Sponsors of the event



Baluk Arts will be having artworks for sale and artists available to talk to about the arts services they offer this Saturday 2nd April from 4pm-8pm  at the Peninsula KOORIE NIGHT MARKET at Peninsula Community Theatre
Cnr Nepean Hwy and Wilsons Rd Mornington MELWAYS REF – 145 E2

This event is free and features many other local Aboriginal artists and organisations with live entertainment by some great Indigenous performers.
All welcome.






Women’s work investigated through fictional recreation of historical tools.

Unearthed continues Kate Just’s sculptural explorations of historical, personal and iconographic objects relating to women’s bodily and cultural history.

Responding to her recent research in the Egyptian, Medieval and Greek and Roman collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, Just will create a faux archaeological display of real and fictional tools historically used to reflect, probe, cut, mark and sculpt the female body.

Modelled in epoxy clay, and later carved and sanded, Just’s gently curved objects, will, under her nimble hands, be crafted in ways that reflect not just the tools but the bodies that have been altered by their touch.

Comprising interpretations of mirrors, sculpture tools, surgical and gynaecological tools, tattoo tools and domestic tools, Just’s stone-like tools appear as if they have been recently ‘unearthed’, providing clues about a not so long-lost people.

Unearthed will be opened by artist Martha McDonald. This exhibition has been kindly supported by the City of Melbourne.

When:  Opening Thursday 28 April  2011, 6-8pm. Showing until 11 June 2011.
Where:  Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane Melbourne (Gallery 2).



Creative Spaces invites you and a guest to the launch of its new studio facility, River Studios, situated beside the Maribyrnong River, in West Melbourne.

When: Wednesday 6 April, 6-9pm and meet the artists working in the space.
Where: 41 – 59 Sims Street, West Melbourne MW 2T A10 (view map)

River Studios is a refurbished warehouse that utilises recycled and sustainable materials to complement the existing design of the building whilst providing secure and suitable studio space for the artists practising within it.

Due to construction delays on the lift, this launch is not wheelchair accessible.
Creative Spaces apologises for any inconvenience.




April Craft Hatch Market

When: Saturday 9 April, 11am-4pm

Where: City Library, (253 Flinders Lane, Level 1 gallery)

April Craft Hatch market shines a stylish light on vulnerable road users

This month at Craft Hatch, high visibility gets a makeover with the Wovenspoke range. The brainchild of textile designer Amy Carr Bottomley, the range incorporates retro-reflective thread that responds to light.   When not illuminated, the threads disappear into the woven design, meaning the wearer can transition comfortably from day to night without compromising on style or safety.

The accessories are hand woven in Melbourne using recycled and organic yarns, textiles and leathers. The Wovenspoke product was a winner of the Bikefest ‘Better By Bike’ Hot category in 2010 and Amy was named in the Melbourne Magazine’s top 100 edition as one of Melbourne’s most creative and influential people of the year.

Amy has worked as a costume designer and milliner before studying Textile Design at RMIT. Wovenspoke is the fusion of Amy’s big passions, designing innovative textiles and products and riding her bike. ‘I’d like to think that my product is for bike riders, scooter riders or anyone who wants to be visible on the roads. My mother-in-law has one as she lives in the country as she walks from her house down to the local community hall, so she uses it to be visible on country roads!’

The range includes winter and summer scarves, wristbands and bag strap covers. Prices range from $44 to $176 and all pieces are also available on the Craft Victoria online store.

Also exhibiting at the April Craft Hatch are: Anouk Anouk, Ashlee Hope, Catherine Preston & Courtney Jackson, Emma Sher, FOLD STUDIO, Hand Drawn House, Mouse, Sarah Cole and Sunwoong Bang & Sunghee Park.

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


left to right Caroline Kenny McCracken, Barbara Hornak & Christobel Wigley

 AppleStick contemporary art invites you to the opening their latest exhibition:

Works on paper by Caroline Kennedy McCracken, Sculpture by Christobel Wigley and Paintings by Barbara Hornak

Where: 3015 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring Gallery Hours Thurs/Fri 10-5pm Sat/Sun 11-3pm

When: April 2 – 30 Opening Saturday April 2 @ 1pm

For further information contact AppleStick contemporary art on 0437 369 706 or email


Local Film-makers, Community Historians, Artists or Writers are invited to express their interest in facilitating community-based contemporary history projects.

 The Story-Catcher will facilitate the gathering and documentation of the stories of local communities in two concurrent community projects, utilising any number of creative mediums. The final documentation and presentation of the two projects could be in the form of audio, video, written publication, photographs, visual arts, web-site or a combination of all. 

The Story-Catcher is required from May to August 2011, working closely with the project working group and the project Co-ordinator to engage and inspire community participation in both projects. 

