Discover ‘Creative Melville’ with the City’s Inaugural Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail

Over 24 studios, galleries, creative spaces and Artist Run Initiatives (ARI’s) will open their doors over the first weekend of September for the inaugural City of Melville Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the event, running over Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 September, will showcase the many artists and creatives who operate within the City offering the community a chance to see artists at work.

“The City of Melville is home to many artists who work across a diverse range of mediums and our new Exhibitions Art Trail aims to give exposure to our creative assets with more than 400 emerging and established artists’ showcasing their works,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“The Trail is a wonderful opportunity to meet artists in their studios, buy some original art and be inspired by our ‘Creative Melville’,”

“The weekend will be jam-packed with art and activities, including demonstrations and hands-on activities at the Atwell Arts Centre, a Sunday ‘Garage Art’ sale on Burke Drive and the Plein Air painting group in action at Mt Henry Bridge, to name a few,”

Several group exhibitions will be on show throughout the City including the closing days of the City’s Annual Art Awards at the Civic Centre; the Wild Swans Art Group Exhibition at Nyisztor Gallery; the ‘We Love Art’ Exhibition at Atwell Gallery; the Designing Women Textile Group exhibition at AH Bracks Library; and Parallels of Place at Heathcote Museum & Gallery.

An eclectic range of works can be explored at Heathcote Cultural Precinct as current studio artists welcome visitors to their working space, including Sarah Pearn, Susan Radich, Tiffany & Migara Ramanayake, Rebecca Persic, Fiona Bucchanan and Nikki Lundy.

A number of local businesses are also getting involved and have teamed up with artists including Little Leaf Co who will be hosting Ruby Sew Oh! and Jacksons Art Supplies who will host a selection of local artists over the weekend.

The Trail includes a diverse range of participants opening their creative spaces throughout the City’s suburbs including; Ron Nyisztor (painting), Stewart & Trish Scambler (stoneware), Jennifer Gaye (textiles), Sheree & John Dornan (painting, textiles and glass), Daniela Dlugocz (painting and drawing) and Susan Sheppard (painting). 

For more information, including a full program of participating artists and trail map, visit, or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0243.