As part of this years Festival of Arts & Ideas ‘arts alive 2011’ program Mornington Peninsula Shire are sponsoring the inaugural Peninsula-wide Survey of Contemporary Craft at Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington from October 2nd – 27th

Mornington Peninsula practising Artisans currently creating contemporary objects in Ceramics, Glass, Textile Art (inc. felted, dyed embellished or pieced wall art or sculpture) Jewellery or Handcrafted Furniture are invited to submit an application to exhibit for consideration.

The Survey of Contemporary Craft exhibition will highlight the breadth of high quality contemporary craft produced on the Mornington Peninsula, and aims to enrich the local audiences’ and the cultural tourism experience by showcasing practicing local craft artisans throughout the ‘arts alive 2011’ festival period.

For further information contact the Survey Curator, the Shire’s Cultural Planner Andrea Ebsworth phone 5950 1716 or Mobile 0438 051 092 or email to have an Application to Exhibit package sent to you.



We are delighted to announce that Emily McCulloch Childs and her father, journalist & author, Kevin Childs have been awarded a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship 2011-12to research their book – ‘Warriors on the Frontier’. It will reveal the little known stories of the Indigenous freedom fighters, resistance leaders, bushrangers and cultural warriors of the Australian frontier, who fought for their people and land in the face of colonisation.The State Library of Victoria’s 2011-12 Creative Fellowships are awarded to researchers, writers, artists and scholars who will make creative use of the Library’s rich collections over the next year.Emily & Kevin are delighted to have received their Fellowship.
McCulloch’s Indigenous Art @ Salt ContemporaryOur winter exhibitions with Queenscliff’s Salt ContemporaryClaude Carter: Goonboorooru – The Cave Series and A Splash of Colour: works from the APY Lands, Western Deserts and Utopia– finished last weekend with gratifying success.Several hundred people visited the exhibitions and more than three quarters of Claude Carter’s stunning ochres sold. Claude and Red Rock Art’s Kevin Kelly participated in two standing-room only `in conversations’ and floor talks. 

Similarly popular were the selection of colour works in Salt’s spacious upstairs gallery with sales highlights including Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s vibrant Awelye, Tommy Mitchell’s luminous Walu, Sandra Ken’s glowing Seven Sisters and Kay Baker’s complex Kalaya Tjukurpa. Salt is now closed until July 25 for its winter break.  Image courtesy Deirdre Carmichael art-in geelong


Tony Tuckson: FiguresSusan McCulloch OAM will be openingWhen: Tuesday 28 July 5-7 pm Tue 28 June to Sat 9 July 11

Where: at fortyfivedownstairs

Where: 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne                                            

The incredible distinction, even on an international assessment, of Tony Tuckson’s abstract work can promote the idea that his figurative paintings and abstract paintings are two distinct bodies of work. This is a misapprehension. Tuckson believed abstraction was the ultimate goal of contemporary painting and that it was necessary to undergo a rigorous apprenticeship to modern art to earn the right to paint in an ‘avant garde’ way. The paintings in this exhibition are all on pulpboard or cardboard. Part of that ‘rigorous apprenticeship’, they cover the seven years 1950 (he left art school in December 1949) to 1956 when, at last, he embraced – or was embraced by – abstraction.’      Geoffrey Legge, Director, Watters Gallery, Sydney.

Tony Tuckson is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney.

Watters Gallery 109 Riley Street East Sydney NSW 2010     02 9331 2556                                                                                   Image:Tony Tuckson, Untitled TP 618, 1950? – 1956?, oil on cardboard, 50.5 x 40.5cm.

Exploration 11 at Flinders Lane GallerySusan McCulloch OAM is co-judging EXPLORATION 11 June 28 – July 16at Flinders Lane Gallery.This year marks the 11th year of Flinders Lane Gallery’s annual exhibition showcasing emerging artists. This year continues the generous support of Pleysier Perkins Architects, who will be sponsoring the $5,000 Pleysier Perkins Acquisitive Art Prize. The prize is being judged by art collector Mr Arthur Roe, arts writer and publisher Ms Susan McCulloch OAM, and Pleysier Perkins Architects.

This annual exhibition supports unsigned artists and recent art school graduates, giving them commercial exposure while offering buyers the chance to purchase works by the promising artists of tomorrow. Exploration has launched the careers of many artists and helped them to achieve national exposure. This year’s exhibition showcases a diversity of practices across video, installation, photography, sculpture and painting.

