The Greenliving Arts Project is nearing completion.  Students from Mount Eliza Secondary College have been creating a mural for the entrance of the Eco Living Display Centre at the Briars.  The Mural will be launched on Friday June 3 from about midday.  Come along and celebrate with the students their amazing accomplishment.  They have worked ceaselessly on this for the past 3 weeks with 2 to go under the guidance of Red Hill Artist Michael Leeworthy and it looks fantastic.  to RSVP for the lunch contact Nicci on 5950 1259 or email her



The South Eastern Centre for Sustainability (SECS) is happy to present the “GO GREEN SLAM! a Mornington Peninsula & Frankston environmental poetry competition.

It’s a progressive and innovative collaboration between literary arts and environmental science seeking to raise consciousness about the issue of sustainability in line with the aims of the centre.

We are seeking both performance poets for the slam and page poets for the written prize to submit their work on an aspect of the environment related to sustainability.  Interested poets of all ages, lovers of poetry and supporters of the natural environment should attend our upcoming launch for more information and entry conditions.

When: WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, 2011 2PM – 4PM. Light afternoon tea will be served.

Where: At The Eco Living Display Centre,  the Briars Park, Nepean Highway, Mt. Martha (Melways 145 D11)

Who: The slam will be presented by SECS under the directorship of Andrea Louise Thomas (Mornington Peninsula Library Poet- In- Residence).  Andrea will read some environmental poetry along with Benjamin “IQ” Sanders a nationally and internationally recognized poet.   Shadow Minister for Climate Change local M.P., the Hon. Greg Hunt, who is also one of the centre’s patrons, will open the proceedings.

 Why: Come because you care about the environment, you believe in the arts and have faith in the heart of humanity.

RSVP: email: or Lisa on 0439 388 676

Note: The actual Go Green Slam! will take place in October as part of the Mornington Peninsula Festival of Arts and Ideas: Arts Alive 2011 program.  Entry forms will be available at the launch for both the slam (performance/spoken word) and manuscript (written word) sections of the competition. Special entry section for primary and secondary school students!  Writers have until Sept. 15th to submit their poems.  The top 20 performance poems will be performed at the slam and the top 20 manuscript poems will be put on public display Prizes offered to both categories. A nominal entry fee applies.


“Harmonies Unite”
showcasing local community, church and school choirs:
The Bel Canto Choir,  Simply Irresistible,  Toorak College choirs,  Flinders College choirs,  Frankston Ladies Choir, Sorrento Sings,  Making Waves,  Southern Peninsula Interchurch Choir,  Indigo Singers,
No Susannahs,  Two Bays Choir & Flinders Singers.

When: this Saturday 28th May, from 2.00 – 5.30pm.
Where: Toorak College, Old Mornington Rd. Mt Eliza.
in both Mary Herring Hall and the new Music Centre.
(Melways 101, H9)
Cost: $10 / $5 conc. Children free.
Light refreshments will be available for sale.

For program and more information go to www. toorakcollege and follow the links.







Music Victoria hits the road for regional music workshops

Music Victoria is packing its bags, loading up the Tarago and hitting the highways for a series of professional development workshops for members of Victoria’s regional music communities.

The state’s peak body for contemporary music will be joined at the sessions by ARIA-nominated and self-managed artist Jen Cloher, experienced band booker Neil Wedd and savvy music publicist Karen Conrad.

 Together, they will offer practical career advice and up-to-date tips on how to navigate your way through the ever-changing music industry landscape.

 The workshops will also give passionate local industry representatives the opportunity to voice concerns and offer suggestions about ways to improve their music scenes.

 Music Victoria’s CEO, Patrick Donovan, will also explain what Music Victoria can do for you as a contemporary musician and offer practical advice on how to manage your music career.

 ‘’There is a music industry in every town in Victoria. It might be a music store, a pumping pub or a PA at the local RSL, but every town and city has its own scene and stories,’’ said Mr Donovan.

 ‘’We want to help you strengthen your music communities and help you find success on a national stage.’’

Adds artist Jen Cloher: ‘’We often hear how difficult it is for bands living outside of the major cities to draw attention to their music and get noticed, but how can musicians use that unique regional background to build a story around their music and create an audience?’’

