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What: An Englishman Abroad

Step back into the world of the British Raj this month with our house-museum tour, An Englishman Abroad: At Home in British India and see Fairhall transformed into a colonial interior found in India in the 1830s. The magnificent ‘salon suite’ originally from Government House in Calcutta (Raj Bhavan, Kolkata) is on display, along with campaign furniture, Indian company paintings and all the many objects in the Collection representing imperial Indian Raj style. Curated by James Broadbent, this evocative tour runs until 21 October.

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What: Out of India Study Series

On 13 August, architecture and heritage consultant, Clive Lucas, focuses on the bungalows built by the British in various parts of the Empire, in The British-Indian Bungalow.

On 27 August, Melbourne-based garden writer, Christine Reid, and cultural historian, James Broadbent, will present a talk, Staffordshire or Canton, Calcutta or Birmingham | Household Goods in British Colonial India, looking at the ceramics, silver, textiles and furniture used or influenced by the British in India in the early19th century

What: The Jane Austen Series 2014

The Jane Austen 2014 series of lectures begins on 28 August with No Moral Effect On The Mind: Music in Mansfield Park presented by Gillian Dooley, an author and Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University. In this lecture, Dooley discusses the music used by Austen in Mansfield Park, as well as the Austen family’s music collections and the music that Austen herself played and sang.  Please note that this lecture will now start at 12 noon.

What: Plumassier

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Since Marie Antoinette added exotic plumes to her headdress in the 18th century, feathers have rarely been absent from female fashion. On 5 August, Paola Di Trocchio, Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the NGV, presents Plumassier | Master of the Art of the Plume, looking at the role of the plumassier, the master feather worker and couture artisan, from the 18th century to present day haute couture.

What: Threads Across The Empire

On 6 August, guest curator and lecturer at The Johnston Collection, Dorothy Morgan, presents Threads Across The Empire | How British and Indian Tastes, Traditions, Techniques and Expertise Intersected in the World of Textiles, exploring British and Indian textile traditions and how they came to influence each other. In this lecture, Morgan will look at examples such as shawls, muslin, the tree of life and tambouring, and the benefits and drawbacks of Empire and the colonial experience.

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What: The Impact of the Reformation on British Art

On 14 August, art critic, Ian George, presents The Impact Of The Reformation on British Art,  looking at how the Reformation caused religious and mythological themes to disappear from British art, and the subsequent flowering of portraiture during this period. 

What: Sir Joshua & The Doctor

In Sir Joshua & The Doctor on 19 August, author and Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, John Wiltshire, examines the friendship between painter Joshua Reynolds and writer and lexicographer, Samuel Johnson. In this lecture, Wiltshire will tell the story of this ill-matched pair through the many portraits that Reynolds made of his famous friend.

What: From Kedleston to Calcutta | Lord Curzon & India

On 20 August, guest curator and lecturer at The Johnston Collection, Dorothy Morgan, examines the colourful life of Lord Curzon, the British Viceroy to India at the beginning of the 20th century, in From Kedleston to Calcutta | Lord Curzon & India. 

Become a Friend

Now is a good time to join The Friends of The Johnston Collection and enjoy all the member benefits until July 2015.  The Friends was established more than 14 years ago and is an integral part of our organisation.  As well as supporting The Johnston Collection, you will also get to meet new people with similar interests and enjoy the many outings and events organised for The Friends throughout the year.

This house-museum tour is generously supported by The Friends of The Johnston Collection, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Harps Australia, Richmond (Football Club) Museum, & RIT Dyes & Fabric Care, Australia.

Please note, Fond Friend or Femme Fatale? with Ian George, as advertised in our What’s On brochure, has been postponed until 2015.

Read more and download an application form at

Bookings: Lectures:




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What: There are still a few places available for Emily McCulloch Childs’ illustrated lecture The Big Myth: supernatural being, creation ancestors, major dreamings & mythology in Aboriginal art.

Author, curator, writer and PhD student, Emily McCulloch Childs will speak on the great spirit beings such as the Rainbow Serpent, the Seven Sisters, the Dingo and the fire, water and other dreamings that are believed to have ‘set the pattern’ of living for the natural world and all in it.  

Through a fascinating variety of images she will explore the Aboriginal belief system and how art is the medium through which it lives on. 

Followed by drinks and a private view of our latest Aboriginal art. 

When: Saturday August 2 at 2.30 pm

Bookings: $20, contact:

Where: WHISTLEWOOD | Art Consultancy + Private Gallery 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham, 3916 

E: T: 03 59 898 282


View our vibrant new Aboriginal barks, carvings, paintings and sculptures from around Australia.  New works include  brilliant colour works from the APY Lands, a set of exquisite small botanical barks from East Arnhem Land and much more… 

Free admission 

Teresa Baker, Minyma Malilu (Women's Creation ancestor), 147 x 200 cm.
Teresa Baker, Minyma Malilu (Women’s Creation ancestor), 147 x 200 cm.



