What: The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery has re-opened with ‘Sea of Dreams Part Two’ 

Where: MPRG Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington, Victoria

When: December 14 – March 2, 2014

Website on right hand side of Blog Roll

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What: It’s almost Christmas, and if you haven’t found that special gift for your friend or loved one visit then visit local peninsula gold and silversmith Katrina Newman who is opening her studio this Sunday.  She has a wide selection of beautiful handmade glass bead earrings, pendants and necklaces combined with gold or silver findings to choose from.  Gift wrapping is available on all purchases.

When: Sunday 22nd December  10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  If you can’t make it on the weekend please contact Katrina for an appointment. 

Where: 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae Victoria

Contact: Phone 0413 304 013 / 5981 2131




What: This festival and the artists involved we are familiar with Nick Azidis did the Sorrento Continental Hotel projection in 2011 and Yandell Walton is the daughter of Lisa Walton publisher of Mornington Peninsula Magazine.  I’ve had the opportunity to visit this Gertrude Street Projection Festival for the last few years and it is astounding to wander around Fitzroy seeing what these wonderful artists are doing on an ephemeral art level.  It’s a complete joy!  The festival is on around July each year.

Relentlessly yours Mornington Peninsula Shire Cultural Planner Andrea Ebsworth

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Image Credit: Bernie Phelan Phelan Media

Artist Credit: Nick Azidis, Yarra Youth Studios


What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the sumptuous surrounds of Clover Cottage with the stars of Citi Opera singing songs from Opera, Operetta and music theatre. 

Where: 54 Manuka Rd Berwick

When: Feb 16th Sunday beginning 5.30pm with hors d’oeuvres and Comp Champagne cocktail in the glorious gardens.

Costs/ Ticketing:  4 course Dinner and show $120 a head

Website information:

Enquiries Contact : 97899978

Bookings :

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What:  The most stunning gold sequinned evening dress c.1926 is now on display at the Mornington Museum. The dress has its original labels which read ‘Purchased in Paris for David Jones’ and ‘Made in France’.

Where:          Mornington Museum, Corner Main Street and Esplanade, Mornington.

Opening Hours:  Sundays 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Wednesdays (during school holidays) 11.00am – 3.00pm 27th to 30th December 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Australia Day 26th January 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost:               Entry to Museum is by a gold coin donation


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What: Each year Mornington Peninsula Shire invites submissions from not-for-profit arts and cultural groups to propose projects and programs that have public outcomes.  Since 2010 the Shire has support over 40 groups to get their arts and cultural programs and projects off the ground.   We are pleased to announce the following groups as the successful recipients of Arts Stream funding for 2013/14.

  • Rosebud Chamber of Commerce & clients of Skills Plus Employment Agency, Rosebud will design and create a place-based mural for Norm Clarke Walk.
  • Mornington Peninsula Camera Club will employ Peninsula photographer, Peter McConchie, to run seminars to enhance the skills of members & volunteer photographers involved in recording military artefacts for RSL, portraiture of residents in retirement accommodation, Relay for Life, vineyard  & settlement landscapes for MornPen Tourism.
  • Westernport Secondary College, Year 9 students will create a Bush Tucker Garden that links civics and citizenship and awareness of indigenous culture.
  • Baluk Arts will engage an Indigenous artist to work with Peninsula Aboriginal artists to create bush toys and woven sculptures representing the Mornington Peninsula.
  • Sorrento Portsea Chamber of Commerce Inc  will work with the Shire and the local community to commission a sculpture as part of the Streetscape enhancements on Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento that celebrates and connects residents and visitors to local history and the landscape.
  • Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha will commission local artist Annie Dowd to illustrate 48 birds for a coloured bird identification brochure of the Balcombe Estuary Reserves.
  • In celebration of the 10 years of the Anglican Parish of Sorrento & Rye’s Friday Club it will produce an audio story project called the ‘Friday Club’ that better integrates those suffering mental health issues with their community.
  • Dream House Theatre will further develop a script done in 2012 to bring about a public performance.  Called ’ Monkey-See-Monkey-Do’ the production explores themes of cyber bullying and family tensions through the eyes of teenagers on the Southern Peninsula’s.
  • Mornington Secondary College will expand their annual theatre/ music production to engage new members of the community in the theatrical experience.

For further information:  If you would like to know more about this program of community support or have an idea germinating and want to know if it would fit the criteria, then contact the Shire’s Cultural Planner Andrea Ebsworth


What:  Boneo Primary has just completed their ‘Friendship Couch’.  A year-long construction and mosaic project done by students under the guidance of their Art Teacher Ms Carlene Picken. 

Boneo Primary School’s project was funded through Mornington Peninsula Shires Arts & Culture Stream of Community Grants for 2012/13. 

