Director, Kaarin Fairfax comments on the project,

 “I joined the Rosebud West Community Renewal, 3940 Arts Project, funded by the Department of Community Development and Planning in partnership with the Mornington Peninsula Shire, headed by the brilliant Jo Ridgeway, in 2009.  It was decided I would work with 10 teenagers over 10 weeks to create an intimate Cabaret show, detailing different aspects of living life in Rosebud West.  As the members of the Theatre Project, now a company, whose ages ranged from 8 to 75, began to reveal their stories & talk about their hopes and dreams, it became clear to Jo and I that the theatre project was going to get bigger.  I have watched the young members of the company grow into beautiful adolescence and feel incredibly privileged to have been part of their lives during this 2 year period. I have witnessed a strenghtening of the bonds between the younger members of this community and our seniors through the sharing of tales and laughter.  I have watched the company, young and our senior members blossom with confidence as their performance and theatre skills grew and their imaginations became ignited.  It has been a long and wonderful journey and I am so incredibly proud of this project and all the wonderful people involved.”

On behalf of 3940arts and The Dreamhouse Theatre Company, i once again extend an invitation to the

Premiere season of The Dreamhouse Theatre Company’s The Wetlands Project One Last Chance.

Where: Truemans Road Reserve.

When: March 3-6 Preview 8pm March 3 Opening Night 7-8pm, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 5pm


Tickets: $15 Student Concession $10 & Under 14 FREE

For further information or enquiries contact the Rosebud West Community Renewal Office on 59865478 or Project Officer Jo Ridgeway on Mobile 0488337253



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Australia’s fast-rising choreographic talent Paul Malek combines a powerful cast with “athletic” and “combat” inspired movement to present Collaboration The Project’s latest work, STRATAGEM.

STRATAGEM: the story of 4 regular people who delve into a virtual reality game show where they battle each off for national glory. As the game progresses however the computer programs framework begins to crack, allowing the rules to bend and be broken. In the chaos that surrounds them only one thing is on their minds… “How do I get out of this alive?”

The electrifying cast includes: Kim Adam, Monique Dawes, Trent Harlow, David Harrison, Tyler Hawkins, Lauree Malek, Alya Manzart and Ashleigh Perrie.

STRATAGEM will also feature a soundtrack composed specifically for the show by electro-producer Peter Nigido.

When:  Thu 17 Feb to Sat 26 Feb 2011 @ 8:00pm
Where: Theatre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda
Ticket price:  $32 full / $25 conc Bookings: 03 9534 3388  Office: 03 9534 4879



Images: (L-R). Odd One Out: Sandwich, $25, Whole Pizza $50, Slice of Pizza $15, Slice of Cake, $20

A special children’s edition of Craft Hatch promises treats good enough to eat.

 The March Craft Hatch features more than 20 designers presenting work that celebrates the child in all of us. Staged at the State Library of Victoria, this special edition compliments the Library’s exhibition Look! The art of Australian picture books today.

 Visitors to the market will discover Fiona Smith’s label Odd One Out. Working almost exclusively in felt, Odd One Out specialises in food-themed creations. Trained as a visual merchandiser, Smith was drawn to felt for its colourful qualities. “I’m very attracted to bright colours and kitschy things, I have a big collection of cotton fabric but felt really provides the texture, body and thickness for the food range”.

Odd One Out’s customers fall mostly into two groups – those looking for items to incorporate into children’s tea sets or play time, and those wanting to decorate a feature piece of crockery or service ware. Her food theme range includes sandwiches, biscuits, donuts, cake and pizza (sold whole or by the slice!).

 Shoppers will also be able to enjoy a guided tour of the Look! exhibition by curator Mike Shuttleworth, starting at 2pm. The one hour tour is suitable for families and children.

