FAC_logo- 2012 1What: Jazz diva, Nichaud Fitzgibbon and Bossa Nova King, Adam Dunning come together to bring their love of classic jazz duets in “A Cosy Night In”.  Nichaud and Adam’s voices blend beautifully and together they perform an engaging, elegant, and fun night of entertainment.  A Cosy Night in is a delightful trip down memory lane celebrating classic Jazz duets with a touch of Bossa Nova from the likes of Ella and Louis, Dean and Doris. You’ll hear favourites like That Old Black Magic, Dream a Little Dream, Baby It’s Cold Outside, and Two Sleepy People just to name a few.   Accompanied by the popular Joe Ruberto Quartet these two charming performers bring you fun, warmth, and their unmistakable rapport in a snug night of romantic love songs.

Having performed regularly together at many of Melbourne’s jazz clubs, the two singers felt it was time some of the great jazz duets were celebrated.

Where: Frankston Arts Centre 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston

When: 9th April 2016

Bookings: Frankston Arts Centre website, or the box office Ph 03 9784 1060 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. Also 1 hour before performances for door sales/collections)

Adam @ FAC



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What: Join us for the opening of  Autumn Salon Exhibition + launch of the Indigenous Jewellery Project. 

To be opened by radio presenter Sally Baillieu with introductory remarks by Emily McCulloch Childs

When: Opening Drinks 3 – 5pm on Saturday 26 March

Exhibition Dates:  Saturday 26 March, Sunday 27 March, Monday 28 March, Saturday 2 April + Sunday 3 April 11am-5pm

On show are fabulous new colour works such as the lovely Tjunkaya Tapaya painting above and those by other favourite artists of Utopia, the APY Lands, Ampilatwatja, the Western Desert and the Pilbara as well as stunning new works by talented rising star artists including Anyupa Stevens, Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel, Steven Williamson and many more. Catalogue now online for the  Indigenous Jewellery Project – resin, silver, mixed media and natural materials jewellery from the artists of Ernabella Arts and Ikuntji Artists.

RSVP:  whistlewood@mccullochandmcculloch.com.au T: 03 59 898282

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What: The Back Paddock Studio presents a collaborative exhibition – Views from the Paddock

When: Opening night Thursday 24 March @ 5pm.  Opening Easter Weekend, come along and meet the artists 10 – 5 daily

Where: 177 Bungower Road, Somerville (Cnr Radnor Rise Somerville)

Visit: www.thebackpaddockstudio.weebly.com

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Brightly ArtsWhat: Outside the Box, is a school holiday art program exploring the world you imagine using everyday materials and thinking creatively to make your own mini mindscape.

Presented by Jac & Mandy from Brightly Arts.

When:   For Preps to Grade 3 – Thursday 31 March from 9:30 to 11:30

For Grades 4  to  7 Saturday 2 April from 9:30 to 11:30

Where: Mornington Church of Christ Community House, 18 Pitt Street, Mornington

Cost: $15 per child

Visit:  www.brightlyarts.com for more information




What: A wide variety of different crafts with talks, workshops and ‘Have a Go’ areas and showcasing the best craft work on the Peninsula.

Where: Hastings Uniting Church Hall, cnr Marine Pde and Hodgins Road, Hastings. (Melways 154 J9)

When: Saturday, 9th April from 10am until 4pm

Entry: $4 adults/ $2 schoolage children.

Facebook Page – Western Port Craft Fest

Enquiries: Sandra Beckett – Ph. 5979 1237 or email to sb@beckett.id.au



What: Cultcha is the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s quarterly arts and culture newsletter.  This first issue of Cultcha highlights just a few of the people and places transforming and transformed by arts on the Peninsula.

Where: Libraries, Shire customer service desks, MPRG, community houses and cafes and online.

