The Mornington Peninsula Shire is currently undertaking an Arts and Cultural Facilities Audit. The Audit is intended to scope the Shire’s arts and cultural facilities that are currently used for community-based arts programs and activities; community arts workshops, theatre, music & dance programs, exhibitions and displays to assess how best we are servicing this area of community demand now and into the future.

To date the Shire facilities policy has concentrated on providing multi-use facilities. The Mornington Peninsula Shire acknowledges that arts facilities support the development of our communities as places to express and reflect cultural identity.   Objective 5 in the Mornington Peninsula Shire Arts & Cultural Strategy 2012/13 – 2014/15: A Creative Peninsula is to undertake an arts and cultural facilities audit.

As part of the Arts and Cultural Facilities Audit, the consultant Lynda Newton, Arts and Cultural Services Australia is keen to consult with the community to address the needs of the arts sector and communities, and to assess the likely level of demand for facilities. We would be very grateful if you could assist this process by completing a survey.

The Survey can be accessed via the Mornington Peninsula Shire website, or follow the link

How long will this survey take? There are 19 questions and should take about 10 minutes or less.  The Survey is to be completed online by 5PM, Friday 30th October 2013.

For further enquiries contact Andrea Ebsworth



What:  Full On Theatre and FAC present HARD RUBBISH DAY

Nothing’s a secret in Fortitude Street, not on Hard Rubbish Day anyway. Two young brothers rifle through the neighbourhood’s debris of secrets and stories left out on the street for all to see, and with playful musical precision and magical inventiveness, the brothers turn the junk on the footpath into an entire tapestry of the street’s characters, controversies and current events.

A fast-paced, thought-provoking play full of live music, comedy, multiple characters and created through a series of workshops with over 50 secondary students and in partnership with The Royal Children’s Hospital Integrated Mental Health Program, Headspace, Family Life – Shine Program, Centrelink, Young Carers Association, Mornington Peninsula Youth Services, Mornington Shire, YMCA & the Victoria Police. “Hard Rubbish Day” continues Full-On Theatre’s commitment to presenting powerful, hardedged and educative productions for Secondary Schools.

What audiences have said about the show and the making of it:

 “I’ll never forget the actual play itself because I guess it dwells on some pretty heavy themes”  Student

“These concepts need to be discussed in schools. Hard Rubbish Day was an engaging play which was in parts very funny, as well as full of pathos, very well acted and opened plenty of doors for discussion. The students thoroughly enjoyed the performance.”  Wellbeing Coordinator – Luther College

“Words cannot describe the benefit of this project on the young people involved. I believe it is life changing.” Family Life SHINE PROJECT

 Where: Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre

When: Wednesday 11 September 11am & 6pm

Costs/ Ticketing: $10 all tickets

Website information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: 03 9784 1060


What: Skepsi Gallery at Montsalvat – 51 ArtistsSue Acheson, Roderick Bamford, Arnaud Barraud, Robert Barron, Garry Bish, Sandra Black, Kevin Boyd, Tim Clarkson, Jacqueline Clayton, Greg Daly, Paul Davis, Janet DeBoos, John Dermer, John Eagle, Phil Elson, John Ferguson, Simone Fraser, Victor Greenaway, Tatiana Gvozdetskaya, Su Hanna, Natasha Hosny, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Amy Kennedy, Janetta Kerr-Grant, Brian Keyte, Sandy Lockwood, Sony Manning, Helen Martin, Jeff Mincham, Milton Moon, Chris Myers, Chester Nealie, Kim-Anh Nguyen, Gail Nichols, Bruce Nuske, Tania Rollond, Peter Rushforth, Owen Rye, Bill Samuels, Jane Sawyer, Fleur Schell, Ted Secombe, Steve Sheridan, Mitsuo Shoji, Barry Singleton, Dean Smith, Maria Vanhees, Prue Venables, Kevin White, Graeme Wilkie, Kirk Winter

 When: Official Opening: Saturday 31st August 2pm – 4pm Exhibition runs from August 31 – September 15

 Opening Guest SpeakerDaniel McOwan, Director Hamilton Art Gallery

Where: Montsalvat, The Barn Gallery, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham Victoria

