THE KANPI CAR SHOW : an exhibition of special works by the Baker family of the APY Lands’ Kanpi community to raise funds for a ceremonial car

McCulloch & McCulloch @ SALT CONTEMPORARY, Queenscliff. 33-35 Hesse Street, Queenscliff VIC 3225. In partnership with Tjungu Palya

Exhibition runs MARCH 5-25

OPENING WEEKEND MARCH 10 & 11. Saturday March 10: Artists in conversation with Susan McCulloch OAM 5 pm. Opening drinks 6 pm. Sunday March 11:Curators Floor Talk 3 pm

for further information contact

One really important reason to have a vehicle is to visit special places. We have really strong connections to the land and certain places in particular. These places have stories and those stories are who we are, they belong to us and we belong to them. Without that, we don’t exist. These places aren’t really in the community; they are outside, special places in country. We need to travel there by car.’ Kani Patricia Tunkin, February 2012.

Kani Patricia Tunkin is 32 and one of the rising star artists of the arts centre Tjungu Palya –  the work of whose artists are featured in leading exhibitions and represented in major collections Australia-wide.

Now Tunkin and eight other relatives of the tiny Indigenous-owned Pitjantjatjara homeland community of Kanpi in South Australia’s far north-west have created a group of very special works. Their aim is to raise funds to purchase a top-range 4WD for dedicated use for travel to ceremonies, to creation sites to reinforce culture by recording stories through painting and for sorry business. 

All members of an extended family, the artists – Marita Baker, Kaye Baker, Ruth Fatt, David Miller, Teresa Baker, Milpati Baker, Maureen Baker, Kani Patricia Tunkin and Anton Baker – work with Tjungu Palya, based at Nyapari, 15 km from their tiny community.

These large, glowing works are redolent with narrative power, brilliant detail and luminous  colouration. Artists are putting all their returns from sales towards the car purchase and the entire proceeds of the silent auction of one work will be donated, along with other fundraising iniatives. As Kani Tunkin says: When we go to these places,  it feels right. When families go together, we talk the whole time about Tjukurpa and family. The kids are always listening, learning a little bit at a time. It’s a different kind of learning to school but just as important for Anangu (our people).’

Works can be viewed online @    


James Cross was 22 when he was killed whilst cycling to Monash University where he was a student.  He was a gifted musician, writer, poet, lyricist and composer and had a great passion for music.

In remembrance of James, a community driven, family friendly, music festival will be held at The Briars, Mt.Martha on Sunday March 18th featuring bands that represent the rich live music culture that exists in Melbourne and surrounding areas including the Mornington Peninsula.

The festival will focus on the local community and is supported by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Bicycle Network Victoria and TRAG [Teenagers Road Accident Group].

Monies raised from this event will be put towards the promotion of road safety for all road users. This will involve the continued support of TRAG with their school education activities and Bicycle Network Victoria with their research and efforts to educate cyclists and motorists with regard to minimizing road accident risk.



Susan Farrell ‘Awakening’

Local artist Susan Farrell will be running Art Classes from mid April 2012 on Thursday evenings.

Fellow Artists and Beginners Welcome


 Thurs April 19 to Thurs June  7  Thurs July 26 to Thurs September 13  Thurs October 18 to Thurs December 6

 Learn how to have fun with paint! Brushing! Rolling! Flicking! Experimenting! Creative backgrounds! You can choose your own subjects. Throughout the term I will introduce new techniques andand demonstrate different ways to paint subjects.

Bookings: There are limited places, please confirm your interest asap. 

Where: Bentons Road Art Studio  350 Bentons Road Moorooduc

For further information and for course costs contact Susan on 0401056865 or Email

Susan Farrell ‘Just the two of us’





We would like to invite you to join us for our 2012 FUNDRAISER Cocktail Party Extravaganza    Music – Canapés – Cocktails – Art

Your $100* Ticket entitles you entry to the Cocktail party and your choice of artwork valued between $150 – $800

 Mornington artist Margo Vigorito is curating the exhibition component of this Gala fundraising event and will hang a rich array of donated works by local and supporting Oak Hill Gallery artists.

For those wishing to attend the Cocktail Party only – Tickets are $35.00 pp

When: March 24 6.30 – 9.30pm

Where:  Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington Tyabb Road Mornington

Tickets:  are limited Contact Oak Hill Gallery 03 59734299 or 0413 317174 or email


I attended the opening of a beautiful exhibition of cut and reassembled coloured papers at Parks Victoria’s Visitors Centre Point Nepean yesterday to view artist Ma Late’s work as the winner of the 2011 Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize for 2011.  

