What: Peninsula Poets will take to the ‘soap box’ to present original poetry while at the same time improving the look of laneways in Hastings community.  The poems will be pasted onto the wall of the laneway as part of the Adopt-a-Hotspot project looking at developing new ways to combat graffiti tagging in town.

When: Saturday Dec 8 from 11am – 2pm

Where: The laneway beside Terry White’s Chemist, High Street Hastings.

Visit: Peninsula Poets on facebook or http://www.youtube.com/user/peninsulapoets



What: Craft Council of Victoria Invitation to Fresh 2012

Fresh! is Craft’s annual exhibition of graduate work. This past month industry professionals and Craft staff visited graduate exhibitions across Victoria and selected the best work for Fresh!

Professional development opportunities are offered as awards in partnership with industry supporters. Craft acknowledges the support of its sponsors for Fresh! 2012: Sofitel, Future Leaders, Screaming Pixel, Artichoke and Green Magazine.

Where:  Gallery & Shop

Open 10am-5pm
Mon to Sun (during December)
31 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9650 7775

When: Thursday December 6 @ 6pm

Visit: Craft through the Blogroll


Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability.
Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority”, often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications technology (ICT), or those resulting from legislation or policy, or from societal attitudes or discrimination.  The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice.
Evidence and experience shows that when barriers to their inclusion are removed and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in societal life, their entire community benefits.  Barriers faced by persons with disabilities are, therefore, a detriment to society as a whole, and accessibility is necessary to achieve progress and development for all.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes that the existence of barriers constitutes a central component of disability. Under the Convention, disability is an evolving concept that “results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”
Accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities are fundamental rights recognized by the CRPD and are not only objectives, but also pre-requisites for the enjoyment of other rights. The CRPD (Article 9, accessibility) seeks to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life and development. It calls upon States Parties to take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to all aspects of society, on an equal basis with others, as well as to identify and eliminate obstacles and barriers to accessibility.

Wondering how you can help?

Viva Espania – Spanish Soiree & 3 course  Lunch

Join us in the glorious surrounds of Blue Stone Lane Winery Myers Rd Merricks North, Veraison Restaurant who are hosting a Spanish Feast at 12 noon, Sunday the 16th of December.

A live floor show will be performed with highlights from Man of La Mancha featuring Tenor Peter Smitheram as ‘Don Quixote’ and as the Fiery ‘Aldonza’ Melbourne City Opera’s Mezzo Soprano Lucy Nicolson. Together Peter and Lucy will present “To Dream the Impossible Dream”, “I Am I Don Quixote” and much more in this exciting afternoon of Spanish Delight! Also featuring Flamenco Guitarist Dave Bell!

The proceeds from Viva Espania will go to Connor House in Mornington, one of Karingal Konnections’ respite services designed to provide enjoyable ‘away-from-home’ experiences for people with a disability, as well as a well-earned rest for carers. Lucy is the primary carer for her son who has a disability, raising money for Connor House is a cause close to Lucy’s heart. Lucy’s son Jack accesses respite care at Connor house regularly, which is a crucial support for her and her family.

Bookings are essential as seating is limited.

Please visit Veraison’s website to book your ticket.

Enquiries to Melissa Mawby at Karignal, phone: 5249 6361 or email: melissama@karingal.org.au 




What:  Arts & Crafts Gifts for Christmas with a capella choir performance by the ‘No Suzannahs’

Where:  3015 Frankston Flinders Road, Balnarring

When: December 8 from 2-4pm

For further information P: 0419896473 or E: info@mccullochandmcculloch.com.au

Visit: www.mccullochandmcculloch.com.au 


Graffiti vandalism is an ongoing major issue for communities of the Mornington Peninsula and as a result we are investigating a number of innovative solutions in partnership with the Department of Justice, schools, Chambers of Commerce and others to better respond to the issue.

before Somerville Secondary College’s Big Backyard project

On a recent tour of the laneways projects in the City of Greater Bendigo, I saw no graffiti.  Why?  Close to council offices and on the edge of the CBD is a discreet car park with walls covered in street art.  What started as a Youth Week project continues to be used with permission of council resulting in an agreement that no graffiti turns up elsewhere in the community.  Council arts officers also invite local street artists to submit their ideas for changing artworks in the laneways.  The community collectively care for the commissioned street art and they do so believing it adds vibrancy to their community.

