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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

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. 

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 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:

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:   
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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: 

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: 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 

The Johnston Collection: Joyful and Triumphant

Some very clever and talented artists and craftspeople from Victoria’s Gippsland region are busy working on their creations which will feature in the exhibition JOYFUL & TRIUMPHANT | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2015.

The Johnston Collection, a museum of fine and decorative arts housed in Fairhall in East Melbourne has an annual Christmas show which is presented by a different Victoria region each year.

This year, Gippsland’s own artists and craftspeople have created amazing object d’art to make a truly spectacular and beautiful show. The works feature an array of mediums along with some traditional methods.

Some 45 artists and craftspeople from the six Gippsland municipalities that make up Creative Gippsland have been busy putting the final touches to over 180 exquisite new creations which will feature in this year’s Joyful & Triumphant tour.

The Johnston Collection is working collaboratively with Creative Gippsland, Gippsland’s foremost arts collaboration;.

Participants include Fusion FAN Inc., Gum Leaf Quilters, Churchill Neighbourhood Centre Latrobe, Paper Arts Gippsland East, Primary Patchworkers of Sale, Riviera Patchwork, Sale Lacemakers, The Bond Family, The Cake Decorators Association of Victoria, The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria (Leongatha Country Group), The Latrobe Embroiderers Group, The West Gippy Group, Yarragon Yarners The Woolly Yarns, The East Gippsland Wool and Craft Group Inc. and independent artists Susan Cock, Heather Costigan, Marion Dawson, Cheryl Kane, Jackie McNamee, Gwenneth Poore, and Jenny Romano and friends.

The Johnston Collection is a house-museum with an amazing collection of Regency, Georgian and Louis XV antiques arranged within a domestic setting, with three guided tours daily Monday to Friday. William Johnston (1911 – 1986) was a prominent 20th century antique dealer and collector who bequeathed his former residence, Fairhall, and collection to the people of Victoria.

This is the first time that creatives from Gippsland have presented works at Fairhall. Other regions who have participated in The Johnston Collection Christmas tour previously include Geelong, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Ballarat, Wangaratta and north-east Victoria, Warrnambool and south-west Victoria, and the Mornington Peninsula.

The exhibition will be open from Thursday 5 November 2015 to Wednesday 24 February 2016.

Call 03 9416 1215 for individual and group bookings.

The collection featured The Age on 18 November 2016:


The Johnston Collection

The Johnston Collection is pleased to present its current What’s On in digital format.  Just like the paper copy, you are now able to flick through the brochure at your leisure and browse the wealth of exciting house-museum tours, lectures and workshops available at The Johnston Collection. To view their Winter | Summer 2015-2016 program please click here 

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