Free Music Industry Workshop

FREEZACENTRAL is running a free music industry workshop at the Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington from 5.45-8.30pm on Tuesday September 7. 

The workshop will focus predominantly on the careers side of the music industry with topics such as performance and technical production, events management, music business, marketing and publicity. 

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Youth team are the local project managers of the event and can be contacted on 5950 1666


New at the MPRG (Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery)

In the Japanese Manner: Australian prints 1900-1940

A National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition

 In the Japanese manner highlights the work of Australian artists inspired by the traditional Japanese woodblock printing art of ukiyo-e. This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to observe how Australian artists adapted the style and technique of Japanese woodblock printing to form a distinctly Australian aesthetic. The influences of Japanese art initially came to prominence in Europe in the 1850s through woodblock prints. Their radical forms, cropped figures, flat colours and unique compositions transformed the art world at the time and by the 1900s this influence had spread to Australia. Its effect on the art world was revolutionary.

 The artists selected for In the Japanese manner represent some of the most well known in Australian art including Paul Haefliger, Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Ethel Spowers, Lionel Lindsay, Violet Teague and Napier Waller.

 2010 Beleura National Works on Paper  An MPRG exhibition

 The 2010 Beleura National Works on Paper is an acquisitive exhibition that brings together contemporary works on paper from across the nation.

 The curatorial theme for this year’s exhibition is ‘Contemporary Portraiture’. The exhibition will showcase the way artists are using the nature of paper – its materiality – to examine themes of personal, community, national and trans-national identity in a time when the borders between public and private, fictitious and real are continually being challenged and redefined. Traditional approaches to both portraiture and working with paper will be explored in the exhibition along with works that use new technological mediums – displaying the ways in which these mediums are prompting new explorations of portraiture and working with paper.

 Judges for the 2010 Beleura National Works on Paper comprise: Jane Alexander, Director, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Alisa Bunbury, Curator, Prints & Drawings, National Gallery of Victoria and Jon Cattapan, artist.

 Exhibitions Open Saturday September 11 @ 4pm-6pm

Special Events:

Brunch with Simon Sunday September 12 Join Simon Elliott for brunch and a walk through the current NGA touring exhibition, In the Japanese Manner: Australia prints 1900-1940

Young at Art Tuesday September 14 and October 12 These popular interactive sessions with storyteller, Mattaeo are designed for 0-5 year olds to engage with the Gallery and other children.

Beauty & Desire: Japanese prints Thursday October 14  Australia’s sole authroity on the art of the Japanese Edo period (1600-1868), Dr Gary Hickey, will talk about this artform and how it inspired Western artists.

Shockwaves Thursday October 7  Join Elizabeth Butel as she reveals and explores the images and influences that shaped iconic Australian artist Margaret Preston.

Meet the artists  Several finalists in the 2010 Beleura National Works on Paper exhibition will be at the Gallery on Sunday October 10 to discuss their work with visitors.

 Get Into Art Day  Sunday October 17 Participate in the all ages special events program at the Gallery

 Mornington Food, Wine and Performing Arts Festival Sunday October 17  Visit the Gallery’s marquee in Main Street, Mornington

 Day trip Travel with a small group to the Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy. See the latest exhibition and see printers at work in their studios. Stroll around vibrant Gertrude Street and savour the special ambiance of this creative precinct.

for full program details go to the Gallery’s website or call the Gallery on 5975 4395  Bookings are essential and charges apply

Impro Workshops @ Southern Peninsula Arts Centre

Improvisation workshops are great for actors or anyone wanting to foster creativity and spontaneity, this fun workshop series builds confidence and performance skills through Theatresports style games.

Performer Jim Lawson will run 4  x 2 hours sessions starting Thurs 16 September from 7:00pm-9:00pm with remainder of sessions on Thurs 23 Sept, Thurs 30 Sept and Thurs 7 October 2010.

Each session explores the fundamental building blocks, games and exercises of improvisation for the theatre.

A place where no experience is necessary and making mistakes is mandatory!

Tickets: $118, conc available includes 4 workshops plus a ticket to the improvised show ‘Spontaneous Broadway @ SPAC on Friday 15 October 8pm.

Bookings: Phone 5986 8204 or online at go to the buy tickets link.

Workshops held at Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud Secondary College 245 Eastbourne Rd Rosebud.

Peninsula Summer Music Festival

Spring is just around the corner…… And with it comes the unveiling of our 2011 Festival Program! In our fourth year we bring you our finest offering yet; in turns seductive, joyous, profound, intriguing and just plain irresistible. To coincide with ABC Classic FM’s broadcasts of performances from the 2010 Festival, we will be revealing the 2011 lineup on September 20.

