What: Annual Portrait Exhibition

When: September 1 – 27 Opening Sunday September 2 @ 2pm

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Tyabb Road Mornington,

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 4pm

Enquiries:  5973 4299 or visit 



What: Pax Jakura JR is a self taught painter with an artist’s pedigree.  He visited Peninsula artist Tony Sowersby earlier in 2012 when we last promoted Pax’s prints for sale.  The sale of these prints allowed him to further develop his work  for exhibition in Australia.  The exhibition is the result of the huge support given to Pax by art lovers across Australia.

Pax’s father Pax Jakupa Apo was the first Highlands artist to exhibit outside PNG.   When Pax decided to follow in his father’s footsteps he was already a young man shouldering a lot of responsibilities.  He lives in a village without running water and his house has no electricity, which means he can only paint during the day.  He has lost two houses in the last ten years, one was washed away in a flood during a catastrophic wet season and its replacement was destroyed by a bushfire.

Pax’s work is imbued with a love of his culture.  It is based in the traditions and customs of his people.  This is not nostalgia but a reflection of a way of life that whilst changing still exists.

When: August 30 – September 15

Where: Without Pier Gallery, 417 Hampton Street Hampton, phone 9598 5006

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm

To view more of the artist’s work visit


“Repower Hickinbotham, the last event as part of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s Repower Australia Campaign was a great success! It was held last Saturday afternoon (Aug 25 2012) and featured the incredible performers Jet Sallmann, Kodo Motif, Lucky, Esther Holt band and Marty Williams and band, who did an amazing job.

The inspiring speakers for the event Sean Wilmore and Frank Fitzgerald enlightened and encouraged the crowd to actively think about their own ability to create change and the ways in which we can personally help the environment and our community. The community support in all facets was what helped the event be such a success, highlighting one of Sean Wilmore’s key philosophies ‘the piece in the puzzle’.  Hickinbotham of Dromana were incredible hosts; providing a steady stream of their homebrewed beer and wine as well as an incredible display of food for the event.

The results of the night were fantastic; with a total of 80 tickets sold and a full house the event exceeded expectations. Currently we have raised a total of $4000 from ticket sales, donations and raffle tickets alone, but we are expecting the amount to increase in the coming weeks as we’ve been receiving additional donations post-event already. As a whole, the event succeeded in educating people about the effects of climate change and proved that our community has the ability to unite and support such youth initiatives. Not only did it succeed in this respect but we have had a great response from all those involved about the positivity they felt as a consequence of the event. The proceeds from the event will go towards re-powering Hickinbotham of Dromana’s manufacturing and business energy systems! “


What:    Watercolour Workshop by acclaimed artist Julie Goldspink

Following her very successful recent demo, the popular and engaging  PAS tutor,  Julie Goldspink  is back to share more of her watercolour  tips and secrets.   In this workshop you will learn how to “go with the flow” and experiment with the fluid possibilities of the watercolour medium to create loose, exciting and vibrant floral paintings.

Where:   Peninsula Arts Society at 157 Overport Rd, Frankston South.

When:   Sunday 9th September, 2012, 10 am – 3.30 pm

Costs/ Ticketing:   $70 non-members (PAS members $60)

Website information:  http//!/PeninsulaArtsSociety

Enquiries & Booking Contact:      Call Ruth on 9787 6103

Julie Goldspink Watercolour Workshop



What:Merryn Trevethan from Golden Products will give a talk & demonstration of Golden Artist products – Colour, mediums, additives, gessos, grounds, varnish tint, glazes and the extensive visual effects that can be achieved using Golden products.

When:  Monday 8th October 2012 from 10am- 12.00pm.  Please arrive @ 9.45am for a 10am start.

Where: Mornington Library Meeting Room, Vancouver St. Mornington

Cost: $5.00

There will be an opportunity to try different paints and mediums and  WIN A GOLDEN PRODUCT PRIZE

This is good opportunity to connect with other members and friends of Oak Hill Gallery and morning tea will be provided.

RSVP:   Cherie or Annie – Cherie Leeden or phone  0407362208  or

Annie Dowd on 59742985 or

Oakhill Gallery   on 59734299


Winner Christabel Wigley ‘Fingers Crossed 

Curator Neil Williams is pleased to announce that the prize money for the 2013 competition has now grown to $30,000.

There is a new dedicated Facebook page to help stay in touch with you…

or contact Neil Williams, Creative Director, Montalto Sculpture Prize on Mob: 0414 584 511

Entry forms are also available from the Arts Information Wall Mornington Library




‘Creative ageing’ on song in national music awards

Is there a project, group, organisation or activity in your community that gets older Australians making music?   With $10,000 in prize money up for grabs, the Music in Communities Awards 2012 are now open to recognise outstanding achievement in community music activity.

