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Calling All Artists and Creatives
Escape ARTfest are eager to show your creative talent to the community!

We’re inviting all artists and creatives to submit an application to hold an Open Studio during this year’s Escape ARTfest.

Opportunities exist for Open Studios at various locations in Milton, Mollymook, Ulladulla and surrounds. We would love to stretch as far north as Lake Conjola and as far south as Termeil.

Our objective is to include artists and creatives from a broad demographic with diverse backgrounds and styles to engage and amaze our festival participants by opening their studios with the highest quality and standard in line with the Escape ARTfest’s vision - Showcasing artists to inspire the community.

Open Studio Selection Criteria

ARTfest’s vision for all Open Studios is to:

  • Have your studio displayed professionally, and in a manner which showcases your work to inspire and encourage viewers to be creative

  • Provide opportunity for artists of all levels to exhibit their studio and their work to the community, create connections with clients, and grow their creative endeavours through art sales.


Open Studios will display a variety of traditional and/or contemporary art practices using a range of media. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Painting/drawing

  • Photography

  • Digital art and animation

  • Light and lighting

  • Installation work and performance art

  • Sculpture 

  • Ceramics

  • Textiles


Open Studio Criteria

  • Studio must be of a reasonably professional standard

  • Open during Escape ARTfest from 10 am - 4pm

  • Manned by the artist

Quality and originality

  • Your open studio should be of a professional standard and MUST display your own original work.



  • Thursday 10th October - Sunday 13th October


What you need to do
As well as reading and agreeing to the T&Cs before applying to host an Open Studio, it is the artists responsibility to:

  • Organise your studio space and confirm open times with Escape ARTfest

  • Take full responsibility for the care and damage of artworks/materials/equipment.

  • Escape ARTfest has public liability insurance and so visitors to your studio will be covered however it is recommended that you have your own insurance as Escape ARTfest insurance may not cover damage to artworks, materials and equipment.



  • All submissions must be online, via the Escape Artfest website.

  • Ensure that you have attached photos, or have provided access to view your work via your website or social media account

  • Complete all information and ensure that all other parties involved in your Open Studio are clear about the details provided here

  • Applications are now open

How Much Does It Cost?

$50 per Open Studio*. 


Open Studio fees may be reduced or waived by Escape ARTfest at its discretion. Please indicate if you wish to apply for a reduced fee and provide your reason in your application.

Your Open Studio will be supported by the Escape ARTfest organising committee and volunteers, promoted through an integrated digital marketing, advertising and publicity campaign (e.g. magazines, newspaper, radio, etc.) and featured on the Escape ARTfest website.

NOTE: Escape ARTfest will not collect any commissions on sales of artworks. 

* Fees cover; administration, advertising and promotion, Open Studio Public Liability insurance  and a contribution towards funding free workshops for disadvantage groups in our community.

Open Studio terms and conditions (please read carefully before submitting your application).
The Artist MUST:

  • Organise the Open Studio to be ope to the Public

  • Confirm times and dates for Open - minimum open times are: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October from 10 am- 4pm

  • Take full responsibility for the care and handling of their artworks, materials and equipment. 

  • Guarantee all exhibited work is original and full copyright is owned by the artist

  • Gives permission for the exhibited work to be photographed by Escape ARTfest and used for promotional use on (but not limited to) the Escape ARTfest website, Instagram account, and Facebook page.


Escape ARTfest undertakes to advertise and promote each artist, their studio and their works via the festival website and social media leading up to the event.


If you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the ARTfest team -

* The Escape ARTfest Organising Team reserves the right to reject any Open Studio expressions of interest for any reason.

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