Gallery Open Daily 9am – 5pm

Contact: (03) 9439 7712

Demonstrations: Saturday 7th September

Raku firing – Kevin & Tim Boyd 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Wheel throwing – Brian Keyte & Ted Secombe 11.30am – 1.00pm

Wood firing in progress – Owen Rye & participants, all day

RSVP: Friday 30th August  Official Opening and Demonstrations  Anna Maas 0416 085 002

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Peninsula Arts Society Spring Art Exhibition

What:             The Peninsula Arts Society will hold its Annual Spring Art Exhibition on Melbourne Cup weekend, open daily from 10am to 5pm and entry is free. The exhibition attracts thousands of visitors over the course of the four days and offers over 200 highly collectable, unique artworks by notable local artists on display and for sale. There are five major prizes to be won in the raffle competition, comprising original artworks by award winning artists, plus many other raffle prizes to be won and delicious Devonshire teas made available by the Frankston Red Cross. Ample free off-road parking.

Where: PAS Studios  157 Overport Road, Frankston South,  Victoria

When: Saturday 2nd November to Tuesday 5th November 10:00am to 5:00pm daily

 Costs/ Ticketing: FREE Entry

Website information: http//:

 Enquiries & Booking Contact: PAS Secretary   03 9775 2640

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What: ‘Writing Poetry’ Workshop

 Fire-up your poetic creativity with award-winning and widely published poet Philton. Having extensive experience with applied writing, editing and publishing, he will work with you in practical exercises on a journey of options for the writing of both traditional and free verse.

— Rhythm & metre, sound & rhyme, free verse, imagery, metaphors, other figurations, examples from Classic/Modern poets

—spontaneous Writing/Poetic Exercises

Where: Langwarrin Community Centre

  2-6 Lang Rd, Langwarrin

When: Monday 9 September 10 am – 2.30 pm

Cost: $36 (incl. GST), Concession $31


 Enquiries & Bookings:   9789 7653


call for artists

What: The deadline for applications to ‘The Simple Truth’ – Open Exhibition at Frankston Arts Centre has been extended to 31st August 2013.

The Simple Truth is a line from Mozart’s Famous Opera – Cosi Fan Tutte, which is coming to the FAC. All interpretations of the theme are welcome and we encourage artistic responses in all potential mediums; photography digital projection and new media, painting, illustration, sculpture, performance, poetry and more!

Enter for your chance to win a solo exhibition at Frankston Arts Centre!

Where: Cube 37 Gallery, Frankston Arts Centre, 37 Davey St Frankston

When: Applications Due: 31 August (extended Deadline)

Exhibition Dates: 5 to 28 September 2013  Exhibition Opening Night: 14th September 6-8pm.

Costs/ Ticketing:  $15 to enter a piece in the exhibition. Free entry to see the exhibition and attend opening night.

Website information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: 97841896 or



What: Artist Services – Professional canvas stretching services for artists and galleries.

Where: Perimetrics Pty Ltd @ ART Upstairs 2375 Pt Nepean Road Rye

Opening Hours: Thurs to Sat 10am – 4pm

Phone: 0478 362 798


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In anticipation of Festival 2014

It’s hard to believe that we’re already heading into our seventh Peninsula Summer Music Festival! Building on the successes of the 2013 Festival, preparations are well underway for more great food, wine and music this coming summer.

Join us between December 28 2013 – January 5 2014 for a celebration of world-class music, food and wine that is at the heart of summer on the Mornington Peninsula.

In the meantime we have some special events to whet your appetite, including pianist Stefan Cassomenos in concert at Moorooduc Estate, and St John Flinders’ Spring Mini-Fest.

Applications are now open for our Friends of the Festival – and I’m delighted to welcome Robin Hodgson as the new convenor of this erstwhile ensemble. Without the support of our Friends, Sponsors, Donors and Supporters, this Festival simply wouldn’t be possible. In order to take advantage of the priority booking period for Friends, please join or renew your membership by October 5 2013.

Perhaps most exciting of all is our forthcoming Festival Academy, featuring renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss directing a specially-assembled academy ensemble in Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas.

As well as this newsletter, if you’d like to keep up-to-date with the festival happenings, you can follow us on Twitter (@PeninsulaSMF) or like us on Facebook.

Julia Fredersdorff

Artistic Director

The link to the Peninsula Summer Music Festival website is to the right of the artsblog.


