16722386_1849457595326066_3769645913059489783_oWhistlewood Gallery looks forward to welcoming artists Japeth Rangi and Lynley Nagoordah from Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing and film director Nicole Ma to a special evening opening, in conversation and film screening of ‘Putuparri and the Rainmakers’ this Saturday February 18 from 6pm.

Lynley and Japeth are both directors of Mangkaja Arts and strong young leaders, passionate about their art and culture. Lynley is the current chair of Mangkaja Arts and niece of Tom Lawford (Putuparri). Japeth is the grandson of the ‘Rainmaker’ Spider Snell and award winning artist Dolly Snell and features in the film.

Where: WHISTLEWOOD, 642 Tucks Road, Shoreham,Vic, 3916

When: Opening Saturday February 18, 6pm-10pm
(Exhibition runs until March 13, Fridays to Mondays, 11am-4pm)

Tickets: $35 including light refreshments 
Bookings: whistlewoodfilm.eventbrite.com.au
E: info@mccullochandmcculloch.com.au T: 03 59 898 282

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READ about the film and director Nicole Ma here:




1Art Red Hill (ARH) is regarded as the premier art show on the Mornington Peninsula. Located at Red Hill Consolidated School, ARH showcases artists from both the local thriving art community and from around Australia.


Submissions are open until March 19. For further information, visit:


Baluk Arts logoAboriginal Art Centre – Baluk Arts is opening a summer pop-up shop in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula to promote and sell contemporary Aboriginal art.   Baluk Arts is an Indigenous organisation representing Aboriginal artists from Frankston, the Mornington Peninsula and south east Melbourne.


Baluk artists are from diverse Aboriginal backgrounds from all over Australia and share their stories through artwork in many different mediums.

Their first Summer pop-up shop will stock quality handmade, authentic and ethical goods including jewellery, silk scarves, cards, prints, paintings, works on paper and timber artefacts.

All proceeds go directly to the artists and to providing services to local Aboriginal community such as Indigenous employment, promotion, skills development and materials. Come in to meet the artists, enjoy browsing their shop and support a good cause.

Where: Rye Scout Hall, Foreshore Reserve, Point Nepean Road, Rye on the Mornington Peninsula

When: 7 – 14 January from 10am-5pm

Visit: balukarts.org.au

Enquiries: Tallara Gray M: 0411 171 818 info@balukarts.org.au


The upcoming exhibition Divergent @ FRANKCRE8 by emerging artists Susan Young, Manjusha Manjusha and Kristen Kinstler will present works that are diverse in medium and styles reflecting each of their own uniqueness and backgrounds.

frankWhere: 31 Beach St Frankston.

When: Opening Sunday the 8 January 2017 @ 1 pm.  The exhibition will run until 21 January 2017

RSVP:  Email: susan.wilson024@gmail.com Phone: Susan on M: 0407 558 008

Visit: http://www.frankcre8.org.au


MPS Mono Logo BlackSIMONE DOLE December 9 – 27 January 2017


Simone explores the nostalgia behind vintage memorabilia. One of her favourite walks is along the railway track to explore the Antique centre at Tyabb.

tea-at-nannasThe voyage takes a journey back to childhood and pondering Nanna’s life. Simultaneously there has been a movement to return to the ‘comfort’ of eras gone by.   Simone is dedicating her works to her Nanna, “she would be pleased and proud that, with my husband, we have opened The Back Paddock Studio in Bungower Road, Somerville where we sell locally made Art and Furniture”. It was always her mantra that whatever anyone did with love and passion…  “You should open a shop and sell these!”

Simone Dole in the Foyer Exhibition Space @ Mornington Library
Simone Dole in the Foyer Exhibition Space @ Mornington Library


MPRG_BOXlogo_20cm.FAOver 70 works by 50 Australian artists are brought together for the latest MPRG exhibition on the bird.

Encompassing works from painting to sculpture, decorative arts, photography
print-making and installation, this exhibition, two years in the making, explores the science, symbolism, beauty and curiosity of birds.

Petrina Hicks 'Shenae & Jade'. Courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melb and Michael Reid, Sydney
Petrina Hicks ‘Shenae & Jade’. Courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melb and Michael Reid, Sydney

Artists including Albert Tucker, Rover Thomas, Ginger Riley and contemporary artists such as Brook Andrew, Fiona Hall, John Wolseley, Ben Quilty, Christian Thompson, Kate Rohde, Petrina Hicks, Trent Parke and Louise Weaver consider birds as objects of desire, in relation to fashion, history, identity, the environment and as emblems of empire and nationhood.

In a country proud of its unique birds – our kookaburras, emus, galahs and cockatoos – contemporary artists are now considering the threats to our fragile ecology.  Fiona Hall’s night parrot is dressed in camouflage gear to protect it from extinction, Penny Byrne’s ceramic parrots are kept under glass with contemporary detritus and Louise Weaver uses crochet and stitching to camouflage and transform a galah within a classic taxidermy pose.

Christian Thompson 'Howl your Troubles' 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi
Christian Thompson ‘Howl your Troubles’ 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi

Iconic works by colonial artists John Lewin and Richard Browne and early 20th century artists Sydney Long and Hans Heysen are juxtaposed alongside these contemporary works.

Birds: Flight Paths in Australian art includes a specially commissioned interactive work by Juan Ford where visitors are invited to create a bird filled landscape using thousands of bird stickers provided by Ford.

Melbourne artist Kenny Pittock has created an off-beat colouring-in book focusing on birds found on the Mornington Peninsula, famously home to an abundance of indigenous birds, wanderers and migratory birds. Pittock was an artist in resident at the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Police Point Artist in Residence cottage during October, researching for this special project.

Where: MPRG, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington

When: 2 December 2016 to 12 February 2017

Open:  Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, closed Mondays except on public holidays

Entry: $4, $2 Memberships and Concession

To find out about the exciting related events Visit: mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Exhibitions/Current-exhibitions/Birds-Flight-paths-in-Australian-Art


The 45th Mornington Art Show held from January 21 – 26 2017 is asking artists to visit gallery247.com.au to register as an artist and follow prompts to upload photos of your artwork for entry into Mornington Art Show.

For terms and conditions: visit morningtonartshow.com.au

Entry details: Register with Gallery 247, the fee is $5 per artwork.  Entrys are taken from 1 November to 10 December 2016.

Contact: John Renowden 5988 3305



onthemap_brandmark1_black_100k3x-100A collective of 13 creative spaces and artists across a 2km area in the Mornington industrial precinct will open their workshops and studios to the public.

When: 11 – 13 November as part of the event On The M.A.P.

artboard-12The Mornington industrial precinct is becoming a hub for creatives, artists, makers and innovators working in areas as diverse as painting, printmaking, silversmithing, resin, street art, ceramics, clothing design and floristry to fine food, boutique beer and specialty coffees.


Over the course of the weekend you can enjoy a range of interactive activities and workshops, watch street artists complete enormous murals, attend creative business workshops and demonstrations of fine crafts, chat to the local creatives and try delicious beer, wine, coffee and fine food.



artboard-11Mornington Peninsula Shire Chief Executive Officer Carl Cowie said “the event is designed to engage the community and to help shape the Mornington Peninsula’s artistic identity and creative industries. Our aim is to work in partnership with local communities to ensure that arts and culture continue to have a positive influence on people’s lives and our Shire as a whole, now and for the future”.

“Events like On The M.A.P offer the community and tourists a unique experience in identifying local artists and enjoy arts and culture in Mornington”, said Mr Cowie.

To learn more about On The M.A.P visit onthemap.persona.co/artboard-12x

This event is supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire, Bendigo Bank and many local Mornington Peninsula businesses.




Teal & White logoAlongside the MPRG’s current exhibition Salon Des Refuses is an exhibition ‘Portraits: Sullivan & Bilbrough’.  A further selection of Vicki Sullivan’s paintings titled Aspects of Realism can be viewed in the Foyer Exhibition Space @ Mornington Library.

All works are for sale, contact the artist directly M:0405 691 362 or E: vicki.sullivan42@gmail.com

Visit: vickisullivan.com

Lighthorse Walers and kangaroo feathers by Vicki Sullivan
Lighthorse Walers and kangaroo feathers by Vicki Sullivan


When: From the 14 Oct – 9 Dec 2016

Where: Mornington Library, Vancouver Street Mornington


Teal & White logoMPRG_BOXlogo_20cm.FAWhat: Salon des Refusés.  A National Trust NSW, S.H. Ervin Gallery travelling exhibition.  The official alternative selection to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes 2016.


The irreverent and playful rabble-rouser of the Archibald, the Salon des Refusés showcases ’the ones that got away’. The prized selection of the humorous, innovative, mad, bad and dangerous entries includes portraits of arts and entertainment personalities such as Osher Gunsberg, David Walsh AO, Jean Kittson, Paul Capsis, Katie Noonan, Maria Venuti and indigenous film maker Warwick Thornton.  A portrait of politician Penny Wong is among the 40 works selected from the Archibald Prize and 24 works from the Wynne Prize entries that will be shown exclusively at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

The Salon des Refusés follows the tradition made famous by Napoleon lll in Paris in 1863, when he insisted that the huge number of works which had been rejected by the Academy for that year’sSalon be displayed for the public to view and judge.  The very first Salon des Refusés included works by Edouard Manet and Camille Pissarro.

In Australia, the Salon des Refusés exhibition was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Galley 25 years ago.   Each year the Salon panel goes behind the scenes of the judging process, to select an exhibition from the many works not chosen as finalists for the official exhibition.  The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.

When: 24 September – 20 November 2016

Entry fees: Adults $7 MPRG and other Victorian public gallery members, National Trust Members and concession $4 (children under 5 free)
Free entry for seniors during Seniors Festival on Tuesday 4, 11, 18 and 25 October

Salon Searoad Ferries package: $130 Includes return travel between Queenscliff and Sorrento and entry to the Salon des Refusés for up to 4 people. Ferries depart every hour on the hour, from 7am–6pm. Up to $78 in savings!

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/MJVZ

For further information visit:  http://mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Exhibitions/Current-exhibitions/Salon-des-Refus%C3%A9s 


sorrento-art-showWhat: 33rd annual Sorrento Art Show sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sorrento offering new, emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work at this prestigious exhibition which is greatly anticipated by locals and visitors alike.

Where: Sorrento Community Centre, McFarlan Reserve, off Melbourne Road, Sorrento

When:  Champagne and Nibbles Opening Night,  Saturday  7 January from  5pm  $25 p/p, exhibiting artists FREE.

Exhibition runs:  8-14 January, open daily from 10am – 4 pm

Entry: $5.00, children FREE

Artist Registration deadline: 8th October  2016

Visit:  sorrentoartshow.com

Enquiries:  George Segan – 5984 0885



Oakhill Galley LOGOWhat: Four Diverse Artists – Bibi Ostermark, Suzanne Kaldor, Lisa Sultana, Timothy Growcott

When: Sunday 4 September  2 – 4pm

Where: Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington 3931 Phone  03 59734299  Email art@oakhillgallery.com.au

Entry: $2

Visit: www.oakhillgallery.com.au www.facebook.com/OakHillGallery





What: Please join us to celebrate coming Out of the darkness and into a new season with this moving exhibition by local artist Insingane.  Insingane, meaning sweetheart in Zulu is the childhood nickname of Seaford local Nicoleen Agnello.

Drawing inspiration from a dark period in her own story this exhibition explores the feelings of depression and loneliness and coming out the other side.  Featuring framed limited edition bold sgraffito print works with African inspired patterns.  Sgraffito techniques are used in an African art, where cement rendered walls are covered in ink or paint and then scratched back to create pattern,

Insingane calls her works Sgraffiti as she utilises a modern version of this technique to create raw urban images.  Median price range is $300 for a limited edition framed print.

