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Ross Brewin
49 sheds 2005–12
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Collection of the artist

What: A Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition

49 sheds

Australians have a love affair with rural sheds which stems from their utility, compositional quirks and oddities and rustic charm.

49 sheds is an ongoing series of photographic images that document various rural sheds found dotted across the vast landscape of Australia. Captured by Monash University lecturer and architect, Ross Brewin, these sheds have been subjectively chosen during drives through the country, with the images aiming to capture the various odd formal and material qualities of these humble structures. Recalling the work of the German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher, each shed is captured as a single frontal elevation in order to abstract its formal and material composition and to create a consistent method of documentation.

Displaying the presence and weathering effects of time, the state of ruin of some of the sheds prompt consideration of what may have led to their abandonment and a sense that the natural elements will eventually reclaim the human-made.

When:  27 February – 21 April 2013

Where: MPRG Civic Reserve, Dunns Road Mornington

Visit: Click on the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery on the Blog roll on the right hand side



What: The Mornington Peninsula Prize 2013 Poetry Competition

Offered by the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Vic.) Peninsula Region

A poem of up to 30 lines:  open theme and style.

First Prize $200, Highly Commended and Commended certificates.

Entry Fee:  $5.00 per poem.

Conditions of Entry:

  • Poems must be entrant’s own work, must not have been published and must not have been awarded First Prize in any other written competition.
  • A fully completed entry form is required. Blank entry forms may be photocopied.
  • Please avoid using fancy fonts.
  • Single-sided on A4 white paper.
  • Entrant’s name not to appear on manuscript − only on entry form.
  • Entries to be sent as hard copies only; no email submissions accepted.
  • Multiple entries accepted, but each poem entered requires the nominated fee.
  • Please note that entries breaching these conditions will be disqualified by the Competition Co-ordinator.  The judge(s) will determine prizes and commendations.

When: Competition opens Monday 5th August 2013 and closes Monday 28th October 2013.

Open to all residents of Australia.

How to enter: For an entry form and/or results sheet, please send a Stamped Self Addressed Envelope to:

The Poetry Competition Co-ordinator, P.O. Box 574, MORNINGTON, VIC, 3931,

or email:  peninsulafaw@mail.com  All money orders and cheques are to be made payable to:  FAW Peninsula Branch.

Forms can be picked up at the Arts Information Wall @ Mornington Library


What: Dreamcatcher an exhibition of new paintings by Rye artist Miodrag Jankovic (Micky J)

When: Opening March 9 11am – 4pm  Exhibition closes March 24 2013

Where: Manyung Gallery SORRENTO, 113a Ocean Beach Road Sorrento.

Visit: www.jancovicart.com 

Phone: Manyung 03 9787 2953 or visit Manyung Gallery website www.manyunggallery.com.au

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What: If you are travelling to Western Australia over the next month, drop into Fairbridge Village at Pinjarra to see an exhibition of art from the inmates of Karnet Prison.
When: March 2 – April 9

Where: Exeter Gallery, Fairbridge Village, South Coast Highway Pinjarra

Opening Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm daily

Inquiries: 08 9531 – 1177



A Short History

The Peninsula Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, stationed at Mornington, has been contributing to the cultural life of the region for an unbroken period of twenty-eight years.  During that time, a wealth of local talent from its members has been evidenced.

Through the branch mounting Australia-wide competitions for short story and for poetry, the Mornington Peninsula is now recognized as a centre promoting literary excellence. Entries in the competitions come from every state and territory. The listing of the competitions now holds a firm place on Australia’s literary calendar.

Branch members also publish an anthology of their stories, poems, and essays every second year.

The doors of the Peninsula Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers are always open to those who take their magic from writing, whatever their style, whether beginner or experienced. Meetings are held at 1.45 p.m. on the 3rd Sunday of the month at Contact House, 9 Albert Street, Mornington, Victoria, 3931.  E-mail peninsulafaw@mail.com .

Marjorie Darling Ward

“In October 2012, the  Peninsula Branch of the Federation of Australian Writers launched its latest anthology.  The event was celebrated by 137 people at the Council Chambers, Mornington Peninsula Shire.  The project was supported through a grant from the Arts & Culture Stream of the Shire’s Community Grants program.

The anthology is a rich collection of poetry and prose from local writers and  includes a poem by Les Murray who formally launched the book.  The anthology has been so well received that the first print run sold out and another print run has been organised to meet the demand.  Copies are now available  for $15.00 from FAW, PO Box 574 Mornington, Vic, 3931.  Please make cheques payable to FAWVic) Peninsula Branch.”