Link via the Shire’s website: http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Arts_Culture/Cultcha

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Featured Interview with Marty Nelson Williams and the MP Music Network
pictured with Fox De Roche Jarrett






What: Saltwater Country ‘we are all saltwater people …’

Saltwater Country is a major touring exhibition of contemporary Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, showcasing more than 50 works by 16 of Queensland’s most acclaimed Indigenous artists including Vernon Ah Kee, Michael Cook, Fiona Foley, Brian Robinson, Ken Thaiday and Judy Watson. Having returned from a successful international tour to museums in the US and Europe, this exhibition finally lands in Mornington and offers audiences a unique insight into the artists’ cultural connections to ‘their’ saltwater country – Queensland’s coastline, sea and waterways. As artist Vernon Ah Kee says, beaches are ‘part of the Australian psyche … everybody thinks of themselves in relation to their proximity to the coast, to the beach. So in that way, we are all saltwater people.’

Image: Michael Cook, Civilised #1 2012, inkjet print on paper, Courtesy of the artist.

When: 11 March – 1 May

Where: MPRG, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington Entry:  Adult $4 Student/Concession/Senior $2


Western Front October 1917, unknown Australian Official photographer (courtesy of the Australian War Memorial E01236)
Western Front October 1917, unknown Australian Official photographer (courtesy of the Australian War Memorial E01236)

What: Australia Will Be There – Victorians in the First World War Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Travelling Exhibition Australia Will Be There was created as a touring exhibition for the centenary of the First World War. Comprising historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition presents the chronology of the First World War (1914–19). Through stories of the hardships endured and the battles fought – from the landings at Gallipoli to combat in Palestine, Passchendaele and Fromelles – the exhibition provides insights into the experiences of Victorian men and women in the Great War.

As part of the exhibition, families and communities are encouraged to contribute to understandings of the experience of our forebears and the events that shaped our country and the world. Visit the Stories of Remembrance page to share your story: www.shrine.org.au/stories

When: 11 March – 1 May

Entry:  Adult $4 Student/Concession/Senior $2 MPRG members and children under 5 free



Vernon Ah Kee investigates race, ideology and politics. Enjoy this rare opportunity to listen to Vernon talk about his work and learn from one of Queensland’s most celebrated contemporary Indigenous artists with an international reputation.

Image: Vernon Ah Kee, 2014, Photo: Michael Aird

BOOK NOW: http://www.trybooking.com/KIDR

When: Tuesday 26 April, 5pm for 5.30pm-6pm floor talk

Entry:  Cost M $15 G $18 (includes drinks and nibbles) Bookings Essential 03 5975 4395


Texta QueenWhat: MEET THE ARTIST: TEXTAQUEEN MPRG Events & Public Programs TextaQueen is Australia’s felt-tip superhero. She explores politics of sexuality, gender, race, identity, self-image and inter-personal relationships. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to meet TextaQueen and to find out more about her residency and work at Police Point.

Image: TextaQueen, photo: Benjamin Michel

BOOK NOW: http://www.trybooking.com/KIDO

 When: Sunday 17 April, 10am-12 noon, meet the artist 10am-11am, followed by brunch

Where: Police Point Shire Park, Franklands Dve, Point Nepean, Portsea VIC

Entry:  Cost M $10 G $12 Bookings Essential 03 5975 4395


What: Dreamhouse Theatre Company – Empowering young people through theatre.

Dreamhouse Theatre Company is a not for profit, youth-based theatre company.  Open to 13-17 year olds living on the Mornington Peninsula.  They meet weekly to improvise, play theatre games, learn performance skills, perform scripted and group devised work and have fun!

For more information about the company, what they have planned for 2016 or to join E: dhtheatrecompany@gmail.com

Visit: www.facebook.com/dreamhousetheatrecompanyvictoria

March 2016



What:  ‘Have Your Say’ – Public Art Policy Forum

Come along and be part of Axos Urban’s ‘world cafe’ style event.  Mornington Peninsula Shire wants to hear your views on the proposed Public Art Policy.