 Also exhibiting at the March Craft Hatch are: Ferrit, Joey Nomad, Little Paper Cloud, Love Rosie Clarke, m2matiz, Made by Mosey, Meg Kolac, Mr Moo, Greswell Forest Bears, Porcelain Womb, Sister Outlaws, So Little Time Co., Milk & Cookies, Tamptation, Teddy Bears Wednesday, The Dusty Caravan & Earth Die Screaming, Two Layers of Cells & Zooblast.

Craft Hatch markets are presented by Craft Victoria on the second Saturday of every month, 11am-4pm.

When: Saturday 12 March, 10am-4pm.

Where: Experimedia, Ground Floor, State Library of Victoria.
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne (corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets).


Acclaimed composer, Eve Duncan will speak about her new piano and string quartet composition, Butterfly Modernism.  She explains: ‘The butterfly is a symbol of freedom, and as the infamous nickname for Chancellor and Patrick’s McCraith House at Dromana, it also represents the spirit of freedom and expansion in modernist beach architecture in the 1950’s and 60’s…I wanted to create music that could enter into the open and positive world of this architecture as it looked with excitement to the future’.

Following this talk will be a concert featuring the music of Beethoven, Brenton Broadstock and Eve Duncan which will be performed by one of Australia’s most outstanding pianists, Michael Kieran Harvey and the superb Silo String Quartet.  Winner of the 1993 Iva Pogorelich International Solo Piano Competition, Michael Kieran Harvey performs regularly with Australia’s symphony orchestras and as a soloist. Described as ‘a master with a fire in his belly’ and a ‘national living treasure’, he is at the forefront of contemporary piano playing in this country.  Silo continually contributes to contemporary culture whilst challenging the heavily steeped traditions of the string quartet form by providing a platform of highest standard for new and innovative string quartets including acoustic works and use of technology. Silo String Quartet gave their Carnegie Hall debut in 2008 with trombonist Barrie Webb.  Their members perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra.

When:   Sunday 17 April @4pm for 4.30pm-6pm
Where:  Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery    bookings essential                                                                                   Cost:    M $35 G $40 Students $30, includes Peninsula wine and cheese
for further information contact the MPRG on 5975 4395


 The next exhibition from The Studio @ Flinders Gallery is by emerging artist Janet Fitzpatrick.  Delicate watercolour paintings inspired whilst on a tour through Provence France.   The teaching artists’ who have nurtured and tutored Janet on these journeys have included, Margaret Cowling, David Taylor, Avero Castegnet, Charles Reid and Amee Kelly.

 Where: The Studio @ Flinders Gallery, 65 Cook Street Flinders

When: Opening 2.30 pm March  5th till March 20th



Jeff Gilmour

On the Mornington Peninsula you can discover an environment that has inspired some of Australia’s finest artists, past & present.  This artistic tradition is alive and well today, with many artists choosing the Mornington Peninsula as home.  The Peninsula Studio Trail (PST) offers the public the opportunity to meet member artists working from their studios.

Visitors are invited to visit the studios over the Open Weekend – March 12-14th  to talk with the artists  about their work & purchase direct.  The weekend offers an opportunity to experience firsthand the workings of an artist’s studio. You will see paintings in all mediums, sculpture, and photography.

Michael Leeworthy
Because of the uniqueness of our organization we want to ensure every visitor to the Peninsula knows about us & takes to an opportunity to visit.  Brochures including a  map detailing the sites of the various studios can be picked up from Peninsula Visitor and Tourism Centres – Mornington and Dromana. 
Jenni Macauley
Bryan Baldwin

   When: March 12 – 14 2011

Gavin Byrt



Where: Find Peninsula Studio Trail locations and artist information on or Facebook  or for further information contact Judy Reekie  on 0417 553 537


Tools & Techniques: Oils, Acrylics & Pastels  Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April

Promoting Yourself, An Artist’s Journey: Monday 18th April – Oak Hill Community Gallery

More About Colour: Sunday 22nd May

Abstracting the Landscape: Sunday 5th June – McClelland Guild

Versatile Pastels:  Sunday 10th July

Portraits from Photos:  Sunday 24th July

Exploring Abstracts:  Sunday 4th September

Making Acrylics Work for You: Sunday 23rd October

 Where:   The Studio at 350 Bentons Road, Moorooduc(unless otherwise indicated)

Times: 10am – 4pm

 Call Margo to reserve your place (03) 5975 3616     –     0410 280 711



When: LAUNCHING FEB 14 2011 


Bring your friends, rellies & neighbours and come party with me!  It’s so much fun – truly exercise in disguise.

