The 35th year of the Derinya Art & Craft Exhibition

A Gala Evening to celebrate Derinya’s 35th annual art and craft exhibition is on Friday  July 23 from 7.30pm to 11pm.   Tickets are $25 pp and can be purchased online or at the door.  

400 artworks,  including painting, sculpture, glassware, photography, ceramics, furniture and textiles.  Highlights of this year’s event will be the vibrant linocut prints and figurative paintings of this year’s guest artist Ms Gerry Knight, sculpture by Andrew Kasper and Jewellery by Marlene Kasper.

for further information or 9787 3633

Memoir Writing

Goldie Alexander, author of a number of books set on the Mornington Peninsula has just released her latest book “Mentoring Your Memoir” a how to book for adults interested in writing their personal history.   Goldie can be reached through her website

Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival

Showcasing the best of the Mornington Peninsula’s Choirs hosted by Toorak College,  Old Mornington Road, Mount Eliza  enquiries: Donna Wallis 9788 7213

‘Festival Day’ Saturday May 15 2pm – 5pm Community Church & Secondary School Choirs                    Entry $10 adults, $5 concession,  School age children  free.   Tickets available from the venue

‘Let’s Sing’  Wednesday May 19 7pm Primary School Choirs                                                                                                   Entry $5 adults, School age children free.  Tickets available from the venue



Arts Industry Council (Victoria)

Arts Industry Council (Victoria)   – the independent voice for the arts

 excerpt from BULLETIN April 2010

AIC(V) relies on membership to survive. Membership gives you a voice and helps strengthen the voice of the arts sector in Victoria, so why not join up your organisation or join as an individual TODAY!   Membership application forms can be downloaded from our website:

 The Latest News items

1.     Artist’s Resale Royalty Scheme – June 2010

Federal Arts Minister Peter Garret has announced this week that the visual artists resale royalty scheme will be fully operational in June. Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) recently won the tender to act as the collecting agency and will administer the scheme.’-resale-royalty-roll-out-welcomed

2.     Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct – Registrations Open

For more information:

 Jacqueline Grenfell, Executive Director, Arts Industry Council (Victoria) To contact us OR TO JOIN Email: <> Membership application forms can be downloaded from our website: <>

Polyglot Theatre

In perhaps the biggest tour announcement in our 32-year history, we at Polyglot are excited to announce that our acclaimed work We Built This City will be performed at the prestigious Royal National Theatre, London, as part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). The London performance is a four-way partnership between Polyglot, the National Theatre’s Watch This Space program, LIFT, and the London Festival of Architecture. The tour will also travel across the UK and Ireland, reaching the Macrobert Centre (Stirling, Scotland), Draiocht Arts Centre (Dublin, Ireland) and the Lakes Alive Festival in Carlisle, England as part of the cultural program for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Polyglot’s Executive Producer, Simon Abrahams, will also speak as part of a panel discussion (Theatre for Young People: An International Perspective) at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, and the cast of We Built This City will also work with disadvantaged children from a school in Canning Town, as part of the National Theatre’s access program, replicating! the community development work which Polyglot does at home. This tour is an enormous milestone for Polyglot, and our eighth international tour in two years. We are thrilled that the world’s leading arts centres – from Washington’s Kennedy Centre, to the National Theatre of Korea, to the Royal National Theatre in London – are discovering what Australia has known for 32 years: that Polyglot’s world class performances can ignite every child’s imagination, regardless of their circumstances. Polyglot’s international demand has skyrocketed. Next week, we tour to Seoul, performing at the National Theatre of Korea and Nowon Theatre, with our productions Tooth & Claw and Check Out! (which won the Excellent Production Award at the 2009 Shanghai International Children’s Theatre Festival). Check Out! will also tour to the Hong Kong International Arts Carnival in August. In September and October, Polyglot will premiere a new street theatre work in Shanghai. Those at home won’t miss out – in the same week as our London season, we will be performing our classic work Muckheap here in Melbourne, with plans for many other p! erformances and workshops around Australia in the pipeline. We are also continuing to develop our new work City of Riddles throughout 2010. We would like to thank Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts for supporting this tour.

