What: Brilliant Christmas Baubles @ Katrina’s Open Studio. Peninsula gold & silversmith & style icon Katrina Newman is hosting an open studio for your Christmas shopping needs. As well as these evocative Christmas baubles in lamp-worked glass beads, Katrina also works in gold and silver producing rings, pendants and earrings to suit any occasion. Katrina extends an invitation to visit her studio gallery and browse at your leisure.
When: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. If you can’t make it on the weekend please contact me for an appointment. Lay buy and gift wrapping available on all purchases.
What: ‘LOSE YOURSELF SOMEWHERE’ NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC
EXHIBITION Six photographers from across Victoria will exhibit five images based on their own unique interpretation of what ‘Lose Yourself Somewhere’ means to them. Photographers include: Jennifer Stenglein, Andy Hatton, Barun Chatterjee, Amy Lobb, Hayden O’Neill and Nick Alcock
Where: Snake Hole Gallery, 18 Progress Street Mornington
When: Opening Night Thursday November 28 @ 6.30pm. The exhibition will be open for 4 days only Thursday 28th Nov to Monday 2nd Dec (9am – 3pm) via Commonfolk 16 Progress Street Mornington.
Between the covers of this captivating publication by Author & Photographer Peter McConchie is a little known story, that demonstrates that wild fires can be avoided and for this to happen we may need to re think our attitudes towards the Indigenous people of Australia. This story told by Cape York Elders and Community leaders sits in stark contrast to the widely held view that fire is destructive and to be feared.
This is the seventh book by Peter McConchie who has worked for close to two decades with Elders and their communities across Australia photographing and recording their culture and knowledge so that it may reach and inspire a wider audience. Fire and the Story of Burning Country is a response from Indigenous Elders to the devastating Black Saturday fires in Victoria during the summer of 2009.
Dr Don Hankins, a specialist in fire ecology/pyrogeography, Indigenous land management practices and conservation of Indigenous cultural practices writes:
“Where Indigenous fire is applied to the landscape it yields a mosaic of positive outcomes from resilience to growth. Where Indigenous fires have been removed from the landscape devastating bushfires are more common, as are their impacts on people and whole communities”.
What: A SERIES OF FREE DRAMA WORKSHOPS 3. Scene without thinking
Short scenes instant casting. Get into the script as if you’re not reading it. Bring the character off the page instantly. Boom! Hilarious fun!
4. Speed Acting for Energy & Wellbeing –
A variety of short, fast paced acting exercises, act on impulse, no time to think, speed into action. Vocal, physical, Improvisation, acting exercises, acents, short scripts & surprise group work that will get you acting on the spot! Forget speed dating & try speed acting instead! A great workout for actors of all levels & tremendous fun!
All ages welcome, from beginners, adults and children 16
What: Drama club’s free acting workshops with Harriet James from The Actor’s Shed
Where: Blairgowrie Snr Citz Hall, 13 William Road, Blairgowrie
When: Wed 11 Dec 6-9pm & Sun 19th Jan 9:30am-4:30pm (BYO lunch)
There is one week to go of Tammy Warner’s beautiful watercolour exhibition in Mornington Library Foyer Exhibition Space. Tammy is also presenting a watercolour workshop in February and due to popular demand she has scheduled a second workshop to take the ‘overflow’ there has been in interest.
What: Watercolour Workshop (artist member of the Peninsula Studio Trail)
What: The ‘Gifted’ exhibition is a little over a week away, a wonderful collection of medium to small works to give or to keep. Come by to say hello, it will be lovely to see you before Christmas.
Ceramic Artists: Kevin Boyd, Brian Keyte, Ted Secombe, Owen Rye, Chester Nealie, Robert Barron, Arnaud Barraud, Kirk Winter, Phil Elson, John Eagle, John Ferguson, Cheryl Burgess, Terunobu Hirata, Steve Sheridan, Sue Acheson
Where: Malvern Artists’ Society Gallery, 1297 High Street, Malvern
Contact: Anna Maas, Director, Skepsi Gallery, 0416 085 002
In September visual artists from across the peninsula participated in a luncheon at the Mornington Park Pavilion under the title of ARTALK. A number of artists were thanked for their contribution to the cultural life of their communities and all attendees were introduced formerly to the Shire’s Arts & Cultural Strategy A Creative Peninsula and invited to participate in the online Survey as part of the Arts & Cultural Facilities Audit project.
The event was a wonderful opportunity to consult with our creative communities regarding the adequacy and gaps in our arts and cultural infrastructure and the role of artists as advocates for improved services, a follow-up meeting was held in October.
