MESSAGE FROM THE PATRONS
As the founding Patrons, some 5 years ago, of the initial Margaret River Open Studios, we are delighted with the success the event has achieved. It started as a creative idea, something aimed at enthusing the artistic community of Margaret River. That and more it has certainly achieved.
Congratulations go to our foundation Chairman, Bill Castleden, as he exits from his leading role as the founder of the largest Open Studios event in Australia. Bill has shown outstanding leadership as he hands the mantel on to Jim Davies.
This year we have a record number of participants, an exciting programme and some new venues, all of which is sure to once more boost the popularity of the event.
It is amazing what the drive, creativity and energy of a few can create, in a short period of time, to benefit the residents, artists and visitors to a small community.
To you Bill, and your dedicated team of board members you have the admiration of the entire community, along with the many visitors to the district, in creating and driving such a successful venture in our small community.
To the incoming Chairman and board, we wish you continued success in taking this wonderful venture forward.
We look forward to a wonderful OPEN STUDIOS event in 2018 that enhances our community, the arts and our many visitors.
Tricia and Denis Horgan
Denis & Tricia Horgan AM, FCA
Denis Horgan and wife Tricia founded Leeuwin Estate, a boutique winery in the picturesque Margaret River district, 280km south of Perth, Western Australia, which has earned an international reputation for export wines that rank alongside the worlds finest.
A passion for art lead to their leading wines being bottled as “Art Series” with labels incorporating works from leading Australian artists whose works are displayed in an art gallery at the winery.
Annual concerts in the winery’s natural amphitheatre also support the performing arts and they have been credited with assisting to make the Margaret River area a ‘must visit’ destination for tourists.
Both Denis and Tricia are dual recipients of Western Australia’s highest wine industry and tourism awards and have both been admitted to the Order of Australia for their contribution to the Australia wine and tourism industries.