2021 Margaret River Region Open Studios sign up record number of artists

Award winning photographer Lauren Trickett is 1 of 140 artists who have signed up for this year's Margaret River Region Open Studios event in September. Image supplied.
Award winning photographer Lauren Trickett is 1 of 140 artists who have signed up for this year's Margaret River Region Open Studios event in September. Image supplied.

A record 140 artists from Bovell to Witchcliffe will participate in the eighth Margaret River Region Open Studios from September 11 to 26, 2021.

As well as popular art forms such as painting, ceramics, sculpting, illustration, photography, jewellery and glass, this year's Open Studios will also feature a number of more unusual creators including a milliner, hand-woven rug maker, two tattoo artists and a handcrafted book maker.

Margaret River Region Open Studios chairman Jim Davies said there was huge excitement and anticipation for this year's event following the success of the 2020 event.

"We thought all the records were smashed last year - visits to studios up 50 percent, largest ever art sales and over $7 million in economic benefit generated, but we've already broken one record this year before the event has started in attracting our highest number of artists to Open Studios since we started eight years ago," he said.

"The scope of artists is hugely diverse so art lovers will be able to plan a stimulating and creative time in the region to visit the fascinating homes and studios of their favourite artists and discover some new talent too.

"Renowned favourites Leon Pericles, Rebecca Cool, Rachel Coad, Lauren Wilhelm, Christian Fletcher, Fi Wilkie, Gerry Reilly and Ian Mutch are returning, and we have more than 40 artists new to the event which also makes it exciting for visitors who come back each year.

"We know from our visitor surveys that most people spend three to four days visiting a variety of studios in Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, Cowaramup, Margaret River and everywhere in between.

"The event covers 16 days so there's plenty of opportunity to enjoy region's art and springtime beauty."

The event website mrropenstudios.com.au will soon feature all of the 2021 Margaret River Region Open Studios artists.

A free event guide will be available to collect at visitor centres, Jacksons Drawing Supplies and tourism venues.