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:…/



1“Sampler Selection with Fibre Reactive (Procion MX) Dyes” This workshop will give you hands-on experience in traditional techniques, including low-water immersion dyeing, ice-dyeing and spiral dyeing and introduces exciting stamping, stencilling and mono-printing opportunities, using thickened dyes, to design and create your own fabric art cloth.


Where:  Kurrara Design Textile Studio, 86 William Road, Red Hill, Vic

When: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April 2017 from 9.30am to 4.00 pm

Cost: $250 for the two-day workshop or ph. 0417 352 713

Sorrento Photography Exhibition including iphonography

sorrento-photography-2017-exhibition-dl-invite-v1-2A collaborative exhibition of local amateur & professional photographers.

Sorrento Activities Centre, 823 Melbourne Road Sorrento.

March 11 – 13, 2017 from 10am till 4pm

$2 Entry fee. $10 plus $2 per photo to exhibit and 15% commission on sales. – Ph 0409645616

Young at Art at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

yaa-1-24Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s Young at Art is back next Tuesday and it’s so popular they’ve had to create another session! The visual arts experience for pre-schoolers helps children develop skills such as critical thinking, self-expression, problem-solving, communication and collaboration. Children have a tour of the works on display, enjoy a story and do a hands-on creative feathered friends activity inspired by their current exhibition.

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Community Arts Facilitator, Permanent Full Time, $66,553 to $76,884 pa depending on experience

pay-it-forward-may-2016The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts and Culture team is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and experienced Community Arts Facilitator.

You will have some experience in arts and/or cultural development, ideally in a local government or community cultural development context.  You will demonstrate an outstanding capacity to work closely with the community on innovative core programs and services across diverse creative disciplines.

An outstanding team player, you will have excellent written and oral communication skills and positively contribute to the continuous improvement of the Shire’s arts and culture services, strategies and plans.

A degree relevant to arts, community cultural development or a related field and a current Victorian Driver’s licence is essential for this role.


Image from the Pay it Forward project, 2016

Hastings Laneway Mural

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Simon White mural Hasting

As part of the Hastings Laneways strategy, Mornington Peninsula Shire engaged local artist Simon White Art to create a mural on Terry White Chemist wall, High Street, Hastings.

The mural depicts the maritime history of Western Port and was inspired by a selection of images from the collection of the Hastings-Western Port Historical Society Inc. The design was developed in collaboration with students from Western Port Secondary College.

Photo by Ryan Eckersley


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


Enquiries: Tallara Gray M: 0411 171 818


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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the Creative Community Grants Program.  Each year a diversity of program and project ideas are received from our community groups to enrich the everyday experience for residents and visitors.  Each recipient will provide an array of opportunities for people to collaborate and build skills and abilities, foster new partnerships and build a sense of belonging.

The following groups and projects for support over the coming year are:

Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation – Celebrate the Bay $5,000 – A marine themed mural celebrating Port Phillip Bay, its vibrant community and the iconic and endangered Burrunan dolphin with teaching artist Justine MacNamara with students from Rye Primary School.

Mornington Peninsula Chorale $5,000 – Inclusion of the Choir at the ‘Distinguished Concerts International New York’, Carnegie Hall, New York, USA January 2017.

Mornington Community Music Camp 2017 – Peninsula Combined Schools Band Camp $5,000 – A two day instruments & singing immersion program for peninsula students presented by professional musicians.  A final concert will be held at the PCT in July 2017.

Spark Youth Dance Company Inc RosebudContemporary dance program for children & youth $5,000 – Creation of costumes and sets for the annual concert at Frankston Art Centre

Mt Eliza Music Program  $5,000 – Mt Eliza Secondary College students will undertake training in events management, staging, production, rehearsal and public performance to build skills, confidence, connections and sense of inclusion with a community event. Support for the Rising Star initiative to support a young performer with performance and promotion skills.

Aboriginal Corporation for Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Indigenous Artists t/a Baluk Arts $5,000 – A series of workshops with peninsula Indigenous community members to create soft sculptures that will be exhibited across Victoria.