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What: Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s August meeting with Professor Michael Wheeler will deliver an illustrated lecture titled ‘Looking at Dickens, 1812-2012’

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilson Road Mornington.

When: Friday 8th August at 5.30pm

We welcome new members and guests but please contact 9787 2092 in advance to book a place.

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What: The Actors Shed 2014/2015.  Courses & casual classes available.  Find out how to get your courses for free

Chekhov Technique Aug 10th

Script Analysis Dec 5-7th

Meisner Technique 13th Sept – 29th Nov (entry by audition)

Script on Impulse Feb 8-April 11th 2015

Advanced Meisner Technique April 2015

What: Intensive courses with Harriet James for actors of all levels beginners welcome

Where: Blairgowrie Snr Citz Hall

When: Sat Aug 10th, Sat Sept 13 – Nov 29th & Sat Dec 5-7th

Contact: Harriet for bookings or if you would like to observe a class on 0487 918 015 or 59854284

Visit: website for further details

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What: Digital Photography – Level 1 for Adults – Term 3, 2014, 5 week program. Fridays, 9.15am – 11.15am

Learn to get the most from your digital SLR or compact camera. Understand camera controls and improve image design and composition. Introduction to computer software to further enhance, present and print your images.    For enthusiastic beginners wanting to master their digital camera, this popular program is both stimulating and exciting with weekly photo shoot opportunities. Participants meet at a different venue in Mornington and surrounds each week to develop a range of photographic skills & styles. Small group, suitable for all ages.

Course dates: Commencing Friday 1st August     1/8/14, 15/8/14, 22/8/14, 5/9/14, 12/9/14

Cost: $70 per session

What: Digital Photography Refresher session for adults (new class)

For adult students who are interested in refreshing their photography skills. Get your camera out of the bag and come along for an Intensive, practical “booster” session to revise key camera functions and re-ignite your photographic flair! Single session – choice of afternoon or evening class

Cost: $70 per session

When: Session 1     12.00pm – 2.00pm Friday 15th August – OakHill Gallery, Mornington


Session 2     6.30pm – 8.30pm Thursday 4th September – Mt Eliza Village Neighbourhood Centre

What:  After school Digital Photography for Secondary School Students in Years 7-9 (2 week program)

This new 2 week after school program offers a new format where students are exposed to a range of practical camera based activities in session 1 followed by a range of computer based photo editing tasks in session 2.

When: Choice of day and location available. THURSDAYS 14th and 21st August   4.30pm – 6.15pm at Mt Eliza Village Neighbourhood Centre.


TUESDAYS 2nd and 9th Sept 4.30pm – 6.15pm at OakHill Gallery Mornington

Cost: Limited places. $70 for 2 week program. 

 Contact Nicole Jackson Photography  directly on: 0414 737 990  email:  facebook:


What: Battle of the Bands 

When: Friday August 15 6pm – 10.30pm

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, PCT Wilsons Road Mornington

Tickets: $10 at the door  BRING A COPY OF THE FLIER  & ENTER FOR $8 (Available from Mornington Library arts Info Wall or download from this site) 

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A report on Timor will be presented at 7pm with the film starting @ 7.30pm

Where: Mornington Cinema, 1 Main Street Mornington

When: August 5 from 7pm finishing @ 9.15pm 

All enquiries: Kevin Bain M: 0413 427 851 E:

Tickets: $22 Online tickets $20 with seat selection through http: or

Funds raised for Amnesty International, MornPen Group, Friends of Lospalos & Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group 

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What: ART BAR & TWILIGHT TALK with Dr Luke Morgan   The Monster In The Garden: The Grotesque, The Gigantic And The Monstrous In Renaissance Landscape Design. We think of the Renaissance garden as a place of leisure and pleasure, a kind of earthly paradise – but representations of monsters, giants and the grotesque are common in 16th and 17th century landscape design. In this fascinating lecture Dr Morgan will suggest that Renaissance gardens are not just places of pleasure but of peril as well: the presence of the monster.

When:Monday 11 August 6.00pm canapés and wine 6.30-7.30 lecture

Where: @ The Royal Hotel, Esplanade, Mornington

Bookings:  essential phone 0477499187  

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What: Impro Club – Carole Patullo will be running fun-filled Impro classes once a month at S.PAC.

Improvisation is great fun and it’s good for you, fostering spontaneity, collaboration and playfulness. Perfect for anyone with an interest in writing, theatre and comedy. Or simply anyone who wants to spark their imagination and inspire others.