The project titled ‘friendship couch’ was created to provide an opportunity for students, parents and visitors to support and promote intercultural understanding throughout the school in an ongoing way.

Mayor Councillor Antonella Celi said “we are pleased to see the public outcome from an application the school submitted to the Shire.  We are keen to support schools that are developing creative projects that can be shared with the broader community.” 

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What: A family friendly event.  Performances by Zazu, interactive drumming, dancing, Sudanese food 

Where: Hummingbird Eco Retreat, 183 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill

When: Saturday December 14 2013, 4pm – 8.30pm

Tickets: $40 Adult, One child free with each adult (extra child $5)

Bookings: Book early as this is an intimate event and numbers are strictly limited! Visit Try Booking

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What: Mornington Industrial Estate Artist Run Spaces Trail – Mornington Creative Spaces

 Nestled away in an otherwise ordinary industrial estate about 5 minutes outside of the town of Mornington, don’t be fooled by unassuming locations or exteriors — what you’ll find inside these four creative spaces is special indeed. Alongside panel beaters, car yards and welding shops sits Artspace 8, The Snake Hole Gallery, Baluk Arts and the Commonfolk Studios. All spaces are artist run and share a passion for art, for community and for creativity. Each of these creative spaces exhibit things made by hand, most on site in the warehouse and then are made available to the public in that very same space.

Each space has an air of urban industrialism about it, like a little bit of inner Melbourne has come to Mornington.

Artspace 8

Where: 8/71 Yuilles Rd (corner Penticost Rd), Mornington

 Art Space 8 is the first studio space for Art Space Victoria, a company established by Liz, Alice and Amelia Keep in May 2013. The studio is home to thirteen artists from the Mornington Peninsula. It developed from a desire to support local artists and crafts people. It was understood that artists found working from home isolating and they craved the company of others, especially fellow artists and creative people.

Artists have been hand selected based on the quality of their work and their ability to work within a communal environment. The artists’ work in a broad range of mediums and styles, from painting, photography, jewellery, collage, textiles and lighting. They each have their own stockists and clients to whom they supply. Art Space 8 is a working environment. Visitors are welcome by appointment only with the exception of exhibitions and Open Days. Today from 2-8pm

The Snake Hole Gallery
Where: 18 Progress St, Mornington

Josh Brown is a graphic artist living on the Mornington Peninsula who recently spent two years working in Sydney for iconic Australian surf/streetwear label, Insight, and previously for Balin Surf Hardware. Returning to the Peninsula mid-2012, Josh opened ‘The Snake Hole’, a small design studio and art gallery aimed to support local emerging artists and provide them with an opportunity to exhibit work alongside well established artists. Josh is currently a full-time freelance graphic designer and illustrator working predominantly in the fashion industry with clients to the likes of Insight, Ksubi, Ben Sherman, Element Skateboards, Wavertree & London and Volcom.

Baluk Arts

Where: 6 Bruce Street, Mornington

 Baluk Arts is a collective of Aboriginal artists local to the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston and South east Melbourne. Baluk Arts was created by a group of Aboriginal people as a way to share culture, re learn culture and pass on culture to each other in a supportive positive environment. The artists are from diverse Aboriginal backgrounds from all over Australia and most have been impacted by the stolen generation. As Baluk Arts grew more successful and a strong group of artists formed they opened a large communal studio space with a small gallery in the front to gather, create works and share with the public. Artworks are all locally made, handmade and come with authenticity certificates. Artworks range from works on paper, sculpture, paintings, jewellery and products such as books, cards and scarves. All profits go back to the art centre to provide services and professional development for member artists and the local Indigenous community. The art centre has been featured in Art Collector magazine and work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria. The art centre presents open days, concerts and workshops and is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

Commonfolk Studio – Commonfolk
Where: 16 Progress St, Mornington

Commonfolk is home to Commonfolk Studio and Commonfolk Coffee Company. Commonfolk was named after the idea that the things we are offering are for the common person – an attempt to break down the hype set up around the idea or the ‘barista’ or ‘coffee expert’ or the ‘artist’ – we are all common people.

Commonfolk also refers to the people working within the walls of the warehouse. We are like-minded folk whose pursuits are different. The Commonfolk Studio is made up of three conjoined spaces  of Sarah Dingwall – glass, Caroline Jones – silver & jewels, Alice Keep – resin, each sharing the one entry, one little sink and one kettle.  There is a sliding window that opens into the café space of Commonfolk, and a blind we can pull if we’re feeling anti-social or extra-focused. Recently we fixed some display cabinets to the outside wall of the studio, which we’ve filled with our wares, so Commonfolk customers can see products we’re making in the same space as they’re enjoying their coffee. Commonfolk invites the public to view both the coffee roasting process and the creative processes of the three resident artists, with our goal to be an informative and interactive space.


