Margaret River Region Open Studios is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation, run by a board of volunteers and contracted personnel, whose aim is to promote a diverse range of arts for our members are all of whom are practising artists within the region.
We design, co-ordinate and promote an annual Open Art Studios Event to showcase the increasingly diverse and vibrant visual arts throughout the Margaret River Region. This event has become the biggest of its kind in Australia.
Our fifth Open Studio event will be held over 16 days from April 28th – May 13th 2018.
Chair of the Board
I enjoyed a 40 year marketing and advertising career in the U.K. and Australia, in many roles including; as the inaugural MD of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia, the vice Chairman of S&S London and ex CEO/Chairman of 303 Perth. I admire the creative artistic process, it has given me great pleasure over the years and this is an opportunity to give something back to the arts community.
DR BILL CASTLEDEN
Bill Castleden was a vascular surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Western Australia. He convened Doctors for the Preservation of Old Growth Forests and was the inaugural Chair of Doctors for the Environment, Australia. He is a Margaret River avocado grower and art lover with many close family members who are artists.
Vice-Chair and Treasurer
Julien as a chartered accountant has, over the years, been involved with voluntary organisations, such as Rotary International since 1984. His role has involved him in assisting with the finances & fund raising to ensure that the organisations are financially stable. With not an artistic bone in his body, he can only admire the skill & talents of the works produced by the very many art forms on shown in the South West.
Jacquie has been involved in starting many events and art projects in the Dunsborough region over the last twenty years with most of it as a volunteer, so believes she now has the dream job working as the Cultural Development Officer at the City of Busselton. While her husband Myles, is a potter and bee-keeper, Jacquie believes she has a good eye though her artistic work is in the organisational sphere, bringing together people to experience ‘something’ being the driver. She has been the chair of the Dunsborough & Districts Progress Association for nearly 10 years and volunteers for a variety of festivals in the area.
I have had several jobs in London, Iran and briefly in India, from nursing, secretarial, interviewing and teaching. The majority of my work included some form of creativity, while all of my life I have used photography, drawing and textiles. Between 2004 and 2008 I enjoyed a Fine Art degree with Honours in Aberdeen, Scotland and after qualifying, left for Australia where I exhibited my work at UWA, Fremantle, Heathcote and central Perth. My move to Margaret River and joining the Open Studios was the beginning of an important artistic adventure that has woven the strands of my life together.
John Miller is regarded as one of Australia’s leading jewellery designers celebrating over 41 years of creative excellence. From his Yallingup studio ‘Jewel of the Capes’, this master gold and silversmith creates a stunning array of unique hand crafted jewellery, reflecting all the beauty and the drama of the Margaret River region. This is art beyond the capricious fancies of fashion.
Since completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Fine Art at Curtin in 2011, Ella has worked in both the public and private art sector in various roles including project coordination, communications and marketing, curation, and arts tutoring. Ella’s passion for the arts lies in supporting and enabling others to engage in the arts, recognising the important role that arts and culture plays in our world.
Jenny Sanderson trained and worked as a draftsperson for 20 years before becoming a full-time visual artist in 1985. For the past 27 years she has worked in various mediums in which she has won a range of awards. Jenny Sanderson has participated in more than 30 exhibitions (8 solo) and is represented internationally. In 2013 she was invited to represent the South West of Australia at Parliament House in Canberra. For more information please refer to www.jennysanderson.com.au
Fi Marks Wilkie has enjoyed living in Margaret River for the past twenty years. She studied art history at UWA and then graphic design at Curtin University before travelling widely and then working in interior design, antiques and product design.
She has a passion for country living, its people its landscape and its stories. and her work repeatedly explores these themes. She has come to painting only fairly recently after the birth of the first of two daughters 16 years ago but has had several successful solo and group exhibitions in Margaret River.
Monica Field is our part time administrator and has lived in the Margaret River region for over five years. She brings a cross section of skills to the team including public relations, marketing, events management and sales. A addition to the Open Studio's team since August 2016, Monica is the main contact person for the general day-to-day running of the organisation as well a helping to co-ordinate artists and the event.