What: Peninsula Studio Trail Exhibition 

When:  June 27 – July 31

Where: Dromana Estate, 500 Old Moorooduc Road, Dromana

Enquiries: Judy Reekie 0417 553 537



The Johnston Collection, +A Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts, East Melbourne, incorporating Fairhall house-museum, Gallery, Reference Library

Christmas at The Johnston Collection Mornington Peninsula 2013


to all Mornington Peninsula artists and craftspeople to participate in the annual The Johnston Collection Christmas Tour to be held from 6 November 2013 –28 February 2014.

Each year a region in Victoria is invited to create works based on aspects or items in The Johnston Collection or relating to the life of William Robert Johnston (1911-1986).

We are planning to invite artists and craftspeople, guilds and societies centred in and around the Mornington Peninsula and its environs in 2013.

We are planning an introductory presentation in your area and would like to invite you to attend to learn more about how to create and contribute works to this annual house-museum tour.

Works for the Christmas at The Johnston Collection are ‘inspired by’ the residence and collection of the late William Johnston, an antiques dealer and collector with an extraordinary eye for beauty. Johnston bequeathed his former residence and collection to the people of Victoria.

The Johnston Collection is now a museum complex of fine and decorative arts in East Melbourne including Fairhall house-museum, Gallery, Reference Library and Shop. The Johnston Collection has an amazing collection of Regency, Georgian and Louis XV antiques regularly rearranged within a domestic setting. We offer three guided tours daily Monday to Friday, and out of hours tours are also available. You can view Fairhall and the Collection on

Groups and artists have customarily included The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, quilters guilds, CWAs, porcelain painters, combined textile groups as well as individual artists, sculptors and so on. Previously we have worked with groups and artists from Melbourne, Ballarat (2006-2007), Castlemaine (2007-2008), Bendigo (2008-2009), Geelong (2009-2010), and this year Warrnambool and the South-Western region of Victoria (2010-2011).

For further information about this exhibition, how to create and contribute works to the annual house-museum tour and when the introductory presentation will be held in your area please contact Louis Le Vaillant, Director | Curator | 03 9416 2515 |  and we will distribute further details to you.

Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2013 will open Thursday 3 November 2011 and continues until 24 February 2012.

For further information about this exhibition and when the introductory presentation will be held please contact:       Louis Le Vaillant, Director | Curator | 03 9416 2515 | +or Fil Natarelli OR Felicity Cook, Marketing | Administration 03 9416 2515 |

The Johnston Collection was bequeathed by William Robert Johnston (1911-1986) as a gift to the people of Victoria and is administered as an independent not-for-profit museum by The W R Johnston Trust.

PO Box 79, East Melbourne VIC 8002 | T +61 3 9416 2515 |

F: +61 3 9416 2507


What: Oak Hill Gallery Members Exhibition

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington Tyabb Road, Mornington, next to the Rose Garden and adjacent to MPRG

When: June 30 – July31

Contact: 5973 4299



Mornington Peninsula Music Network member and Weekly News photographer Haydn Godony (Hot Shots) was on board at the Heritage Hotel’s Music Festival for Cancer Awareness on June 9.   Many wonderful Peninsula musicians gave of their time to support the cause;  Marty Williams, Aaron Roberts, Brad Kennedy, Lucky, Holy Cow Bannd, Mama Cass, Peter Kaighan, Paul Dillon, Tash Parker and Wally de Backer and many more.


What: The Big Read 

When: Saturday 30 June 2012 from 9am – 2pm

Where: @ Hastings Library, Cnr High & Salmon Streets Hastings

Contact: 5950 1710


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What: The New Music Network is offering subscribers the chance to win a double pass to the Soundstream Collective concert on 6pm Saturday 23 June at Melbourne Recital Centre.

To go in the running to win please respond to this time with Soundstream in the subject heading. Good luck!

New Music Network and the Melbourne Recital Centre presents  Soundstream Collective Circles Series

Following their acclaimed Brisbane premiere, Soundstream Collective present the Adelaide and Melbourne performances of Hanna Kulenty’s Circles Series (1994-6). The series represent Kulenty’s self titled ‘European trance music’, her original version of ‘post-minimalist’ style. The result is music of incredible emotional intensity and sheer sonorous impact, reflecting the richness of the composer’s internal life.

