2021 Margaret River Region Open Studios | Artist Shane Hadley

Artist and sculpture Shane Hadley with Tre and Skigh Wine owner Skigh McManus, which will be hosting Hadley during Margaret River Region Open Studios.
Artist and sculpture Shane Hadley with Tre and Skigh Wine owner Skigh McManus, which will be hosting Hadley during Margaret River Region Open Studios.

For Margaret River artist Shane Hadley, collaborating with Skigh Wine located in the beautiful gardens of Chandlers on Abbey was a no-brainer.

Hadley's work is hung on the walls of the Yallingup Siding winery and his sculptures are scattered throughout the gardens.

"The gardens are just beautiful, they are really special, it is a hidden oasis on Abbey Farm Road," he said.

Hadley has been working as a painter and sculpture for 30 years and will be one of the 140 artists to join Margaret River Region Open Studios in September.

"Using Skigh as venue is really interesting, in that businesses are starting to come on board, they are looking at using artists and exploring that relationship," he said.

"The interesting thing for me is looking at how my art can come into a commercial space, add to it and enhance the experience for visitors.

"There is a relationship which feeds each other and it will be interesting to see where that goes.

"There has been a fairly good link between the arts and wine for a long time."

Hadley said a lot of his painted work was landscapes depicting the region and that he also loved working in three dimensional forms.

"Carving is really cathartic, it is physical, and painting is really cerebral you end up having to do a lot of thinking and working that way," he said.

"They are good releases for each other. They are very different things but their relationship is good and they do feed each other."

This will be the first time Hadley has featured in Open Studios as an artist and was

"My studio is a mess, to have a space like this and have businesses explore their relationship to artists and how they can use artists is exciting," he said.

"You have people come in to see the work and try the wine.

"I have an exhibition on at Margaret River during the same time so it will be a busy time."

Skigh Wine owner Skigh McManus said they had always been supporters of the arts and were fortunate to be supporting Hadley at their cellar door.

"We have hosted three or four Open Studios over the years," he said.

To checkout Hadley's work at Skigh Wine during Margaret River Region Open Studios please visit mrropenstudios.com.au/ for details.