recommends people planning a stay in the region for Open Studios plan ahead and book accommodation to avoid disappointment.

Artist studios are located across almost 700 square kilometres from Busselton, to Dunsborough, Eagle Bay, Yallingup, Cowaramup, Margaret River, and Witchcliffe - and everywhere in between.