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Lizzie Alsop 'Vintage Holiday'
Lizzie Alsop ‘Vintage Holiday’

What: The 11th 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), sketches, etchings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media installations, jewellery and totem poles.

Art work is for sale throughout the day, with the main auction at 1pm featuring pieces donated by the artists, including the highly sought after totem poles.

The Somers Arts Fair is a unique event. It is a highly successful art fair  – perfect for “art aficionados”, but is also an authentic country fair – perfect for a wonderful family day out.

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….

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Cliff Connell Untitled

When:   27th October 2013   from 10pm –  4pm, the Art Auction will be at 1pm

Where:  87 Camp Hill Rd Somers 3927




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Lizzie Alsop


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Craft Aug 2013

What: Three new exhibitions by Dell Stewart and Isobel Knowles, Sarah crowEST and Esther Stewart open at Craft this October

When: OPENING       6pm Thursday 17 October 2013, SHOWING      18 October – 30 November 2013

Where: @ CRAFT      31 Flinders Lane Melbourne

 Gallery One: Dell Stewart & ISOBEL KNOWlES Stitching Time

Local art and animation dynamos Dell Stewart and Isobel Knowles explore movement through textiles and animation in their new exhibition at Craft. Stitching Time offers a moving, screen-based dimension to textiles.

Stewart and Knowles argue that stop-motion animation and textile production share several elements. “With animation you create frames one after the other, just as you hook one stitch at a time, weave one thread, never really being able to see the results until it’s complete. Having faith in the outcome is part of the process. Experimentation happens at a very slow speed and a keen ability for visualisation is a key resource to both mediums.” The two local artists both have a history of working with animation and textiles in various techniques and for Stitching Time they have asked a collection of textile artists that work across a broad range of techniques including knit, embroidery, weaving and print to make new work for the exhibition.
“Animation and textiles also both share a love of movement. A lot of textile work is not just about making a texture or a pattern but about making an object that will move and change shape according to its use. With animation we can explore and play with this potential for motion, capturing and illustrating the movement to the audience.

The artists collaborating in Stitching Time with Dell Stewart and Isobel Knowles are Emma Byrnes adn Lara Davie (from Harvest textiles), Jeremy Dower, Kate Matthews, Kayo Taguchi, Maryann Talia Pau, Pauline Tran Cecil, Penelope Durston and Rebecca Hayes.

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Gallery Two: Sarah CrowEST Tumbleweed methodology: A theory of the cycle of things

In Sarah CrowEST’s new exhibition at Craft, the traditions of textiles, abstract painting and sculpture are referenced through a group of overtly handcrafted objects in various stages of cycles of use and re-use.

Tumbleweed methodology: A theory of the cycle of things features a series of large, two-dimensional, painted linen works on the wall of Craft’s Gallery Two, and three large, asteroid-like objects placed on the ground. At first glance Tumbleweed methodology visually registers as a traditional abstract painting exhibition, with the floor space interrupted by three large forms. To engage with the wall works the viewer needs to negotiate a path around two masses and the huge cylindrical bolt of cloth.

‘Tumbleweed methodology’ is a term coined by the artist Akira Akira to describe the process through which a body of knowledge is blindly accumulated by its own mobilisation across multiple terrains, a non-predetermined picking up of bits and bobs.

The concept for this exhibition derives from a return to textile-based works evolving from CrowEST’s recent sculptural practice that revels in the oscillations between categories such as the readymade and the handmade.

“This new and emerging direction in my practice explores the materiality of textiles in various permutations, such as loomstate (on the roll), hanging, stretched (in the manner of paintings or panels) and as an enveloping element of sculptural forms.”

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Gallery Three: Esther Stewart Geometric Colour

Esther Stewart’s dynamic new exhibition at Craft explores the way in which the perception of colour changes in different contexts, and how unanticipated colour juxtaposition can dramatically alter visual emphasis. Geometric Colour is a bold and arresting display of colour, where the artist has created a space ‘where colour has taken over’.

“Drawing on my past works I have created a new body of work that shifts between the static and dynamic, “ says Stewart. Works are connected to the gallery walls and are designed to intriguingly ‘fold off the wall’. “I am exploring the boundaries between a traditional-hung gallery installation and a flexible interactive environment. It’s a site-specific response to the architecture of Craft’s gallery.”