Inaugurated in 2008, the national scheme is run by the Music Council of Australia (MCA) as an encouragement to groups that are often the unsung heroes of national cultural life to step into the limelight for a public pat on the back.

This year, the Awards are themed around ‘creative ageing’ and will highlight activities that encourage older Australians to start, or return to, a musical life, or that nurture inter-generational music making.

The Awards are open to all forms of music groups including choirs, bands, orchestras, ukulele groups and drum circles; community and volunteer organisations delivering and supporting music programs in communities; local Councils; aged care facilities; schools and individuals.

Entries close Friday 28th September,  2012.

“Research tells us that active involvement in music and singing groups brings many flow-on benefits beyond the pleasure of the music itself,” says the MCA’s Tina Broad.

“For example, we know it can help counter feelings of alienation, isolation and depression, by promoting mental health and physical wellbeing. It can help people feel better connected and it can drive a strong sense of community spirit.

“And with all the exciting recent discoveries about the plasticity of the brain – its constant ability to repair, change, ‘relearn’ – across the entire lifespan, there are even more reasons to start, or keep, learning music,” says Broad. “Dust off the trumpet and join your town band, or go and join the choir. It’s never too late!”

All the details are online at

Previous winners of the Awards include the Moorambilla community Festival in regional NSW, the Dandenong Ranges Music Council in regional Victoria, Sydney’s Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and Tutti, an Adelaide-based organisation for young people with disabilities.

For further information contact ALEX MASSO (MUSIC IN COMMUNITIES NETWORK) ON T: 02 9559 1305 OR EMAIL

The Music in Communities Network is a program of Music: Play for Life, the Music Council of Australia’s campaign to get more Australians making music in schools, communities, everywhere.


Laith McGregor
The Astronomer 2010
biro on paper, wood, rope and screws
Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney
Photo: Mathew Stanton

What: A Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition2012 National Works on Paper

When : 19 August – 7 October 2012

Where: mprg, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington 

Visit: for gallery opening hours 

A revealing exhibition bringing together contemporary works on paper from across the nation. National Works on Paper is one of the most prestigious acquisitive prize exhibitions of its type in Australia. The 2012 National Works on Paper showcases recent works by innovative artists working in the field of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture. Traditional approaches to working with paper will be explored along with works that use new technological mediums – displaying the ways in which these mediums are prompting new explorations of working with and on paper.

This diverse and exciting exhibition provides a survey of what’s happening in contemporary art across Australia today.

Winner of the $15 000 Beleura Award:
Laith McGregor, The Astronomer 2010

Acquired works of art:
Locust Jones, Geronimo 2011
Irene Hanenbergh, Grace under pressure (triptych) 2010
Peter Grziwotz, Head in a landscape 2011
Ralf Kempken, Cage 2012
Fiona McMonagle, Amanda, light of my life 2011
Patrick Pound, Portrait of the wind 2011

Artists include: Greg Ades, Andrew Antoniou, Peter Atkins, Rosalind Atkins, Lisa Barmby, Eolo Paul Bottaro, Dean Bowen, Mostyn Bramley-Moore, Warren Breninger, Fiona Cabassi, Angela Cavalieri, Jonathan Delafield Cook, Antonietta Covino-Beehre, Steve Cox, Greg Creek, Jesse Dayan, Graeme Drendel, Carolyn Eskdale, Marco Eychenne, Philip Faulks, Mae Finlayson, Prudence Flint, Jennifer Goodman, Betty Greenhatch, Peter Grziwotz, Many Gunn, Irene Hanenbergh, Rew Hanks, Dana Harris, Pei Pei He, Despa Hondros, Susan Jacobs, Locust Jones, Gladdy Kemarre, Ralph Kempken, Barbie Kjar, Josie Kunoth Petyarre, Adrian Lazzaro, Christine Martin, Laith McGregor, Fiona McMonagle, Glen Morgan, David Palliser, Graeme Peebles, Patrick Pound, Daniel Price, Emily Pwerle, Galya Pwerle, Jacqueline Rose, John Ryrie, Bill Sampson, Wendy Sharpe, Liz Shreeve, Fiona Somerville, Heather B Swann, Jane Trengove, Stephanie Turner, Michael Vale, Paul White and Zhen

When: Sunday 2 September, 2pm–3pm Eolo Paul Bottaro, Phillip Faulks & Pei Pei He.
Tuesday 25 September  With Mandy Gunn, artist

Vote on your favourite work at The artist with the most votes wins $1000.


What:  Paul White’s exhibition ‘Wasteland Wanderlust’ is now showing at Metro Gallery. Join the artist and his followers for a drink in celebration of this outstanding exhibition.


