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!