Flinders Lane Gallery    137 Flinders Lane    Melbourne



Come and learn the ‘how to’ of Events Registration and Risk Manangement Plans for your events through a Shire sponsored workshop.

Dates: Tuesday June 28, July 5 & Thurs July 14

Where: June 28 Mornington Council Chambers, July 5 Hastings Community Hall, July 14 Rosebud Memorial Hall.

Booking Essential

Enquiries:  5950 1736 or email


Experimenta Utopia Now is a great FREE exhibition which has artworks by amazing Australian and international artists. We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends visiting us over the next fortnight.

For the first time, the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery has been transformed into a film and sound space.  This is art like you have never seen it before: a hanging garden that reacts to your touch, a glass wall that acts like a photocopier, a very peculiar typewriter and interactive computer game that features…!

Still not convinced? Well, this exhibition is FREE! Bring along your grandma, your toddler, your thirteen year old neightbour, your wife, your uncle, your bestie…This exhibition will blow everyone’s socks off!  It’s only on display until Sunday June 19 …Do not miss out!

Where:  MPRG Civic Reserve, Dunns Road Mornington Melway 145 G4

Telephone 5975 4395

Gallery Opening Hours Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm Daily


Artist books/journals

Discover the Art of Bookbinding with Tutor: Annie Dowd

In a small group learn how to construct, cover, sew and bind,  artist sketch books/ journals, using a traditional Japanese method of exposed stab binding. Classes appeal to students who wish to broaden their artistic practice to investigate the possibilities of artist books and journals for writing.

When: One day workshops: 9am – 3pm  Sunday 12 June or Tuesday 12 July 2011

Cost : $90

Where: Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington Tyabb rd.

All materials supplied  morning tea provided  bring your own lunch.

All enquires contact Annie #  0431820568







The Derinya Art & Craft Exhibition is an annual spectacular event showcasing the talents of emerging and established Victorian and local artists. The renowned exhibition, now in its 36th year, is very highly regarded both by artists and the general public. The popularity of this Exhibition amongst artists has led to it being a firmly established significant event on the Peninsula’s art calendar.

 When: OPENING NIGHT GALA: Friday, 29th July from 7.30pm to 10.00pm Includes drinks & gourmet finger food. Tickets: $25 prepaid and $30 at the door  (Opening night tickets available online through or call the Box Office on 9784 1060)

Exhibition Weekend hours: SATURDAY, 30th July: to 5pm SUNDAY, 31st July: 10am to 4pm.  Ruby Tarts Cafe open all weekend 

Where: Derinya Primary School, Cnr .Overport Rd & Derinya Drive, Frankston South 3199




Tony Sowersby 'A Crowded Solitude' 92 x 152cm Acrylic on Canvas


Artist Statement  Tony Sowersby  

Tony Sowersby has been a professional artist for nearly three decades but it isonly in recent years that he has turned his attention to exhibiting. From the early 80’s to the present day he has worked continuously in the fields of both Community and Public Art most often as a muralist, but also as a cartoonist and Comic book writer and artist. His first exhibition with us last year was a great success and we are thrilled to show his work again this year.

  “The works in my upcoming exhibition continue my fascination with the particular and sometimes ominous beauty of the city and suburbs at night. I enjoy the way even the most mundane street can be transformed on a wet night into a world of neon reflections. However rather than just a recording of lighting effects I also try to imbue these works with social comment or humour or pathos. This is also true of my other paintings that portray both historical and contemporary scenes.”

Artist Statement Ross Wilsmore   

Even though the majority of his career was as a graphic artist, right from the start, Ross Wilsmore always dabbled in art. Now he is a sophisticated, collectable artist whose work is instantly recognizable and is held in corporate and private collections. He takes simple locations such as an outback air strip or seaside dock and builds a powerful landscape image.

He paints with acrylics, accentuating the mood with colours, perspective, angles and the composition. His images are thought provoking in their simplicity, the colours and mood often surreal. Through the juxtaposition of elements of art in the landscape, he points to the character in both and that in turn, becomes a piece of art. Sometimes, he says, ‘the result is art within art’.

Ross Wilsmore Sitting Ducks 160 x 120cm Acrylic on Canvas

Join Tony & Ross for drinks

Where: 320 Bay Road, Cheltenham 

When: Sunday 19 June 2 – 4pm

RSVP to Opening and enquiries phone 03 9583 7577 

or go to our website


An Artist Floor Talk will be given by Amanda Roney on Saturday 25th June, 2-3pm. Amanda has an interesting  history of painting backdrops for her own fashion show in China and as a director in film , photography and  television for many years with prominent advertising  agencies both in Sydney, Melbourne and in China.