 ‘’At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter much where you come from; if you have great songs and are willing to put in the work, people will hear your music. I hope these workshops can inspire artists to move forward with their careers by using the tools now available to everyone and get people talking with each other to cross promote events and programs to eliminate that sense of isolation all musicians can feel at times.” 

Entry is free and open to all ages and genres.

 For enquiries, please contact workshop co-ordinator Kate Beasy at   or     0412 256 595.

‘On The Road With Music Victoria’ workshop

When:  Friday 10th June  Mornington – 11.00am

Where: The Studio @ Peninsula Community Theatre (PCT), 91 Wilsons Road

About the panellists:

Jen Cloher
Jen is a self-managed independent artist based in Melbourne. After graduating from acting at NIDA she decided to pursue a career in music. Her first album Dead Wood Falls was nominated for an ARIA for Best Female Artist. Her second album Hidden Hands was named as one of the top ten releases of 2009 by The Age and nominated for three Age EG awards including best song and best album. Cloher launches a new series of workshops in 2011 called I Manage My Music, specifically tailored to assist the self-managed musician:

Patrick Donovan
Patrick Donovan was The Age newspaper’s chief music writer for 12 years, where he picked the brains of such music legends as Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop and the Rolling Stones. Last year he left the paper to become the inaugural CEO of Music Victoria. He sang in a band, tour managed Iggy Pop, ran the Ju Ju Gumbo Parlour in Richmond and speaks regularly on ABC and Triple R radio.

Karen Conrad
Karen is a US-born Melbourne based publicist. She has handled publicity for the Age EG Music Awards, the Great Southern Hunter S Thompson Wake and the Charles Jenkins Annual Winter Ball. She has worked with Daddy Cool, Ross Wilson, Mental As Anything, Penny Ikinger, Barry Adamson, Gary Numan, Steve Lucas, Ron Peno, Kim Salmon, Dave Graney, Clare Moore, and Jimmy Little.

Neil Wedd
Neil has spent 30 years learning the music business. Starting in 1982 with a fortuitous meeting with Ken West (Big Day Out founder) in Perth he has promoted and booked tours; run venues (Prince of Wales, Metro, Billboard, Thornbury Theatre); managed artists (British India); run a website (; DJ-ed and generally immersed himself in the music business.



 AWARDS OF UP TO $5,000  (a total of $15,000 awarded in 2010)


 WHO CAN APPLY? – Secondary and Tertiary music students whose home address is in the Mornington Peninsula Shire, City of Frankston or postcodes 3197, 3912 or 3977.

WHICH INSTRUMENTS? – Piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, French horn, or bassoon.

HOW ARE AWARDS MADE? – By a panel of adjudicators at auditions to be held on 24 July 2011.

HOW TO APPLY? – Entry forms and enquiries: John Beal 9787 1114 or Margaret Griffiths 5975 4160 or from


CONCERT PERFORMANCE – Winners are expected to perform at the free Bursary Winners’ concert on 20 August 2011.


Lino Cut Print by Ben McKeown & William Kelly 1999

‘Journeys and Destinations’  Article 3: Right to Life, Liberty and Personal Security, 1999 

From the exhibition: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: International Print Portfolio,  (Australian representative), Inaugural Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban South Africa then travelled to venues throughout the continent of Africa, Europe and North America.


When: Friday 20 May 2011, 4:00pm

Where: Mornington Library Foyer Exhibition Space

 Come and view the 33 prints created by artists of differing backgrounds to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Each of the prints represents the artists’ interpretation of one of the 33 Articles of the Declaration.  Of particular significance to this collection is the collaborative linocut Journeys and Destinations by Indigenous artist, Ben McKeown (Deadly Art Award 2011) and Melbourne based artist William Kelly.  Join Ben at the Launch on Friday 20 May 2011 at 4pm as he launches this exhibition and talks about his journey as an artist and human rights advocate.

RSVP: Call Erin or Emma on 5950 1685 or email and quote Opening

Also part of the Human Right Arts & Film Festival are films being shown at Mornington Council Chambers on June 1 at 6.30pm.