On Nov 20 a small group of artists and arts group representatives and the Cultural Planner visited Burrinja Art Centre in Upwey to view their recently completed 400 seat theatre space and other arts facilities, 3 studio spaces, 3 large galleries, a permanent Indigenous collections gallery, small 100 seat rehearsal and intimate theatre space, shop, offices, meeting rooms and café/ music venue. It was a very inspiring tour indeed and it is hoped that this fledgling group might entice Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors to visit the centre in the near future. Burrinja is an exciting ‘model’ in terms of its operations and how well the community access and support the facility. The artists also wanted to visit a local artist who is part of the now 10 year old Dandenong Ranges Studio Artists Trail which capped off the trip. WATCH THIS SPACE!
What: Joy to the World – A Christmas Concert. The Mornington Peninsula Chorale sings traditional and contemporary songs of Christmas.The Mornington Bach Orchestra will perform Mozart’s “Serenata Notturna”.
Where: Peninsula Community Theatre
When: Thursday 5th December at 7.30pm
Costs/ Ticketing: Adults $22, PSSU $20, 14 years and under $10
What: Drama club seriesFree acting workshop no.3SCENE WITHOUT THINKINGACTING WORKSHOP beginners welcome
What: Get into the scene as if you’re not reading the script. Bring the character off the page instantly. Instant casting and acting. Great practice, hilarious fun. Bring your sense of humour! A fabulous workout for the actor and good experience for the nervous beginner Guided by Harriet James from The Actor’s Shed
Where: The Actor’s Shed Drama Club Blairgowrie activities hall/Snr Citz Centre, 13 William Road Blairgowrie
When: Wed 11th Dec 6-9pm. Please join us, don’t worry if you cant get there til after work just ring me book your place and you’ll be welcome to join us a bit later.
What: Actors wanted for workshops with emerging writers and directors. Help them bring their stories to life, strengthening character and scenes using improvisation. Help bring their story closer to production showcasing your talent at the same time. Required for improvisations in writer/director script development workshops. Actors all ages encouraged to apply.
Where: The Actor’s Shed Drama Club Blairgowrie activities hall/Snr citz. 13 William Road Blairgowrie When: Sat 24th Nov, Sat 30th Nov, Sun 1st Dec 9am-3pm
Hello arts interested across the Mornington Peninsula,
I’ve been on leave for a week and sadly missed the opening to a new exhibition @ Snake Hole Gallery ‘Gangster’s Paradise’last Friday, November 15. The image below is from the exhibition before this new one. Loved all the references to Popeye, more a reflection of my early youth, the young artist must have seen a re-run of this favourite daggy cartoon. You can catch their latest show and other meanderings of this young arts endeavour through the tumbler link below.
Grab a coffee @ Common Folk next door (16 Progress Street) and enjoy this fantastic new space and the exciting emerging young artists and their reasonably and accessibly priced works! Make sure you don’t annoy the industrial neighbours by parking on their front nature strip… now that’s an oxymoron if ever there was one!
Relentlessly yours, Andrea Ebsworth Cultural Planner Mornington Peninsula Shire
When: Opening: Thursday 14th November 6 – 8pm Exhibition Continues: to 13th December 2013
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Slipping through them. Stepping over them. Hiding them, filling them, widening them. These hand coloured prints exaggerate and highlight the mostly overlooked poetic moments in a quiet neighbourhood. Tai Snaith notices the cracks daily. This time, rather than just walking by, she captured them. She then printed and painted them, saturating the vernacular.
With a pervasive playfulness and sense of absurd humour, Tai Snaith works across many materials and within widely varying sites and contexts including collage, drawing, painting, performance, installation and publishing. Her practice is often personal, collaborative and experimental and frequently includes imagery of animals and objects derived from her childhood memories and faded cultural signifiers or relics. Born in 1980 in Australia, Snaith holds a BFA (Hons) from the Victorian College of the Arts. In addition to practicing as an artist, she is a curator, producer and writer. Snaith has shown extensively both in Australia and overseas; written for Art & Australia, Architecture Australia, Artichoke, Yen and Un magazine; is a visual arts reviewer on TripleR radio; and worked as a producer for the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Melbourne Emerging writers festival. Tai has been awarded the Australia Council Tokyo studio and this year was the winner of the Banyule Award for works on paper and shortlisted for the Hutchins Art Prize and the Manning Prize.
The Rae & Bennett Galleryis a free, not for profit, curator-run initiative. We are dedicated to supporting emerging and mid-career image makers, with a focus on critically engaged practices.
Where: Rae & Bennett Fine Art Printers & Gallery, 475 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy