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Artists in Residence - Come and Play, all of May

As promised, here is more information on our very talented 'Artists in Residence'...

KATE DISHER-QUILL

The Mirboo North community is delighted to be hosting Kate Disher-Quill between 19 and 26 May

Kate has been working for many years in portrait photography and personal story telling, and will bring those elements together during this Residency. The Residency will include workshops with local people who are happy to contribute their stories and who are interested to develop their photographic skills.

During the Residency Kate will be undertaking work in her own right and the Residency will culminate with a public exhibition of works generated by local participants and Kate.

Kate has extensive experience working in collaboration with diverse communities to develop ways of telling local stories and encouraging local interaction and engagement.

This Residency is hosted by the Mirboo North community Mirboo Country Development, and funded by the South Gippsland Shire Council..

ANNE RIGGS

A visual artist, will be hosted by the Walhalla Board of Management in Walhalla, Baw Baw Shire.

Anne will be exploring this historic town, its natural setting and encouraging the community to explore their creativity through the theme Lost and Found.

20 May 
Town walk: 1-2 hours,

Explore the history, the natural environment and views of Walhalla with long time local resident Frederick Wellspring and artist Anne Riggs. Meet at the Mechanics building at 1:30pm.

21 May Art walk 1-2 hours.

Join in a slow amble with Anne and local Frederick Wellspring with pauses to sketch and take photos. Bring your sketchpad and art materials, your camera and artists eye. Meet at the Mechanics building at 1:30pm.

POP UP ART STUDIO 28 May Walhalla mechanics institute hall and various sites around town.

11:00 am - 3:00 pm Artists and those interested in art and photography are invited to join the pop up studio day to work on their own project or our LOST and FOUND theme.

Bookings 0400 276 004

JAKEB ANHVU

Jakeb Anhvu has been selected to be the artist in residence at Rhyll, Phillip Island and to be hosted by the Rhyll Community Association and will be in residence from Wednesday 3 May until Wednesday 10 May 2017. Jakeb is an Australian documentary filmmaker and is a graduate of Melbourne University (VCA) with a Masters in Documentary. Blush of Fruit (2012), his debut feature, premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition. It was the winner for Best Documentary at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival & for New Australian Talent at the 2014 AIDC Asia Pacific New Documentary Program. He is the 2016 recipient of the Asia Pacific Screen Lab.

The Rhyll Community Association are hoping to gain training in the medium, encourage youth to be involved and promote their area and have welcomed Jakeb and team to the area.

On Saturday 6 May the community have been invited to meet the artist and watch previous documentaries at the local hall.

JAMES CATTELL AND TINA STRAFFORD

James Cattell Sculpture/Recycled Material and Tina Strafford Sculpture/ Recycled Materials will work in the town of Boisdale in the Wellington Shire.  James and Tina start their on Wednesday am 10th May leave Tuesday pm 16th May and they will use a collaborative approach to Art making by the community with the community, Artists learning about Boisdale, Boisdale learning from the Artists; Incubating and evolving ideas in heads to an interactive intricate inclusive Sculpture for the town of Boisdale to call their own.

  • Wednesday 10th May - tour of Area collection of materials - 2hr workshop 1 with Primary school
  • Thursday 11th - workshop 2 with Primary school -meet the community
  • Friday 12th - workshop 3 in the community - Artists available for conversations
  • Saturday 13th-workshop 4 in the community - maybe on the site chosen for sculpture to be housed
  • Sunday 14th Mother’s day - maybe a celebration/erection day
  • Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th completion by Artists and maybe "naming day competition" - safety checks etc.

RODNEY SCHERER

A mixed media (Drawing, Painting and Sculpture) will be resident Artist at the Traralgon Courthouse.  The theme will be to get people visiting, participating, learning and buying. Master classes, Workshops, Artist talks and Demonstrating Artists will be at the forefront.

“Quotidian Robusta” (Everyday coffee) Traralgon has a great selection of Coffee shops. Rodney will start the day with a Morning Coffee and complete an Oil stick drawing of the mornings coffee cup.  That artwork stays in the Coffee shop for the duration of the residency.  Rest of the day is spent at courthouse working on creating 2D art works (Drawing, Collage and Painting) and objects (Sculpture) made from everyday materials (Art Povera).

  • Open studio (12:00 – 13:00) daily for community interaction,
  • Exhibition at Courthouse upon completion
  • Closing Celebration
  • Drawing Workshop, Form and Space

ELLIOT HUGHES

"I'm a trumpeter and composer working in new music across the jazz & classical spectrum.  While I've had music performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and at jazz festivals in America, I'm equally interested in finding new ways to present music beyond a conventional concert setting.  I strive to write music that is relevant to our people, time, and place; to find something that will speak to our experiences & curiosities."

