Swaying into pole position with Strange Fruit and Deaf Arts Network! It’s happening right now! The Swaying Pole Project with Strange Fruit and Deaf Arts Network is on NOW! Come along and watch as participants perform on giant swaying poles as part of a creative collaboration! They are at the KPMG building Ground Floor at 161 Collins Street, Melbourne. You are welcome to come and watch them in action between 11:30am – 2:30pm any day this week:  

Workshop Times/ Dates Tuesday 26 October, 11.30am – 2.30pm Wednesday 27 October, 11.30am – 2.30pm Thursday 28 October, 11.30am – 2.30pm Friday 29 October, 11.30am – 2.30pm.

It is free and open to the public. Auslan interpreters are present. So drop into 161 Collins St and support this unique new artistic partnership!

For more information about the project, go to the Arts Access Victoria website.

 This project has been made possible with the generous assistance of the City of Melbourne, The Besen Foundation, the SachsenFonds group, KPMG Melbourne and with the support of the Deaf Arts Network and Arts Access Victoria. www.strangefruit.net.au


Currently at Craft Victoria

When:  22 Otober – 27 November 2010

Gallery 1: Bridie Lunney and Meredith Turnbull explore the interface between jewellery and installation art in Scale Practice.

Gallery 2: Inspired by Calum MacLeod’s roadbuilding quest, Timothy McLeod presents handmade wooden wheelbarrows in Stories through the Barrows.

Gallery 3: Out of the Box – 94 Variations is a sentimental tribute by Alex Selenitsch exploring theme and variation with found die-cut cardboard sheets.

4 – 31 October 2010 enCOUNTER (24/7 window space): The Breakfast Club features works by second year RMIT BA Fine Art Ceramics students that respond to the culture and rituals of breakfast.

Craft Victoria is supported by the Federal Government’s Australia Council funding; the Victorian Government’s Arts Victoria funding; and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy funding, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Government.  www.craftvic.org.au

Contemporary Aboriginal Art Exhibition

Betty Pumani, Ngintaka Tjukurpa, acrylic on canvas 2010 Courtesy Mimili Maku

The stunning Parks Victoria property, Coolart Wetlands & Homestead will host the latest contemporary Aboriginal art exhibition ‘Living the Land’ presented by Peninsula-based mother and daughter curators, writers and publishers Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs.

The exhibition comprises more than 40 vibrant new works from around Australia – selected to celebrate Coolart’s important role as a bird sanctuary, wetlands and indigenous flora and fauna park, to demonstrate Indigenous people’s care of the land and how this is represented in art. “Care of the country’is an ongoing and engaging process for Australia’s Indigenous people”, says Susan McCulloch. ‘‘Many Indigenous people, especially those of an older generation and those who live on their lands through the holding of native title are ethno-botanists who know their country intimately and care for it in a very active way”. Integral also to Indigenous care of the land, she says, are the ceremonies, song cycles, and stories of creation ancestors responsible for creating the land and for replenishing the rain that sustains growth. It is the images of these ceremonies that are at the heart of contemporary Aboriginal art.

We want to show the many Indigenous cultures and countries throughout Australia and how artists relate these in very different ways, unique to each artist and each place. This year the outback has burst into life following wonderful rains. This is reflected in art of particular vibrancy. We’ve just come back from Darwin, Cairns and Alice Springs and have brought back some wonderful works by some of the newest stars of Aboriginal art, classic new works by famous artists, some delightful three dimensional works and exciting works by artists of the extraordinary art communities of the APY lands.’ The show will also feature works by Baluk Arts, Indigenous artists of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula and a wide variety of smaller items. A talk, Living the Land: Indigenous artists care of the country, will explain the relationship of art to country in more detail. The range of works is imaginative and the quality excellent – whether in smaller works or those of top collectability. Through our long association with Indigenous artists, their representatives and communities, we’re able to bring works of special interest and variety to the Peninsula that might not otherwise be seen.’

For further information: McCulloch & McCulloch,  PO Box 375, Balnarring, Vic, Australia, 3926.   T: + 61 3 59 898282  M: 0419 896473 


Exhibition of Botanical Art @ The MPRG

Jenny Phillips Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus) 2006 watercolour on paper.

Jenny Phillips: The hidden meaning of plants An MPRG exhibition

When: 12 November 2010 – 6 February 2011

Jenny Phillips, deservedly, has an international reputation as an important botanical artist. As founder, director and teacher at The Botanical Art School in Melbourne she has also been largely responsible for the contemporary renaissance of botanical art, both here and abroad. The life of Jenny Phillips has been consumed by a passion for hunting down and painting plants and flowers. This exhibition, the first major retrospective of her work, examines the way in which Jenny Phillips’ botanical art goes beyond scientific observation, where plants are used as a motif to demonstrate artistic skills and scientific knowledge, to one where plants are invested with symbolic meaning to express the artist’s emotional states and relationships with family and friends. Featuring rarely seen watercolours and drawings sourced from private collections throughout Australia, the exhibition includes works from her well-known Magnolia, Strelitzia and Waterlily series along with examples of Australian natives, exotics and fruit and vegetable studies.

New Photograph on Arts Blog

On a visit to the Main Ridge Dairy Woodfirers last week I thought this ancient and dramatic kiln firing process would make an interesting header for a few weeks.  See if we can’t attract other inspired artists, craftspeople, photographers to send their image to showcase what they are doing.

The Main Ridge Dairy Woodfirers group consists of famed Peninsula ceramic artists Anne Gallace from ‘the Dairy Main Ridge, Sue Sanderson and Alan Sanderson  who run Studio 13 in Rye, other enthusiasts and students Merin Hallowell, Ray Oborn, Dean Wilson, Ray Lightbody and Geoff Carson. 

If you would like to see further images of ‘our creative Peninsula’ send me a jpeg and details to andrea.ebsworth@mornpen.vic.gov.au

3RPP’s Jazz Panel presents the Swedish Jazz Kings

3RPP is proud to present in concert direct from Stockholm, The Swedish Jazz Kings, world renowned exponents of Classic Chicago Jazz of the 20’s & 30’s featuring the legendary Roy Williams

When: Saturday October 23 Doors Open 7.30pm Concert 8pm Sharp

Where:Chelsea RSL Function Centre (formerly Chelsea Town Hall) 4 Thames Promenade, Chelsea Melway Map 93 B12

Tickets: $30 pp Bookings essential phone 9766 1711  Drinks at Bar prices, meals available in the RSL Bistro from 6pm meal bookings 9772 1873

For the best Jazz 3RPP 98.7 & 98.3 FM is your natural listening choice and at www.3rpp.com.au

Oak Hill Gallery presents a new exhibition ‘ARTISTIC TWIST’

Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington will present its latest exhibition in November of eclectic works by 10 jewellers, 2 painters, 2 photographers and a copper sculptor.  Some of the jewellery is inspired by Japanese sushi , some by recycled watch parts.  There will be a rich variety of painting and photographic styles to view, and the copper sculptor has promised to delight all.

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, Civic Reserve, Mornington, adjacent to The Regional Art Gallery and the Rose Garden, 100 Mornington- Tyabb Road.

When: Opening Sunday 31st October from 2pm – 4pm with entertainment provided by local jazz and blues group “Those Three Blokes”.  The exhibition runs from 30th October until 24th November.

Gallery Open Hours: are Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm

For further information contact Oak Hill Gallery on 5973 4299 or E mail : http://art@oakhillgallery.com.au

News from Tash Parker

Mornington Peninsula and Somers Musician Tash Parker has posted her local and interstate tour dates here with artsonthepeninsula.  Her gentle and soulful sounds are now compiled on a first album of exquisite songwriting and intriguing and beguiling sounds, many of which are complimented by Somers musician Wally De Backer’s (the Basics & Goyte) exemplary composition skills.  Tash launches her album on November 7 at the Northcote Social Club,  details below.  

Tour Dates :

Wednesday 20 & 27 October Residency with Owl Eyes  @ Revolver Upstairs
229 Chapel St, Prahran, VIC

Saturday 23 October Supporting Cousin Leonard @ Meeniyan Hall

Sunday 24 October Victoria Somers Art Fair 

Sunday 7 November Melbourne Album Launch @ The Northcote Social Club with special guests Ben Abraham and Goodnight Owl

Saturday 13 November Melodica Festival Melbourne @ The Wesley Anne Playing @ 7:20-8:00pm

National Album Launch Tour

18 – 20 November Tasmania Touring with Cousin Leonard

21 November Hobart The Alley Cat – with Lincoln Le Fevre

27 November Sydney, The Gate Presents  Paper Scissors, Valar, Lessons In Time

28 November The Vangaurd Cogel, 49 Goodbyes, Jess Chalker & Edward Deer

29 November Gold Coast The Cavern – Nobby’s Beach

30 November The Palmy – Palm Beach

1 December The Troubadour  Brisbane, Scott Spark and Tara Simmons

2 December The Tree House, Byron Bay

for further info go to http//www.tashparker.com and http://www.myspace.com/tashparker

Art Exhibition

Morning Sun Vineyard presents their inaugural art exhibition ‘Arte Della Prima Vera’

When: 29th October– 7th November

Where: Main Creek Road, Main Ridge, Melways ref 171 k10

Tickets: $ 25 which  includes a glass of wine and a selection of gourmet delicacies from chef Jens Schroeder.

