Queanbeyan-Palerang hosts 11th Annual Arts Trail

Matt Curtis from Curtis Glass Art Studio is assisted by son Hugo during the Arts Trail. Photo: Jamila Toderas
Matt Curtis from Curtis Glass Art Studio is assisted by son Hugo during the Arts Trail. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Artists from around the region threw open their doors this past weekend to invite the community in to learn about their craft.

The 11th annual Arts Trail in Queanbeyan-Palerang began on featured more than 30 venues open to the public.

The event was co-ordinated by the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and cultural director Georgina Perri said people were encouraged to create their own trail from their own interests.

The team at Curtis Glass Art Studio, Hugo Curtis, Harriet Schwarzrock and Matt Curtis. Photo: Jamila Toderas

The team at Curtis Glass Art Studio, Hugo Curtis, Harriet Schwarzrock and Matt Curtis. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Some of the country’s most well-known artists and craftspeople call Queanbeyan-Palerang home, including award-winning glass artists Matt Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock of Curtis Glass Art Studio.

Ms Schwarzrock and Mr Curtis met in Sydney in the glass art scene before eventually moving their young family to Queanbeyan.

They now both work out of their home studio where Mr Curtis creates "structured, architectural" works while Ms Schwarzrock's designs are more "organic". Both artists have had their work featured internationally.

Ms Schwarzrock said in addition to the cheaper land prices Queanbeyan was the perfect location for them to set up a studio.

"There is a strong arts community in the Canberra region, particularly for glass," she said.

"It's got an international reputation and we're really fortunate that we've got colleagues that are exhibiting internationally."

Perfecting his craft. Matt Curtis crafting a glass bowl. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Perfecting his craft. Matt Curtis crafting a glass bowl. Photo: Jamila Toderas

She added it was pleasing to see the arts being steadily more supported and embraced by both government and the community.

"I feel the Queanbeyan-Palerang council is very supportive of the arts and I think Georgina Perri has really encouraged the community to see the value in the arts," she said.

"I think there is a strong scene [in Queanbeyan] and I think with the amalgamation, there's so much creative energy all the way out to Braidwood and Captains Flat.

"I think there's a lot going on and it's being celebrated a bit more now."