By incorporating flat, hinged and prop pieces Stewart is exploring the distinction between, craft, design, art, and functional objects. She is interested in the intersection of these different practices and how exhibitions and works are interpreted. “My work sits at the intersection between craft, art and design. All of my works are handmade, but embody attempts to remove the sign of the hand.”

But it is Stewart’s colour-play, and the interaction of the work in the space that is most arresting. “I am playing with shadows and thus enhancing the physical objects. My work here blurs the line between where the work starts and finishes.




ART ON THE STREET // Total Funding $5000

PARTNER: Next Wave Festival (


Part archaeological dig, part crime scene, part research centre, Shift is a performative, interactive and durational public artwork that explores our understanding of the built environment through interdisciplinary research and presentation. Stop and watch Adelaide-based arts collective b.o.m.b. map, draw and photograph; view the evolving pop up exhibition of their findings so far, tell them your experience of the site or shuffle through their research archives in their mobile on site laboratory. Measurements, classifications, cataloguing and visualisations appear and reappear in a constant cycle for you to explore and interact with. Questions, discussions and stories are welcomed and used as essential information that makes up an evolving picture of Melbourne.


WHY: We believe in supporting emerging musicians to grow their skill set and hone their craft to work towards becoming self-sufficient artists.


PETER CLARK will travel to Denmark to teach, study and perform alongside Màtè Szücs, principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic.

ADRIANO CAPPELLETTA will undertake mentoring sessions with Simon Rudston-Brown to improve technical acoustic guitar proficiency and become a confident live musician.

SARITAH NEWMAN will work with Mohamad Kombra from Diafrix on beat making & production skills, in order to develop her skill set which will allow her to express and capture ideas more fluently.

STEVE ALLINGHAM will travel to Cuba to study and practice Afro Cuban Drumming with Yaroldy Abreu, to further build on basic skills and dramatically broaden his drumming experience.

MONEY FOR MANAGERS // Total Funding $20,000

WHY: We are committed to the ongoing support of the Managers that have become part of our Seed Management Community through attending The Management Workshop. After their attendance at the workshop we believe managers are better equipped to roll out campaigns and strategies to deliver real results to their artists and for their own careers in the music industry.


ANTHONY ZACCARIA – To engage the services of an assistant to work across the LOON LAKE debut album release campaign and the FRACTURES debut EP release and tour campaigns.

LAURA WALLBRIDGE from Walls and Bridges will undertake GOSSLING’s debut album campaign as well as working across GUINEAFOWL’s sophomore EP release. Strategies over the first phase will include extensive local touring for both acts to support their releases, as well as international show casing opportunities.

CHARLES WALL – To engage the services of an assistant to work across the BOBBY ALU album release campaign and national tour, as well as follow up single release and tour.

MIKE SOLO will work across projects including: THE RED PAINTINGS – international release and touring across Australia, UK, Europe and the USA; sleepmakeswaves – international release and touring across Australia, UK, Europe and the USA. DUMBSAINT – Australian EP release and tour.

PUBLICISE IT // Total Funding $10,000

WHY: We understand the challenge of finding the extra funds to publicise a release after the investment that goes into making an album. We see publicity and marketing as key to having a viable release. This grant is available to The Seed Management Workshop community because we believe they have the tools to roll out a campaign effectively.


JESSE BARBERA will engage the services of Adam Christou from Remote Control Records to work on the release of JEREMY NEALE’s EP titled ‘A Stranger Affair’ and national tour in support of the release.

MEESHA ASTILL will engage the services of Monique Rothstein of Positive Feedback to work on the release of RAINY DAY WOMEN‘s debut album (currently untitled) and national tour in support of the release.


SKINNYFISH // Up to $12,000 in performance fees to be paid to remote Indigenous Musicians

Supporting Top End Indigenous community bands, by generating paid performance opportunities and encouraging positive outcomes in community life through music.

WHO FOR: Selected remote Indigenous Musicians

PARTNER: Skinnyfish Music

OBJECTIVE: Through existing remote community festivals, this initiative creates paid performance opportunities for remote community bands in and around their homelands. We will fund 3-4 remote bands who will play at 3 remote festivals of their choice. A fee of $1000 per band, per festival will be paid.

WHY: Having invested in stage one of this initiative for the past 3 years, we are now rolling out the second phase by selecting bands who have shown consistent commitment to playing live in and around their communities. Through this initiative we hope to further nurture and support these bands and empower them more experience and responsibilities attached to their performances.

BANDS FUNDED SO FAR: Lonely Boys, Bad T Boys, T Lynx

BUSH BANDS BUSINESS // Up to $5000 funding for mentors

WHO FOR: Mentors to travel to Bush Bands Business

PARTNER: Music NT as part of iNTune Music Conference

OBJECTIVE: To support music industry professional mentors travelling to Alice Springs and take part in Bush Bands Business.

WHY: We believe in supporting remote musicians who travel to Alice Springs for professional development. Music industry trainers and professional musicians/technicians mentor the Bush Bands Bash musicians, with the bands able to rehearse under the guidance of experienced mentors.

Song Cycles INBOUND project

We are running for the third year, a program that takes urban music industry professionals into the heart of rural Australia to take a peek into the lives of Aboriginal musicians and remote Aboriginal community festivals with a music focus. Our hope is that these professionals will discover the high level of musicianship and song writing craft that exists in these communities and be forever changed by the experience.

This Song Cycles Inbound project is a partnership between The Seed Fund, APRA/AMCOS, The Australia Council, The Federal Office of the Arts and Skinnyfish Music that aims to address the following issues within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) music and performance communities that aims to provide tangible opportunities for musicians and performers within the following areas;

+ Professional development & exposure of new talent

+ Economic benefit

+ Industry co-operation and awareness

For further information about the John Butler Seed Fund on the right hand side of the Blog Roll. 


What:  Melbourne pianist, conductor and composer Stefan Cassomenos performs throughout Australia, Europe and Asia.  In 2012 Stefan was a finalist in the Rhodes International Piano Competition and more recently a finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards.  Following worldwide auditions Stefan has been selected as one of only 28 participants (and the only Australian) in the International Telekom Beethoven Competition, Germany, to be held this December.­

Where:  Moorooduc Estate, 501 Derril Road, Moorooduc (Melway #152 H1)

When:  5pm Saturday 21 September 2013

Costs/Ticketing:  Ticket $40-00

Website information: www.moorooducestate.comau

Enquiries & Booking Contact:  All bookings phone Moorooduc Estate 5971 8506 or email

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 Empty Space, New Place aims to find local artisans, cultural projects and community groups to use and maintain empty premises in Hastings until a commercial tenant comes along. Vacancies in Hastings are at a relatively high rate of 23% – that’s almost 1 in every 4 shops.

The program gives people with creative ideas and displays 30 days (for free) in an empty shop to add some colour and excitement to the town. Public liability and glass insurance is covered, with their only costs being for using electricity, water, and possibly contents insurance.

We are currently looking for expressions of interest for creative projects and displays to go into the empty shops in Hastings from local artists, craftspeople and community groups.

We are looking for local people and organisations, but are open in what they bring as ideas – things that are bright, have street appeal and impact, as well as involving the local community are most important for this program.

You can download the expression of interest form here:


What: The 2 day On the mOVe education program of masterclass workshops for Peninsula music students and teachers with Orchestra Victoria concludes this evening with students performing with the Orchestra.  FREE ADMISSION

When: Tonight @ 6.30pm  refreshments will be served at 5.45pm

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road Mornington

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What: Performing works by Mozart, Cooke and Strauss

Mozart- Clarinet Quintet
Mozart- Parto, ma tu ben mio from La Clemenza di Tito.
Cooke- Three Songs of Innocence.
Strauss- Allerseelen & Zueignung

Who: Peninsula Chamber Musicians

Lesley Qualtrough Violin
Emma s’Jacob Violin
Amanda Fairs Viola
Megan Smithies Cello
Cheryl MacDonald Soprano
Paul Jenkins Clarinet
Kathryn Leonard Piano

Where: St Peter’s, Queen St Mornington

When: Sunday 11th August, 2pm (dates/ times/ opening and or closing info)

Tickets: $20, $15 Concession, $10 Student

Website information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: St Peter’s- 5975 0198 or available at the door

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What: Mornington CEF Players presents Jesus Christ Superstar

When/ Showdates: November 15 – 24, 2013

Ticket Dates open: August 16

Where: St. Peters Church Hall, Albert Street, Mornington

Enquiries: 0467 185 176