Polyglot Theatre
27A Cromwell Road
South Yarra
Victoria 3141


T: +61 3 9827 9667
F: +61 3 9826 1937

Textile Artistry Workshops

June 5 Felting – Make a beautiful Scarf and learn the technique Pamela Farmer 1day

June 12 Basketmaking – Small garlic basket Jill Taylor 1 day

June 18 Knit a scarf in the round with matching brooch Lynne Berry 1/2 day

June 26 Patti Culea’s Tome: Mixed Media Techniques – Worked as a page a month for 12 months Glenys Hopkins includes patterns

July 3 Miniture Embroidered Gardens Pamela Farmer 1 day

July 10 Carving your own stamps and designing fabric Pamela farmer 1 day

July 17 Basketweaving and textiles Jill Taylor 1 day

Aug 7 Hat Pin Brooch Carole Redlich 1 day

Aug 14 &15 Body Wrap – nuno felting Catherine O’leary $tba * Dromana Masonic hall

Aug 14 gGrrR….Make your own handknitted designer toy Lynne Berry 1 day

Sept 4 Dying wool and wool batts Pamela Farmer 1 day

Sept 18/25 Master class Pamela Farmer 2 days Felting – Make a beautiful Scarf and learn the technique Pamela Farmer 1day

August 14 &15  Journal making using Coptic binding 2 days  Samm Menzies Browne 

For further information contact Cath Darcy at Textile Artistry, 5-19 Pier Street DROMANA   Vic   3936  PH  59814144 or email to Cath at

Muso News

From Tash Parker

I have a few shows in and around Melbourne this coming week.  Please come down to a show if you are feeling brave.  Be great to have your support.

Saturday 1st May
Open Studio
204 High St, Northcote
Yelka, Kate Lucas and Myself
Crepes – I can say that they are delicious and gluten free! Please come down and enjoy a mulled wine and some sweet sounds from these beautiful songbirds (and me).

Doors 8:00pm
$10 at the door only

Tash Parker – 8:30pm
The Basics  – 9:30pm to 10.30pm

Tuesday 4th May
Northcote Social Club, 301 High St Northcote Ph: (03) 9489 3917
Supporting The Basics for their first show as part of the
See You Next Tuesday Basics Good Time Residency Doors 8:00pm
$10 at the door only Tash Parker – 8:30pm The Basics  – 9:30pm to 10.30pm


Thursday 6th May
The Curtin Band Room @ The John Curtin Hotel
29 Lygon Street, Melbourne, VIC
Ph (03) 9663 6350

Friday 7th May
Baha’s Mexican Restaurant
2409 Point Napean Rd, Rye, VIC
Ph (03) 5985 2077
Tickets – (03) 5985 2077

Emma Anglesey and I will be supporting Paul Greene for his Melbourne shows.  The Thursday night will probably sell out so please jump on line and grab tickets if you want to come to the show.

The Baha night is special one for all you Peninsula folk who have been hounding me to do a show down here.  Now there are no excuses, you must come and have a drink with me.  I am sure you will love Paul and Emma’s stuff too.  Can’t wait!

News from the desk of Bob McGaughay.  You can let Bob know your news at or phone him on 0408591107


What ARE the Sounds of Music on the Mornington Peninsula?

Mornington Peninsula Shire  is presenting a FREE Music Forum, BBQ and ‘Open Mic Muso’s Forum Club’ at The Studio @ PCT, Wilsons Road, Mornington on Saturday July 3 from 3pm. 

 The aim of the forum is to gain insight into the issues and challenges confronting the local music sector and to discover how best to support and promote music to the broader community.

Jon Hawkes, ex-Circus Oz strongman, author and cultural commentator and past CEO of Community Music Victoria will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event. 

The Forum discussions  will start at 3pm to 5.30pm,  a sumptuous BBQ at 6pm and celebrating the day with an ‘Open Mic Forum Club’ from 7.30pm till late.

The ‘Open Mic Muso’s Forum Club’  will be chance to hear some of the most exciting sounds the Peninsula has to offer, from jazz, acoustic, classical, choir to youth oriented.   The ‘forum club’ will be produced and stage managed by Marty Williams singer songwriter from renowned Peninsula band Cousin Leonard.  Marty currently runs Muso Nights at Balnarring Hall every second Wednesday  from 9pm ( next one May 19) and then alternate Wednesday’s at Baha Taco Restaurant in Rye. 

For further information ring Mornington Peninsula’s Shire Cultural Planner Andrea Ebsworth on 5950 1716 or      0438 051 092

If you are a muso or represent a music group interested in performing at the ‘Forum Club’ contact the above number to discuss the order of events.

Calling all musicians, tutors, music businesses, venues, music theatre, performing arts groups bring your thoughts, ideas and hopes along , share food and listen to some of the most inspired sounds happening across the Peninsula!

Creative Innovation 2010

Coming face to face with the future! Imagine a Conference that was out of the ordinary… that pushed the boundaries… Imagine a gathering of amazing people, bringing the latest thinking on creativity and innovation, speaking in new ways that you have not heard from them before… Imagine exhilarating exploration, innovation challenges and powerful connections…. Creative Innovation 2010 proudly presented by Creative Universe and ANZ is the place to learn from world changing innovators, futurists, inspired thinkers and curious souls gathered together in an interactive community. It’s a place to learn techniques and strategies, unlock and share ideas and gain empowering experiences…. A place to imagine the future. Creative Innovation 2010 is inspired by thought platforms such as TED ( The TED conferences in Long Beach and Oxford bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). Whether you work in Media, Finance, Education, Health, Manufacturing, Commodities, Tourism, NFP…. Whether your passion is football, opera or bushwalking…. Whether your commitment is to building share prices or reducing suffering (or both)…. Whether your contribution is paid or unpaid… Creativity and Innovation matter! This is a once in a lifetime event you cannot miss!

Muso News

1.  Aaron Roberts Solo Gigs

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2.  Brad Kennedy Trio

Heritage Tavern Frankston Flinders Road Balnarring Sunday May 2 @ 3pm

3.  Julian….big J in “Kids in cults” @ Bendigo Hotel Johnson Street, Collingwood Saturday April 24 and in ‘loveproof’ coming up at the Thin Green Line Festival,

4.  The Nervous Dancers: Will, Scott and Sean Supporting “the Broken Splendour” Wednesday April 21 @ 8pm The Empress Hotel, Fitzroy and the Koonya Bar, Sunday April 25 @ 3pm Sorrento

Stencil Art & Multimedia Projects Forum

The aim of the forum is to bring together young deaf students and people, schools, local councils and artists to celebrate the 2009 Stencil Art & Multimedia Projects, and to discuss the possibility of setting up similar projects in your local area.

Would you / your school like to run artistic projects?

Are you or your students interested in stencil arts and filmmaking?

Would you like to know how to develop and run a project with your local community?

Do you want to learn more about the Deaf Arts Network?

This forum will be all about using a model of best practice and information sharing. An experienced panel of speakers will be present to answer all your questions.

When: Wednesday 26 May, 11am – 1pm
Where: Port Melbourne Town Hall Library (upstairs), 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Google map:
RSVP: by Friday 14 May
Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.

This forum will be Auslan interpreted.

Watch the video of the 2009 Deaf Arts Network Stencilling Project at

The Mornington Peninsula’s art blog has arrived

Welcome to the first posting of the artsonthepeninsula blog.  

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Andrea & Keith Ford are resigning

As you know I have written the Arts Column for The Mail and Independent Newspapers for 12 years and we have now moved to Bairnsdale.  I have decided to hang up my hat for the Arts Column and hand it over to Haydn or Mike Hast.  Send any Arts news for JUNE and beyond to  – I will of course redirect any emails which are about the Arts.

 Thank you all for helping me promote the Arts on the Peninsula both performing and visual arts over the years.

 The Arts make our community richer and the stronger the friendship that spins off from this is without doubt the reward.


 Warm regards

Andrea Ford