An exciting two-day theatre event for 13 to 18 year-olds. Four professional theatre tutors will each lead a different three-hour workshop in performance and stagecraft. Come for the whole two days or to individual sessions.  Bookings essential.

Where: Southern Peninsula Arts Centre

When: 24-25 January 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Cost: $120/100 for 2 days or $40/30 per workshop

Enquiries: email dhtheatreco@gmail.com

Visit: facebook.com/dreamhousetheatrecompany7


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


To celebrate the first birthday at the Corner Youth Centre, Mornington a mosaic sign was started, visitors who attended the 19 November celebrations further added to the design.

Andrea Ebsworth has vast experience as an art teacher and public artist through the use of mosaic and will work from the centre to finish off the sign while on a break from her work with the Shire.  Andrea is keen to hear from anyone interested in learning a bit about mosaic and to help complete the project.

Mosaic sign in progress
Mosaic sign in progress

When: Daily from 9am – 2pm on Tuesday 3, 4, 5 & 6 of January 2017

Where: The Artspace, Corner Youth Centre Wilsons Road Mornington

Contact: Andrea M: 0438 051 092 or email aebsworth9@gmail.com


The amazing Summer Solstice annual community gathering on the land in the heart of Balnarring. Bring a picnic, your spirit of enthusiasm, joy and celebration of what a community can do!

When: today Sunday 18 December from 11am unit 6pm

Where: Zoned Community Land Frankston Flinders Road, opposite the shops, Balnarring

Cost: $10



Draw 4  is a series of four facilitated drawing sessions beginning in early 2017.

Across four intimate sessions participants will experiment, delve, play and connect to build a creative community. Each evening you’ll be inspired by a new theme and journey, sharing an abundance of creative tools giving you a host of ideas and drawings to take home.

Be inspired. Be brave. Be an explorer. Draw…

When: Thursday evenings from  7.30 to 9pm. February 2, 9, 16 and 23.

Where: Balnarring TBA

Cost: $150 + booking fee (a selection of delicious snacks and drinks along the way will be provided)

Bookings: Amanda Nelson directly on M: 0421184613                                   E: info@amandanelsonart.com

Visit: amandanelsonart.com


drama-bugz-4-logo-copyDrama Bugz at The Hungry Peacock  is a new program of drama classes for primary school aged children led by trained actor and performer Mandy Mannion. An hour of drama games, improvisation and group performances.

Where: The Hungry Peacock, 16 Mornington Tyabb Road, Tyabb.

When: Wednesday 11, 18 & 25 January from 10:15 to 11:15am (6-8yrs), 11:30am to 12:30pm (8-10yrs) and 12:45pm to 1:45pm (10-12yrs).

Cost: $15 for one session/$25 for two or $35 for all three.

Contact: Mandy by Email dramabugzmelbourne@gmail.com or 


Visit: facebook.com/dramabugz/


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


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Mornington Community Contact Mosaic Sign






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: mornpen.vic.gov.au/Activities/Arts-Culture/Arts-Culture/Creative-Community-Grants 


This summer an exciting art program will give children the opportunity to create their very own special piece of artwork.  As well as having loads of fun, their confidence will be boosted by gaining new skills. All materials will be supplied.



Where: Somerville Community House, 21 Blacks Camp Road Somerville

When: 12 & 19 January from 10 to 12.30pm or 1 to 3.30pm

Cost: $35 per session per child

Contact: Michele Cleaver  Phone 0417425116 Email: info@colouryourworldart.com

Visit: colouryourworldart.com/book-now


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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: thefac@frankston.vic.gov.au

Visit: artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au/Whats_On_-_Buy_Tickets/DYLANesque_-_The_Bob_Dylan_Story



MP artist Simone Dole is offering two separate workshops directed at primary aged children. Simone will lead a yoga practice , followed by a gratitude meditation and then the children will be able to create their own personalised gratitude journals. Simone is an artist and qualified yoga teacher with a current working with children card 0871398A-01

Where: The Back Paddock Studio, 177 Bungower Road, Somerville

When: 12 and 23 January from 10 am to 12 pm

Cost: $40 pp per workshop

Contact Email: simonedole@me.com Phone: 0430 150773 

Visit: thebackpaddockstudio.weebly.com



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 Bay.final-design

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 artsandculture@mornpen.vic.gov.au 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 morningtonartshow.com.au  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


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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


Valladolid, 23/7/2014. Azzband en la sala Porta Caeli. Foto Ricardo Otazo.

The aZzBand unites musicians from Italy, Venezuela, Spain, Australia and Germany. From jazz to tarantella, tango to fanfare, Uruguayan candombe to Argentine Murga, aZzBand interprets and mixes the music of the world.

The ensemble uses the improvisation of Jazz, attempting nonetheless to stimulate the emotions and imaginations of any type of audience: including one not entirely formed of music connoisseurs. That’s why this is not a classic Jazz Band, but an “Azz Band”. The missing “J” reveals an added quality, one that allows greater freedom of execution, and avoids the group “anchoring” itself to any particular musical genre.

Where: Cube 37, 25-37 Davey Street, Frankston VIC 3199

When: Wednesday 25th January.  World Percussion Workshop with Yonder Rodriguez 6.00pm – 7.00pm (some instruments provided, BYO if possible).  Cabaret performance 8.00pm – 9.50pm

Tickets: Workshop $20 (or $15 combination with performance).Peformance $30/$25 concession.

For further information visit:  http://artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au/Whats_On_-_Buy_Tickets/aZzBand  or email lucinda.bertram@frankston.vic.gov.au


1Sip sangrias over the sunset, enjoy tapas and be entertained with a local Spanish guitarist and professional Paso Doble Performance.

Where: Mount Martha House Community Centre, Dominion Rd, Mount Martha VIC 3934

When: Saturday 10 December 6.00pm-9.00pm

Tickets: $50

For more information visit: danceabstract.com or Facebook page facebook.com/danceabstract



Spend a day on the peninsula with Word House: award-winning author Cath Crowley and The Rosie Project editor Alison Arnold. We will help you find your way (or find your way back) to your writing project through a series of writing exercises and conversations about creativity, getting unstuck, and the writer’s life.

Where: Bentons Square Community Centre, 145 Bentons Road, Mornington

When: Sunday 12 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: $195.00

For more information, visit: http://www.alisonarnold.com.au/word-house

For enquiries & bookings, contact: alison.c.arnold@gmail.com  or book at: https://www.trybooking.com/237734


katrinas-logoLocal gold and silversmith Katrina Newman is opening her studio gallery each weekend for Christmas shopping.

Katrina designs and crafts beautiful silver and gold rings, pendants, cufflinks and earrings along with colourful lampwork glass beads that are used in earrings and necklaces. For that unique and special gift for someone special this Christmas visit the studio gallery.


Where: 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae

When: 3 – 18 December, Saturdays and Sundays only from 12pm to 5pm

Visit: Katrinanewman.com 

Email: Katrina@katrinanewman.com or Phone: 0413 304 013


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:  mornpen.vic.gov.au/PolicePointArtistInResidence

This round of submissions close: Tuesday 31 January

 Further Information about the AiR program at the Gatekeeper’s Cottage at Police Point contact: arts&culture@mornpen.vic.gov.au 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: multiculturalarts.com.au/event/mapping-melbourne-2016-special-events/