Paul White was recently selected as a finalist in two significant Australian drawing prizes: the Paul Guest Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery, and the 2012 National Works on Paper prize at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

His recent drawing, ‘South Tucson Daybreak’ will be exhibited at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until Monday, when it will return to Metro Gallery to be exhibited in ‘Wasteland Wanderlust’.

For further information contact Metro Gallery on (03) 9500 8511 or visit 1214 High Street  Armadale

Paul White, ‘South Tuscon Daybreak’ selected finalist in the 2012 MPRG Works on Paper Exhibition


What: Hung Drawn & Quilted

The Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers Inc are displaying their quilts from August 25 to October 26 

Also on display are the quilts of Mornington Librarian Cathy Underhill  

Where:  Mornington Library Foyer Exhibition Space, Vancouver Street Mornington 

For further information on having your group’s art and craftwork on display contact Andrea Ebsworth Cultural Planner, Mornington Peninsula Shire on 0438 051 092 

Joy Hiddlestone “Beneath the Pier”



What: A range of Acting Courses

Only 3 places left  for the Free trial workshop for kids and teenagersSAT 25TH AUG 11am -2pm

Where: Uniting Church Dromana, 305 Point Nepean Road, Dromana

INTRO ACTING 1 for adults“Get out of your head and into the moment with the Sanford Meisner Technique”

When: 10 week programs Mondays 3rd Sept 7-10pm or Sunday afternoons 2-5pm

Cost: $350

Where: Uniting Church Dromana, 305 Point Nepean Road, Dromana


When: 10week program starts Tues 4th Sept 9.30 -11.30am or  Fri 7th Sept 9.30-11.30am  

Cost: $250

Where: Uniting Church Dromana, 305 Point Nepean Road, Dromana

ACTING 1 FOR KIDS & TEENAGERS weekday evenings & weekend sessions

When: 10 week program starts Fri 7th Sept 4pm – 6pm  or Fri 7th Sept 6.30-9.30pm or

Sat 8th Sept 12.30-2.30pm 

Cost: $250 per 10 week session

Where: Uniting Church Dromana, 305 Point Nepean Road, Dromana


Contact: THE ACTOR’S SHED  Harriet James on 0487 918 015


What: Meeting to discuss the Johnston Collection Exhibition on the Mornington Peninsula in 2013

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre Foyer, Wilsons Road, Mornington

When: September 11 from 10  to 12pm

Flyers can be picked up @ Our Libraries Mornington Arts Information Wall


What: Learning to play the African Drums

Where: Southern Peninsula Art Centre

When: Sunday September 2 @ 2pm

Cost: Gold Coin Donation




What: OPEN CHANNEL’S inaugural – GENERATION NEXT DRAMA AND COMEDY CONFERENCE which caters for the Emerging Screen Sector is being held on – August 30th and 31st – Cinema Nova, Carlton, Melbourne

Supported by Film Victoria, Open Channel’s Generation Next Drama and Comedy Conference is a 2-day program of curated seminars, panel discussions and presentations that will provide Victoria’s emerging and early career screen practitioners with the opportunity to engage with their peers, meet and mingle with experienced screen writers, directors, producers, financiers, industry guilds, broadcasters and commissioners.

It is designed to serve as the launch-pad for establishing the future community of Victorian drama and comedy screen practitioners.

Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi will be giving the key note address, with some of Australia’s most highly regarded screen practitioners and organisations signed on as speakers including:


Who is participating: Lachy Hulme (Actor – Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Offspring and Beaconsfield)

Laura Waters (Princess Pictures and Producer of Sporting Nation and Chris Lilley’s Angry Boys and Summer Heights High)

Mary-Anne Carroll (Executive Producer – Comedy at the Seven Network and Series Producer of Winners and Losers Series 1 and 100 eps of All Saints)

Chris Oliver-Taylor (Managing Director, Matchbox)

Jason Stephens (Creative Director, Freemantle Media)

Dan Fill (Chocolate Liberation Front – Game Masters (Game), Figaro Pho, 2012 Titanic Miniseries (online)

Lisa Fitzpatrick (Director Development and Production – Network 10)

Peter Hudson (CEO TV1 SF Channels, TV1 General Entertainment Partnership)

Joanna Werner (Producer – Dance Academy, Elephant Princess)

Rick Maier (Executive Producer – Network 10)

Jane Roscoe (Network Programmer – SBS)

Joanne Azzopardi (Vice President International Sales Australasia, Beyond International)

Brett Sleigh (Development Manager – ABC)

Debra Allanson (Studio Ish)

Sue Edwards (Acting General Manager, Film Victoria)

Anthony Mrsnik (Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Showtime)

Linda Klejus (Producer – Conspiracy 365)

Mark Bamford (Partner – Tresscox Lawyers)

