In a much anticipated boost to the Southern Downs economy, October 2020 will see artisans, visitors and locals alike come together to celebrate the wealth of creatives in its midst with a trail of art trails. These back-to-back open studio events are expected to surpass the well-known Silo Art Trail.

Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail organiser Rosy Chapman says, “We are thrilled to partner with Condamine Country’s inaugural Art and Craft Open Studio Trail event, held over 17 and 18 October 2020. Our trail of trails will provide a fully immersive experience of the rich tapestry of culture, talent, history and artefacts in the Southern Downs.

“In 2020, so many Australians are looking to holiday here this year in support of regional economies. It’s so beautiful up here now and it seems that this will be the year of road trip adventures for many Australians.” Karina Devine, Warwick Art Gallery Director, says, “The Condamine Country Art and Craft Trail is all about getting people out in the region to meander through a unique country experience.

“By joining forces with GBART, we hope to encourage extended visitation and participation from campers and caravanners, the fastest growing domestic tourism sector in Australia. Building economic resilience and diversity in these challenging times is the foundation for boosting our regional economy.”

The Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail and the Condamine Country Art and Craft Trail Open Studios Events follow trail maps to discover a variety of local artists, as they exhibit at studios and galleries as well as taking up residence in community spaces. Participants can enrol in a class; watch a demonstration and can get in and have a go.

GBART organiser Rosy Chapman was inspired by the Silo Art Trail, which resulted in international media attention, an influx of tourists to the region, and expansion of the trail into a 200-kilometre-long outdoor art gallery. Today the Silo Art Trail has expanded into SA, NSW, WA and QLD, and delivers ongoing benefits to tourism in each region.

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