As this employment opportunity is offered on a contracted basis it is required that the artist have an ABN, Public Liability Insurance and preferably a Working with Children Check. 

For more information and the Project Brief please contact Kate on 5950 1686 or or send a CV and a brief outline of your work to Kate Stuart, Social Planning and Community Development, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Private bag 1000, Rosebud 3939 by 17th April 2011



8pm MONDAYS at The Studio@PCT

8pm WEDNESDAYS at The Studio@PCT

12pm FRIDAYS basics/beginners (slower pace) at Mt Martha House

9.30am FRIDAYS express workout! *NEW CLASS starting in Term 2 (45 mins)

(and there will possibly be more classes in Term 2 – please check my zin profile for Term 2 schedule updates:

VENUES – TERM 1 2011 (until April 8 2011 – in alignment with school terms)

All evening classes are currently held at The Studio@PCT – corner Wilsons Rd & Nepean Hwy Mornington

Friday’s classes are at Mt Martha House – Room 18 – corner Dominion Rd & The Esplanade Mt Martha 

info about me and earthmama ZUMBA from

Hi, I’m Ru, and I LOVE being a Zumba instructor! Every class is like a huge party, and I love connecting with everyone in the room through the music, smiles in abundance, laughter and rhythm.

I’m a former professional dancer and choreographer getting back into shape after having 2 little boys and not very much exercise over the last few years. Zumba is fantastic for it because I have so much fun I don’t even realize I’m exercising – and sweating more than I ever have before! After only a short time, I’ve started to feel my body coming back into shape and my strength returning. I can’t wait to see where it takes me over the next months! If you’d like to come along for the ride, I’m sure it can do the same for you!

Earthmama Zumba launched on Valentines day this year and in our first week 50 people tried our classes from ages 13 to 70.

All Earthmama Zumba instructors have strong backgrounds in dance & performance and are dedicated to providing a supportive, relaxed environment in all classes, where people of all ages and fitness levels can feel comfortable to let go of their inhibitions and groove into some quality, high energy, fun & spicey Zumba with us!

Ru Atma – director (Zumba B1 & B2, Post Grad Dip Choreography VCA/Uni Melb, Bachelor Creative Industries (dance) QUT, Associate Dip Arts (dance) QUT, wwcc, former professional dancer & choreographer)
Samira Heale – trainee instructor (former dancer, trained at The Australian Ballet School)
Wendy Savage – cover (Zumba B1, Senior First Aid/CPR, wwcc, former professional dancer, also a zin member)
Hayley Robinson – cover (Zumba B1, Senior First Aid/CPR – St Johns, Cert III & IV in Fitness – AIF, BA (music theatre performance) Ballarat Uni, wwcc, also a zin member)

You can connect with us through Facebook group – Earthmama Zumba 

ZUMBA casual rates
$12 full / $10 concession
10 class card $100 
(valid 3 months from date of purchase)

Bring or refer 3 friends and get one class free!

For a limited time TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! when at least one of the pair is new to Earthmama Zumba!

So why not grab some friends and come down and give it a try? – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it and I can’t wait to meet you!

What’s been most important to me as a performing artist throughout my career – and in general as a person, is to be authentic and really connect with others through the heart. I’ve found working with the body a great way to ground and open into this. I love having this opportunity to share what I’ve learnt on my journey so far, and encourage others to find their own authentic groove and release with abandon through Zumba!

Please let me know if you’re interested in Earthmama Zumba coming to you for a special event or promotion.’Hope to see you in class soon!


The new header photo is from Dreamhouse Theatre Company’s performance ‘One Last Chance’ held on the edge of the Tootgarook Wetlands earlier this month.  The initial invitation to attend the performance was posted to this blog in February, so scroll back through the archive and view the posting.  There are a number of comments made about the performance.  Go Rosebud West Community Renewal Program, the 3940Arts and Dreamhouse Theatre Company team.

another shot……


The workshop will cover the many and varied techniques that can be used in acrylics, oils & pastels.    Margo will demonstrate using various surfaces, grounds, brushes, palette knives, wipeout tools, collage, inscription, glazing, wet into wet, rubbing back and much more.  This workshop will add more excitement to your paintings leading to more fun in the production of your work.

What to bring: canvas, your choice of paint, palette, brushes, paper towel, and odourless solvent if working in oils, lunch and your enthusiasm.

 When:    Sat April 2 & Sun April 3

Time:      10am – 4pm 

Cost:  $170 to be paid in advance Workshop limited to 12 participants. 

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

 Where:  Studio at 350 Bentons Road Moorooduc. Follow Bentons Road across Moorooduc Highway, Santa’s Place will be on your right and it is the 4th driveway on the right, a flag will be flying…….. drive around to the right & park under the trees.