When: 19 March 2-5pm, light refreshments will be provided

Where: Mornington Park Pavilion

Enquiries or RSVP: arts&culture@mornpen.vic.gov.au  or phone 0447 629 628

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What: Two of Melbourne’s hottest guitar slingers Jimi Hocking & Geoff Achison are getting together at Mornington’s Grand Hotel this April for another of their infamous Guitar Showdown’s.

Armed with their favourite axes and supported by a stellar backing band, Jimi & Geoff will face off on stage playing some of their favourite classic guitar riffs as well as their own brand of rockin’ rhythm ‘n’ blues.

Jimi has been thrilling audiences with his astonishing guitar prowess for many years both locally and internationally. Besides his role as lead guitarist with Aussie rock giants The Screaming Jets, he also won the 2003 ‘International Blues Challenge’ in Memphis, USA has kept up a hectic pace with his solo career playing brilliant one-man acoustic shows and rocking with his group, the ‘Blues Machine’.

Geoff has been a fixture on Melbourne’s blues/roots scene since playing with veteran bluesman Dutch Tilders in the 90’s. After several years with Dutch he pursued a solo career overseas and quickly made his mark winning the Albert King Award in Memphis 1995. He has since spent many years touring extensively in the US, UK & Europe. In 2015 Geoff returned to the USA promoting his latest 20th Anniversary release with The Souldiggers and teaching his techniques at Jorma Kaukonen’s famous Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio.

Where: The Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street, Mornington

When: Friday 8th April 2016 2016, 8:00pm

Tix: $15 +BF Online or $20 at the door unless sold out prior

Visit:  grand.net.au

Enquiries & Booking Contact: The Grand Hotel 03 5975 2001 or mel@grand.net.au

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AA_LOGO_BWWhat: Arts Access Victoria is seeking expressions of interest from Mornington Peninsula Shire based emerging artists with an interest in developing their skills in working with artists with disability. This is a short term paid intern position

Applicants will have a current arts practice. A background in the disability sector is not a mandatory requirement.

The position will work from a number of locations, including:

  • Seawinds Community Hub, Rosebud West
  • Mornington Library, Mornington
  • Arts Access Victoria, South Melbourne

This position will include working with Art About participants to present their most recent work “An Avenue of Puppets: Volatile Bodies” at the Mornington Library 29 April to 24 June. Opening event and artist talk dates TBC.

When: Intern dates placed between: 9th April – 9th July. Please note this position will include weekdays and Saturdays.

Applications close:  Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 at 5pm
For more information contact Melissa.
Expressions of interest must be written (email acceptable) and should include:

  • Technical qualifications/training;
  • Relevant employment history;
  • A current police records check (or be willing to undergo);
  • Two employment referees

EOI: http://www.artsaccess.com.au/paid-internship-art-about/

Art About: http://www.artsaccess.com.au/art-about/

For further information, a copy of the Position Description or to lodge your EOI, please contact:

For further information contact Melissa Banks, Arts Access Victoria E: mbanks@artsaccess.com.au       P: (03) 9699 8299

Art About is supported by Arts Access Victoria and the Creative Community Grants program of Mornington Peninsula Shire.





What: The Peninsula Music Society is back with a sensational start to our 2016 season on 19 March – the Australian Chamber Choir (24 voices) and the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra (23 musicians) will fill our hall with the glorious sound of J S Bach`s Mass in B Minor. This awe-inspiring masterwork was written towards the end of Bach’s most fertile compositional period while Director of Music at St. Thomas’ Leipzig when he composed over three hundred cantatas, the St. Matthew and St. John Passions and the Brandenburg Concertos.

The internationally acclaimed Australian Chamber Choir was created by Douglas Lawrence, its Melbourne-based conductor and organist and Director of Music at Scots’ Church.  In July 2015, the ACC undertook its fifth European concert tour, with sixteen concerts in Germany, Denmark and Switzerland and a review in Denmark was headlined ‘Australian Choir in the Super League’.  The choir has also released five CDs. This concert is a MUST and we will celebrate our season opening with a complimentary  Bittern Estate wine from 6.45pm.

When: The concert is at 7.30pm

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington

Tickets: available online at www.pmsmusic.asn.au or from Farrell`s Bookshop, Mornington, Robinsons Books, Frankston or by phone from Janette on 97898392.

Cost: Tickets are $50 adult, $45 conc, $18 student under 25, secondary & primary students FREE.

Find us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/PeninsulaMusicSociety/, Twitter (pmsmusic) and Instagram (pmsmusic.asn.au). Please  ‘like’ and share our posts with your friends.

 In other news, our good friends at Frankston Music Society are presenting their Vera Bradford Youth Concerto competition with four talented young finalists and the Frankston Symphony Orchestra this Sunday 13 March at 2.30pm at the Peninsula Community Theatre. Tickets with trybooking.com.176202, or 0407 140 196 and doors sales too. Full details are on the attached poster.

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What:  Celebrate yourself with Dance!  Women’s Dance Classes including Ballet Barre, Burlesque and classes for mums and seniors.

Where: Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Pt Nepean Road, Rosebud 3939

When: Wednesdays at 6:30pm & 7:30pm. Fridays at 10am & 11am.

Cost: $10-16 per class

Visit: http://www.thepeninsuladanceproject.com & www.facebook.com/peninsuladanceproject

Contact: Lolly Belle – 0401 856 599 lolly77@gmail.com



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What: Frankston Theatre Group Inc. is proud to present The Odd Couple – Female Version.  Written by Neil Simon  Directed by Roy Thompson

A group of women friends are playing their regular game of Trivial Pursuit at the apartment of Olive Madison, a divorcee who freely admits to being a slob: “I leave a mess when I read a book.” Late to arrive is Florence Unger, a stickler for detail who would try the patience of a saint, and who has unfortunately just become separated from her husband. As life would have it, the slob and the fuss-budget decide to room together — with hilarious results!

Other Information: Cabaret Style with BYO drinks & nibble

Where: Mt Eliza Community Centre, Canadian Bay Road,Mt Eliza
Dates: Fri 15th April, Sat 16th April @ 8.00pm Fri 22nd April, Sat 23rd April @ 8.00pm Matinee on Sun 24th April @ 2.00pm

Ticket Prices: Full ticket price $28, Concessions, Seniors & Groups of 10+ $26, Students 16-20 $20, Children aged 10-15 $15, Children under 10 $10

 Website information: frankstontheatregroup.org.au

Enquiries & Booking : 1300 665 377

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What: The Mayor, Councillors of the Mornington Peninsula Shire and Gallery Director Jane Alexander invite you to the opening of three new exhibition

Flowers in the Field Waiting for the Sunshine – Marion Manifold,

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Australia Will Be There – Victorians in the First World War 1914 – 1918 

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Saltwater Country – New works from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists expressing their relationships to Queensland’s coastal environments.


SALTWATER COUNTRY with Virginia Rigney, co-curator Saltwater Country

Where: MPRG – Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington

When: Thursday 10 March, 6pm–8pm

Exhibition dates:  11 March – 1 May 2016

Enquiries: 03 5975 4395 or mprg@mornpen.vic.gov.au





What: The Rye Beach Community Action Group initiated a community art project that would contribute to enlivening and complementing the community built playground on Rye foreshore.

A Shire Creative Community Grant of $4000 helped ‘kick off’ the project. The remainder of the funds were raised by the Action and Playground groups.

Key drivers of the project were; Mechelle Cheers from the Rye Community Group Alliance, Michael Wittingslow, Rye Beach Community Action Group and Miranda Gillespie from the Rye Playground Build.

Artist Simon Normand & students from Rye Primary School worked with around 60 children to develop themes and give the mosaic shape & form.