Amazing stories in short spaces: a collection of short films that provides a sensitive, courageous and intimate insight into the struggles and stories of communities and individuals worldwide.

A special viewing in the Mornington Council Chamber will showcase award winning film shorts including Kids Might Fly, Sin Pais, This Chair is Not Me and Change.

RSVP: Call Erin or Emma on 5950 1685 or email and quote Film




The second Peninsula Festival of Arts & Ideas will culminate in an arts and cultural spring festival season program of events and activities across the Mornington Peninsula from September to November  this year titled ‘arts alive 2011’.

A number of exciting events are currently underway and arts and crafts groups, societies artists, musicians, writers, dancers, choirs, theatre performers are invited to host and present an event, activity, workshop, seminar, concert or performance.

Get on board to raise the profile of your group’s activities, the Shire’s Arts & Cultural Services will assist groups and individuals to host, register and find a venue to present an arts or cultural experience to be remembered.

Register you or your group’s activities under one of the following categories: Music Music Music Live @PCT (Peninsula Community Theatre) to be hosted by Westernport Regional Band (for school & concert bands) Festival of Voice @ PCT hosted by The Australian Welsh Male Choir (for choirs, singing groups and school music programs). The Survey of Contemporary Craft on the Mornington Peninsula (for textile, glass, ceramics, furniture makers and metalworkers/jewellers) to be hosted by Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington.  There will also be an Artists in Conversation program associated with the Craft Survey or register your interest as a performer for one of the Live @ The Studio, Balnarring, Sorrento and Mornington events.  Contact Andrea Ebsworth Cultural Planner on 5950 1716 or email

If you are a writer or interested in the Writer’s & Literary component of the program contact Melissa Hart Libraries Special Projects Coordinator on 5950 1705


Andrea Louise Thomas

The Shire’s Cultural Planner interviewed Andrea L Thomas about the exciting opportunity she has taken up as cafe poet at Mornington Library.

CP: Why did you take up the role of Cafe Poet?

ALT: To expand my career, to be engaged with the community, meet other creative writers and to write new works.

CP: What is the aim of the Cafe Poet Project?

ALT: Australian Poetry and Mornington Peninsula Shire have partnered to provide a writer ‘quiet’ time to produce work within the Library environment. 

CP: Does that mean you are available for local writers to discuss their poetry?

ALT: I have met many aspiring writers and its given me the opportunity to network with people such as yourself.   I’ve met other creative writers that are indeed progressing with their craft.  It has been difficult at times with all of the conversations that people are wanting to have to get work done but I am balancing this against what I am achieving by being part of a larger community hub.

CP: What sorts of other activities have you been engaged in?

ALT: Paul Dillon Musician and writer from Balnarring visited and invited me to perform at the Peninsula SongRiders Club (Muso Night) at Balnarring and I find the immediate outlet for my new poetry and the strong community feel about the night very inspiring.  My daughter even got up and performed her own poetry to an appreciative audience. 

CP: What’s coming up for you?

ALT: I have finally settled on a publisher to produce a small anthology of works as a result of the residency.  I am coordinating an Environmental Poetry Competition in partnershisp with the South Eastern Centre for Sustainability.  This will hopefully happen at the Eco House at The Briars for World Environment Day on June 5.  I will also present my concept for a Peninsula Poetry Society at the event.

CP: How can people find out about the activities you are engaged in or for others to become involved in your public projects?

ALT: People can log onto our blog and leave comments or messages or through this artsblog,

CP: Have you thought of a project that you could develop as part of the Peninsula Festival of Arts & Ideas ‘arts alive 2011’ program?

ALT: I would love to, I have a project titled “The Poetry Tree” project whereby young children are asked to think on a word and attach it to the tree and collaboratively we develop a range of ways to use expressive language to create poetry, beginning with the word.  I’ve done this at Penbank with Grade 1 & 2 and the children were incredibly responsive.  I would also like to do a project titled ‘Poetry for Social Consciousness’.  I would also like to see a Mornington Library Poetry Slam. 