Looking for an exciting activity during the School Holidays?  Polyglot’s brand new work, City of Riddles is hands-on, fun and a completely chaotic theatre experience for children aged 5 to 12.

Book before 1 April to receive a special Early Bird Discount – Adults at Kids prices. Polyglot Theatre is bringing the mysterious and atmospheric City of Riddles to the MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio for the April school holidays (17 – 20 April). In this 360-degree interactive experience, children become Mayors and Town Planners of miniature cities, setting their own rules against a world of order and control. It’s hands-on, immersive and completely chaotic!

If you don’t have young children of your own, tell your friends and family to come along for an experience they will never forget.

 When: Sun April 17 10am and 12.30pm
                  Mon April 18 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm
                  Tue  April 19 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm
                  Wed April 20 10am and 12.30pm

Where:  The MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio
             140 Southbank Blvd, Southbank, VIC

Tickets costs:  Children $16.50 / Adults $22 + booking fees
              Groups 10+ $13.50 + booking fees

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – Use the promotional code “RIDDLES” when booking to receive ‘Adults at Kids’ prices (25% off). Valid for bookings made before 1 April 2011.  Hurry…Book now!

Bookings: MTC Theatre Box Office, t: 8688 0800 or



“TRUE ROOTS” is Mornington’s Oak Hill Gallery Annual Printmaking Prize Exhibition.  For 2011 generous prizes have been sponsored by the Cape Schank RACV.

The focus for the exhibition  is on traditional forms of printmaking; etchings, monoprints, linocuts, acquatints, acrylic prints and collographs.  There will be framed and unframed works for sale.


When:  2nd – 28th April.  All welcome to attend the Opening on Sunday 3rd April from 2 – 4 pm.

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington’s Civic Reserve adjacent to Mornington Regional Art Gallery 100 Mornington- Tyabb Road , Mornington.

Gallery Opening Hours:  Tuesday to Sunday from 11am – 4pm                         Phone 5973 4299   Email :

In April the gallery will present Japanese bookbinding and linocut printmaking classes, for further information and details check Oak Hill Gallery’s website



The idea of artists’ vocation of ‘Watching’ is explored in a new exhibition at B’artiste Lounge and Bar, Frankston.

Peninsula artists Karen Lewis of Mt Martha and Sharron Okines of Rosebud, have brought their enjoyment of the atmosphere at the lounge bar to their work with a show titled “Watching”.

Both artists hope that it portrays the ambiguous meanings of observing, seeing, spying and contemplating.

Sharron’s paintings and prints are inspired by Burlesque and Karen’s are about day to day life observations, in a metaphorical sense of the word ‘watching’.

 Sharron says inspiration for her new body of work has come from the burlesque drawing and painting sessions she coordinates at B’artiste.

 “The decor at B’artiste is evocative of another era with burlesque evoking a vaguely voyeuristic and ever so slightly naughty feeling.  The atmosphere feeds into the creation of this work,” she said.

 “The title ‘Watching’ reflects what all artists are doing constantly,  intense drawing and painting sessions with a life model demand that you observe closely in order to capture a mood, a thought,” she added.

Where: @ B’artiste Lounge and Bar, rear 2/12 Young Street, Frankston

When:  Join the artists for drinks on Friday April 1 from  6pm 

The exhibition will run from 1-29 April.

For further information phone: 9783 8883



 1.    World I want to Wake Up To

Mornington Peninsula Shire is partnering with The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) in May 2011 to screen a range of human rights films and  is working with the ABC to collect text, images, videos about the world we want to wake up to.  

As part of the initiative to celebrate Human Rights, the Shire will exhibit its collection of artworks, representing the 33 Human Rights Declarations in its “Universal Declaration of Human Rights International Print Portfolio”

Watch this space and also check the website for more details.


Some of you may recall that a couple of years ago the Shire’s Health and Well Being Committee supported  Change the Dream Workshops with service provider agency workers  and committee members on the Peninsula. Change the Dream concept comes from Panchama Alliance which is behind the 4 years go campaign. The 4 years go campaign is highlighting  the next four years as being critical to the future and well being of humans, other species and the planet.

They have announced a great initiative for a film contest to be launched on March 29th 2011 showing your vision of a positive future. It is free and more information can be found below via their website below.   Share your vision of a positive possible future for humanity. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 and an immersion into the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest.