One recalls Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetic description of music as “feelings transformed into audible landscape.” “One of Poland’s most interesting composers.” BBC.

“I was speechless for some time afterwards, so affecting were the writing and the performance.” RealTime.

Performers: Elizabeth Layton (violin), Martin Philipson (trumpet), Rebecca Johnson (flute), Gabriella Smart (piano)

Co-Presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre

When: Saturday 23 June 2012 @ 6pm

Where: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank

Tickets: Full $35 | Concession $25

Bookings: Phone: (03) 9699 3333 or Online

Further info: Philippa Horn, Manager, New Music Network, P: 0411 606 077 E:



What: Controversy: The power of art

An exclusive Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition, curated by Dr Vivien Gaston

Controversy: The power of art explores the social and cultural impact of art through examples that have provoked intense response and controversy.

Beginning with key works that redefined the nature of art itself, including abstract art, Dada and art that provoked public outcry in the history of the Archibald Prize, the exhibition charts the involvement of art with salient social and political issues including social injustice, violence, refugees and the homeless. Controversies over lifestyles and critiques of bourgeois values are considered, alongside the importance of the human body and the volatile re-interpretations that have provoked controversy on several levels, including sexuality, gender and the representation of children in recent art.

This timely exhibition includes works from the late 19th century to the present day and will represent major works by both Australian and international artists working in painting, photography, print-making, video, sculpture, installation and video.

When: June 21 to August 12 2012

Special event: On Thursday July 19 Meet the Curator: Vivien Gaston for an in-depth discussion of key works in the exhibition and the controversial issues they engage with.

Where: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington

Visit: or phone 03 5975 4395


What:                The 10th Somers Arts Fair

The Somers Arts Fair exhibits work from renowned and emerging artists who reside predominantly on the Mornington Peninsula.  Artwork includes paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastels).  Art work is for sale throughout the day, with the main auction at 2pm featuring pieces donated by the artists, including the highly sought after totem poles.

The Somers Arts Fair is a highly successful, authentic and unique ‘country fair’ and a wonderful day out for the family.

When:           28th October 2012  from 10pm to  4pm and the main Auction is @ 2pm

The day has activities for all the family including music and live entertainment, artists workshops, craft market stalls, children’s games and activities, gourmet food and coffee, Peninsula wine and beer, and much more….

Where:              Somers Primary School, Camp Hill Rd, Somers, 3927, Melways 194 C10



What: A creative Peninsula – Have your say

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s draft Arts & Culture Strategy – A Creative Peninsula – is currently on public exhibition.

The Strategy reflects and articulates:

  • A vision for arts and culture;
  • The needs and aspirations of our community;
  • The Shire’s role in local arts and cultural development; and
  • Priorities for planning, facilities, programs and communication.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Frank Martin says arts and culture plays an important role within our community.

“Art and culture is more than just providing entertainment, within a community it can foster creativity, inspiration and innovation. It helps strengthen communities through nurturing local identity and a sense of place, and can bring people of diverse backgrounds together to create and enjoy art, and to create a more livable community.

“The Strategy focuses on ability of arts and culture to help build stronger community connections and aims to improve the skills and capacities necessary for a creative Peninsula,” he said.

Key elements of the plan include:

  • Formation of a community-based Arts and Culture Advisory Panel (ACAP) to provide advice to the Shire on arts and cultural policy and development priorities
  • Development of a Public Art Policy and Management Plan
  • Access to music programs and instrumental bursary programs for Peninsula youth; and
  • Increased arts and cultural festivals, in particular low-cost community-based music festivals.

If you’re interested in Arts and Culture on the Mornington Peninsula, have your say on the draft Strategy.  The Strategy is available for inspection at Council Offices, or can be downloaded from under On Exhibition.

Download: ArtsCultural_StrategyWebDoc.pdf

Copies of the document can be picked up from Rosebud, Hastings, Mornington and Somerville Shire Customer Services from Monday June 18.

Community Forums will be held @

  • Mornington – Library Meeting Room on Wednesday July 18 6-8pm,
  •  Sorrento – Nepean Historical Society, 827 Melbourne Road Thursday July 19, from 6-8pm,
  • Hastings – Hall on Wed July 25 2-5pm  
  • Rosebud –  The Community Hub @ Eastbourne, 11a Allambi Avenue on Wednesday August 1, 6 – 8pm. 

