Peninsula adult education and literacy (Pael) are now taking enrolements for their art folio preparation course (Artways). This course is offered as a pathway of systematic development of visual skills and knowledge.

Pael have formed strong links and further education pathways with  Chisholm institute ,TAFE.  Art ways  participants have successfully gone on to apply for entry into the Diploma of Visual Arts at Chisholm, some becoming valuable members of other art communities such as Oak Hill CommunityArts Cooperative & Gallery.

The folio preparation course will be tutored by Julie Niekamp, a long term Peninsula resident and artist.   Julie has had exhibitions both locally and interstate and has a passion for encouraging her students to  think outside the box,  no matter what their age or art experience.  Classes are conducted in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

The course will be held on Thursday’s,9.30 til 3pm. For  a duration of approximately 31 weeks.
Students will begin with basic drawing and  continue through various 2D materials , including oil  and acrylic paints.  The class is structured to allow students to develop their own vision and style in the creation of their artwork , with a view to go on to further education or to develop their artwork to a standard  ready for exhibition.

To find out details of the Artsway program and associated costs please call Peninsula Adult Education and  Literacy.
Office hours mon.-thurs. 10am-4pm.
Ph. 59822811


Coming up…..
This weekend on Saturday March 31st at 7:30pm at the Northcote Uniting Church Hall, we have the touring London Klezmer Quartet, in Australia for the first time. They are running a Hopkele, a dance and this is a marvellous opportunity to dance the traditional steps that go with Klezmer tunes. LKQ have met with a very warm response in the week that they’ve been here, and most of their other gigs have booked out, so don’t miss this one!

After Easter we open our 2012 Box Hill Community Arts Centre series with the most exciting Hot Club Quartet you’re likely to catch! Violinist, Daniel Weltlinger plays with Gypsy Jazz giant from Ireland, guitarist, Ian Date, his brother Nigel Date and bassist Howard Cairns. Make Friday April 13th your lucky night and hear them live!

At 1 Mark St. on Saturday April 14th, we have the Mercurials: ARIA award winning guitarist, Andrew Pendlebury, guitarist and vocalist Mark Ferrie (Rockwiz Orkestra) and cellist Adi Sappir.  Sharing the night with them will be slack key guitarist, Alfred Harua, from New Caledonia.

Melbourne Millennium Chorus & Boite Schools Chorus
Roger and Katrina are heading to Dili this week to organise the Timor Leste contingent coming to Melbourne in August, with a possible follow up project in Timor Leste later this year.

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Handmade ceramic geraniums / Costumes for the outdoors / A green environment in the gallery

Three new exhibitions, designed to colour and challenge your world, launch this April

When:  April 26 – June 9 2012

Opening Launch:  Thursday 26 April 2012, 6-8pm

 Where: CRAFTVIC                    31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

GALLERY ONE:  Jasmine Targett’s Crumbling Ecologies is a large-scale collaborative project exploring the closure of craft-based studios across Melbourne’s major art schools and the impact this will have on the future of artistic practice. Targett’s installation will feature hundreds of hand-made geranium leaves that upon closer inspection, will appear on the brink of crumbling.

To be opened by Grace Cochrane, Independent Curator, and former Senior Curator of Australian Decorative Art and Design, Powerhouse Museum Sydney. Crumbling Ecologies is supported by the City of Melbourne.

 GALLERY TWO:  Jacqueline Bradley’s The Outdoors Type is an investigation into her own interactions with the Australian landscape. Bradley will create a series of costumes and props using sewing and found objects, which are intended to bridge the gap between the artist and the natural environment.
To be opened by Carol Cains, Curator, Asian Art, National Gallery of Victoria. The Outdoors Type is supported by Arts ACT.

GALLERY THREE:  Tony Adams’ The Green Room will consist of more than 1000 chromatically-varying found green objects, re-purposed within the gallery context, with the aim of creating an engaging ‘green’ environmental space. Initially, responding to the specifics of the site, the work will develop and change during the exhibition.
To be opened by Mellissa Kavenough Curator, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick.


Flinders artist and gallerist Neil Williams is looking for an etching press (pictured).  If you know of one for sale please contact Neil directly on 0414 584 511.

 Moocreative Graphic Design Studio @ Cook Street Collective 2B/41 Cook Street, Flinders. Victoria 3929 Tel: 03 5989 1022


the faders

A new physical theatre and contemporary dance work that deals with the fear of fading into obscurity, of disappearing, not being seen, and the lengths some people will go to, to remain in the limelight.

“I pressed forward against the invisible barrier, my hands curled into fists at my side, felt a force pushing against me, held my position, and I was in the pause again, caught in that strange place between darkness and light, my breath taken away, panic racing along my flesh. And then the flash of pain, as if my body were a taut wire through which bolts of electricity passed, unendingly, excruciatingly.”   (Robert Cormier)

Performing are: Timothy Walsh, Kathleen Skipp, Michael Foster, Robert Brassington, Kathleen Lott, Holly Harrison, Lisa Wilson, & Rachel Heller-Wagner works-in-production


Wirra – to make

Where: Flinders Village Café 49 Cook St, Flinders (opposite the Flinders General Store).

When: March 30 to April 30.