Discover the 2010 Festival Tune in to ABC Classic FM in September. If there was a performance at the 2010 Festival that you’d love to relive, or you couldn’t make it to everything you wanted to, here’s your chance to hear it all over again. From Monday September 20, ABC Classic FM will be featuring 8 concerts recorded live at the 2010 Festival, during Simon Healy’s In Performance program (8pm weeknights) and Afternoons with Christopher Lawrence (1.05pm weekdays). Starting with Neal Peres da Costa’s truly unforgettable rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at St Johns Flinders (Monday September 20, 8pm), the broadcast schedule includes: Wednesday September 22, 9.15pm – Intermezzo, featuring Alannah Guthrie-Jones (harp) and Karen Schofield (flute) performing at Main Ridge Estate Monday September 27, 8.00pm – Abendmusik, with baritone David Greco and Latitude 37 performing at St Peters Mornington, followed by the Bach Gamba Sonatas with Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba) and Donald Nicolson (harpsichord), recorded as part of the Recital Series at St Johns Flinders Tuesday September 28, 1.05pm – Daniel Yeadon’s performance of the virtuosic Bach Cello Suites (Nos 1 & 4) is followed by the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, featuring classical clarinettist Nicola Boud and Ironwood Chamber Ensemble Thursday September 30, 1.05pm – Daniel Yeadon’s recital of Bach Cello Suites (Nos 2 & 3) is followed by Caroline Almonte performing Chopin, Liszt and Busoni during her recital The Poet and his Muse. For full details of the concerts, artists and broadcasts, visit the feature page on the Festival website.

Stand by for the 2011 Festival Program Tickets on sale Monday 20 September to coincide with the broadcast of the 2010 Festival, we will be releasing the 2011 Festival Program on Monday 20 September.

 In our fourth year, we will be once again bringing you a lineup of outstanding Australian and international musicians – with some familiar faces and some new discoveries.

 Without giving too much away, you’ll see a European superstar making his Festival debut, gain a whole new perspective on watermelons, learn more about the lute than you ever thought possible, and enjoy the return of a much-loved event that may or may not involve candles.  The program promises to be seductive, joyous, profound, intriguing and just plain irresistible.  Be amongst the first to see our 2011 Program by pre-ordering your brochure. 

Be amongst the first to see our 2011 Program by pre-ordering your brochure

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What’s the time Mr.Wolf?

Ryan New is a gifted performer who trips uneasily between fantasy and reality: his skin doesn’t fit and his waking life is beyond strange. Ryan walks in human’s clothing searching for his own kind and a way to navigate the obstacles of an ordinary day filled with risk and possibility. A taxi driver could suck your blood, plastic eyes can trap your soul and a psychic wolf could be your best friend.

To Ryan, autism is an experience, not a disability.

Ryan New and director Colleen Burke have collaborated on devising a show that gives the audience this experience. Along for the ride are actors Ben Chapman, David Robinson and Lachlan Plain.

Performances: Saturday September 4  @ 2pm and 8pm / Sunday  September 5 @ 6pm

Venue: Signal (behind Flinders St Station towards Sandridge Bridge, Northbank)

Cost: $5.00 per person

RSVP Jo Cohen, Arts Access Victoria Tel: 03 8640 6009 or email: by 30 August 2010

World of Women’s Cinema presents the 16th WOW Film Festival

The Rye Action Group are hosting the 16th WOW Film Festival – a short film night made by, for and about women. 

All funds raised from the WOW screening will cover the costs of the new playgrounds concept drawings and architectural plans.

the world through the eyes of women

When: Saturday September 11 @ 7pm

Where: Rye Hotel (above the Sportsman’s Bar) Nepean Hwy Rye

Ticket Price:  Option 1 Pre-movie drink and light supper early bird $20

Option 2 Pre-movie drink and light supper $25 on the night

Option 3 Pre-movie drink and Dinner @ Rye Hotel $45

Early Bird tickets can be purchased from Just Magic, Rye Hotel & Rye Community House

Phone enquiries 0402 246 601  or email

Launch of 3940Art’s Mural in Rosebud West

3940Arts is an initiative of the Rosebud West Community Renewal program.  Under the direction of Jo Ridgeway – An exciting range of creative activities have been developing with the aim of engaging the community in innovative ways and ensuring as much community participation in planning processes as possible is acheived.  Community members have been participating in music and songwriting, theatre performance skills building and the visual arts.

Where: The Mural will be launched at the site, the small set of shops on the Cnr of Illaroo and Tawarri Streets Rosebud West.