What:  Victorian Quilters Exhibition – One Step Further

The quilters in this exhibition are from Australia and this year the USA. The contemporary art quilts are made from silk kimonos, to hessian. Techniques include hand stitching and machine embroidery, using yarns from the finest silk to heavy string cottons. Parts have been burnt with soldering irons, painted with dyes and paints, screen printed, rusted, bleached, embellished with beads and found objects. The pieces range in size from half a metre square to two metres. This is an award exhibition with sponsorship from Brother with two top of the range Brother sewing machines awarded to each winner of the small and large quilt sections.  This year the judges were renowned members and quilters from the Victorian Quilters Association.

This exhibition is certainly not to be missed.  It is a truly beautiful and creative exhibition of Art Quilts.

Exhibitors : Jill Galvin, Cathy Jack , Ann Halden, Phyllis Sullivan, Lynette Weeks, Jo Malham, Maxine Quinlan, Heather Bingham, Diane Mattiske, Jennifer Keogh, Marina Holland, Jannet Kidson, Marina Holland, Jan Haggart, Noelle Lyon, Jessica Wheelahan, Lucy Carroll, Jill Miglietti, Afnes Girdwood,  Valerie Robinson, Rebecca Wolske, Susan Matthews, Sandy Gregg,, Dijanne Cervaal.

Artist floor talks: Wednesday December 18

Demonstrations:  December 14 & 21 between 11 am and 2 pm.

For further information on the details of demonstrations/artist’s talks  visit:  or visit our Facebook page 

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

When:  Daily 11 – 4pm (Closed Mondays) until 30th December. (Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

Entry:     Gold Coin Donation




 What: Oak Hill Gallery’s popular School Holiday Art Program is on again this January! 

From the 13th  to the 17th daily @ 10 to midday, your child will be exploring materials with locally renowned artists at the beautiful Oak Hill Gallery.  Book early, class sizes limited.

Where: Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington 3031

When: January 13 – 17, 2014, daily from 10am to midday

Cost: $15 per class – all materials supplied

For further information visit: for details.

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What: Life’s a Beach Maureen Whitaker @ Vespa Gallery Sorrento

When: December 7 – 31, 2013.  Opening Hours, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 10am – 4p.

Official Opening:  Sunday, December 15 from 12-4pm

Where: Gallery Vespa upstairs 26 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento

To see more of Maureen’s works visit:



The 7th Peninsula Summer Music Festival will begin on December 27 2013 and conclude on January 5 2014.

World-class music, food and wine across the Mornington Peninsula each summer.  The program presents classical, jazz and world music, with a children’s performance “Ollie the Elephant” at the Southern Peninsula Art Centre on New Years Eve.  This festival is spread across a number of venues on  the Peninsula and the program can be picked up from Mornington, Rosebud, Hastings & Somerville libraries or visit  

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What: Visual and performing arts disability respite workshops. Explore, discover and create with a range of visual and performing art making materials and methods including theatre, painting, drawing, and photography.  Delivered in partnership between Arts Access Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula Shire

When: Saturday 4th January, 11:45am – 4:00pm Matinee performance of ‘Oklahoma!’,  Frankston Arts Centre

Wednesday  8th January, 10:00am – 4:00pm Mornington Peninsula Botanic Rose Garden, Mornington

Thursday 9th January, Seawinds Community Arts Hub, Rosebud West – Visual Art Mash

Friday 10th January, Seawinds Community Arts Hub, Rosebud West – Visual Art Mash

Saturday 11th January, Seawinds Community Arts Hub, Rosebud West – Art Mash

Monday 13th January, 10am – 4pm, Cube 37 Frankston –Theatre Workshops

Friday 17th January, 10am – 4pm, Cube 37 Frankston –Theatre Workshops

Saturday 18th, January10am – 4pm, Cube 37 Frankston –Theatre Workshops

Costs/ Ticketing: All workshops are $7 per day (subsidised) except the performance of ‘Oaklahoma!’ which is $30 per person and includes midday dinner and show. 

Enquiries & Booking Contact: Melissa Lucas Arts Access Victoria, p  9699 8299  e

Virginia Richardson, Mornington Peninsula Shire p   5950 1630  e

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The latest Pearl is available from Mornington Library Arts Information Wall and Café counter, Somerville, Hastings and Rosebud Libraries and all good music, arts, surf, skate, youth facilities, pubs, clubs, bars and cafes, associated groovy outlets.

Visit:  for the excellent gig guide and latest online version of the same news!

