Our Story

Since 2014 Margaret River Region Open Studios has designed, coordinated and promoted a free annual open art studios event to showcase the increasingly diverse and vibrant arts scene throughout the region. The event has become the biggest of its kind in Australia and in 2021 was awarded the prestigious Gold Award for Events & Festivals by Tourism WA.

The tenth Open Studios event will be held 9 to 24 September 2023, once again offering art lovers the rare chance to visit private art studios, meet artists and view their works in progress.

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Margaret River Region Open Studios Inc is a not-for-profit organisation, administered by a committee of professionals, artists, volunteers and contracted personnel whose aim is to promote the Arts throughout the Region.

Come and experience this much loved event in the beautiful Margaret River Region, and plan your personal art adventure using our website or free event guide.

Discover the origins of Margaret River Region Open Studios in this video by Southern Forest Arts

Our Board

Jim Davies
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.

Jacquie Happ

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.

Karen Seaman

Born in the UK, Karen came to Australia as a very small child. She has lived in the South West since 1989 and on her Jacka Road property since 1991. She is happiest living in the country and finds constant inspiration for her art through walking and working on 140-acres of bushland.

Since graduating from Teachers College in 1985 and a BA in Visual Arts from Canberra School of Art in 1988, Karen has maintained her studio practice alongside her career in primary school art education. She is a multidisciplinary artist who derives great pleasure from developing mastery of materials.  With a strong grounding in observational drawing, Karen has developed as an artist through her enjoyment of experimentation. She participates regularly in Margaret River Region Open Studios, submits her art to group exhibitions and wins awards.

Susan Montanari

Born in London, Susan has in inherent love of the performing and visual arts. Her career in finance commenced with PwC in London and continued in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Whilst living in Asia for 15 years, Susan and her family frequently visited the Margaret River Region; and eventually made it their home.

Susan is currently Chief Operating Officer at Nexia Perth where she focuses on risk management, financial success, process improvement and digitalisation. Community minded, Susan is an eternal organiser who is passionate about nurturing and supporting small business and the arts.

Georgia Zoric

Georgia Zoric grew up in Perth, daughter of lauded knitwear designer, Libby Peacock.

After studying Graphic Desigh at Perth Technical College in the late 80s, Georgia worked and travelled, broadening her artistic skills across every discipline. Moving to Margaret River with husband Peter and their 3 children in 2009 Georgia found a passion for bush crafts and magpies and hence kept herself busy on their small property until moving to Busselton in 2018.

In 2019 Georgia finally discovered ceramics  and in doing so brought together her broad artistic knowledge into one discipline. 2022 was her first year exhibiting in MRROS, and after her sell out show she was keen to do all she could to support and promote fellow emerging artists in the SW region.

Dominique Monteleone

Dominique is a WAAPA graduate with a Diploma in Performing Arts and has since worked with many arts groups, events and governments to design their cultural, community and economic development. She was a Director with WA State Government agency Healthway, managing the grant funding including for Arts projects, and with her business Wicked Strategies she creates solutions to enhance community development. She’s passionate about organisational resilience and works with groups to create stronger social well-being, greater inclusion and develop income diversity.


John Miller

John Miller is a jeweller/metalsmith born in Perth. He has two jewellery workshop-galleries in Yallingup and Margaret River. John has served on the board of MRROS previously and has been a gold or silver sponsor of the event for the last ten years.

Mr. Miller is also a theatre graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, is an accomplished singer-songwriter and photographer. This year marks fifty years as a professional creative jeweller, now recognised nationally and worldwide.

Being a passionate supporter of the arts, John hopes to see more recognition of the diversity and abundance of creativity in the South West region.