When: Thursday September 9 @ 3.15 pm

For further information contact Jo Ridgeway on 0423286901

Spring Photograph for the Arts Blog Header

Spring is fast approaching and yesterday was a glorious day to search for something new to put on the Arts Blog.

Its shot of an Ornamental Cherry tree in Mornington. 

If anyone would like to send their Spring Image  I’d be happy to post to the site for at least a month depending on the demand of Peninsula photographers who would like to have their image and work acknowledged. 

A big thank you to all those who have accessed the Arts Blog with a diverse range of information over the last 5 months.  It’s been inspirational to review and post the myriad of activities, festival wanted ads, singing, music events, exhibitions going on.  Spread the word and see if we can’t make this the premier place to list what’s on in the arts on the Mornington Peninsula.

Eldering Ensemble

Beleura House Garden (Mornington) proudly presents the Eldering Ensemble – founded in Paris, 2003 and comprising of Australian violinist Simon Monger [who hails from Mornington, Victoria], German cellist Jeanette Gier and pianist Christoph Scheffelt from Chile.

The program will feature works by Beethoven, Korngold and Haydn


Venue: The recently completed Music Centre Building at Toorak College, Mount Eliza

When: Saturday 4th September 2010 @ 2.30pm

Complimentary Tea and coffee will be served during interval

Tickets: available from Beleura House Garden phone (03) 5975 2027

Cost: $30 adults / $27 concession / $10 child

Wanted: Street Performers & Buskers for a new Sorrento Festival

The Sorrento Portsea Chamber of Commerce is presenting the “Sorrento Live the Life Fiesta” , 1-10 October 2010. 

The focus for the festival is music, heritage & the arts.   As part of this festival, buskers and street performers are encouraged to perform at one of a number of allocated footpath sites along Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento on Saturday, 2nd and Sunday, 3rd October 2010.

This is an opportunity for emerging artists to perform in an environment where traditionally busking is not permitted, and should afford a captive weekend end school holiday audience.

 Please contact Natalie Garner on 0424 000 391 or on Tuesdays and Thursdays to apply for a location.   Mornington Peninsula Shire require performers to be register with Sorrento Portsea Chamber.

Australia Council for the Arts: New Initiative What makes me is a project developed by the Australia Council for the Arts and invites us all to think about what art adds to your lives.

About this Project

What makes me is a project developed by the Australia Council for the Arts and invites us all to think about what art adds to your lives.

Part of the challenge is that for many Australians, ‘the arts’ is associated with images of snobbery and inaccessibility. We want to encourage people to see that art comes in many forms, and that school bands, amateur comedy and circus are every bit as artistic as classical music and oil painting. The 12 wonderful Australians featured in our films show the many different ways in which people can and do engage with the arts.

We want you to show what it is that you like about art by creating your own art cube. As everyone’s cubes are combined, we will gradually be building Australia’s largest collaborative digital story.

We want to demonstrate that the arts are a powerful agent of change in our lives: they enrich our society and make Australia a better place to live, celebrating and defining us as Australians, as communities and as individuals.

The Australia Council would like to thank everyone who was involved in giving their time and co-operation to this project. In particular, the 12 individuals who agreed to be featured in the video stories on this site deserve our special gratitude. The work of Wanted Digital is also appreciated for their high-quality production of the What makes me content and website.

About the Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Each year, we provide more than $175 million in funding for arts organisations and individual artists across the country. We also work to build access and appreciation for the arts and ensure a strong and vibrant arts sector.

About Wanted Digital

The What makes me campaign has been created by Wanted Digital, the award winning team behind sites such as 12 Canoes. With decades of experience in developing the interface between people, art and the Internet, the Wanted Digital team are proud to have been involved in this campaign aimed at connecting Australians and art.

Astral Theatre Society’s latest production of ANNIE

Rosebud Astral Theatre Society Inc proudly presents their latest production of ‘Annie’.  Directed by Isaac Schmid & Alma Moore and the  Music Director is Gina Reimers.

Show dates:

Friday September 3 & 10 @ 8pm

Saturday September 4 & 11 @ 8pm

Sunday September 5 & 12@ 2pm

Where: Rosebud Memorial Hall Melways 158 D-12

Bookings: 5986 3111

WANTED: Youth Street Artists & Designers

The Mornington Main Street Festival ‘Wine, Food & Performing Arts’ on October 17  is interested in sponsoring a

STREET ART COMPETITION   Artwork Submission deadline Friday October 1 

Submit an A4 design for a ‘street art image’ that you can blow up and recreate on a 1m x 1m roadway space using large coloured chalks to be provided.   Open to ages 

Expressions of Interest to Andrea Ebsworth Cultural Planner Mornington Peninsula Shire on 5950 1716 or email or Ree Liddell Artistic Director Main Street Wine Food and Performing Arts Festival on 0402978739 or email

WANTED: Artist to run a children’s activity at a festival

A well known Mornington Peninsula Festival wants an innovative children’s arts/craft workshop to be run in the streets of Mornington in October 2010. 