Launch of the finished mural

On November 12, Somerville Secondary College launched the “The Big Backyard” project.   Initiated by the school’s ‘student leadership program’ and in partnership with the Shire and the Department of Justice we employed Peninsula artist Tony Sowersby to work with students 7 – 12 to create an exciting entry statement to the school’s wetlands area.  Hastings Police attended the school and delivered a ‘Graffiti Education Program’ to all students and the project has been installed by the Baxter Men’s Shed.

Through the Shire’s Plan Peninsula youth forums skaters expressed how much they dislike graffiti in their parks, stating that it creates slippery surfaces.  In support of the young peoples views the Shire cleaned the skate parks.

We are also investigating implementing an ‘Adopt-a-Hotspot” concept in Hastings and Mount Eliza, the aim being to clean walls and invite youth and the community in partnership to ‘adopt’ spaces for public artworks.

Further, a ‘poetry bombing’ with Peninsula Poets, a paste-up project from Westernport Secondary College and something from Hasting Community House will be held in Hastings on December 8.  If you would like to donate your business wall for the project or have an idea for consideration contact me  arts@mornpen.vic.gov.au MP Shire Cultural Planner Andrea Ebsworth


What:  This summer, the Mornington Peninsula will once again be filled with the sounds of world-class performances, accompanied by the best food and wine that the region has to offer.

When: Dec 29 2012  – Jan 6 2013

Where: Family-friendly musical adventures, cantatas by candlelight, chamber music in churches, New Year’s Eve celebrations and jazz among the vines Dec 29 – Jan 6 by the coast.

St. James the Less Mount Eliza, St. Johns, Flinders, Moonah Links Fingal, Southern Peninsula art Centre, Rosebud, Hummingbird Eco Retreat, Red Hill, Main Ridge Estate and Port Phillip Estate and Montalto, Red Hill South, Moorooduc Estate.

Programs: Brochures can be found at any one of Our Libraries and Mornington Library Arts Information Wall

Visit: www.peninsulafestival.com.au

2013 Festival at a glance


Picture: Soprano Greta Bradman

Saturday 29 December
7.00pm Cantatas by Candlelight, St James the Less, Mt Eliza

Sunday 30 December
10.30am Recital 1: Blue Silence, St Johns, Flinders
2.30pm Recital 2: Baroque Trio Sonatas, St Johns, Flinders

Monday 31 December
6.00pm New Year’s Serenade, Moonah Links, Fingal

Tuesday 1 January
9.30am & 11.00am Carnival of the Animals, Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud
12.00pm Hair of the Dog, Willow Creek Vineyard, Merricks North

Wednesday 2 January
12.00pm Sorrow Stay, Hummingbird Eco Retreat, Red Hill
6.45pm Chanson d’Amour, Main Ridge Estate, Red Hill South
8.30pm After Hours: Alwan, Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill South

Thursday 3 January
6.00pm Clair de lune, Moorooduc Estate, Moorooduc
8.30pm After Hours: Tim Stevens Trio, Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill South

Friday 4 January
6.45pm Chanson d’Amour, Main Ridge Estate, Red Hill South
7.00pm Combattimento, St James the Less, Mt Eliza

Saturday 5 January
10.30am Recital 3: Latitude 37: Paris Quartets 1, 2 & 3, St Johns, Flinders
2.30pm Recital 4: Ludovico’s Band, St Johns, Flinders
7.00pm The Seasons, Moorooduc Estate, Moorooduc

Sunday 6 January
10.30am Recital 5: Latitude 37: Paris Quartets 4, 5 & 6, St Johns, Flinders
2.30pm Recital 6: Reimaginings, St Johns, Flinders
7.00pm Twilight Jazz, Montalto, Red Hill South


What: Paper weight making workshop with Eileen Gordon

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.