The exhibition is a collaboration between AMES, (formerly known as the Adult Multicultural Education Services) Multicultural Arts Victoria and supported by Parks Victoria and VicHealth. 

 The prize enabled Ma Late to take up an artist residency at Werribee Park for 3 months to produce works for the Refugee Art Prize .  This opportunity extends her experience as a professional artist and provides much deserved exposure of her work.  

Originally from Burma, Karen artist Ma Late spent twenty years in a refugee camp in Thailand after being forced to flee due to depredations of the Burmese Army

The exhibition will run at Point Nepean until April 15 2012.

Andrea for artsonthepeninsula



Craft Hatch is Craft Victoria’s quarterly ‘incubator’ market showcasing the work of student and emerging designers. The market is a unique opportunity for anyone to purchase the freshest, hand-made products direct from the designer, including home wares, jewellery, clothing, accessories, stationery and more.  This event is part of the 2012 L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program.

 Where:  At 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street,  Melbourne

When:   11am to 4pm, Saturday 17 March

for further information contact Craft Victoria on  03 9650 7775  or visit

Gallery & Shop, Open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia



Michael Leeworthy is a long term Peninsula resident, artist, Red Hill creative community activist and one of the initiating artists of the Peninsula Studio Trail.  He is featured in this month’s edition of Pearl Magazine (the arts pages) and he sent me this wonderful link to a video produced about him sharing his thoughts on being an artist.  The film is high quality and showcases an enormous amount of his works.  You can also view Michael’s paintings and get in touch with him through


Peninsula Music Society presents the Goldner Quartet

When: March 3 @ 7.30pm

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilson’s Road, Mornington

Enquiries: Doreen on 5975 3040 or Tim on 5975 5469

Tickets:$32, Conc $28, Students $14.  Annual Subscriptions can be purchased for the 7 concert season. 

 Tickets are available from Farrell’s Bookshop Mornington, Robinson’s Bookshop, Frankston, or from the door, one hour prior to the concert.

For further information on the Peninsula Music Society’s 50th Anniversary Concert Series visit

Programs can be picked up from the arts information wall in Mornington Library, Vancouver Street, Mornington


A sea change for Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize winner!  Artist Ma Late, winner of the 2011 Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize, will bring her first solo exhibition to the Point Nepean National Park from 16 February – 15 April 2012. 

Originally from Burma, Ma Late spent twenty years in a refugee camp in Thailand before arriving in Australia.  Her prize winning piece “Three Countries” reflects her time spent in those three nations.

 As part of her prize, Ma Late undertook a three month artist in residency at Werribee Park. Her solo exhibition will showcase new works created during this residency. 

 It is a rare and exciting opportunity for Ma Late to further extend her experience as a professional artist and provide much deserved exposure of her work. When not making art, Ma Late studies English with AMES in Werribee and spends time with her husband and four children.

 Inaugurated in 2010, the Prize represents works by professional, amateur and emerging artists and recognises the important contribution that refugees make to the culture and social fabric of Victoria.

 Parks Victoria supports this art prize through its initiative ‘Healthy Parks Healthy People’which aims to connect people with parks in different ways. Point Nepean National Park also has a strong cultural connection with the refugee community with the many people that came through and experienced the Quarantine Station.

Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize 2011 Winner’s Solo Exhibition

Where: Point Nepean Information Centre, Point Nepean National Park

When: 16 February – 15 April, 2012  10am – 5pm daily,  free entry

All artworks in the exhibition are for sale.

 The Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize is collaboration between AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria; and supported by Parks Victoria and VicHealth.

Now Calling for Entries for the 2012 Heartlands Refugee Fine art Prize open on Monday 6 February. Winning pieces will launch 2012 Refugee Week in an exhibition at the fortyfivedownstairs gallery in Flinders Lane followed by the Walker Street Gallery in Dandenong as part of the Multicultural Arts Victoria Emerge Festival. The total prize pool is $15,000 with first prize scooping $5,000 and a solo exhibition sponsored by Parks Victoria.

For further information contact  Belinda Petersen, Communications Officer, Point Nepean National Park on   Ph 0400 191 698