Mary Jones with the Launch Cake (2)

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What: Hand Blown Paperweight Workshop with Eileen Gordon and Pauline Delaney

When: March 2 and March 16 2013 from 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Gordon Studio Glassblowers 290 Red Hill Rd Red Hill

Inquiries: ph 5989 7073

MARCH 2013


What:  Free Opening Celebration.  An exhibition of popular children’s authors and illustrators @ MPRG.

Storytelling @ Rosebud, Hastings, Somerville and Mornington Libraries. Check the Shire’s Our Library website for opening times.

When: Saturday March 2 11am to 4pm at various sites.

Where: MPRG, Civic Reserve Dunns Road, Mornington from 2pm.

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What: ‘ONE SUNDAY IN MARCH’ Peninsula Chamber Musicians Debut Concert performing works by Bird, Warlock, Holst, Cambini & Schubert.

Peninsula Chamber Musicians is a new initiative drawing together highly experienced and dedicated musicians from across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond. Our vision is to see a re-invigoration of chamber music by local musicians contributing to the life of the community. Join us for One Sunday in March

Where: St Peters Church Queen Street, Mornington

When: Sunday March 17 @ 2pm

Cost: $20 Adult, $ 15 Conc

Bookings: Contact Yvette 0423 871 789

For inquiries Contact: peninsulachambermusicians.com.au

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What: Peninsula Music Society March program

When:  Saturday  March 16 @ 7.30pm

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre Cnr Wilsons Road & Nepean Highway Mornington

Tickets: $40, Consc $35, Students under 25 $18, Children under 16 FREE

Enquiries: 5975 3040/ 5975 5469

Tickets: Farrells Book shop Mornington 5975 5034 Robinsons Bookshop Frankston 9783 6488

March 2013


What: Studio Sorrento is having an Alice in Wonderland Themed Art Show! All proceeds raised will go to the Rosebud Hospital Appeal which is currently raising money for a CT Scanner and a Medical Imaging area.

Where: Studio Sorrento, 823 Melbourne Road Sorrento

When: Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April

Costs: Opening night $20, Art Show $5


Contact: Anthea Waller on 9784 1506 or Jessica Humphreys on 9784 1504

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Youth Services are seeking volunteer visual artists to be a part of their Backyard Blitz Project at Shed 11 in Hastings.

Various local young people, with the assistance of some volunteers have designed and re-created the outdoor space at Shed 11. The Backyard space was filled with shrubs and dirt. Through the consultation with young people and the community a number of groups of young people are engaged in our Backyard Blitz program.

The Backyard space currently has 6 vegetable boxes with lovely fresh produce, a garden bed with over 60 natives, a hot house, compost bins, propagation table, an outdoor BBQ area with a wood fire pizza oven and an outdoor classroom/pergola area.

Our goal for the Backyard space is to have an area for young people to hang out, socialize, away from technology.  We also envision the space being available for use to the wider community.

Term 2 and 3 of this year we would like to facilitate various art projects to help make the Backyard space aesthetically appealing and this is where we need you!

We endeavour to engage students from the local primary schools and high schools as part of a mentoring program, where older students would mentor and work alongside younger students.

The art projects include mosaicing a wood fire pizza oven and kitchen bench top, designing and painting an outdoor classroom and designing and creating various murals to run along the fence line. We would like to keep the theme of “outdoors” in all of our artwork but make it appealing to youth also.

The project would run on a Wednesday from 1.00pm-5.00pm (TBC) starting Term 2.

Volunteers would require a current ‘Working with Children’s Check’ or be willing to apply for one.  There are no out of pocket expenses to apply for a volunteer working with children’s check.

If you are interested in assisting us with the above projects and would like to work with young people then please feel free to contact Laura Nicol at Youth Services on 59 50 1666.

We are more then happy to show you around the garden space if you are interested.

How would you make these backyard features look better?

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What: ‘Buffalo Girls’ In Thailand it is estimated that up to 30,000 children are involved in underground child-boxing tournaments attempting to win money for their families and pull them out of poverty.  Buffalo Girls is the story of two such girls Stam and Pet, both 8 yrs old who are contesting for the title and desperate to win.

Where: Council Chambers, Mornington Cnr Queen & Main Streets, Mornington

When: 6pm Thursday March 7

Cost: Entry by Gold Coin Donation

RSVP: 5950 1685 before March 1 or go to www.trybooking.com/CKSX

Visit: www.internationalwomensday.com.au/default/asp
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F'ston Theatre Co inc

What: The classic BBC TV comedy series of the Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea, who battle daily against Germans and local ARP Warden Hodges, comes to the stage in three hilarious episodes.

All those well-loved characters are here including: ‘Stupid boy’ Pike, ‘Don’t panic, don’t panic’ Jonesey, ‘Doomed, we’re all doomed!’ Fraser, ‘May I be excused, Sir’ Godfrey, and all under the command of the redoubtable Captain Mainwaring and his effacing deputy Sergeant Wilson.

Where:George Jenkins Theatre – Monash University

When: Friday 19th, Sat 20th & Friday 26 April @ 8PM

Matinees: Saturday April 20th, Saturday April 27 @ 2PM

Costs/ Ticketing: Full Price $28, Concession & Groups 10+ $25, Children aged 10-15 $15, Children under 10 $10

Website information: http://frankstontheatregroup.org.au/

Enquiries & Booking Contact: Frankston Theatre Group – 1300 665 377 Monash Booking Office – 9905 1111


What: Local actress, Carole Patullo, will be running fun filled improvisation classes at the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre for the next 5 weeks.

A skilled actress and facilitator, Carole is also opening the doors for a special “Intro to Impro” class for anyone who has always wanted to, but never tried before. A great opportunity to learn some new skills in a supportive environment, while having a laugh at the same time.

Be prepared to leave with a smile on your face!

When: Regular classes will run on a Wednesday night at 7:30 – 9:30pm.

Regular Sessions: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Cost: $24.00/$20.00 concession per session; Per Term: $110/$90 conc.

Intro to Impro: February 27, 6:30-7:30pm

Cost: $15:00

Where: Southern Peninsula Arts Centre 245 Eastbourne Road, Rosebud.

Contact: 5986 8204 or mackenzie.anthea.l@edumail.vic.gov.au for further details.



What:  New Art Award For Mornington Peninsula Schoolchildren

In conjunction with Archibald Prize portraiture exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery  the Friends of the Gallery announce a major new Art Award for all school children on the Mornington Peninsula. This Art Award will become an on-going annual award.

Students are invited to “Create a Portrait”. The award will be open to all students prep to year 12 on the Mornington Peninsula with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each of four categories as listed below.

Schools interested in submitting entries should e-mail a name and contact details as soon as possible to: fmprg1@gmail.com no later than Fri 1st March 2013

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

When:  8th June – 7th July 2013

For further information contact: Marian Vickery, Friends of MPRG on 0418 424345

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What: Two Mornington Peninsula Patchwork Inc members Joy Hiddleston and Lyn Wright have gifted a quilt to Mornington Peninsula Shire titled ‘Our Westernport’ and is now hanging in Hastings Customer Service, Marine Parade Hastings.  Lyn Wright is the coordinator of the Westernport Festival’s quilt show at Hastings Hall.

In 2010, Victorian Quilters Inc. gave the members of a newly formed quilting group in the Westernport area, a challenge to make a quilt which  showed what you liked about the Westernport area. We chose to incorporate some history of the area as well as current locations taking photos and researching historic books available on Westernport.  “We chose to incorporate some history of the area as well as current locations taking photos and researching historic books available on Westernport. The quilt was hung at the Victorian Quilters “Show Case Exhibition” at the Exhibition Centre in Melbourne. After the event we decided we would like the quilt to be donated to the Hastings Library as a lot of the quilt was based around that area.”

For further information contact: lyn.wright6@bigpond.com 03 5981 9397

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What: RMIT Gallery Animated Laneways for White Night Melbourne ‘For one night, Melbourne will peel back its exterior and reveal the depth of its uniqueness, magic and vibrancy under the cover of a ‘white night’.’

That’s the desire for White Night Melbourne – the first event of its kind in Australia – a dusk-till-dawn celebration of music, art, dining, theatre, sport, fashion, film, design and performance which will see many of the city’s streets turned into pedestrian thoroughfares from 7pm to 7am on Saturday 23 February 2013. 

White Night Melbourne is part of an internationally renowned phenomenon that began in Paris. It is the first event of its kind in Australia, with Melbourne joining 23 other global cities.

The city will be transformed into an all-night wonderland with over 80 free events. And RMIT Gallery is taking part with a special street art performance – Animating Laneways.

Animating Laneways will be unveiled as part of White Night Melbourne’s Outer Limits event.

A moving storyboard will be projected onto the laneway behind RMIT’s bookshop, intended to promote a safe and vibrant thoroughfare for the growing population of students in the area.

The Gallery has developed a stop-motion animation with three of Melbourne’s highly visible and experienced street artists Ghostpatrol, Miso and Twoone and design animation studio Oh Yeah Wow. Additional painters Al stark, and Max Berry added to the surrounding walls.


