Starting conversations around creativity

Julia and Monika Freake welcome visitors to last year's Surf Coast Arts Trail exhibition at Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club. (Supplied)

The Surf Coast Arts Trail is back for another year, with registrations opening next week for artists of all skill levels.

Registrations will open on March 14 for the arts trail event on August 3 and 4, welcoming artists to exhibit and demonstrate their work.

Surf Coast Shire councillor Gary Allen said 16,700 people admired the work of more than 200 artists during last year’s trail.

“Last year’s numbers demonstrated what a fantastic opportunity our much-loved trail is for artists and patrons alike,” he said.

“Total sales across the weekend exceeded $240,000, including more than $30,000 in commissions and $10,000 in workshop commitments.

“It (the trail) provides a significant economic boost for our acclaimed creative sector alongside a wonderful experience for all.”

Fairhaven artist Julia Freake said the most challenging part for artists exhibiting their work was “just putting it put there”, and the arts trail was a good way to start conversations around creativity.

“I love that we can all come together and that we can share across the generations, and all have our different takes on art as individuals,” she said.

“I’m very passionate about people exploring their creative sides, and I’ve got a real passion for kids learning the tools and not being put off or told they are doing it wrong.

“We have all of the artists talking to each other about what mediums they use or how they do things, all inspiring each other.

“It’s about getting involved, the journey, and experiencing the whole thing. Don’t be afraid. Give it a go. Get out there and get your work involved.”

Visit for more information about the Surf Coast Arts Trail and to register between March 14 and April 28.