Where: Southern Peninsula Arts Centre 245 Eastbourne Road Rosebud

When: Once a month on July 26th 12pm – 3pm, August 23rd 1pm – 4pm, September 20th 1pm – 4pm, October 19th 1pm – 4pm.

Costs/ Ticketing: $35 – $40 per session

Website information: http://Promotional Heading: Acting Workshops with Carole Patullo

Enquiries & Booking Contact: Anthea Mackenzie 5986 8204



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What: Unpack This!

A comedy about a men’s Anger Management Workshop. Pain. Regret. Tears. And that’s just the counsellors.Geoff Paine played nice guy Clive Gibbons in the early years of Neighbours. 20 years later his real life neighbours-from-hell proved life wasn’t like the TV show.Unpack This! is a comedy exploring the funnier side of anger management. From the jargon riddled politically correct language, to the antics of a social worker who can’t control his temper, Unpack This! takes a look at what happens when two social workers try to show six men how to manage their anger, with varying degrees of success. A show for anyone who has ever lost their cool, blown a fuse, flown off the handle, gone through the roof, chucked a wobbly or just been plain angry. There’s almost always a funny side.’A sell-out in Melbourne, this show was one of the funniest I have seen in years – laugh aloud, eye-wateringly funny.’ Theatre Australia’With a rollicking familiarity that’s jarring, Unpack This! is as gut-busting as it is telling of human weaknesses.’ Camilla Peffer, Everguide

Where: Southern Peninsula Arts Centre 245 Eastbourne Road Rosebud

When: July 26th 2014 Doors open 6:30pm Licensed event.

Costs/ Ticketing: $22-$30

Website information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: Anthea Mackenzie 5986 8204

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What: Entries are open for the State Trustees ‘CONNECTED’ Art Exhibition 2014

The State Trustees Connected Art Exhibition is an event open to Victorians with a disability or an experience of mental illness.

The exhibition provides an opportunity for new and emerging artists to realise their potential as contributing members of the artistic community and offers the experience of showcasing one’s artwork in a professional environment.

Prizes will be awarded to the value of $1000, $500 AND $250 As well as a People’s Choice Award the winners will be announced at the exhibition on Oct 20.

When: October 16 to 28 Closing date for entries Friday August 22

Where: The Yarra Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne

For information or entry details: contact


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What: Detritus-Solo exhibition by Insingane

Be swept away on an emotional tide as Insingane explores the flotsam and jetsam of memory.

There are events that shape our life and make us who we are. Shrapnel memories embedded deep within our being. This exhibition examines the debris of the soul.

Insingane works in explosive large highly textured acrylics. Her vivid graphic style and expressive use of color and line deftly snare a singular emotion or moment. Her introspective dreamscapes are often dark and brooding and deal with universal themes such as depression and loss. Insingane-zulu for sweetheart is the artist name and childhood nickname of Nicoleen Agnello. This South African born artist with a career as a multi award winning art director resides in Seaford.

Winner of the People’s Choice Award, Frankston Art Centre Open Exhibition. 

When: 29 July-9 Aug 2014, Opening night event Thurs 31 July 6.30-8.30pm. RSVP essential. Tel Frankston Art Centre on 9784 1896 or email

Where: Frankston Arts Centre, Cube 37, 27-37 Davey St, Frankston,

Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm

Keep up to date with Insingane on Facebook and visit or email



What: You are invited to experience…re. reading – Pound at the Lenton Parr Library.  Melbourne artist and collector Patrick Pound has been working with the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library collections using his amazing mind to see things that most wouldn’t. The exhibition presents subtle and poetic interventions in the library’s displays as well as substantial collection-related artworks and ephemera, all referencing the activity of reading and the book and music collections of the library – as if on a dare…

Associated event – Artist floor talk – Sunday 27 July, 2pm Booking essential –

The event is part of Melbourne Rare Book Week – Proudly supported by the University of Melbourne Library –

and the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music –

When: 17-30 July 2014 Library opening hours during exhibition 17 -30 July, 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday 1pm – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday (26 – 27 July)

Where:  Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library University of Melbourne, Southbank campus First Floor Hub Building 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank.



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What: After School Art Program @ Oak Hill Gallery

Cost: $165 (8 week term) Includes Healthy Snack and materials

When: From Wednesday 4 – 5:45pm July 23 – September 10

For further information on the program contact Oak Hill Gallery directly

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington  p 03 5973 4299 | e,


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What: Tree of Life Painting With Michele Cleaver

Join us for a great day of painting at our beautiful Arthaven Studio at Sages Cottage, and enjoy the glorious views & fresh country air. This fun workshop is designed for students of all levels. Create your own colourful tree, filled with swirls and birds using a variety of paints and mixed media. You will learn how to create unique background textures and other useful techniques in applying mixed media & varnish finishes. Complete your own finished piece to take home!

