Craft Victoria has selected twelve sensational new works by the best graduating craft and design practitioners across the state, to exhibit in this year’s Fresh!

Fresh! is Craft Victoria’s annual exhibition of graduate work. In collaboration with a committee of industry professionals, Craft Victoria has visited over 35 graduate exhibitions across Victoria and selected the twelve best works for Fresh! Professional development opportunities and cash prizes are offered as awards in partnership with industry supporters. Awards will be announced at the launch, 6pm next Thursday 1 December 2011 at Craft Victoria.

When: Opening on Thursday 1 December 2011, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates:       2 – 23 December 2011                                                                                                                                          Where: Craft Victoria Flinders Lane, Melbourne

 Craft Victoria is pleased to announce the twelve graduates who will exhibit in Fresh! 2011, opening next Thursday night. They are:

 Matthew Benjamin VCA, Photography

Dan Bowran Monash University, Glass

Jia Jia Ji Chen RMIT, Ceramics

Hannah Chamley RMIT, Fashion

Allona Goren RMIT, Gold & Silversmithing

John Gosper RMIT, Fashion

Elly Hall Monash University, Photomedia

Lisa Imai VCA, Sculpture & Spatial Practice

Wendy Korol RMIT, Jewellery

Sophie Moorhouse Morris RMIT, Ceramics

Rosina Prestia Monash University, Sculpture

Nellie Rogerson Monash University, Painting

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In December, Oak Hill Gallery will present an exhibition of works by emerging artists, Marlene Petroff and Jo Wreford.

Concurrently there will be a range of affordable artworks available from the “Off the Walls”  exhibition whereby works can be taken at the time of purchase.

There will also be an exhibition of  well known local artist Imants Neidra.

 “The immediacy of his painting style instantly attracts people to keep looking at the work.  Imants’ paintings express an optimistic, uncomplicated approach with confidant brushstrokes of either buttery texture or smooth fine detail.  However, this apparent simplicity is the result of very careful consideration Imants gives to his spacial aspects and composition.   He then paints quickly as the mood takes him with deft brushstrokes and harmonious colour schemes ideal for home decor. This has resulted in great sales success both in Australia and internationally“. Oak Hill Gallery

Latvian born Imants has lived in Australia for most of his life, he attended Mornington High School and has taught Art and Technology at Peninsula secondary schools.

Official Opening: Sunday 27 November 2-4pm.

When: 26 November – 21st December

Where: 100 Mornington- Tyabb Road , Mornington, next to the Mornington Regional Art Gallery and the Mornington Rose Garden.

Opening hours:  Tuesday – Sunday inclusive from 11am – 4pm

For further information phone 5973 4299


Aphids ( is a Melbourne based arts organisation with a 17 year history. It creates works that involve contemporary music, performance, technology. Aphids often works site-specifically developing projects in unusual and remote places such as Clay Mines, Nail Salons, Japanese Samurari Hotels and National Parks.

Aphids works with the communities from these places to create experiences and artworks that are unique to the areas themselves. Aphids works collaboratively and internationally and has researched, developed and presented work across Australia, Asia, Europe, South Africa, Central America and the USA. Currently Aphids is working on a project called Atelier Edens. Atelier Edens is a series of field laboratories conducted over two years sustainably creating cross-artform projects in remote natural environments.

In partnership with Parks Victoria, Aphids are developing an Atelier Edens App for the iphone that will use GPS technology, cinematic chapters and original sound scores to catalyse new enlivening interactions between visitors and the landscape of Point Nepean National Park.  Engagement with users of both regional and metropolitan parklands will inform the creation of this digital art experience for hand held devices. As users roam through digital hotspots within the park they will trigger a series of wild, unexpected adventures, heightening their experience of the wilderness they are moving through.

The project will create templates for the creation of new artworks in other key parks as these sites further develop their capacity and infrastructure.

In December, Aphids artists will be developing the the AE APP on location at Point Nepean National Park. They will work for two weeks creating sound and video content that will then become part of the APP. The APP story will be based around creating a ‘ghost tour of the future’- a spooky glimpse of the Park in 1000 years time. Aphids would love to collaborate with the interested residents, performers and artists from the area to respond to this idea, and with the Aphids artists create sound and video works that can be part of the APP in 2012.

Aphids would work with the interested people in the park for one day on 17th of December. Should artists, performers and residents be interested in working with Aphids on the 17th on the exciting project, please contact Tristan Meecham on 0421572221 or for more information.




When: Saturday 26thand Sunday 27th November

Time:  9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Gordon Studio Glassblowers, 290 Red Hill Rd, Red Hill, Vic 3937, corner of Dunns Creek Rd. Mel Ref 161 H12

Cost: $350 per person.  Bookings essential maximum of 10 people only.  Deposit required to secure a place and final balance  payable in class.

Contact: Pauline  03  9687 9949 or  0411 201 266 for further information on the class or Eileen Gordon of Gordon Studio  03 5989 7073 for payment information.




 Australian Christmas Carols

Beleura – the House and Garden invites you to come and enjoy a special performance in our beautiful Courtyard (weather permitting, otherwise in the Gatehouse) by the U3A Choir, of Australian Christmas Carols as conducted by Warwick Taylor. Your visit includes morning tea, lunch and a House & Garden Tour.

When: 17th November 2011.

Bookings: essential.

Tickets: $35 adults / $33 concession.

The Voice as An Instrument – Christmas Poetry Reading by Warwick Taylor

Warwick has a voice – one listens to him with joy. To celebrate Christmas Beleura invites you to experience Warwick’s captivating expressions with his readings of Festive writings, including The Twelve Days of Christmas as narrated by a Master. Your visit includes morning tea, lunch and a House & Garden Tour.

When: 7th December 2011.

Bookings: essential.

Tickets: $35 adults / $33 concession. 

A Play – An Afternoon with Dorothy Parker

A Play – An Afternoon with Dorothy Parker. Adapted & performed by Dorothy Peden, narrated by Ron Paddon and accompanied on the piano by Norman Camm. This world renowned writer, whose predominant creative period was that of the prohibition era, was said to be one of the wittiest people in the world, and the saddest. Her motto was “Anything Goes”- a must see! Your visit includes morning tea, lunch and a House & Garden Tour.

When:  8th December 2011.

Bookings: essential.

Tickets: $35 adults / $33 concession.

 For further information contact or phone  5975 2027