The 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 glass workshops.  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 to 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.
When: January 12th 2013. 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Where: Gordon Studio Glassblowers- Old Dromana Bittern Road, Red Hill Gordon Studio Glassblowers

290 Red Hill Rd Red Hill, Vic 3937

Cost: $250 per person. Max 8 people.

Payment information

Deposit of $100.00 required to secure a place and final balance of $150.00 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.

For further information: call Eileen on 0359 89 7073 or email Gordon Studio Glassblowers support@gordonstudio.com.au

Visit: www.gordonstudio.com.au/


What:  “Deck the Walls” Summer Salon Exhibition of Affordable Art.  There will be almost 200 works for sale.

Where: Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road Mornington 3931

 When: 1st – 27th December 2012 Join us for opening Sunday 2nd 2 – 4pm

To be opened by Councillor Andrew Dixon


Visit: www.oakhillgallery.com.au/


What: Seasons 2 Exhibition of Watercolours by Mornington Peninsula Group:

Ann Warr, Jan Dayton, Christine Hill, Pam Hearn, Hill Starbuck, Kerrie Lynch

 Where:  Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road Mornington 3931

When: 1st  – 27th December 2012 Join us for opening Sunday 2nd 2 – 4pm

To be opened by Councillor Andrew Dixon


Visit: www.oakhillgallery.com.au/


What: The Art of Science

13 December 2012 – 17 February 2013

The Art of Science:
Remarkable natural history illustrations from Museum Victoria
A Museum Victoria touring exhibition

Whether they fly, swim, crawl, wiggle or walk, we are endlessly fascinated and inspired by the creatures of our world. The Art of Science showcases the uncommon beauty produced from 300 years of exacting scientific observation and illustration.

As exploration and science have expanded our horizons across time and space, the ability to capture and communicate the truths held in nature have become increasingly important. Scientific artwork is as important and astonishing today as it was in the 18th century.

In this exquisite exhibition Museum Victoria presents the development of scientific art from the museum’s seldom seen collection of artworks and rare books, and stunning images produced with microscopes, macro-lenses, and computers.


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

When:  December 13 – 17 February 2013

Visit: http://www.mprg@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MorningtonPeninsulaRegionalGallery


What: Studio Art Exhibition  “FLUID”

When:  Opening night Friday 14th December 7-9pm &  Saturday 15th 10-4pm & Sunday 16th 10-3pm

Where: 350 Bentons Road, Moorooduc, Victoria, Australia

Entry:  A gold coin donation and refreshments will be available.

About: Arthaven is an not for profit artists collective that promotes the work and involvement of Mornington Peninsula artists associated with this studio space.  There will be an opportunity to meet and chat with the artists in person.

About Us:  Arthaven is a uniquely new concept in the development of a new “Artists Collective” located on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Our initiative is to form a network of creatives to share studio space and ideas in all artistic endeavours.  Our concept offers classes in all artistic mediums with workshops held by experienced and renowned local and visiting artists.

We support and encourage the involvement of all student abilities, from beginner to advanced levels.  Classes extend from demonstrations and instructional workshops, to individuals and small groups.

Arthaven is dedicated to artists and the lovers of art, with our desire to create new and inspirational works and concepts that will enhance your life and touch your heart. This exciting new venture offers a rich and relaxed environment where artists can socialise, work, exhibit and sell their art.  Our residence provides representation and promotion for artists through our studio gallery, website, facilitated marketing consultation and advertising.

Vision:  Arthaven will be holding displays, demonstrations and art exhibitions, incorporating artists in residence, actively creating for guests and visitors observation, accompanied by local musicians, food and wine. Part of the long term plan will see the eventual development of a combined artists retreat.   As a lover of the arts you are invited to become involved, as your support is fundamental to the promotion and development of creative people having accessible community space in one of the most inspirational locations in the world – the Mornington Peninsula.