Wirra – To Make’ is a selection of works being presented to symbolise making now, strengthening Indigenous culture here on the Mornington Peninsula and to raise funds for the opening of the Baluk Arts art centre and gallery in Mornington in late April. Works include themes of reconciliation, traditional food and ceremony by young, emerging and established local Indigenous artists. Doug Smith says ‘My painting is of black and white (people) walking together.’ Young artist Jamillah Watson says ‘I am enjoying painting about women’s business and learning my culture from my Aunties.’ Artworks being exhibited include ochre works on paper and small and affordable paintings, prints and photographic work.

Baluk Arts newly published book ‘Baluk Wurrung – Stories from Aboriginal People in South East Melbourne’ will also be available for sale at the Flinders Village Cafe on MARCH 31st ONLY from 1pm. Artists will be available to sign books and discuss their stories also.

Baluk Arts is federally funded by the Office of the Arts Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program and the Victorian Department of Justice.

for further information contact or visit their website
 or phone 03 5975 5000


for further information about what’s on at the mprg visit www.mprg.mornpen.vic.govau


29 February – 9 April 2012
At first sight: Peninsula and bay photographs by J W Twycross 1918–1925
An exclusive Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition

            This exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery showcases the photography of John William Twycross and his intimate and insightful tale of life in Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. Twycross (1871–1939) was an accomplished artist who passionately believed in the aesthetic as well as the documentary potential of photography.

 He was a frequent visitor to his mother’s family farm at McCrae on Port Phillip Bay, capturing in his work the ambience of the local creeks, wetlands and views and photographing his family at work and play. Using the artist’s original prints and large scale images specially printed from carefully preserved glass plates, this exhibition pays tribute to a man whose early experimentation and ingenuity left an inspired legacy for years to come.

At first sight: Peninsula and bay photographs by J W Twycross 1918–1925

29 February – 9 April 2012
Michael Shannon: Australian Romantic Realist
An Art Gallery of Ballarat touring exhibition

 Michael Shannon was a highly regarded Australian artist of the 1950s to the 1980s.

His brightly coloured landscapes and paintings of the urban metropolis were avidly collected and as frequently displayed as those of his near contemporaries John Brack and Fred Williams. 

 Nearly twenty years after his passing, the Art Gallery of Ballarat presents the first retrospective of the work of this major artist. Drawn from public and private collections across Australia, the exhibition explores the full range of Shannon’s work from his time as a student through to the vivid landscapes of Victoria that he produced in the last decade of his life. A consummate draughtsman, a major focus of this exhibition are drawings in which the human figure is present, but seen from afar.

For further information check the MPRG’s website


 Paperweight workshop with Eileen Gordon & Pauline Delaney
Learn how to manipulate molten glass into beautiful and original paperweights during this workshop with one of Australia’s most prominent glassblowers and glass artisans.

This two-day workshop offers a fantastic opportunity to discover traditional Venetian techniques used in hot glass studios. With no experience necessary, the workshop is a perfect introduction into the world of glass blowing.
The course covers equipment, tools, OH&S and proper working procedures used in hot shops. Gathering, marvering and shaping of molten glass, and correct tool usage will be taught and demonstrated.
 Colour-application techniques will also be introduced with participants choosing and applying their own colour combinations. All materials, tools and glass are provided.  

Over the duration of the workshop participants will have the opportunity tof complete 4-5  individual paperweights that will be available to take home once the overnight annealing process is complete.
Postage of your artworks can be arranged if you are unable to pick them up in person.
What to wear and bring
Participants are asked to wear non synthetic clothing-  cotton and or wool is fine. enclosed comfortable shoes, long hair tied back and 2 pairs of old long thick socks  to cut up for arm sleeves. 1 hour is allocated for lunch, tea and coffee provided.
Where: Gordon Studio Glassblowers, 290 Red Hill Rd., Red Hill, Vic 3937 Corner of Dunns Creek Rd. Mel Ref 161 H12
When: April 28th and 29th   2012 from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Cost:  $450 per person Max. 8 people.
Payment information
Deposit of $200.00 required to secure a place and final balance of $250.00 payable in class.
Cancellation deposit money only returned if your workshop place is filled.
Payment can be made by Credit Card or by Direct Deposit.
To book now please contact Eileen on 03 5989 7073

Glass Bead Workshop With Pauline Delaney
This two-day workshop teaches you to make a variety of beads in the traditional Venetian techniques of bead making.  You will learn to form coloured glass rods to make beads, surface decoration, stringer and twisty decoration, floral techniques, triangle beads and gravity beads. We will talk about OH&S, set up of equipment at home and suppliers.  
We will troubleshoot common mistakes and overcome difficulties. All materials, tools and glass provided, and all students’ work on minor burner.
About Pauline
Pauline Delaney is a glass artist who works in designing and making hand blown glass, lampwork glass beads and lampwork glass jewellery for galleries. She also produces individual focal glass beads and glass lampwork bead sets for clients.

Pauline’s work is represented in many private, corporate and public collections including The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA.

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

When: June 23 and 24th 2012 from 9.30am – 4.30pm

Cost:$350 per person Max. 10 people
Payment information

Deposit of $180.00 required to secure a place and final balance of $170.00 payable in class.
Cancellation deposit money only returned if your workshop place is filled.
Payment can be made by Credit Card or by Direct Deposit.
To book now please contact Eileen on 03 5989 7073 or for further information contact Gordon Glass Studios on          (03) 59 82 1105  M  0413 063 159