The Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail has announced a strong artisan line up for the 2020 open studios event. More than 30 artisans will be exhibiting on the trail at 17 different venues, from wineries to art galleries and beautiful small community halls.

Event founder Rosy Chapman reports that new and returning artisans are experiencing first-hand what the arts trail is doing for the Granite Belt’s economy and bringing the community together. “Our artisans are good to go! We have an Indigenous collage artist, a contemporary dot painter and an indigenous arts collective, potters, street art, fibre artisans including that wonderful Mongolian Ger, leadlight artisans, fine art photographers, a candlemaker, watercolourists, a precious metal jeweller, and many more.

Amiens History Association will be hosting a range of experiential activities for kids and the grownups: panning for tin, the 1920s resplendent replica Railway Carriage “fit for a king” and much more. “You can enrol in a class; you can watch a demonstration and you can get in and have a go. It is a great opportunity to get behind the scenes of creativity and be engaged in art yourself.

“Thanks to our 20-strong ukulele group The Graniteers, the entertainment at our small halls and surrounding venues is shaping up to be lively! Over the last few weeks GBART has hosted workshops and photo shoots to help artisans promote themselves in the lead-up to the October event. “GBART is actively promoting the artisans to the broader community and our weekend drive market through digital marketing campaigns, a new website and media liaison.

This year marks the second inauguration of the arts festival which provides a fully immersive experience of the rich tapestry of culture, talent, history and artefacts in the region. There will be a three-day, COVID-sensitive event opening at 10am on Friday 30 October and closing on Sunday 1 November at 4pm.

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