 Contact:  Lorin Randall  0412 660 495 lorin@arthaven.com.au



What: The artists of the studio are once again opening their doors and inviting everyone to come and visit,  lots of lovely craft and vintage wares will be on offer from various talented people gathered from far and wide, not to mention gorgeous foods and wine.

Where: GPS directions not recommended.  Bulldog Creek Road Merricks,  follow the flags

When: Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th 10 til 4pm

Enquiries: Julie 0411149730  If you would like to be on the mailing list email christmasatthestudio@gmail.com


What: Concert program

When: 2013

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Cnr Wilsons Road and Nepean Highway Mornington

Contact: jill linley@hotmail.com

Enquiries: 5975 3040/ 5975 5469/ 9789 8392


Where:       Peninsula Cinemas, Rosebud Parade & Wannaeue Place, Rosebud, 2 Sessions: 10am to 12 noon & 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Celebrate All Abilities Day 2012 with a visual, aural and emotional treat – films made by and about people living with a disability.  The All Abilities Film Festival on November 28th in Rosebud features short films from The Other Film Festival and locally produced films from our community.

Films include ‘3.15 to Brunswick’, Deaf Mugger’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Strong Love’, ‘You see Me’ and Who is He?

The Other Film Festival 2012, produced by Arts Access, offers a wonderful array of cinema that exhibits the talent of those involved in the production of these films and provides a window into the lived experiences of disability.

Please see attached flier for details and bookings.

Tickets:       $5 per person, contact Dee Davey on 5982 3428

Includes:    Presenting six selected films from the 2012 Other Film Festival, four locally produced 3 minute films, a bottle of water, an ice-cream or popcorn (may not be appropriate for those on special dietary requirements) and a lucky prize number for an overnight stay in a holiday home (accessible)

Funded by the MetroAccess Program for Mornington Peninsula Shire


for further information about Arts Access check out the blog roll on the right hand side and the link will take you to their website.


What: Pick up the latest edition of Pearl Magazine.  Libraries, cafes, hotels, clubs, surf, skate and fashion outlets.  If it’s not there, then ask why not!

Pearl is our own dedicated mag promoting an incredible diversity of cultural activities and events across the Peninsula & Bayside – Surf, Skate scene, Music, Arts, Culture & Festivals here and elsewhere.  It’s been an absolute bonus to the arts and cultural scene as a dynamic ‘joining of the dots.  No longer do you hear about something after the fact, now we hear about it before its happened and that’s a bonus for finding out what’s on.

When: FREE Monthly

Where: Libraries, Shire Offices, cafes, clubs, hairdressers, milk bars, hotels, accommodation venues

like them on facebook or visit http://www.pearlmag.com.au/


What:  Mornington Library foyer exhibition space is currently showing the watercolour and acrylic paintings of members of the Peninsula Studio Trail.  Peninsula artists, Judy Reekie, Gavin Byrt, Tammy Warner, Jeff and Margaret Gilmour will have their works on show from November to January 2013.  If you are interested in visiting any one of the many artists’ studios there is a brochure you can pick up in the foyer.  The works are for sale but you will have to contact the artist directly to arrange purchase.

Where: Mornington Library’s foyer exhibition space.  Open Library hours.

Visit: www.peninsulastudiotrail.org  the link to the website is on the right hand side of the arts blog ‘blog roll’

When: From November to January 2013


What: Young Muso’s event  ‘SPRING THING’

When: Saturday November 17 from 3-8pm

Where: Balnarring Hall Frankston Flinders Road Balnarring

Visit: Balnarring Young musos on Facebook


What:  Mornington Peninsula Youth Services Photography Competition.  Great prizes on offer.  Entries close Friday 24th November.

When: Exhibition opening and awards Friday December 14th  Exhibition continues through to 27th December 2012

Where:  Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road,Mornington 3931

For more information call 5950 1642 or www.oakhillgallery.com.au