When: Sunday 27th July, 10am – 4pm

Costs:  Materials Required $95

Where:  Arthaven Studios, 85 Sages Rd. Baxter

Contact:  Bookings and Enquiries: Ph: Michele Cleaver 0417 425 116 or Lorin: 0412 660 495 E:

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Where: 14 Acland St, St Kilda

Bookings: 03 9534 3388

Contact: 03 9534 4879 W: E:

What: I Heart John McEnroe by Uninvited Guests Presented by Theatre Works and Uninvited Guests Selected Works 2014.  Three actors present a precise and unbiased theatrical portrait of John McEnroe. They fail. Presented on a tennis court with short-shorts, sweat bands and more ball-boy choreography than Wimbledon, I Heart John McEnroe is a nightly catharsis which satiates our strange desire for watching public humiliation and rage. The whole world is watching and it makes us mad.

Directed by:  Clare Watson With Natasha Herbert, Bert LaBonte, Luke Mullins and Katherine Tonkin

When: 30 Jul 2014 – 10 Aug 2014 Time: Tue-Sat 8:00pm, Sun 5:00pm (no show Sun 3) Preview: Wed 30 July at 8:00pm Price: $25 Full / $20 Concession & under 30 / $20 Groups of 8+  Preview: $20 Full / $15 Concession & under 30)


What : Don’t Be A Diva cabaret event –  Housing for Adults with a Disability – The House that Jack Built             Starring Lucy Nicolson & Matt Hadgraft

When : August 23, 7- 10pm

Where : Rocotillos, 36 Wells St, Frankston

Tickets:  Book @



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What: Peninsula Arts Society Art Show (Celebrating 60 years)

When: 1st -4th November 2014

Where: 159 Overport Rd, Frankston South

Time: 10am – 5pm


Enquiries:pasinfo@bigpond.comor more information call9775 2640 between 10am – 2pm

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What: Fandata: New works by Mito Elias.  An implosion of watercolour, writing and collage. Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Fandata, a solo show of new works by Cape Verdean artist Mito Elias. The exhibition will feature a series of new mixed media spanning Creole oral fables to contemporary sayings. Mito Elias employs traditional calligraphy from different cultures across his works, that he cherishes as sacred pieces of cultural history.

Through the collage and imagery in his works, Mito Elias intends to distil the dimension of survival translated by “fandata”.

The works seek to explore the effect of immigration on language and how its form has adapted through cross-cultural journeys and through his own experience across diasporas.

“Immigration forces an almost constant verification upon us in our search for our identity and for a way to relate to our host culture.”

“Our mother tongue will always serve as our shelter and our inner voice. I seek to capture this ‘poesis mutantis’ [changed poetry] through light and sound.” Mito Elias, artist.

Fandata translates as “to search for” in Cape Verdean Creole and it is believed that it evolved from the English words, “to find out”.

Mito Elias was born in the city of Praia, Cape Verde, an archipelago off the western coast of Africa considered the birthplace of “creole” society on the Atlantic.

He studied at Ar.Co, the independent school of contemporary art and visual communications in Lisbon between 1989 and 1992. Mito Elias’s works span drawings, paintings, mixed media writing collage and video works which have been exhibited widely across the globe since 1983. His works are in major international collections including the World Bank (USA), BNU (Macau), Museu Afro Brazil – Sao Paulo (Brazil) and the Regional Government of Azores.

Where: Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, 141 Queen St, Melbourne VIC   

Fandata was produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria as part of a long-running partnership initiated with Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery. Over the past six years, this partnership has provided a crucial platform for exceptional artists from refugee, indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Victoria who would otherwise have remained unrecognised.

The exhibited artists in this partnership are acclaimed artists in their home countries and Multicultural Arts Victoria is honoured to connect their important cultural heritage and artistic excellence with the wider community in Victoria.

When: 4 August – 12 September 2014  Opening reception: Thursday 7 August 2014, 6.30pm-8.30pm  Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm




Who: Coralie Newman & Nicole Barros  Both Coralie and Nicole are involved with the Two Bays Arts Group which has been  successfully running on the Northern end of the Mornington Peninsula for over 30 years.

Dates: July 7 – August 1, 2014

For further information on the works of Nicole Barros visit

Coralie Newman ' Red Hill Vineyard'
Coralie Newman ‘ Red Hill Vineyard’
Nicole Barros 'Eye of the Tiger' 2014
Nicole Barros ‘Eye of the Tiger’ 2014