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On Sunday May 8th the Arts in the Olives Festival 2016, will feature the theme of “Stories and Stones”  including  indigenous arts workshops and storytelling. 

This is a day to enjoy creativity, learn skills and take home your very own masterpiece, or simply to wander amongst the olive trees, or along the peaceful riverbank enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes.

Learn to sculpt a 3 dimensional masterpiece in stone or wood to create a beautiful piece to take pride of place in your home or garden.

Music lovers will enjoy learning Bamboo Flute Making with Windelf, who will teach  his students how to make and play unique Shakuhachi or Native American bamboo flutes.

Winner of the 2012 Caldera Art Award – Therese Flynn Clark – will lead students in learning the art of creating shapes and animal forms in the Desert Weaving style.

The blacksmiths will again beat beautiful shapes from hot iron in two separate workshops offering tuition for both the Beginner and Advanced student of blacksmithing. 

We are delighted to be able to offer a Horn and Pewter workshop again this year.  Ross Plant will be offering tuition  using the machinery and tools he acquired from the master John Trier. 

There will also be an opportunity to learn the mysteries of mosaic jewellery, to learn textile dyeing in the Shibori method, and to create shape and form with the fascinating art of needle felting, . 

Following the Arts in the Olives tradition, 2016 will again see free tuition for all children’s workshops with some requiring a small charge for materials. 

Children can drop into the workshops of their choice during the day. 

An excellent music programme for 2016 with talented artists, and artisan stalls will again offer beautiful hand made goods  and organic and home grown produce. 

Food offerings promise to be delicious, tantalising and varied.

Festival Times:

Sunday workshops begin at 9:00 am. Registration for Workshops opens at 8:00am.  To avoid disappointment, pre booking is recommended as many workshops fill early.

  • Morning Classes: 9:00am-11:30am
  • Afternoon Classes: 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • Fullday Classes: 9:00am-3:30pm

Music, stalls, food and wine tasting and other festival activities will occur throughout the day

Costs and Payments:

  • Festival entry is $8 (Children under six admitted free of charge)
  • Halfday Workshops – $30.00
  • Fullday Workshops – $60.00

Additional material charges will apply to most workshops. See the workshop page for details.

Please see ‘Bookings and Payments’ for more information.

Contact Erica Bates at ‘artsintheolives@gmail.com’ or on 0417 720352 for enquiries and bookings

Safety considerations:

Please remember Arts In The Olives takes place in a bush setting, and as within all bush settings in Australia this may include rough uneven ground, or presence of snakes, spiders and other native fauna who may live alongside the free flowing headwaters of the Albert River.

Although the majority of the festival space is shady – sun safety is necessary.

NB: Parents are responsible for the safety of their children at all times while at the festival.

+ First Aid is available at the registration tent.

Please be aware and safely enjoy the environment that is such a unique part of the Arts In The Olives experience.

One response

14 05 2012
wendi of the treasure

Thanks for yet another great festival, we had a wonderful day thanks to all your hard work … Well Done
Cheers Wendi and Family

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