3940 Women’s Art Group $5,000 – Weekly tutored classes in life drawing with the 3940 Women’s Drawing Group that continues to strengthen social networks and sense of community in Rosebud West.

Western Port Craft Day $3620 – Local & visiting craftspeople working in unusual and heritage crafts will demonstrate and present ‘have a go’ sessions to attendees.

Community Access 2017 $4000  – To present a series of classical music and opera master classes for children as part of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival.

For further information on the Creative Community Grants Program and other Shire Funding Programs contact the Cultural Planner  on 5950 1716 or visit: 


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Bob Dylan – folk Singer, Rebel, Beat Poet and Rock Star. Let Jeff Jenkins and his electrifying 4-piece band take you on a trip through the life, times and music of the legendary Bob Dylan with stories and songs. DYLANesque pays tribute to his extraordinary life as singer Jeff Jenkins cleverly intersperses stories of key moments from Bob Dylan’s life with a spellbinding performance of more than 30 of Dylan’s finest songs, including Blowin in the Wind, Lay Lady Lay, Tangled up in Blue, Rolling Stone, Hurricane, All Along the Watchtower and many more – this is a show not to be missed!


Where: Cube 37, 25-37 Davey Street, Frankston VIC 3199
When: Saturday 4 February, 7:30pm – 9:50pm

Tickets: Member $35, Adult $40, Concession $37, U30 $30

Contact: P: 03 9784 1060 or E:




MPS Mono Logo BlackA new mural is underway as part of the Hastings Laneway improvements program. Mornington Peninsula Shire has contracted local arts Simon White to create a public artwork for the wall of Terry White Chemist on High Street depicting the maritime history of Western Port

Simon is best known on the Peninsula for his mural of the original Red Hill Railway line, at the entrance to The Epicurean restaurant. Simon’s design for the mural was created in collaboration with students from Western Port Secondary College and inspired by a selection of images from the collection of the Hastings & Western Port Historical Society. 

Interested members of the community wishing to assist the artist are encouraged to email for more information.

The mural should be completed before Christmas and a celebratory launch and sausage sizzle will be held in early 2017.



rotary-17Rotary Club of Mornington will hold the 45th annual Mornington Art Show in 2017.

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Cnr Wilson’s Rd & Nepean Hwy, Mornington

 When:  Thurs Jan 19 to Thurs 26 Jan (Australia Day)

Opening Night: Thurs Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm-10 pm

Tickets:  $25 available at the door on opening night or online  Also available from Farrell’s Bookshop Cnr Main and Barkly St, Mornington Phone: 59755034

Exhibition Open Daily: Jan 20 to Jan 26  from 10 am – 5pm Tickets $8 at door

Enquiries: John Renowden, 5988 3305


airEmerging and established artists, writers, musicians and creatives are invited to apply for a Police Point Artist in Residency (AiR).

Both supported and fee paying residencies are available, ranging from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of six weeks.

In a supported residency the cottage is occupied without charge to the artist but there is a requirement to participate in agreed public programs that contribute to the cultural life of the Mornington Peninsula. Fee paying residencies are $300 per week (+GST).

The AiR is in the historic Gatekeeper’s Cottage (c.1888) at Police Point Shire Park, Portsea. The cottage was initially built for the quarantine boatmen. In 1901 it became accommodation for the Gatekeeper who oversaw movement in and out of the Quarantine Station that was opened in 1852 to control and prevent the spread of diseases from immigrants arriving by sea.

Minor changes have been made to the building over time and an extension now forms the studio space. The entire cottage was renovated to heritage standards in recent years.

 The Gatekeepers Cottage is a two-bedroom residence with reading room, studio, kitchen and dining room, bathroom, vegetable boxes and back verandah with spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay.

Artists can be inspired by this nationally significant cultural heritage site located in the traditional lands of the Boon wurrung balug, one of at least six clans of the Bunurong/Boonwurrung who were part of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria.

The Police Point AiR program is coordinated by the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts & Culture team who work closely with key stakeholders and the community.

Calls for applications are made at least twice annually and will be assessed by a panel.

Applying for a residency visit:

This round of submissions close: Tuesday 31 January

 Further Information about the AiR program at the Gatekeeper’s Cottage at Police Point contact: arts& or phone (03) 5950 1655.




The fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne will unfold across the city in a celebration of our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections.

mav-dec-16Transforming spaces with a series of free multi-art form events and exhibitions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia.


Mapping Melbourne is a platform for strengthening arts networks between contemporary independent artists across the Asian region, building connections and establishing collaborative ongoing relationships, and presenting challenging work. We need to strengthen Australia’s deep and broad relationships across the region at every level. These links are social and cultural as much as they are political and economic. Improving people-to-people links can unlock large economic and social gains. Art enables us to learn about each other in creative and expressive ways that contributes significantly to greater understanding and respect for each other.

When: December 1 -17 2016

Where: various sites, stages, venues across Melbourne

For full program details visit:


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:




Join artist & illustrator Karen Erasmus for a day of informal tuition in watercolour technique and be inspired by the beautiful formal gardens and extensive bushland of Coolart Homestead.

Assisting the workshop will be the new Artist-in-Residence at Coolart, Timothy Growcott. Tim will take you on a guided tour of the Barracks Studio and provide afternoon tea.

Basic equipment provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own materials if they have them. BYO lunch.

When:  Sunday 27th November 2016, 10.00am to 2.00pm

Where: Coolart Wetlands and Homestead, Lord Somers Road, Somers

Bookings & Enquiries: Tickets $40.00, visit or contact Timothy Growcott on 0409 047 232 or at



Cathy van Ee’s January Oil Portrait Workshop will be focusing on the study of light, examining the work of Diego Velázquez.

Where:  Peninsula Art Society – 159 Overport Road, Frankston South

When:  10am – 3.30pm Wed 18 & 25 January 2017

Tickets: $140 PAS member or $160 non member

Contact: or 0413 337 024


full-logoNOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. The Mornington Peninsula Music Network Inc. would like to invite members of the local music industry for Christmas drinks and Open Mic (bring along your instruments, PA provided), Raffles and Door Prizes!

The Network is seeking nominations for President, Vic-President, Treasurer, Secretary/Public Officer and committee members with a commitment  to supporting ‘all music for all people of all ages’

When: Refreshments from 6.30pm AGM starts 7pm 24 November 2016

Where: Double G Saloon, Octavia Street Mornington


Visit: and like us on facebook/mpmusicnetwork

This event is proudly sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Shire and MP Magazine.


The 45th Mornington Art Show held from January 21 – 26 2017 is asking artists to visit 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

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



Hugh Mackay and Brett Jackson are currently lighting up the back paddock studio in Somerville with some stunning works that they have created from their ‘plein air roamings’ across the Peninsula over the last 12 months.

Brett Jackson
Brett Jackson









They have called it Ground Zero… created in situ, usually in 1-2 hours it is an immediate response to the place and time of making.  Sites are chosen at random from the Mornington Peninsula and Dandenong Ranges and not seen as an end in themselves but as a starting point, ‘a ground zero’ of creative inquiry.  The time frame adds an explosive factor of nuclear proportions to the work.  Back Paddock Studio is very excited to host their first collaborative exhibition.

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Where: 177 Bungower Road, Somerville

When: November 2017 (weekends 10am – 5pm) or by appointment


For further information contact: Simone on M: 0430150773 E:


logo-pstYou are invited to visit the open studios of 18 creative artists located on the Mornington Peninsula.

When:  Over 2 weekends in November 12-13 and 19-20 10am – 5pm

Bryan Baldwin Fingal
Bryan Baldwin Fingal
Tammy Warner Mt Martha
Tammy Warner Mt Martha

To see more artist’s work and plan your studio visit go to to download the map of studio  locations

Lorna Gerard
Lorna Gerard

For enquiries Email or contact Bryan on M: 0417 120 323