Surf Coast Arts Trail


The 2020 Surf Coast Arts Trail will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August.

Now in its 9th year, the 2020 Surf Coast Arts Trail is an opportunity to discover the work of the Surf Coast’s thriving arts community. Meet the artists in their studios and creative venues from the coast to the hinterland.

Registrations are now open and will close on April 8th, 2020 at 5pm. To register, please fill out the Surf Coast Arts Trail 2020 registration form.

Introducing your Local Area Coordinators

Coordinators will be getting in contact to discuss your zone’s representation on the Trail soon – watch your inbox. 

Miranda Jarvis - Hinterland Coordinator

"I am an emerging artist based in Deans Marsh. My practice uses found objects, textiles, photography and traditional artistic mediums to explore relationships, identity and our connections to place and each other.

After completing a BCA (Hons) at Deakin University in 2018, I became interested in how the arts could be a tool for social change in rural areas. I understand that living rurally can be a challenge for artists and as Local Area Coordinator for Deans Marsh, Winchelsea and Moriac, I want to encourage and showcase the hotbed of creativity that resides within these parts of the Surf Coast Shire."

Karen Steenbergen - Aireys/Fairhaven/Lorne Coordinator

Karen is a Torquay artist and has been working with translucent porcelain clay for over 15years, making bespoke pieces and commissions. Involved in multiple Surf Coast Arts organisations including Surf Coast Arts, Surf Coast Art Space and Anglesea Art House, Karen’s own work is inspired by the colours and textures of her local beach and bush environments.

Mollie Vaughan – Bellbrae/Anglesea Coordinator

Mollie Vaughan is a photographic artist based in Bells Beach, with a passion for the Arts and its ability to bring forth new perspectives on our world. Her aspirations of working in the Arts industry make her particularly dedicated to artistic collaboration and art/cultural events management, that aims to engage the community and develop strong networks for established and emerging artists. Her artistic practice is formed through an experimental hybridisation of analogue and digital photographic processes. Often her works confront humanity’s disassociation with the natural world and introduce photography as a process which lies within the boundary between art and science. 

Michelle Conn - Torquay/Jan Juc Coordinator

"I have lived in the Surf Coast Shire for the last nine years and have worked in education, videography and my own personal art practice as author/illustrator of my first children’s book.

I’m really looking forward to meeting local artist’s and working behind the scenes to connect the community with their practice.

The Arts Trail has the ability to bring community together, showcase and celebrate local talent and inspire people to follow their own creative passions."

We will be introducing the coordinators of the other two zones next fortnight, but in the meantime - GET REGISTERED!

Each of our four coordinators will begin making contact with artists from their zone over the next month to dream up fabulous ways to help you promote and showcase your work.  Watch your inbox!

We've gone digital

This hugely popular annual event will showcase more than 200 artists in 60+ venues across the shire, so we've created a dedicated online map of the trail. Or, use the QR code to go straight to the map on your phone:


To use the QR code:

  • Click on it, or
  • On some phones you can hover your camera over it, then follow the instructions that appear on your screen, or
  • Use a QR code reader (you might need to download one from wherever you get your apps).

The digital map can help you plan out your Arts Trail weekend:

  • Familiarise yourself with the four geographical zones of the Trail.
  • Find out which individual artists are taking part and where.
  • Follow the links to see more of their work.
  • Select a zone category and then tap on the drop down menu that appears below to search any one of the 7 sub categories (painting and illustration, sculpture and metalwork, fibre arts and craft, ceramics, glass and wood, installation and performance, photography and multimedia)

Feeling more old-school?

Downlod a PDF version of the map(PDF, 4MB)

Or pick up a hard copy of the map at:

  • visitor information centres
  • the Surf Coast Shire Council office in Torquay
  • and many other community outlets