Sign up to receive their newsletters and join the many internet activists


Looking for entertainment for:

* Birthday Parties  * Disco Dance Parties  * Christenings  * Junior Primary Schools  * Kindergarten  * Child Care Centres * Play Groups   * Show Days  * Community Events  * Festivals  * Carnivals, Gala Days and Fetes  * Market Days   * Shopping Centres  * Libraries                         * Community Centres  * After School Hours Care and Vacation Care      * Christmas Celebrations  then consider……..COOL 4 KIDS

COOL 4 KIDS provides highly interactive Music Shows whenever and wherever families gather.   Children participate in the performance from the very start and quickly become the ‘Stars of the Show’. They are involved with singin dancing, actions, movement, instruments, bubbles, puppets, parachute play and dress ups! Songs featured in each Show come from the two COOL 4 KIDS CDs ‘Opening Doors’ and ‘Get Moving’. CDs are available for $10 each.  A collection of the World’s best children’s songs also feature in every Show. This is a memorable and magnificent experience for everyone involved!

1. COOL 4 KIDS Birthday Party (or Christening) gives a child (1-10 years old) a unique experience packed with the above mentioned activities. Each birthday child receives a copy of a COOL 4 KIDS CD as a gift. 40 minute Show = $125

2. COOL 4 KIDS Junior Educational Show for Play Groups, Child Care Centers and Kindergartens 40 minute Show = $220

3. COOL 4 KIDS Middle Educational Show for Libraries and Community Centres 40 minute Show = $250

4. COOL 4 KIDS Senior Educational Show for School based performances including Junior Primary Schools,

After School Hours Care and Vacation Programs. Learning songs include ‘Stop! I Don’t Like It!’,

‘The Numbers Song’, ‘You’re A Star’, ‘What Day Is It Today’ and ‘The Vowel Song’.

10-50 children booking = $250  50-75 children booking = $330  75-100 children booking = $440

Where numbers are over 100 a fee will be determined based on the total numbers of children present.

5. COOL 4 KIDS Celebration Show for Christmas Celebrations, Markets, Festivals, Gala Days, Fetes, Community Events, Carnivals, Show Days and Shopping Centre Shows. 

1 x 40 minute Show = $330      2 x 40 minute Shows = $550      3 x 35 minute Shows = $770

To find out what all the excitement is about, visit the  Website: or phone 0401 332 176


For those touring the Mornington Peninsula this weekend, take advantage of the Peninsula Studio Trail’s  ‘Open Studio’ weekend.  You can visit up to 20 open studios to view and or purchase original works direct from local artists. 

 Take the opportunity to talk with the  artists on what inspires and excites them in living in this wonderful part of Victoria.  Visit the virtual sorrento site to download the Trail brochure, otherwise ‘take away’ flyers can be picked up from Mornington Library’s Arts Information wall.  Enjoy the visual feast!

Michael Leeworthy Red Hill


Support Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Aboriginal Artists by purchasing this carbon neutral jute tote bag, now AVAILABLE ONLINE.

Made from jute canvas with ID pocket on the back and large 120mm gusset.

PRODUCT SIZE : 290mm(h) x 395mm(w) x 120mm(d).

Price INCLUDES postage within Australia.

Click here to buy online –

All proceeds go back to providing resources to Aboriginal artists in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.


The Jitterbugs (20th March) – One for the kids!

The Jitterbugs are a sensational high energy environmentally friendly show filled with bright and colourful characters Hug Bug our cute lady bug, Jessie the gorgeous butterfly, Frankie the spider, Feebee the boogying bumble bee and Snappy the Happy Crocodile who take you on a musical adventure with lots of fun, excitement, interaction and educational songs.

Admission: $16.50 per person (child aged 1 or under and on parent lap FREE)

 Make your Own Chutney (26th March)

This fun, hands-on activity will give you the skills you need to make your own delicious chutneys. Create your own twist using spices and other natural flavourings. Take home your own home made chutney at the end of the event.

Cost: $7.50 per person (spaces limited)

Music and Mayhem: A Musical Reminiscence of an Era Gone By – Peninsula Hospice Service fundraising event (7th, 8th, 14th, 15th May)

Many of us will remember gathering around the family radio on a Sunday afternoon to listen to the weekly musical broadcasts. Music and Mayhem, a show created specifically for PHS by local theatre identities Erik Donnison and Laurie Davis, will transport you to a time when men were dapper and women personified glamour and poise. The year 1943, the place is Mt Eliza. Join Erik and Laurie and their wonderfully talented cast as they sing and dance their way into your hearts and memories with their latest collaboration, Music and Mayhem.
Tickets: Adults $27.50, Child (15 and under) $13.75

 Happiness is an Inside Job  – Peninsula Hospice Service wellbeing seminar (27th May)

with Petrea King, Founding Director and CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation.
Happiness is an Inside Job; There are many challenges to happiness and we can endlessly seek to; make it right in the hope that well feel better, until we realise that we cant always change the outer circumstances but we can change how we deal with them. Petrea provides an opportunity for reflection and the learning of practical skills and strategies for creating peace within ourselves.
Tickets: $65pp includes lunch and refreshments

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