Simon was an artist-in-residence at the boat keeper’s cottage at Police Point Shire Park, Portsea where he drew inspiration for the Moonah frieze that sits at the top of the mosaic.resulting in a beautiful mosaic mural titled: The invasion of the Spider Crabs.

The circular mosaics within the mural were done by the following students: Ocearna Barker, Will Cannan, Kaley Cridland, Billie Diamond, Bailey Dowling, Jemma Fanshaw, Toby Fuggle, Riley Gill, Caitlyn Humphrey, Taylor Jordan, Jesse Davidson Lopo, Ashley MacDonald, Imogen Scott, Andrew Stout, Keely Swayn, Faizah Twil,

Lionel Lauch gave the Acknowledgement to Country and performed a smoking ceremony. The Mayor, Cr Graham Pittock cut the ribbon and declared the spider crabs have arrived!  Why, spider crabs?

The annual migration of spider crabs that come in on mass from Bass Strait to the Rye pier is well known to local divers and underwater photographers.  Some years there are literally 1000s that come under and around the pier forming what looks like a rugby scrum. No one is too sure why the crabs do this but it has been suggested it is to moult (and the scrum protects them). They are a bit thin for eating but do look like small crabs on stilts. The spider crabs seemed an obvious choice for an art project!

Where: Rye Foreshore

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ADFAS logoWhat: The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Mornington Peninsula) is looking forward to a visually exciting presentation at its March meeting when Dr Matthew Martin, Curator of International Decorative Arts and Antiquities at the National Gallery of Victoria will talk about impressionist artist Claude Monet’s house at Giverny.

While many have been entranced by the picturesque gardens at Giverny this talk will focus on the house.   Monet himself determined many of the more striking interior features and Matthew Martin will explore aspects of the interior of the house placing them in the context of progressive ideas about art and design in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century.

When: Friday, March 18 @ 5.30 pm

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington at

Cost: $20 to non-members

For Further Information: phone M: 042 999 8908



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What: Art Work of Artists who enjoy painting outdoors

Where: At the SAC 823 Melbourne Road Sorrento. Vic. 3943

When: March 11 – 14 2016

Costs/ Ticketing: $2.00

Website information: studiosorrento.org

Enquiries Contact: Maxine Wild 5985 5770

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What: Create an ‘I love live music’ 60 second film competition

Free to enter Comp closes:  April 1

Log onto http://www.amin.org.au/projects/60-second-film-competition/ and get to it.


Inaugural film competition gets its groove on

March 1, 2016 Reprinted courtesy of the upcoming issue of Mornington Peninsula Magazine

Get your film and music making competition hats on guys; the inaugural I Love Live Music 60 Second Film Competition is up and running and there’s great prizes to be won.

The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) has joined forces with the Live Music Office and the internationally accredited St Kilda Film Festival (presented by the City of Port Phillip) to promote a national awareness campaign about the importance of contemporary live music in the lives of everyday Australians.

Yeah, music really matters and now’s the time for film makers across Australia to collaborate with local musicians to make a 60 second film in any genre or style that gets the message across. There is a catch though, you have to address at least one of the following themes, Imagine life without live Australian music, What I love about live Australian music or What live Australian music means to me. Easy right?

Film makers and musicians will receive extensive exposure through a national distribution campaign that will showcase ten finalists and major cash and inkind prizes are being awarded by NXTGIG app, APRA AMCOS, Allans Billy Hyde, Sensaphonics Australia, Palace Cinemas, the Travel Beyond Grond and SAE Institute Australia. Winner’s prizes include $5,000 courtesy of NXTGIG and runners up receive $1,000 cash courtesy of APRA AMCOS amongst other prizes. The ten finalists will also have their films distributed to Australia’s top artist managers and through Telstra Road, Music Australia, AMIN, APRA AMCOS, Live Music Office, Music Rights Australia and the Association of Artist Managers.

So what are you waiting for?

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