If you have high quality arts skills and can entertain many children at once with an inspiring festival activity contact Andrea Ebsworth Cultural Planner Mornington Peninsula Shire on 5950 1716 or email

Regional Arts Australia National Conference

This month we remind you that Junction 2010 – Regional Arts Australia’s national conference and arts festival – kicks off in Launceston on 26 August. This is your chance to get together with 1,000 arts-minded delegates from around Australia and beyond to rethink and re-imagine what the future of the arts in Australia can be. If you haven’t yet registered there’s still time – just log on to

Saturday Night Live with the Westernport Regional Band

This Saturday night the big band sounds of the Westernport Band can be heard at the Lyrebird Community Centre

Where: 203 Lyrebird Drive Carrum Downs

When:Saturday August 7 @ 6.30pm

Tickets: Tickets need to be pre-booked phone 03 9782 0133

Cost:$25 per head includes spit roast, BYO drinks & glasses  bring your gold coins



Matthew Does Art is an exciting solo exhibition by Warrnambool artist Matthew Clarke. OPENING – THURSDAY 5 AUGUST, 6PM ALL WELCOME!

Clarke presents for the first time, a solo show of his work in the heart of Melbourne at City Library Gallery. Matthew Clarke is not your average artist. His trademark paintings use vivid combinations of paint, colour and text – these are confident, figurative works which let us in to a unique world/self view. His paintings are up-front examinations of self identity in seemingly artificially flavoured worlds. This exhibition comes after a string of group exhibitions in regional Victoria. Clarke funded the project in the only way artists know how – through ingenuity, hard work and a little bit of luck. Unable to save money on his meagre disability pension, Clarke spent most of last summer selling his works through a market stall at the Port Fairy Market. With strong interest in his work resulting in improved sales, Clarke found his dream of a solo exhibition was almost in sight. But the real clincher was a chance win on the pokies. Clarke, for whom playing poker machines is not a regular pastime, is quick to assure his fans that painting remains his most important passion. But his situation does highlight that most important of questions; where can artists go for financial support to realize their dreams, particularly artists with disabilities or mental health issues who face enormous barriers in accessing funding opportunities in the mainstream arts world? Exhibition Details The Gallery @ City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Wednesday 4 August to Friday 27 August – open daily FREE Opening Thursday 5 August, 6pm – All Welcome! Matthew Clarke is supported by Arts Access Victoria Enquiries:

What’s On at the Southern Peninsula Art Centre

6 Days to go! Glenn Robbins, Mick Molloy and Jeff Stilsonare coming to Southern Peninsula Arts Centre (Rosebud Secondary College) on Thursday 5 August. Get your tickets now and avoid those winter ills with an immune boosting belly laugh. Essentials you need to know:

Where to get tickets – phone the SPAC Box Office on 5986 8204 and leave a message or Box Office is open Tuesday 1pm-3pm or book online 24/7 at the Rosebud Secondary College website go to the buy tickets link on left and follow the prompts.

Ticket prices: $39.90 or $34.90 conc 

Bar opens at 7:30pm

Show starts at 8pm, no interval Join us for a great night out.

Coming Soon to SPAC: ‘The Three Tenors’ Friday 8 October, 8pm Tickets $35 & $30con ‘Spontaneous Broadway’ improvised musical comedy, Friday 15 October 8pm Tickets $26, $22conc, $16 student Southern Peninsula Arts Centre 245 Eastbourne Rd Rosebud 3939 P 5986 8204 (Tues & Fri)

The Stiletto Sisters perform at the Ranleagh Club Mount Eliza

The Stiletto Sisters are a three girl troupe performing exciting and virtuosic gypsy melodies, seductive tangos and sexy music to swoon by! 

If you are interested in gathering a group together to attend the August 14 dinner and show or for 10 or more  there is one FREE ticket and for bookings of 8 or more one FREE bottle of wine!

When: August 14 @ 7pm

Where: Ranleagh Club Mount Eliza

Tickets:$50 per head includes a three course dinner

Bookings: Contact the Office on 03 9787 0265 or email Lisa Hemmingway or phone Lisa on 0400688916

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