Join us as we switch on the projection and celebrate with a live performance by The Cheeky Falcon Band, playing alternative lowbrow pop. The laneway – which goes by the official name “Cl0112” – will never look – or sound – so good.

When: Saturday 23 February 2013.
Time: 7 pm official opening. The Cheeky Falcon Band will perform from 7.30 – 8.30 pm
Where: The laneway off Little la Trobe Street, behind the RMIT Gallery Bookshop. (map attached with mail)

NOTE:  Restaurants and bars will keep their doors open to provide extra-special encounters in this nocturnal journey. You will be able to find plenty to eat and drink, and restroom facilities are available in Melbourne Central, located across the road.



What:  If you have been thinking of placing a submission and haven’t already done so, there is still time. Submission deadline has been extended and is now due on Monday 18 February 2013.

Landscape has been a preoccupation of artists since the early days of colonisation. LAND will explore both European and Indigenous ways of seeing and representing the landscape.

Wyndham Art Gallery is seeking Expressions of Interest from artists to participate in an exhibition of artworks informed by this theme.

Please send a 100 word description of your work (including dimensions & mediums), an artist CV and 5 images to tamara.watt@wyndham.vic.gov.au


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A&C Services Brochure

Welcome to 2013 the year should be another exciting one!  Council adopted the new Arts & Culture Strategy 2012/13 – 2014/15, A Creative Peninsula in September 2012 and as such we are continuing to build ans strengthen connections to artists, art groups and organisations to ensure the document is accessible.  The document can be downloaded from the Shire’s website or if you would like to receive a hard copy contact me at arts@mornpen.vic.gov.au with your mailing address and I will send a copy out.  Go to Mornington Peninsula Shire website and scroll down Shire Services on the left and choose Arts & Culture to download the document: www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/index.asp/ 

Some of the services that Libraries, Arts & Culture provide:

The Arts blog (artsonthepeninsula.wordpress.com) promotes broadly what’s on across the Peninsula and is closely associated to Pearl & Mornington Life Magazines as the three greatest opportunities we have had recently to reach and build audiences for arts and cultural content.

If you would like to promote yourself on the Arts Blog as an individual artist or an arts group, an activity or a workshop,  send me your contact email and I will send you the Arts blog ‘Design Guide’.

We are about to launch the Mornington Peninsula Music Network website which is live but still a work in progress, membership is FREE and any feedback is welcome, visit:  www.morningtonpeninsulamusic.com.au/

The Mornington Library dedicated Arts Information Wall promotes activities, events, workshops and programs on offer by our creative community groups and artists.  Look for the above brochure to find out more.

The Mornington Library Foyer Exhibition Space has been presenting a variety of prints, paintings, drawings, quilts and community arts projects since 2009.  Library patrons have enjoyed seeing the changing works on display.  Since I invited people to respond to an earlier post about the venue I am now booked until February 2014.  The aim is to be accessible but because it is a FREE opportunity, our creative communities have jumped at it.

We are about to begin an Arts & Culture Facilities Audit & Development Plan to identify which venues and facilities are currently being used for arts and cultural activities and how we might improve or develop other for our communities to present arts and cultural activities, events and programs.  There will be a number of public forums over the coming months inviting our creative and other communities to contribute.

We finalised the Arts & Culture Stream Community Grants in December and can report that 14 groups were successful with their submissions for funding. The aims of the grants are to support community-based not for profit groups to develop and present arts projects and programs with public outcomes or that support the groups in working towards that goal.

Investment for 2013 goes to Baluk Arts Inc printmaker-in-residence, St Peters Church Sunday music performances, Mornington Theatre Company’s improved storage of a 60 year costume collection.  The Mornington & District Historical Society ‘walking tour’ booklet.  A new Japanese quilt technique with Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers Inc and through this new learning opportunity the rest of the over 200 strong membership will be shown the technique over the next year. An Indigenous artist mural at the Mornington Community Gardens and a mural for Wallaroo House/ West Park Community House in Hastings.  A mosaic ‘friendship’ seat for Boneo Primary and for Mornington Park Primary a ‘Poetry for Social Consciousness’ program with poet Andrea Louise Thomas. The Nepean Conservancy Group will develop a phone app for historical sites around Sorrento & Portsea, and an historical writing competition for young people coordinated by Nepean Historical SocietyBig Red Film’s production that will capture the lives of Mornington Peninsula Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and the Western Port Craft Fest coordinated by the Hastings Uniting Church.

The new round of funding will begin in August 2013, if you are keen to discuss ideas or need support in preparing an application contact me at arts@mornpen.vic.gov.au.

Andrea Ebsworth, Cultural Planner Mornington Peninsula Shire.

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