What: Expressions of interest are now open for Immerse, one of Australia’s largest exhibition programs at Knox. 

‘Immerse has really pushed me towards thinking about a whole new direction for my printmaking practice,’ Kylie Watson, a printmaker and 2015 Immerse prize winner. She was responsible for creating the eye-catching artwork on the water tank at Knox Leisureworks, an idea suggested by her curator.

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‘Immerse is a great arts project with a lot of scope. For me, the idea of exhibiting art out of context was very appealing,’ Kelly Sullivan, Immerse prize winner and artist who works with vintage cartography and the use of iconic ‘pop art’.

Where: The Immerse exhibition program provides a much needed platform for artists to exhibit their work, as well as bringing art to unexpected places. The exhibition will occur in 30 outdoor and indoor venues including public spaces. The program runs for 30 days from November to December and involves over 30 artists.

The first premise of Immerse is to bring art into people’s everyday lives, outside of the traditional gallery space. This year’s Immerse will feature another diverse range of venues such as Knox Private Hospital, Westfield Knox and Bayswater Roller City.

Artists were enthusiastic about this unique exhibition opportunity to exhibit in public spaces and were greatly appreciative of the many benefits of the program such as working with an experienced curator, the opportunity to exhibit in unusual and public spaces, the chance to meet and collaborate with other artists and an increased sense of community.

When: Applications close 1 June. The exhibition will occur from the 12 Nov – 12 Dec.

For more information visit: or contact Marita Lacota, Arts Promotion Administrator, or P: 0450 058 908



What: Mornington Peninsula made mosaic looking for a home!   This surf side themed mosaic graphic billboard created for the International Melbourne Garden Show is for sale.  The “The Pool Company ” made the mosaic to complement the pool on display.

The cost to produce the mosaic was $24k with a retail value $34k and is available at $12k.

Contact: Russell to discuss on 0416 127 727



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What:  Perry Fletcher 70 – A Journey So Far – Highlighting Diversity

When: Sunday  1 May from  2 – 4pm Exhibition continues through to 29 May

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

P: 59734299 E:

Cost: $2

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Behind the Etching

Perry Fletcher has a reputation as one of the world’s finest engravers.

A Vietnam veteran who served between 1967 and 1969, Fletcher spent five years creating the masterpiece The Last Supper 1970-76, upon his return. The massive panel is on display at the MPRG to acknowledge the contribution of returned veterans in more recent wars.

Perry arrived back in Australia from Vietnam after five months of Operations and the completion of his two year commitment as a National Service Conscript 1967 – 1969.

Needing a rest and inspiration he travelled to Europe to study art and visit the Galleries. When in Europe it soon became apparent that wonderful paintings were in abundance but far fewer engravings exhibited and none of any significant size.

On his return to Australia in March 1970, Perry chose a nomadic lifestyle, moved into a one roomed flat in Hawthorn, Victoria and started on his massive commitment, having purchased a 5′ x 2′ piece of brass began his 6 year journey and when completed recognised as a proclaimed Master Piece in Australia, The Last Supper and Borders 1970 – 1976. This work of art is probably the largest engraving completed in modern times especially on a single piece of brass. Perry’s design and creation of the boarders that compliments Da Vinci’s painting are exquisitely unique and so intricate featuring 370 figures, 500 scrolls and excess of 30,000 dots taking 5 years to complete. Over 3000 hours were spent on the engraving, all done freehand with a dentist’s drill (a unique medium) engraved early mornings and late nights in-between him earning an income as an engraver.

After the completion of this remarkable piece of work in 1976, it was articled in Newspapers around the world and exhibited in Queens Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital for some years, and featured on Australian Television several times.

Perry Fletcher, known as “Fletcher the Etcher” aged 70 of Mornington is arguably one of the world’s finest engravers and etches onto to a variety of mediums from glass to goose eggs, wax, and most famously brass for his rendition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The last Supper plus borders.

What set’s Perry apart from the rest is the tool he uses. Perry engraves with a old dentist’s drill. Perry’s portfolio of clients bursts at the seams with pieces such as the Winner’s Trophy for the Australian Open, the Olympic Committee, Vermont football Club, Bonville Golf Resort and Collingwood Football Club.

Perry is also a talented and accomplished painter and has create hundreds of pieces from impressionist masterpieces, interpretation of Van Gogh and Monet a small selection of his paintings can be viewed in Oak Hill Gallery for the month of May

To see more from the artist visit:


What:  The Baucau Peace Festival celebrates an exchange of music, dance and ideas between Timor-Leste and Australia. Our festival team in Australia are holding an online crowdfunding campaign to make the event happen.

Where: Baucau, East Timor

When: 27 – 29 May 2016


For further information contact: Eve Pawlik | 0430 723 334

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What: New linocut prints in the Kitchenalia series titled  Loss, Memory, Love by Mornington Peninsula artist Sharron Okines

When: Opening celebration, Thursday 5 May  5 – 7pm, exhibition runs 2 – 30 May, Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm

Where: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

To RSVP or enquiries contact Sharron Okines M: 0422 510653



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Kitchenalia 1029 (Auntie Jo’s Party Punch Bowl)








What: Pay it Forward 2016.  In 2015 children painted a community banner with artists Judi Singleton and Shan Primrose.  Afterwards the banner was upholstered and given to the school to display.


Come along and paint with Snakehole artists Josh Brown & Josh Meyer who will be designing something completely new for the community to work on.

When: Saturday 30 April 2016 from 11am – 3pm

Where: Mornington Park Primary School Tanti

For further information contact Andrea Arts&

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Together they weave an intimate tale paying homage to their Australian friends and supporters through songs and stories throughout their Australian Dreamers Tour performance at the Grand Hotel this June 16 supported by Emma Russak.

Where: The Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street, Mornington

When: Thursday 16 June 2016 2016 @ 8:00pm

Tickets: $17 +BF Online or $20 at the door unless sold out prior


Enquiries & Booking Contact: The Grand Hotel 03 5975 2001 or

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What: Expressions of Interest are being sought from artists, designers or jewellers to join an exciting new studio and retail space in Hastings with well-known Peninsula artists Leisa Warrington and Julie Niekamp.

The studio is 3 x 3 metres and the cost is $90 per week plus outgoings, i.e. power

Contact: Julie Niekamp on M: 0411140730 for E:


What: The Bel Canto Choir presents the World Première performance Maiden Voyage – An Australian Song Cycle written by Melbourne composer Lorraine Milne and conducted by Margaret Brown

When: Sunday 15 May 2016 at 2:30 pm

Where: Mary Herring Hall, Toorak College, Old Mornington Road, Mount Eliza

Tickets: $20 Adult   $15 Concession (Seniors, Students) Children under 12 FREE

For further information contact: 9787 5383 or tickets available at the door


Photograph: Jean-Pierre Chabrol
Photograph: Jean-Pierre Chabrol



What: The Human Rights Arts  Film Festival & Mornington Peninsula Shire presents ‘Buried Country’ a film about the Story of Aboriginal Country Music followed by panel discussion on music and social change

When: Wednesday  6pm – 9pm, 4 May 2016

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, 91 Wilsons Road Mornington

Entry: Gold Coin Donation

Register to attend:

More Information:



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What: Public Art Commission as part of the Destination Rosebud Project

When: Expressions of Interest closes 19 May 2016

Where: Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula

Visit:  from April 2016

Enquiries: Narelle Russo (03) 5975 4395

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What: On display will be over 1000 works covering many art mediums – paintings, works on paper, photography, ceramics, glass, textiles & jewellery. A Pop Up Shop & Art Cafe support the show. All works are for sale.

Opening Night will feature local musicians, local food & wine & stunning art.

Where: Red Hill Consolidated School, Flinders Road, Red Hill

When: Opening Night Friday 29th April 7.30pm – 10.30pm, General Admission Saturday 30th April 10.00am – 4.00pm, General Admission Sunday 1st May 10.00am – 4.00pm

Entry: Opening Night – $25 Online / $30 on the door 18+ event, General Admission – $5 – kids under 16 free

Website information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: Book Opening Night tickets via website. General Admission at the door. Marlo ARH Co-ordinator 0411 416 852




What: Group Guitar Lessons for adults and secondary school age students with well-known Mornington Peninsula musician and teacher Steve Warner.

Where: Benton’s Square Community Centre

When: Wednesday’s from 27 April 2016

Bookings Essential: $160 for 8 weeks

Enquiries and Bookings: Phone Steve Warner on 5974 2504 or M: 0403 671 105

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What: Poetry Reading Day + Rhonda Jankovic Poetry Awards Presentation. Includes: Featured Poets Tom Shapcott, Judith Rodriguez and Santo Cazzati; Open Section for any writer to Read (3 mins limit each reader)

 When: Sunday 17 April   1.45 ‒ 4.30   Open Section Readings and Awards Presentation, 4.30 ‒ 5.15    Afternoon Tea provided

Free Admission

 Where: Talbot Hall, Broughton St, Seaford, 50 metres from Station Street, Seaford

 Enquiries, Reservations to read in Open Section: Contact Anne rhondajls@hotmail.comnne or Philton: 5974 4561

 Rhonda Jankovic Society for Promotion of Social Justice Through Literature Inc. Reg. AOO59242G


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What: International expert on the Qing Dynasty Mr David Rosier, will talk about the contribution made to China’s heritage by Emperor Qianlong (1735-1796) arguably the greatest of all Qing Emperors.

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington

When:   Friday, May 6 from 5.30 to 7.00pm.

Cost to non-members: $20

Enquiries and Booking Contact:     9787 2092




What: Tex Perkins has played a key role in Australian music, with a career that has taken in everything from the ground breaking experimental punktonica of Sydney mid-80s noiseniks Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with The Dark Horses, from the hard edged pub rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon’s, to the evocative soundscapes of The Cruel Sea, Tex has heralded the emergence of an entirely original yet archetypically Australian sound.

In the early 90s Perkins joined forces with the legendary Don Walker, Cold Chisel’s pianist and master songwriter, and Charlie Owen, previously Australia’s best kept musical secret, for the unforgettable Tex, Don & Charlie. And for one very special night Tex and Charlie and bringing it back together for an intimate performance at The Grand Hotel that is not to be missed!

Where: Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street Mornington

When: Friday 27th May 2016, 8pm

Costs/ Ticketing: $30.60

Website information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: Grand Hotel, 03 5975 2001 or







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What: Tash Sultana is a young dynamic Melbourne artist who, at just 20 years of age, is creating major waves and generating massive street buzz leading to SOLD OUT shows across the country.

Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the mere age of three, the self taught artist quickly developed her own unique style that has people lining up to see her perform live. Hear vocal truly shines & she has a real ear for melody.

Tash has recently supported BONJAH, Jeff Martin & Pierce Brothers on sold out shows nationally.

This young, roots, reggae/folk inspired singer/songwriter from Melbourne carefully crafts edgy fusion of multi-instrumental pieces beat boxing and percussion styled finger tapping guitar leaving audiences in awe. Catch her live at the Grand Hotel this May – get in fast for what is sure to be a sell out performance!  With special guests Josh Cashman and Tom Millington.

Where: The Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street, Mornington

When: Friday 6th May 2016 2016, 8:00pm

Costs/Ticketing: $15 +BF Online or $20 at the door unless sold out prior

Website Information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: The Grand Hotel 03 5975 2001 or

The Amy Winehouse Show ‘Back to Black’ Tour
What: Hot off a sellout show at this years Adelaide Fringe Festival The Amy Winehouse Show “Back to Black” returns for a spectacular show at the Grand Hotel, Mornington on Friday 13th May 2016.

After the death of the great songstress and singer Amy Winehouse in July 2011 there was a void that was left. One of Australia’s finest and most versatile vocalists, Atlanta Coogan (Ex Black Sorrows, Bjorn Again) along with the Little Big Band (Steve Hadley, Steve Morrison, Pete Mitchell, Matt Poynter, Matt Dwyer) take you on a musical journey through  Amy’s Tragic Life Story.

The band, complete with horn section, play all of Amy’s classics including Valarie, Back to Black and Rehab.

After sold out performances at The Flying Saucer and Bennetts Lane, The Amy Winehouse Show has brought back the life and music of the brilliant performer while highlighting the Biggest hits and Showstoppers she was so well known for.  Wholeheartedly this is an experience not to be missed! Book Online Now to avoid disappointment.

Where: The Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street, Mornington

When: Friday 13th May 2016 2016, 8:00pm

Costs/Ticketing: $25 +BF Online or $30 at the door unless sold out prior

Website Information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: The Grand Hotel 03 5975 2001 or

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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

Costs/Ticketing:$15 +BF Online or $20 at the door unless sold out prior

Website Information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: The Grand Hotel 03 5975 2001 or

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