Journey of creativity

Article image - Journey of creativity Robert Walker and industrial steel sculpture.

The picturesque hills of Armadale, Western Australia, are home to many high-profile and emerging artists.

For three weekends in September, the public were given exclusive access to an extraordinary range of artworks as part of the Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail.

Fifty local studio artists opened their doors for a rare glimpse into inspiring spaces, the personalities behind the art, and their creative processes.

City of Armadale Mayor, Henry Zelones OAM, JP, said the trail had experienced a significant increase in attendance since it first started in 2015, drawing art enthusiasts from all over the Perth region.

“The Open Studio Arts Trail gives visitors the opportunity to explore a tucked away hive of creativity, which until recently has proven to be one of Perth’s best kept secrets.

“With its rolling green hills and scenic natural environment, it’s no surprise that the City of Armadale is home to talented artists – many of whom draw inspiration right from their own backyards.”

The Open Studio Arts Trail featured artwork in a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, glass, eco-fashion and clothing, jewellery, photography, textiles, ceramics, wood and stoneware, as well as from a local Aboriginal art studio.

The mayor said it was an opportunity not only to uncover the extraordinary artistic talent on offer in the Armadale hills but also to explore the neighbouring restaurants, wineries and cideries, parks, markets and attractions that the region has become well known for.