Elliott is will be resident artist in the East Gippsland Shire from 15 – 21 May, 2017

Elliott will be working with specific groups within the community and composing and performing site specific pieces of music.  The sites could be of special/social significance where people gather, natural or historical, the sounds associated with the place or to re- energise and open up an under used space.  Local musicians and community members are invited to come along and make “music “with Elliott.  Workshops with schools and community music groups will be recorded and accessible online.

Keep checking our website and watch for more detail as to how you can be involved.

Creative Gippsland Committee contact:
Andrea Court Arts and Culture Coordinator
Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0408 707 543.

Artists in Residence announced

Creative Gippsland is thrilled to announce the successful artists in residence for Come and Play, all of May – Celebrating the Arts of Gippsland 2017.

The artists were chosen from an outstanding field of over thirty exciting and talented artists from around Australia and Gippsland.

The artists will be resident in one town in each of the six Gippsland councils.

  • Anne Riggs, a visual artist, will be hosted by the Walhalla Board of Management in Walhalla, Baw Baw Shire.
  • James Cattell Sculpture/Recycled Material and Tina Strafford Sculpture/ Recycled Materials will work in the town of Boisdale in the Wellington Shire.
  • Jakeb Anhvu a Documentary Filmmaker will be hosted by the Rhyll Community Association in the Bass Coast Shire.
  • Kate Disher-Quill a photographer will be hosted in Mirboo North, South Gippsland Shire.
  • Rodney Scherer, a mixed media (Drawing, Painting and Sculpture) will be resident Artist at the Traralgon Courthouse.
  • Elliot Hughes a musician and composer will be resident artist in the East Gippsland Shire.

This is an opportunity for an artist to spend 7 days in a beautiful, small town and create a piece of work in response to the environment and community.

For the host communities this is an opportunity to spend time with an artist with new ideas and ways of looking at their world.  They will learn skills and / or acquire a deeper knowledge of a particular art form or artistic practice.  In a way this residency could be akin to planting a seed in the town – who knows what it will lead to!

As May approaches keep an eye on our website and watch for more detail as to how you can be involved.

Andrea Court

Creative Gippsland Committee member,
Arts and Culture Coordinator, East Gippsland Shire Council
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 5153 9500
Mobile: 0408 707 543

Light Up Our Parks

Hundreds of residents and children in the five townships from Pioneer Bay to Coronet Bay are busily making sculptures and other light-things ready for Luminous Streets starting on April 8th.  The first event in the bigger project called, the THE EDGE OF US, Luminous Streets will link all five towns on the same night with light powered galleries of beautiful community-made artwork.

The special opening of Luminous Streets will take place on the Grantville foreshore from 6.30pm and include a smoking ceremony.  The lights will turn on in every town also from 6.30pm.  There will be different foods available in each town, a bar in Grantville, music, and a fleet of small buses to carry those without transport between the different galleries.

Parking in Grantville is at the Reserve and the short opening ceremony takes place on the foreshore between the Reserve and Pier Road.  People are encouraged to bring a torch and the whole family and wander amongst the luminous displays.

Luminous Streets is all about linking people together to build a stronger sense of community – within each town and between the towns.  Artistic Director Jessica Wilson says, “It is an especially ambitious idea - to stage events in 5 towns on the same night.  It is because this is such an exciting idea that we were granted Small Towns Transformations funding.”

Luminous Streets is a pilot for a bigger event at the same time in 2018.

The galleries are nearly ready, but there is still time to wander down to one of the Waterline parks to help put them together.  Come and enjoy the lights.  Come and help us make Luminous Streets an event we will all remember.

Check the website and facebook pages for updates.  Don’t miss this unique event that could only happen here – in the Waterline towns of Western Port Bay.

For media enquiries contact: Jeannie Haughton on 0438 222 138

Website: www.theedgeofus.com.au 
Facebook: #theedgeofus 
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The Small Town Transformations is a Victorian Government Initiative managed by Regional Arts Victoria.

Position open for Wellington Creative Arts Facilitator

This is a rare opportunity to work with Regional Arts Victoria at a facilitation level in a regional area. The role is in partnership with the Wellington Shire and is based in Sale.

The Creative Arts Facilitator is a long term position that supports and facilitates creative arts and cultural activity and promotes the Regional Arts Fund in Wellington communities. The Creative Arts Facilitator will be a part of the Cultural Partnerships team at Regional Arts Victoria. The position is a fixed-term role for four years.

http://www.rav.net.au/about/employment 

Artist in Residence, Rene Bahloo

Creative Gippsland and Heyfield Community Resource Centre are thrilled to welcome Rene Bahloo – a sculptural weaver from Queensland – as Artist in Residence in Heyfield in the Wellington Shire.

Rene is a highly skilled artist with an extraordinary amount of community arts experience.  She will be in residence from 5 – 11 May, during which time she will lead a series of free workshops suitable for both men and women.  The workshops will be loosely structured, will use locally sourced materials, and could cover anything from free form or traditional baskets, fishing nets and string making, through to larger structures or sculptures.  

Rene says she wants us “…to weave our world into a better place, to weave ourselves in healing and wellbeing, to weave our environment with passion and purpose”.

Thursday 5th May, 10am. Meet at the Heyfield Wetlands for a workshop on getting to know natural fibres for weaving.

Friday 6th May, 10am to 1pm. Introduction to sculptural weaving at the Heyfield Community Resource Centre.

Sunday 8th May, 10am to 3pm - Mother’s Day weaving workshop. Bring a plate to share over lunch in Apex Park, Heyfield. Meet at the Heyfield Community Resource Centre

Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th May, 10am to 1pm. Sculptural weaving at the Heyfield Community Resource Centre. Weather permitting, these workshops may be held at outdoors

Wednesday 11th May - Afternoon exhibition of weaving work from Rene and the community.

For more information or to register your interest contact: Caroline Trevorrow at the Heyfield Community Resource Centre on 5148 2100 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Deb Milligan, Regional Arts Victoria on 0427 842 328 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Artist in Residence, Christine McFetridge

Artist in Residence, Christine McFetridge, a photographer and writer from Melbourne, is excited to be working in the town of Trafalgar in the Baw Baw Shire.

During her week-long residency in Trafalgar she plans to co-ordinate and run workshops about storytelling using photography and language.

Building upon the notion of ‘creative play’, participants will develop a small series of works that​ will be archived online. The community will also be encouraged to upload photographs to Instagram with the hashtag, #trafalgar3824.

She will respond to this material in order to build up a portrait of place for exhibitiing after the residency.

Christine hopes that by engaging the community of Trafalgar in the project itself, she will be able to continue to build upon the wonderful work of the Baw Baw Arts Alliance and contribute to emphasising the importance and significance of the arts in our day-to-day lives.

Great Alpine Open Studios

Here’s a great opportunity for art lovers and weekend explorers - artists in the Tambo Valley re opening their studios to the public on the weekend of 7th and 8th May.

Come for a drive through the breathtaking Tambo Valley - visit artists in their handmade studios tucked away in the valleys, sample local gourmet food - Come and Play in May!

In the tradition of (f)route tours of previous years, artists from Tambo Crossing to Swifts Creek and Cassilis are opening their studios to the public. Hand-made stone buildings, bush cottages, country homesteads – this is a rare chance to visit these unique studios, chat with the artists and have an inside glimpse of the artists at work.

Download an artist trail map from the exhibitions page of www.greatalpinegallery.org.au and wind your way through country lanes, visiting artists in their studios. Some studios are offering morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch, so you can take the opportunity to sample some delicious local food on the way.

Start your journey by calling into the Old Pub Gallery at Ensay, Rob Logie’s gallery in the historic 1892 Ensay South Hotel. From there wind your way through the rolling hills of Reedy Creek to Rob Logie’s printmaking and painting studio, tucked away in the bush at the foot of the mountains. Morning/afternoon tea and lunch are available at both the gallery and studio.

Then call in to Carole Pepper’s gorgeous country house on the Swifts Creek East road, filled with her delectable eco-printed fabrics and papers, truly a treasure trove.

Drop in to the Great Alpine Gallery in Swifts Creek to see work by a wide range of local artists, then head up Cassilis Road through the historic gold mining region to Allan Fox’s studio. Allan’s studio is filled with vibrant hard-edged abstract work, interspersed with an eclectic array of wood carvings and other treasures. You must stop for morning or afternoon tea – Pauline’s is renowned for her baked treats, and you will love the lush garden setting around the storybook stone house.

Lastly call in to Penny Carruthers’ studio, set in the grounds of their organic herb farm – another inspiring hand-built house and studio, truly a labour of love. Have a wander through the herb gardens, and stop for morning/afternoon tea or lunch.

Make a weekend of it and come up early to celebrate the opening of Weede at the Great Alpine Gallery on Friday 6th May at 6pm, and join the artists for dinner on Saturday night at the award winning Albion Hotel at Swifts Creek.

Presented by the Great Alpine Gallery, supported by (f)route, Creative Gippsland and East Gippsland Shire Council. For more information: http://creativegippsland.com.au/arts-celebration/category/east-gippsland-shire-2

Janet Matthews & Darren Gilbert, Drawings & Sculptures

Janet Matthews and Darren Gilbert don’t just share gallery space this exhibition... it is immediately evident that both incredibly talented artists share a profound sensitivity for our natural landscape and wildlife... a fascination that compels them to express their wonder and passion through their chosen mediums of pencil, pen & ink drawing and sculpture.

It takes more than just a ‘good-eye’ and raw talent to produce works of such originality and exceptional quality as Janet Matthews’ and Darren Gilbert’s. Both artists work from the heart, committing hours and hours to bring their vision to life, each of their works an individual statement of their unique perspective of our natural world.

Janet Matthews’ visual stories in pencil are captivating, drawing the viewer in close to marvel at her masterful technique and then imaginatively unfolding the ‘conversation’ between her wildlife subjects, often with much humour. It’s not just the technically perfect features of Janet’s birds and wildlife that make a lasting impression; it’s the relatable, almost ‘human’ characteristics that Janet’s subjects imply that leave us with a smile.

The finesse of Darren Gilbert’s pen & ink artworks are truly amazing. Thousands of fine dots and lines incredibly merge to compose striking illustrations; from the handsome profile of a Palm Cockatoo, to the delicate fragility of a Weedy Sea Dragon. Juxtaposed against such refined artworks stand Darren’s stately sculptures of metal & wood; dedications to his fascination for ‘rust’, discarded objects and design. Darren’s engineering skills are evident in his large-scale sculptural works which would create a dynamic focal point in any garden, whilst his smaller works bring a quirky new twist to life for recycled metal parts and reclaimed timbers.

Janet Matthews & Darren Gilbert - Drawings & Sculptures, will feature at Town & Country Gallery, 111 Princes Hwy Yarragon, from 23rd April through to 29 May.
Exhibition open daily: 10am – 5pm. View images at: www.townandcountrygallery.com.au   
Enquiries: 03 5634 2229; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Artists in Residence announced

Creative Gippsland is thrilled to announce the successful artists in residence for Come and Play, all of May – Celebrating the Arts of Gippsland.

The artists were chosen from an outstanding field of over fifty exciting and talented artists from around Australia and Gippsland.

The artists will be resident in one town in each of the six Gippsland councils.

  • Christine McFetridge, a photographer and writer from Melbourne will work in the town of Trafalgar in the Baw Baw Shire.
  • Rene Bahloo, a sculptural weaver from Queensland will work in the town of Heyfield in the Wellington Shire.
  • Ulla Taylor, a screever, pavement artist and fresco painter will be resident in the town of Newhaven in the Bass Coast Shire.
  • Talulah Rae, a performance artist from Foster North will be in Fish Creek in South Gippsland Shire.
  • Richard Tipping, a visual artist and poet from New South Wales will be resident at the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell.
  • Wanda Bennett, textile and fibre artist from Queensland will be resident in Omeo/Benambra in East Gippsland Shire.

This is an opportunity for an artist to spend 7 days in a beautiful, small town and create a piece of work in response to the environment and community.

For the host communities this is an opportunity to spend time with an artist with new ideas and ways of looking at their world.  They will learn skills and / or acquire a deeper knowledge of a particular art form or artistic practice. In a way this residency could be akin to planting a seed in the town – who knows what it will lead to!

As May approaches watch this website for more detail as to how you can be involved. 

Josephine Kent
Creative Gippsland Chairperson, Arts and Culture Officer, Bass Coast Shire Council
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  03 5671 2492
PO Box 118, Wonthaggi, Victoria

Treasures from the Tide

Pauline Mackinnon’s Treasures from the Tide is a heart-warming collection, full of beautiful moments and images created by words and camera. At times humorous, at other times sad, the pieces rollick along dusty country roads, down suburban streets and into the lives of ordinary people and accidental heroes, offering a glimpse into the unsung chapters of their lives.

Pauline grew up on a dairy and potato farm, in Nar Nar Goon, a small rural community on the western edge of Gippsland, Victoria. She now lives with her husband, their dogs and alpacas in the nearby community of Maryknoll, celebrated for its bush setting, birds and wildlife. She has two sons and has worked as a teacher in a wide variety of educational settings.

In the past, Pauline has studied both professional writing and photography and has had an ongoing passion for both, for many years. In 2010-2011, she painstakingly gathered the stories for Baluk Wurrung, a collection from Aboriginal people living in South-East Melbourne. She has also worked with community radio programs for the past eight years.

Treasures from the Tide is her debut published solo collection. Her writing is distinctive and visual in style, with a clear Australian voice impelled by her life and experiences. The stories are set in a variety of rural, coastal and urban locations, interwoven with an array of delightful characters and situations. The book itself is beautifully produced, and finished in a striking hardbound cover.

In her introduction, Pauline writes about the writing process:

‘Writing has always been a warm and dear companion of mine…my work horse…Most passionately, though, it has always been my art…I have continually penned words to catch an image or thought like a painter would sketch…always striving to blend what I saw with what I think and feel.’

Pauline also mentions her connection with photography:

‘Early in my life, I also discovered the penmanship of the camera, how it could record, arouse and highlight. The lens has remained a constant companion in my search for voice and its images over the years were a logical accompaniment for these writings’

In regard to her inspiration for the material, she explains:

‘A person’s own story is beautiful and powerful, the actual details significant and meaningful. As a writer, there is less of a need for fiction when you find this beauty. The stories of the ordinary person form a vast reservoir and it’s been an absolute joy to immerse myself in those waters and celebrate our ordinariness.’

During Creative Gippsland in May, there will a number of opportunities to meet the author, listen to her read from the book, and discuss the work. Books will also be available for sale and signing.

May 5 – Warragul Library

May 15 - Biddy Martha’s, Bunyip

May 22 - Trafalgar Station Gallery

May 29 – Wonthaggi Artspace

Further details, contact:

ph: 0418 429 025 or visit website: http://bonesymackinnon.wix.com/treasures 

Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Summer Performance Project

Warragul’s Off The Leash Theatre members and Baw Baw Arts Alliance connections lead the way in the first regional Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Summer Performance Project.

The countdown is on for the 8 night 9 day drama camp at Allambee Camp (9-17 January) which is bringing together 37 teenagers from all over Victoria – from Portland, Stratford, Foster and Yarrawonga to name a few.  With generous support from Regional Arts Victoria and the Regional Arts Fund leading arts practitioners writer Jeannie Haughton, puppeteer Amanda Mickelson, and directors Steve Wiegerink, Andrew Davies and Kellie Tweeddale will work with skills development and script development intensively.

Coordinator and Movement/Dance Artist for this Project, Joanne Watt and her husband Andrews House nurse, Xavier Lee (seen recently in OTLT’s Summer of the Aliens) will supervise the activities with help from Wangaratta's Rachel Enders. The Victorian Drama League Inc has offered programs for youth development since 2008, which attracted many regional participants, but this is the first time it's being offered away from metro Melbourne.

There are 8 Baw Baw Youth Theatre Delegates in attendance, to represent this district, Jessica Duivenvoorden, Telisha Jenkins, Sasha Crump, Jack Jacob (OTLT’s Waiting for Godot), Kaley Ward, Lily Whelan, Beau Roberts and Juandre Swanepoel, all of whom are involved because they show great potential to become long term contributors to our community through performing arts. They are attending with assistance from a Community Development Grant from Baw Baw Shire Council.
The performances of Saplings and Tall Timber will include the premier of a new Jeannie Haughton work 3, 2, 1, Leave(s) written with collaborative approaches and One, Two, Three, Home by Tasmanian writers, Anne Riley and Georgie Todman.

Tickets: www.wgac.com.au or 5624 2456

For more info: Joanne 0408 366 481

This event is proudly supported by Baw Baw Shire Council and The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional and remote Australia, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

Small Towns To Undertake Creative Transformations

Dookie transformed a quarry into an open-air arts venue, Natimuk turned a nature strip into a community arts space and Neerim South created a giant new sculpture to mark the town entrance – and now, six new towns will be transformed by creativity following the return of the Small Town Transformations program.

Managed by Regional Arts Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government, the Small Town Transformations program invites small towns across the state to embark on an ambitious creative project that will bring the community together with professional artists and create a lasting legacy.

Expressions of interest from towns will open on Monday, 9 November, 2015 and close on Friday 5 February 2016. Regional Arts Victoria will host information sessions and workshops across the state for communities interested in taking part.

The program offers $350,000 for the six strongest creative proposals that will deliver cultural, social and economic benefits to their town. Projects can use a wide range of creative forms, from design to performance, game development, film-making and visual arts. The program is now open to towns with a population of 2,000 people or less, so more than 310 towns will be eligible.

The Small Town Transformations program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million regional arts package in the 2015-16 State Budget.

For further details, visit www.smalltowns.rav.net.au 

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