Interested in participating in the 2018 Open Studios of the Scenic Rim?

It's easy!

All the information you need to know about the program is on this page or on the links below.

However we ask that you pick up an application pack from Scenic Rim Libraries or Cultural Centres which contains a USB with all this information on it.  You can then fill in the application form and submit hi res images by adding them to the USB.  This can then be returned to Scenic Rim Libraries or Cultual Centres.

Having issues with computers?  Contact your friendly staff at Scenic Rim Libraries or call Cultural Services on 5540 5055

Calling for 2018 Studio Artists & Venues

  • Artists and Arts Collectives to apply
  • Tourist Operators, Businesses and Organisations wishing to secure an artist as an Artist-in-Residence during the 2018 round of Open Studios.


Open Studios turns ten in 2018.  Studios & Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim is a creative industry + cultural tourism initiative presented by Scenic Rim Regional Council and is celebrating its 10th round in 2018. The program operates annually across trail areas within the Scenic Rim region and encourages engagement with the arts through visits to artists' studios. 
In 2018, Studios will be open in the month of May and early June across the Scenic Rim and at other times by appointment.  Most of the work on display is for sale with many artists also offering workshops, demonstrations and other programs. 

Open Studios of the Scenic Rim has been developed with support from RADF and the ongoing input and evaluation of visitors, artists and representatives in the creative industry and cultural tourism sector.

Who can apply

  • Artists residing within the Scenic Rim region can apply to open their own studio (as an INDIVIDUAL ARTIST), join other artists (as a COLLECTIVE) or exhibit or perform their work at a different location as an ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE.
  • Artists residing outside the region wishing to participate in the Studios program can apply as ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE based at a venue within the Scenic Rim.  Artists-in-residence should be a working residency with the artist practicing their craft during the Studio weekend.  Arrangements are to be made by the artist directly with the venue or the venue directly with the artist. 
  • Artists participating are not limited to visual artists.  Artists may include performers across all genres, musicians, writers and film makers.
  • The onus being on the capability to provide visitors and participants with an engaging experience and insight into artmaking in their chosen media.

Open Studio Dates in 2018

Tamborine Mountain   5 & 6 May    
Lost World Valley  12 & 13 May
Beaudesert   19 & 20 May
Boonah & District   26 & 27 May
Canungra - Beechmont   2 & 3 June

2018 Studio opening hours: 10am – 4pm

on each day of the allocated weekend unless otherwise listed in the Studios & Events guide and online.

Applications close 29 Sept 2017


Steps for Artists & Collectives to apply for 2018 Open Studios

  • Step 1  Read the Application Guidelines here
  • Step 2  Pick up an Application Pack (contains a Scenic Rim USB) from Scenic Rim Libraries and Cultural Centres; or  request an Application Pack by contacting Council and register your name and postal address via email here ; or phone 5540 5050.
  • Step 3  Prepare and ensure you have all your information and high res images ready for your applicaiton.  Incomplete application forms or poor quality images may not be accepted.
  • Step 4  Complete in full the  Application Form (on the USB digitally).
  • Step 5  Save your completed Application Form to the USB.
  • Step 6  Save your high res images to the USB as per the requirements in the Guidelines. 
  • Step 7  Return the Scenic Rim USB to Council by the closing date.  Late entries will not be accepted.  Incomplete application forms and poor quality images may not be accepted.
  • Step 8  Applications will be assessed and studio visits will be held with short-listed applicants.
  • Step 9  Applicants notified of the outcome.


Applications are assessed by a panel of peers from the creative industry, tourism and education sectors in three separate categories: 

  • Individual Studio Artists 
  • Artists-in-Residence  
  • Arts Collectives

Please read the Guidelines carefully to ensure that you qualify and can provide all the relevant information and images by the due date.

More questions ?

Contact Studios Project Officer Irene Girsch-Danby  Email or phone  07 5540 5050


Steps for Tourist Operators, Businesses and Organisations

Register your interest as a Venue to secure an Artists-in-Residence during Open Studios.

  • Step 1  Email or phone 07 5540 5050 to express interest as an Artists-in-Residence venue
  • Step 2  Council officers liaise with venues and artists.

Extended Pop-up opportunities during FOTOM : April 2018

Artists and Chambers of Commerce across Scenic Rim are being invited to get involved in Scenic Rim's Fires on Top of Mountains (FOTOM) community celebrations during April 2018.   Pop-up artists could remain in businesses throughout April and into May and June during the 2018 Open Studios period. 

To get involved, contact your local Chambers of Commerce or approach local businesses and be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  See Chamber contact details in the Open Studios Guidelines.  Enquiries E:  P: 5540 5055

FOTOM is a multi-art form community arts activation that celebrates and showcases the culture, unique identity and stories of the Scenic Rim leading up to and during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. more info