THE MOUSETRAP byAgatha Christie

Familiarisation Night – Monday June 27 – at the Youth Hall

Audition – Thursday June 30 – at the Rosebud Memorial Hall

Audition – Monday July 4 – at the Youth Hall

Rehearsals Mondays and Thursdays

Show dates: November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8 pm  Matinée November 13 at 2 pm

 Enquiries to Bonnie –  or Phone: 5975 9078   Mobile: 0400 671 997 http://


An Artist Floor Talk will be given by Amanda Roney on Saturday 25th June, 2-3pm. Amanda has an interesting  history of painting backdrops for her own fashion show in China and as a director in film , photography and  television for many years with prominent advertising  agencies both in Sydney, Melbourne and in China.



 When:  2-27th July – Official Opening Sunday 3rd July from 2-4pm

Where: at the historic homestead at 100 Mornington Tyabb Road next to the Mornington Rose Gardens

 The public is warmly invited to enjoy food, wine, our great band “Those Three Blokes” and view and purchase from the exhibition.

 Oak Hill Community Gallery is run by a very passionate volunteer group of artists for the artist community and the public and are always looking for new members to become involved in this ever changing, vibrant and creative atmosphere. 

Membership gives artists the benefit of discounted exhibition costs, information on workshops, artist talks, exhibition invitations , prizes and social gatherings at the gallery.   The gallery is open Tues.- Sunday, manned by the core committee, volunteers and exhibiting artists.

For further information call 5973 4299

“Those Three Blokes” (

All welcome ! Open Tuesday – Sunday inclusive from 11am – 4pm


The National Gallery and Craft Victoria team up to produce NGV 150th Anniversary merchandise.

Craft Victoria’s New NGV 150th Anniversary merchandise available now at the NGV Shops. The National Gallery of Victoria – At St. Kilda Road and Federation Square


In late 2010, Craft Victoria’s New Craft Made in Victoria project began work on a range of merchandise to celebrate the National Gallery of Victoria’s 150th Anniversary. In partnering with the NGV Shop we’ve created a beautiful range of exclusive NGV 150th Anniversary merchandise featuring contemporary and stylish work from five of Craft Victoria’s professional members: Lene Kuhl Jakobsen, Vanessa Lucas, Dani Maugeri and Jill Symes.

 Craft Victoria’s NGV 150th Anniversary merchandise have been designed and made in Victoria drawing inspiration from works in the NGV’s collection, as well as its buildings and as an iconic and much loved art institution. Craft Victoria spoke to Dani Maugeri, who created a set of three hand carved nested bowls using the colour palette of two John Brack paintings, about what this opportunity has meant to her:

 “The chance to create a product for the National Gallery of Victoria was one too great to pass up. I love my city and I especially love the NGV – I was even married there! To me the works of John Brack are iconic Melbourne and I know I’m not alone – the acquisition of The Bar was no easy task but it (had) to be in the NGV collection to sit beside Collins St, 5p.m.” 

 This new NGV 150th Anniversary collection is part of Craft Victoria’s New Craft Made in Victoria project whereby Craft Victoria’s members develop new merchandise for commercial markets, and is the project’s most significant collection of merchandise to date. In addition to Maugeri’s bowls, the collection includes, Lene Kuhl Jakobsen’s Water Drop Bud Vases in porcelain clay, Lucas’ slip cast ceramic Ewer (Jug) and cup & saucer sets in dense dark chocolate and Jill Symes’ Pony, a white gloss ceramic, sculptural piece.




The Mornington Peninsula Studio Trail showcases an abundance of talent in this beautiful part of Victoria.

This exhibition provides a unique environment to view and purchase both works of art and some of the best varietal wines on the Peninsula.

Where: At Box Stallion Winery 64 Tubbarubba Rd. Merricks Nth (Mel Ref 152 E12)5989 7444

When: 10th June – 4th July 2011 11am till 5pm daily

FREE ENTRY Enquiries: Judy Reekie  0417 553 537

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The mural is complete and launches today @ 1.30pm at The Eco Living Display Centre, The Briars.  Come along and meet Red Hill  Artist Michael Leeworthy and the year 11 students and Mount Eliza Secondary College Art & Design Course Coordinator Sue Holderness who have created the most wonderful and lively addition to the Eco House entrance.  What a statement!  Great work all, another fantastic public art project for the Peninsula!