CP: That is certainly a wonderful range of projects that would indeed bring much to our festival program.  I hope we can bring your ideas to fruition.  Thanks for your time Andrea and all the best for a bright and shining future.

The Shire’s Cultural Planner Andrea Ebsworth can be contacted on 5950 1716 or email


Yr 11 Mount Eliza Secondary College Students Photo Head of Art Sue Holderness

The Green Living Arts Project being done by Red Hill Artist Michael Leeworthy in partnership with Mount Eliza Secondary College and Mornington Peninsula Shire is progressing well.

The mural will be finished by June 1 and will be launched at the Eco House, The Briars on June 3.  for further information contact Nicci Tsernjavski, Climate Change Community Engagement Officer, Mornington Peninsula Shire  on  5950 1259 or Mob. 0428 351 778.



                                                                   Tim Lovelock is a talented emerging artist who works in pastel to create incredibly precise representations of people and animals.  For that unique gift or memory think about having a portait of yourself, loved one or dog or cat done.  Tim can be contacted by email on



When: Sunday 29th May 10.00 – 11.00

Where: Rye Beach Community Centre, 27 Nelson St Rye

When: Sunday 29th May 1.00 – 2.00

Where: Rosebud West Hall, Vern Wright Reserve, enter off Swans Way, West Rosebud

When: Sunday 5th June 1.00 – 2.00

Where: Balnarring Community Hall, 3041 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring

Join us for nibbles and a chat after the Information session.

To take it to the next step, come along to the Train the Mentor workshop on Saturday 18th June.

 The benefits of Sustainability St.

Learn easy ways to save water and energy and reduce waste

Share your ideas with others

Form closer ties with others in your neighbourhood

Have fun!

For bookings or to find out more please contact Nicci Tsernjavski on ph: 5950 1259, 0428 351 778 or or visit



Artist in residence Michael Leeworthy and Year 11 students from Mount Eliza Secondary College

The Green Living Arts Project is a partnership between Mount Eliza Secondary College and Mornington Peninsula Shire to create a mural entry statement for the Eco House, The Briars.  The Climate Change Engagement Officer Nicci Tsernjavski is coordinating the project and can be contacted on  ph. 5950 1259 or Mob. 0428 351 778.  The project will be launched at the Eco House on June 3 2011.  Put the event in your diary.  This represents the second climate change arts project for our communities.   The climate change conversations banner project being the first project where young people were engaged in conversations about the impacts of climate change.  This new project will be looking at images that represent solutions in considering how to live more in harmony with our environment.


Arts Management Advisory Group


Arts Manager’s Tool Box 2011
– real tools for managers of small arts organisations

Every arts manager needs a Tool Box of skills to survive. This series of interactive, intimate workshops are designed to appeal to arts managers in small arts organisations to equip you to deal more effectively with running your small arts business. Workshop facilitators have extensive experience in arts organisations and have designed these workshops to leave you with tools to get on with the business of running a small arts organisation.

Real Arts Business Planning & Strategy for Small Arts Organisations – Tuesday 10th May

Real Marketing for Small Arts Organisations – Wednesday 8th June

Real Financial Reporting and budgeting for Small Arts Organisations – Wednesday 29th June

Real Risk Management for Small Arts Organisations  – Wednesday 27th July

Bookings essential: numbers strictly limited
For a booking form Email:
For more information phone 1300 044 439

Real Arts Business Planning & Strategy for Small Arts Organisations with Rosemary Cameron


Images: (L-R) Jessie Willow Tucker products; patchwork cushion cover ($50), aprons with patchwork detail ($40), macramé hanging pot holder with hand painted pot plant ($70), macramé hanging pot holder with hand painted fruit bowl ($60)


Pull up a comfy chair and relax with handmade products for the home

This month at Craft Hatch we settle in to colder weather with a new range of homewares by Jessie Willow Tucker. Patchwork cushion covers, aprons, quilted throws and aprons complement macramé pot hangings with hand-painted pot plants or fruit bowls to make up this accomplished collection.