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What: Christmas Sale 20 to 50% off  @ Driftwood Warehouse including a sale of Ceramics by renowned Peninsula Studio Potter Sue Sanderson (cash only)

Where: Factory 8 Colchester Road Rosebud

When: Friday 13 @ 6pm

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What:  On Saturday November 23, 2013 I spent a morning with the Nepean Historical Society witnessing their History Writing Competition Prize Giving ceremony to the children of Sorrento.   It was delightful, Mums, Dads, Grandparents, sponsors and prize givers all cramming in together to celebrate the efforts of our wonderful young people, inspired to write about local history, with much of it about the history of the original inhabitants the Boon wurrung peoples of the Mornington Peninsula. 

Apart from the wonderful words from the President of the Nepean Historical Society, Bergliot Dallas coordinator of the project and the members of the society making the awards, the esteemed  peninsula Poet Weston Bates who awarded prizes to the year 6 students was passionate and enthusiastic about the children’s contributions.  He was animated and joyful about the student who entered a poem and was particularly pleased and highlighted the quality of her entry. 

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Finn Harris’s ‘Bird’s Eye View’ Cartoon

While I was there, I was most taken with the St. Josephs School Sorrento’s project ‘Mannequins Up-cycled’. Beautifully crafted from photos, collaged textiles and papers.  absolutely exquisite exploration of  media to describe the past by our young people. 

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St Joseph’s Primary School Sorrento ‘Mannequins Upcycled’

Relentlessly yours Andrea Ebsworth, Cultural Planner, Mornington Peninsula Shire.

If you see anything that you think would be of interest to our arts and cultural audiences send me a note


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What: Celebrate the festive season with us at our Christmas show this weekend (and next) and find inspiration in the exciting array of colourful, textural and sophisticated Indigenous artworks and items from around Australia. Indigenous artists and arts centres benefit from the sale of all  items both licensed design and hand made.

Sculptures, weavings & carvings • Christmas ornaments • books & cards • cushions • jewellery • bags, wallets & travel goods • iPad sleeves • drink bottles & mugs • teapots • paintings • cards • kitchenware • dog collars • cosmetic purses • carvings, weavings from Arnhem land •  unique baskets, message sticks and firemaker sculptures from Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Qld and much more.

Just In! Luscious pure silk scarves from the Artists of Ampilatwajta (as above). Luxurious and individual these beautiful scarves epitomise the best in wearable art.

When: Friday – Monday Dec 6 – 9,  Thursday – Sunday Dec 12 – 15, 10 am – 5pm

Opening Hours: Saturday Dec 8, from 2-4pm the No Suzannahs a capella choir will perform @ 3 pm

Where:  Applestick Contemporary Art, 3015 Frankston-Flinders Road, Balnarring (next to the CFA)

Enquiries:  T: 0419 896473



What: The Launch of un Magazine Issue 7.2

When: This Friday un Projects will launch a new edition of un Magazine, one of Australia’s leading contemporary art magazines.
6 – 9pm Friday 6th December 2013

Where: At Magic Johnston, 27-29 Johnston St. Collingwood

un Magazine 7.2 explores relationship between contemporary art and anachronisms through an assortment of approaches including critical analyses, essays, and fiction. This issue also covers ideas and art from Yogyakarta to Perth, writing by artists Paul Yore and Sean Peoples, an interview with Grace Cossington-Smith, and articles about Primavera 2013 and Lyotard’s influential Les Immatériaux from 1985.

un Magazine 7.2 is edited by Jarrod Rawlins, sub-edited by Harriet Morgan, and is designed by Brad Haylock.

un Magazine is a free, independent contemporary art magazine published by un Projects twice a year. It is printed in Melbourne and distributed to art organisations, galleries and education institutions around Australia and to selected outlets internationally, as well as being published online. Read more about un Magazine.

The launch of un Magazine 7.2 will feature live performances from Armour Group and Tom Ellard. Armour Group is an industrial electronic duo from Queensland and Victoria. Through the use of traditional analogue gear, i.e. tapes, synthesizers, drum machines and pedals, the two draw from interests in ancient and modern history, war and the occult. Tom Ellard is an Australian electronic musician best known as the founding member of the electronic and industrial music group Severed Heads. He also lectures at a variety of educational facilities on music production in Australia. Through the 1980s Ellard began to take advantage of technological developments such as the music sequencer in combination with looping sounds before sampling arose.

MEDIA CONTACT: For further inquiries or images please email our Administrator, Victoria Bennett:

NEWSUBSCRIPTIONS:   un Projects can now post un Magazine to your home or work!
After many requests, un Projects has now set up a simple subscription system whereby people or organisations can get single or multiple copies of un Magazine sent to their home or work. Subscribing to un Magazine is a good thing: Your pre-order will ensure un Projects can keep publishing un Magazine, paying our editors, artists and writers and distributing it widely for free around Australia.

To find our more download our rates and delivery information or contact our Administrator, Victoria Bennett: