Margaret River’s unmissable art event: Meet the artists

Published April 5, 2018 by Private Properties
Margaret River is the epicentre of art in autumn

Creatives and art lovers, get ready.

It’s a feast for the senses this autumn with the largest open studio event in Australia, the Margaret River Region Open Studios (MRROS), taking place from 28 April to 13 May 2018.

What is it exactly? It’s a unique opportunity for members of the public to have an unforgettable behind-the-scenes experience: meet your favourite artists, take a sneak peek into their working space and inspirational areas, and discover more about being in the creative industry.

Art mediums on show

  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Glassmaking
  • Installation
  • Jewellery
  • Metalwork
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Upcycling
  • Woodwork

Let’s take a closer look at a selection of artists who will be throwing open their doors to visitors.

Rachel Coad

A phenomenally gifted portrait artist, Rachel has been a winner or finalist for a multitude of awards – too many to list here. However, one notable win was the prestigious Black Swan prize for portraiture in 2016. Her work is often in sepia and muted tones and has a sense of movement and fluidity.

Visit her website

Credit: Rachel Coad

Leon Pericles

A fine artist who has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1969, Leon has had an incredible 150 solo exhibitions. His artistic talents span across multiple mediums, including printmaking, sculpture, painting, design and also kite making. You’ll notice of references to the Outback in his work; an ode to where he spent his childhood.

Visit his website

Credit: Leon Pericles

Leon Pericles in his studio

Alan Meyburgh

You may already be familiar with Alan’s work, even though you might not realise it. His sculptures are in many public areas throughout the South-West, including his life-size megafauna structures outside the ancient caves of Margaret River. He has also exhibited at Sculptures by the Sea in Cottesloe and Sculptures by the Bay in Dunsborough.

Visit his website

Alan Meyburgh in his studio

Credit: Alan Meyburgh

Rebecca Cool

Rebecca’s work is colourful and charming, so it should come as no surprise that she’s a children’s book artist and illustrator. Notable works include The House That Jack Built and Isabella’s Garden, published by Walker Books. She also produces and sells mixed media artwork on canvas.

Visit her website

Credit: Rebecca Cool

Rebecca Cool

Christian Fletcher

This celebrated South-West photographer has been highly sought after for many years. Capturing the subtle beauty of a landscape – whether a foreboding forest, a serene coastal scene, or just a cluster of leaves – his work is stunning and deserves the high praise and fame.

Visit his website

Credit Christian Fletcher

MRROS is a free event in multiple locations across the South-West region, from Busselton to Augusta. Every artist’s studio, workshop or exhibition area has been mapped out and available on the website link below, so you can plan out your art-filled days to perfection. It’s also a great excuse to plan a gourmet food tour of the area while you’re driving in between locations. Have a read of our articles on food trucks, coffee, breakfasts, private in-house dining and breweries, plus wine tastings and other must-do activities in the region.

Find out more about this festival at the Margaret River Region Open Studios website.

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