Peter Moon (Chair – Australian Writers Guild, Victoria) 2

Open Channel Co-Operative Limited Victoria Harbour, Shed 4 North Wharf Road, Docklands VIC 3008 Australia T: +61 3 8610 9300 (Reception) F: +61 3 9614 1780 W:

Dan Bennett (Script Producer – Winners and Losers)

Gina Black (Unit Production Manager – Terra Nova)

Mike Cowap (Investment Manager – Screen Australia)

Ewan Burnett (Burberry Entertainment and Executive Producer – Small Time Gangster, Last Man Standing)

Jenny Lalor (Media Lawyer)

Deb Huxley (Media Mash – Consultant to Fetch TV)

Steve Luby (Ruby Entertainment, Producer of Bed of Roses, Crackerjack and The Brush Off)

Tim Phillips (Investment Manager, Drama – Screen Australia)

Anna Whitelaw (Head of Marketing and Communications, Pozible)

Guila Sandler (Writer – Rescue Special Ops, Out of the Blue, McLeod’s Daughters)

Australian Directors Guild, Australian Cinematographers Guild, Australian Screen Editors Guild, Australian Writers Guild

Program details: The program will include sessions on current industry opportunities, multi-platform exploitation, working with your broadcaster, development, partnerships and funding, adapting book to the small screen, digital production and distribution and what it takes to get comedy right.

Open Channel Executive Director Jennie Hughes comments, “I’m delighted that Film Victoria supported this initiative which is one of our 2012 Pathways programmes. The Conference has resonated with the industry and we have secured some of the best people to participate as speakers and moderators. Everyone has given so generously of their time to support the emerging sector – it’s a fantastic result and testament to the quality of our industry”.

Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi comments, “Our congratulations to Open Channel for building on the success of their 2011 Gen Next Documentary conference to this year deliver the Generation Next Drama and Comedy conference. In terms of production activity, television is a really exciting space to be in right now. The demand for entertaining drama and comedy has never been stronger.

This conference will give early-career practitioners valuable insight and knowledge on how to approach creating content that will shine through, and also introduce them to successful professionals who work across all areas of television – development, production, commissioning and programming. It’s a great opportunity for our next generation of talent and we are delighted to support this Open Channel initiative”



August 30th and 31st, 2012  Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton

Registration:  Wednesday 29th August 2012

Open Channel Members: $15 (Day 1), $15 (Day 2) $25 (Both Days)

Membership joining fee: $55 (Full), $44 (Conc)

Note: Membership of Open Channel entitles you to additional benefits; please see website for details 

Non-Members: $60 (Day 1), $60 (Day 2) $100 (Both Days)

For further information phone: 3 8610 9300 (Reception) M: 0430 026 575


An extra special, last-minute opportunity to hear Ironwood in concert, in preparation for their recording with natural horn whizz, Anneke Scott, which will be released in 2013-14.

You have the opportunity to be amongst the first to hear recently rediscovered music by Puzzi, Punto, Hoffmeister & Michael Haydn, as well as Mozart’s wonderful Quintet in Eb Major K407 for Horn and Strings.

When: Tuesday 21 August – 6.30pm


Where: St Johns Anglican Church, Flinders

Tickets: $25/$15 available at the door

Under 16’s free when accompanied by parent

More information Email


Acclaimed pianist Brian Chapman returns to St John’s Flinders to present a program of everyone’s favourites from a fresh perspective on the Bechstein grand piano.

The delightful program includes Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, Debussy’s Claire de lune and works by Schubert, Granados and Albeniz.

Admission includes afternoon tea – students and young pianists in particular are encouraged to attend.


When: Sunday 9 September – 2.00pm

Where: St Johns Anglican Church, Flinders

Tickets: $20/$10

Cash sales:  Flinders Op Shop – Mon/Thurs/Sat 10.00am-2.00pm 

Mail bookings:   Autumn Recital Bookings, PO Box 71, Shoreham 3916 with addressed envelope, phone contact details & cheque to St John’s Church Flinders 

For more information call (03) 5989 8620 


Applications are now open for the Friends of the Festival.

Friends play a direct role in the Festival’s ongoing success through advocacy and volunteering. Some even choose to become actively involved in fundraising. The Festival receives no government support and is reliant on ticket sales, sponsorship, fundraising and donations to achieve its goals.

Friends also play a vital part in promoting the Festival to their friends, family and community.

Membership for the 2012-13 financial year is $40 single or $70 for a household membership (2 adults), and in return, Friends are offered a range of experiences throughout the year and during the Festival itself, including:

  • Priority booking for Festival performances
  • An invitation to the official launch of the 2013 program  on 2 November 2012
  • Friends Reception with the artists during the Festival (January 2012)
  • Special offers for a range of cultural events throughout the year
  • The opportunity to get involved behind the scenes as a volunteer.

Visit to sign up today, or email to request a form to be mailed to you.