Where: Bear and Cub Café 37 Armstrong Rd Seaford.

When:  Opening Thursday 15 Sept  at 10.30am. Exhibition open until 15 Oct.

Visit: insingane.com.au

Contact: Nicoleen Email: art@insingane.com.au or Phone: 0400 120 653

Rise Above
Rise Above




What: An exhibition of landscape and abstract paintings by Ngaire Johansen Cooper

Pallisaded Aquatic Landscape
Pallisaded Aquatic Landscape

When: August 18 – 14 October 2016

Where: Foyer Exhibition Space @ Mornington Library

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What: ‘Nature and Texture’ Through their varied mediums, this consortium of artists connects us with precious and unshakeable elements of our existence.

Where: Merricks House Art Gallery @ Merricks General Store 3460 Frankston Flinders Road Merricks

When: 23 July – 29 August Opening Drinks 3 – 5pm 23 July then exhibition open each day from  8.30am – 5pm

Contact: Phone 5989 8088 Email: mgwinestore.com.au 

Merricks 2


Logo 2What: Studio Sorrento is presenting a 9 x 5 Art Exhibition.

The first Australian 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition was an art exhibition held  in Melbourne in 1889 at  Buxton’s Rooms on Swanston Street and featured 183 works. A majority of the paintings were by the Australian Impressionists Tom Roberts, Charles Conder and Arthur Streeton.  The exhibition was named for the dimensions of the paintings— 9 by 5 inches (23 cm × 13 cm), the size of a cigar box lid upon which many of the works were painted— and the Impressionist inspiration for the works.

Where: At the SOrrento Activity Centre, 823 Melbourne Road Sorrento,  Victoria

When: 11  June – 13  June 2016

Entry: $2.00

Visit: studiosorrento.org

Enquiries: Phone Ruth Denton  on 0418 100 373


This is a collage of Sorrento made up by 9 x 5 Paintings by the Studio Sorrento Artists.  The original was put together by Sorrento Photography Group Art Exhibition


Derinya logoWhat:  DACE is a popular event on the Melbourne art scene and it’s back for its 41st year, featuring over one thousand pieces for sale, including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramic works, glass creations, clothing and jewellry.

Come along to DACE 2016 and see what’s new and exciting in the world of these innovative and talented creatives.

Where:  Derinya Primary School, Overport Road, Frankston South

When:  Opening Night Friday 15 July from 7:30 to 10.00pm,  Sat 16 July 10am – 5pm &
Sunday 17 July 10am – 4pm

Tickets: Opening Night $25 (includes complimentary drink & canapes) $5 weekend entry

Visit: http://www.derinyaartexhibition.com/

Contact:  Phone: 9787 3633 Email: enquiry@derinyaartexhibition.com

DACE Photo


Oakhill Galley LOGOWhat:  Recent works of the Mornington Peninsula Painting & Drawing Group are on exhibition at Oak Hill Gallery.  The group was established over 30 years ago as an initiative of the Gallery Society, which met at the original Mornington Gallery in Vancouver Street. Since those early days, the group has thrived and now has a membership of 50 artists.

When: Sunday 5 June  2016 Official Opening 2-4pm

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington Tyabb Road Mornington

Gallery Hours:  Everyday11am-4pm

Visit: www.oakhillgallery.com.au




What: On display will be a solo exhibition by Jane Curtis from her travels.  Permanent collection of Furniture pieces from Maurice Kerr and art works from the studio of Simone Dole 

Where : Back Paddock Studio , 177 Bungower Road, Somerville

When:  Exhibition runs May 22 – 15 July – Opening Sunday 22nd May 2016 2pm – 5pm

Visit: http://thebackpaddockstudio.weebly.com

Contact: E: mailto:simonedole@me.com P: 0430 150 773

Back paddock May