A first time exhibitor at Craft Hatch, Jessie Willow Tucker is an experienced practitioner, having already run successful lingerie label stocked throughout Australia and internationally. Says Tucker, “I have spent the last 3 years working in the big, corporate fashion world and am now back to hands-on designing and creating from home with no two pieces the same. In a way I have gone in a full circle, but I prefer to think of it as an upward spiral!”

Heavily inspired by her vintage fabric collection, Jessie Willow Tucker also draws from her visual art practice to inform the range.  “Exhibiting has played a big role in evolving my aesthetic sensibilities and my relationship to materials. There’s definitely a link between my painted reliefs and my 3D crocheted fruit cushion covers”.

Also featured at the May Craft Hatch market: And O Designs, Andrei Davidoff, The Candle Hut, Caravan Creative, Chloe Smith, Gitte, Minnette Michael, Pine Lime, Polka Dot Rabbit and Reckless Exuburance.

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

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.



When: MAY 14 10.30 – 3.30pm  Cost: $95.00  Tutor: CONNIE WHEELER    Where: DROMANA COMMUNITY HOUSE (DCH)


When: JUNE 11    10.30 – 3.30pm    Cost: $95.00      Where: DCH     Tutor: CONNIE WHEELER  Learn the ancient craft of wet felting. A timeless method of creating a textile by combining wool roving, soap, water and friction i.e. “elbow grease”. Be your own designer and create your own beautiful textile art pieces. A truly tactile and fun experience. Use all those wonderful fabric and thread scraps from your treasure stash to incorporate in your design.

In the first workshop you will make a small scarf and lean all the basics of Felting. In the second one you will learn further techniques to make seamless pieces of felt. Please note these are stand alone classes.


Machine embroidered visual diary


When: July 30  Tutor:  CONNIE WHEELER Venue: Old Shire Offices Dromana  10.30 – 3.30pm  Cost: $95.00

Many of you will recall the beautiful journal covers we had in the shop last year that Connie makes and sells.  In this class you will learn the basics of making the template for your cover so it fits nicely, learn a number of machine embroidery basics and how to pull it all together. Don’t worry if you don’t use Journals, this technique can be used for any type of book eg diary, photo albums etc


When: JUNE 4 10.00 – 4.00pm   Tutor:  JILL TAYLOR.    Where: DCH  Cost: $95.00     This ancient craft utilizes nature’s resources (often otherwise destined for the compost heap).  In these eco-friendly classes you will learn what leaves, vines and grasses to harvest, how to prepare them and what traditional techniques to use.   You will incorporate fibres and thread into your work and take home your own beautiful and functional basket. The class will also look at the principles and ethics of permaculture. Check out some of Jill’s beautiful baskets:


When: June 18   10.30 – 4.00pm   Tutor: LEE VAUSE    Where: DCH  Cost: $95.00            We all love our Derwent Inktense pencils, now you can learn how to use them in your quilting and textile art.  You may have seen them in some of the textile magazines. They are a water soluble colour pencil that looks much more like ink in its intensity. Inktense are really beautiful and vibrant and work just as well on fabric when used with medium.  Lee is a Master Quilter who has incorporated them into her work with fabulous results.  She is now happy to teach you how to use them too. I have attached a photo for you and will post more on the web. This is a technique based class so you will make a sample or ‘mini quilt’.


When:  JUNE 25 10.30 – 4.00pm  Tutor:  TINA WHITELY   Cost:  $95.00  Where: DCH

See the beautiful pictures of Tina’s work attached.  The scarf (or fabric) created using this technique is truly exquisite. In the workshop you will make a small sample (to ensure you follow the process to completion) as well as getting your scarf well under way.  You will need both Vilene and aquabond for this process (aquabond is a water soluble with an adhesive side which makes layout much easier). The product is not readily available so we will provide it for the workshop and will advise as soon as possible of the materials cost.


  When:  JULY 2  10.00 – 4.00pm  Tutor: CATHERINE O’LEARY  Cost: $170.00 Where: Main Ridge

(A stand alone class, or as the first step in creating fabric for a garment class in October)  In this workshop Catherine explores the creation of original techniques in fabric design. Mono printing, stenciling, block printing, drawing and painting on sheer fabric will be explored. The aim of this workshop is to design fabric which can be nuno felted. Composition and transparent layering of fabric will be discussed.