 For further information please contact Rebecca on 5989 6571 or 0447 001 677 337 http://www.Morningsunvineyard.com.au

Musos meet to tune organisation

Ten Peninsula music lovers have formed Mornington Peninsula Music at a meeting at the Mornington Peninsula Shire offices in Mornington Tuesday September 14.  The Network is interested in promoting and improving the quality and quanitity of regional music presentations, regardless of musical genre.  The meeting was a follow-up from the July Music Forum that Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Libraries, Arts & Culture team initiated and convened. 

Team Manager Geoff Carson said “our aim is to have an actionable public arts policy on the Peninsula, including a concrete plan to improve music, with this group working to develop ideas and propose ways in which the Shire could assist”. 

MPM foundation members, with interests including a brass band, a choir, classical music,  music industry management and media and simply playing music will set up an internet-based hub to gather and distribute information among Mornington Peninsula musicians.

Details of the newly formed network are available from Andrea Ebsworth, Cultural Planner on 5950 1716

Taken from an article by Haydn Godony of the Independent Newspaper on September 22

Talents Youth Gallery an Exhibition

If your’re creative, Aged 10 – 25 and are from the Mornington Peninsula then you can submit an ART PIECE to be showcased at this years TALENTS YOUTH GALLERY.

All you do is make or draw something based on our Portraits theme and send it into us by November 15 2010.  Selected art will be displayed at Oakhill Gallery in Mornington throughout December 2010  For more info and submission requirements: Contact Mornington Peninsula Shire Youth Services on 5950 1666 or Email mpys@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Posters in Our Libraries: Rosebud Somerville, Hastings and Mornington

Calling all Young Artists with a Disability

Applications close October 22nd!! If you would you like to make a big leap forward with your career and get to know an artist who you admire and with whom you could discuss ideas and work closely, then now’s the time to get your application in!

JUMP is the Australia Council’s national mentoring program for young and emerging artists. Be mentored by a leading professional of your choice; work with them on a funded creative project; and access national networks, online profiling and professional development. Young artists with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Melbourne Fringe is the Victorian state delivery partner for JUMP. Check out the website for JUMP and apply online. Applications close 22 October 2010.

If you require an alternative application format or have any other queries call Melbourne Fringe and speak to Esther Anatolitis and her team: Phone 03 9660 9600 Email esther@melbournefringe.com.au  Internet relay users Connect to the NRS (www.iprelay.com.au/call) then ask for 03 9660 9600 …

Arts Access Victoria is partnering with Melbourne Fringe to support artists with a disability through the application process.

Please contact Jo Cohen or Sarah McCusker at Arts Access Victoria: Jo (Tuesdays to Fridays 9.30am – 2.30pm)

Phone 8640 6009 Email jcohen@artsaccess.com.au Sarah (Mondays 12.00pm – 6.00pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10.00am – 6.00pm)

Phone 8640 6011 Email smccusker@artsaccess.com.au

JUMP, the National Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging Artists, is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, through the Opportunities for Young and Emerging Artists initiative.

JUMP is managed nationally by Youth Arts Queensland in collaboration with State Delivery Partners. http://www.jumpmentoring.com.au

Mornington Life Magazine Free Gig Guide

Hi there, Summer is coming
And let everyone to know about your gigs and pass on to everyone you know it’s free for any event/gig/performance in Frankston or on the Mornington Peninsula


The Mornington Peninsula’s largest online Gig Guide Post a link to http://www.morningtonlife.com.au on your websites or facebook/twitter/myspace.

We update our Gig & Events guide every Thursday BUT we need you to send us your current info for inclusion

SIMPLY EMAIL, OR FAX in the format attached up to one month’s gigs.  Don’t forget to let us know if there are changes or cancellations.

Email us your Band Pics and Bios as we now can include these links on the website  PLUS we may do a write up on your band or venue in MORNINGTON LIFE MAGAZINE out at the start of each new season.

Next magazine is December 1st with everything happening on the Peninsula over Summer and the New Year.

For any other info please call Lisa Walton Designer, Publisher

P 03 9708 8222  metro Melbourne callers
P 03 5906 5771  Mornington Peninsula callers
F 03 9775 2736
M 0402 246 206
E gigguide@morningtonlife.com.au


Mornington Life Magazine which encompasses The Village Mt Eliza Magazine and Sorrento Village Life Magazine has a free Music Gig and Events Guide for those wishing to promote music, theatre, visual arts; performances, events and activities across the Peninsula.   Over 600 hits weekly and growing from people searching for local music and events.  The service is free and the site is updated weekly.   www.morningtonlife.com.au     The website will now be linked on the righthand side of the blogsite – artsonthepeninsula.wordpress.com

For further information contact Lisa at Big Bang Media on 9708 8222