For further inquiries: contact Andrea Ebsworth, Cultural Planner, Mornington Peninsula Shire 


What: Peninsula Poets are hosting a special event!

 Calling all poets! Please come armed with a wide paintbrush, biodegradable flour and water paste and pages of your original words to blanket the Frankston CBD in poetry.

Poetry walk will start from the Frankston Library and end up at B’Artiste Bar and Lounge 2/12 Young St. (off Ross Smith Lane) where the monthly Peninsula Poets’ Slam will be held at a special time from 4:00 to 5:30pm.  Prizes will be awarded for first three places. Poems must not exceed three minutes in length.

When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 2pm

Where: Frankston Library, 60 Playne St

For more information:Peninsula Poets/ facebook/ Twitter/ YouTube or email


What:  Exhibiton as part of the City of Wyndham’s NAIDOC WEEK Celebrations

Wayne Quilliam is renowned all over the world for his artwork and has photographed most of the major Indigenous events of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries across Australia.

In this exhibition his work will explore the nature of ‘HOME’. What does it mean? Is our home where we come from or where we are? Can we make a home in a place far from our origins? Is a sense of home connected to a relationship to landscape and belonging?

Non-Indigenous Australians have come from many parts of the globe to make Australia their home through a process of immigration that has been going on for over two centuries. Many Indigenous Australians have been dispossessed of their traditional lands and are living on the traditional lands of other Indigenous peoples.

How do we make sense of the idea of home in such a dissonant context?

Wayne’s large scale high resolution photographs give us a new approach to this question. He has travelled all over Australia and to many other parts of the globe including a recent trip and exhibition in Cuba and his photographs show a consistent interest in the landscape and its people.

This exhibition will place his work in the context of a search for, and an identification of the meaning of the word HOME.

When: Opening Wednesday June 20 @ 6.30pm Open Daily 9am – 5pm

Where: Wyndham Art Gallery, Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton St Werribee



What: 2012 Scarecrow festival entries now open

Where: Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Tourism Red Hill

When: Last date for entries August 13,   Judging Sept 17,   Scarecrow Market Celebration Oct 6,  e:


What: Guided Tour of exUrbanScreens from/to Cube 37/FAC from dusk til late

Where: Frankston streets

When: June 23 – July 7  @ 6.30pm

Contact: Tours Free Bookings essential 9784 1705 visit


What: Oak Hill Gallery’s Annual Members Exhibition “On Show”

When: July 1 – 31 July.

Official opening Sunday 3rd July from 2-4pm and the public is invited to enjoy food, wine, jazz/blues band “Those Blokes”

Where: Oak Hill is situated in an Historic Homestead at 100 Mornington Tyabb Road next to the Mornington Rose Gardens and adjacent to the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by The Tallis Foundation and Canson Australia.

Oak Hill Gallery recently won a National Trust Award for creative re-use of an historical building. 

What: School Holiday Children’s Art Workshops. 2 x 2.5 hr sessions @ $15 per session.  Bookings essential.

Contact: 5973 4299 or visit

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

Oak Hill Community Gallery is run by a very passionate volunteer group of artists and is calling for new members.  Membership is $25 a year.  The Oak Hill artists’ have a rich variety of creative skills to share in a vibrant and ever changing atmosphere.  Membership provides artists discounted exhibition fees, regular information on workshops, talks, exhibition invitations , prizes and social gatherings at the gallery.  Oak Hill  works together to create a new & inspiring exhibition every month.  The gallery is manned by the  committee, volunteers and exhibiting artists.



When: June 18, 2012, 1pm – 3pm

Where: Peninsula Art Society Studios 157 Overport Road, Frankston

Cost: $7 No booking necessary, refreshments included



What:  Last days to view this impressive exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein at our very own Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.  The gallery will be open all the Queens Birthday long weekend, with live music on Sunday between 2-4pm, as well as wines in the bar from 3-5pm the same day. The exhibition closes 5pm Monday 11 June.

Where:Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington

Contact: 5975 4395  or visit

Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday 10am – 5pm