Catherine O’Leary is a wonderful and very experienced Textile Artist who has taught and exhibited in Australia and overseas. Her work has been included in felt making books and publications and she has successfully sold her felt clothing locally and internationally. Her beautiful use of colour will astound you.  Check out her website to see her wonderful vibrant creations and then book your place as the numbers are limited.


When: JULY 16 10.00 – 4.00pm  Tutor: MARILYN TOWNSEND   Cost: $ 120.00

Marilyn is an Artist and author, who has exhibited widely and is well known for her lovely, patient teaching style.  She will teach you a range of techniques to make funky, arty jewellery from fabric, threads and other interesting bits and pieces.  I recently saw some beautiful necklaces of this nature in an expensive shop in Mt Eliza, now you can make them for a fraction of the cost.


When:  AUGUST 13 & 14   10.00 – 4.00pmTutor: PHYLLIS HOFFMAN Cost: $260.00

 Where: Main Ridge

Day one:           Learn how to measure your feet and make a Pattern for the slippers/boots. Adjust the pattern for shrinkage with felting and make a template. Start to lay the fibres.

 Day two:          Wet felt the fibres, full them and shrink the slippers/boots until they fit the wearer’s feet. Shape and decorate them.


When: AUGUST 20    Tutor: MARILYN TOWNSEND  Workshop outline to be advised.


When: AUGUST 27 & 28    10.00 – 4.00        Cost: $295.00  Where: Main Ridge


2 Day workshop    

($150.00 for the workshop on July 2 if doing this workshop as well)  This is a felt making workshop which focuses on all the possibilities of surface design. We will explore the manipulation of texture, colour and composition using the techniques of felting through woven fabrics. Learn how to use your printed pieces from the workshop before along with wool/fabric pre felts. The focus this workshop is to create a piece of clothing that drapes beautifully and on which the surface decorations are intricately worked using the pre felted layers of fabric. Create a design that is a unique expression of each artist.


When: OCTOBER 22 & 23  10.00 – 4.00pm      Tutor: PHYLLIS HOFFMAN     Cost: $140.00 1 Day workshop                    2 Day workshop  $260.00

Day 1:  TECHNIQUES AND SAMPLES:  Working with a variety of Resists:  Learn how to use resists for pockets, flaps and other design details. Students can make an item of their own choice or a series of samples to refer to later.

Day 2:  CREATING A PIECE USING SAMPLES   Hats:  Learn how to design a template for a hat. How to design and lay the wool and then how to block it into shape and add the finishing touches and decoration



When: OCTOBER 29/30                  Tutor:MARTIEN VAN ZUILEN   TO BE CONFIRMED.


Prudence Mapstone  Monday October 31

1 day advanced class. Details to be Confirmed.

* Please note that some classes may require a materials cost and workshops without venues will be advised upon confirmation of booking.  Please remember that all our workshops are perfume free.  In the interest of all participants we ask that you please refrain from wearing perfumes or strong fragrances.  Thank you.




Policy: 50% of fee payable, within a week of booking your place. Places are not confirmed until payment is made.  Unless otherwise stated, the fee is non refundable if the cancellation is after confirmation of the workshop. In the event of numbers not being met, deposits will be returned in full on notification of the cancellation of the workshop.

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Michael Sanders has been involved in the design and manufacture of hand-forged wrought iron furniture and architectural work for the past twenty years.  Over the past two years he has rekindled his interest in photography, specialising in urban and rural landscapes.  As a member of Frankston Camera Club, Michael has had the opportunity to explore different creative styles to enhance his images.  One method he uses is High Dynamic Range (HDR); this technique aims to maximise the exposure range of the image resulting in greater detail.  Michael also prints his own photos on special metallic type paper to enhance the colours. 

 This is the second Artist talk from Michael to be held @ Oak Hill Gallery, his enthusiasm for his art is infectious!

Michaels work features on the invitation for the current photography exhibition, please see attachment to view his work

 When: Sunday 8th May, 2-3pm 

Where:  Oak Hill Gallery