This September 24th & 25th, Pittwater offshore artists invite you into their homes and studios. Share their stories, listen to their tales, and see the work of their hands.
Place of inspiration
Today Scotland Island and the water access communities of West Pittwater are home to almost 1000 children, parents, professionals, trades people, artists, writers, musicians, sailors, film makers and more.
But our history goes far back…
For 30,000 years, the indigenous Guringai people of this area created art: weaving Dreamtime stories, and performing music along the shores of Broken Bay and Pittwater. Throughout Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park so near to us, they etched ancient stories on rock platforms. Lyrebirds danced and sang the Guringai songs. Spotted gum trees whispered their secrets.
Then European settlement began 200 years ago when freed convict Andrew Thompson built his house on the island. He named it Scotland Island after his homeland.
Throughout the years, many artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians have been drawn to this secluded paradise. All draw deeply from its energy and beauty. Many find inspiration. Others are healed. Some find family. Some have created nationally acclaimed works of art, while others create for the pure joy of self expression.
In recent history, this diverse artistic community has produced film festivals, theatre, musical concerts, art exhibitions and happenings on Scotland Island and surrounding bays.
Saturday, Sunday – 24th & 25th September 2011
WaterMarks Open Studios is part of the Manly Arts Festival, 2011. Make a day of it. Studios are open from 10 am – 4 pm. Special event transport runs from 9 am to 5:30 pm.