Class schedule Term 1: Feb 14 – April 8 2011

MONDAYS   8pm-9pm

WEDNESDAYS   8pm-9pm

THURSDAYS   8pm-9pm

Where: at The Studio@PCT (Peninsula Community Theatre) corner Wilsons Rd & Nepean Hwy Mornington

Please come a little earlier to register. Remember to bring a bottle of water and wear supportive sports shoes.

After launch week casual classes: $12 full / $10 concession

10 CLASS CARDS: $100 full / $80 concession

For further information contact Director earthmamaZUMBA: Ru Atma on 03 5976 4263/0421 012 191 or email

RAWcollective & LOCO-MOTION creative moving for kids PO Box 724 Mornington VIC 3931


Artist’s Statement


Australians have recently shown that they will take to the streets to protest against the Government victimising our Billionaires.  Witness the backlash to the mining tax.   However an essential element in gaining the public’s support is a slick advertising campaign that highlights the billionaires’ plight.   Gerry Harvey shot himself in the foot with his ill-timed and poorly conceived pitch aimed at his new on-line rivals who may send him broke! [It’s all relative]. But he is one of our own Aussie billionaires!  He desperately needs our support.  So from now on buy your crap from a shop not on a computer”.

Support Your LOCAL Billionaire 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 153cms x 76cms

A Tale of Two Jules 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 92cms x 153cms

                                                                                                                                                           “A TALE OF TWO JULES” by Tony Sowersby

“Ah! In what strange directions life can take us. Both Julia Gillard and Julian Assange were young radicals but they have taken very different paths. Julia was quick to brand Wikileaks “illegal” and has remained mute in response to calls by prominent Americans for Julian’s rendition and worse. I have set this painting in this era of history not only because of the similarities in rhetoric but also because with his tall, slim figure and tied back silver hair Julian could have been standing behind Leslie Howard or Ronald Coleman in a Hollywood version of  the French Revolution.         I must apologise to Julia though. I am sure she has never knitted”

These are the expressed  views of a local artist and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.


  Review: Performers on Deck


Mamma Sass


Rhys Jones and Theo Paterakis


(PoD) was the stage for Mamma Sass (aka Gus and Lou Angwin) who lifted us out of our week and took us from happy hour into blissful evening.   Friday the 28th chilled off on the deck but Just Those Old Guys (aka Theo Paterakis and Rhys Jones) eased us with their lolling nylon strings warming us with some memorable tunes.


Ian Treloar, Ree Liddell and Tony Gilbert finished off the evening with some of their original songs.

Performers on Deck is happening again this Friday.

When: Fri Feb 11th from 6pm

Where: Heritage Hotel Balnarring, Frankston Flinders Road. 

Guest artists this week  are Joel Plymin and the Blues Cats. 

This PoD will be a fund raiser for the Flood Relief so bring along some spare cash and be in it to win some prizes.  This is about Aussies helping Aussies and enjoying the sounds of some local talent.  Mama Sass is shimmying again and more surprises in store to be sure.

Judge Fudge from 3RPP will be taking some interest in artists; recording the show live for community radio.  The Judge is an avid supporter of live, original, local music, so watch for his shiny head and big smile.  See you at the PoD.

If you are a “performer” come and show case what you have been creating in music or word, PoD kicks off from 6pm. Contact Ree Liddell: