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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 

Briagolong and Surrounds Artist Open Studios

Briagolong and surrounds are opening their art studios for two weekends:

  • 21 & 22 November 2015
  • 12 & 13 March 2016.

Over two days, 14 local artists will be demonstrating their talent and displaying their art in Briagolong, Stratford, Fernbank and Munro, as part of an Open Studio Arts Trail in Gippsland, Victoria.

Come and chat with the artists, learn about their techniques and find out what drives them to create. You can also buy some original artworks to take home.

The diverse group of artists work in a wide range of artforms - including printmaking, painting, wood, metal, glass, ceramics and textiles.

There is a lot more on offer in this region too - while you are exploring the open studios, you can also drop into the local galleries, or have lunch at one of the cafes. Why not make it a day with friends - just do let know if you are bringing a bus full!

Studios will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm each day. And it is FREE!

You can pick up maps at Segue Arts Cafe in Stratford, the Visitor Information Centre in Sale, or the Briagolong Art Gallery.

For more information contact Kathy Luxford on 0434 717 294

Many thanks to Wellington Shire Council for their inspired support of this initiative.

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Regional Arts Fund grant recipients announced

Congratulations to all the recipients of the Regional Arts Fund Round 1, 2015. There are some great projects! Eleven projects were funded in this round, including two in Gippsland:

Shearwater Short Tales features creative collaborations between artists, performers and Indigenous cultural advisors from Phillip Island and Mallacoota.

Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited, Summer Performance Project involves workshops in theatre-making. This project is based in Baw Baw Shire and will w...ork with young theatre practitioners, as well as local artists.

You can see the full list here.

Image: People & Place. Susan Acheson. Funded through the Quick Response Grant program of the Regional Arts Fund. 2015. 

Inverloch Skate Park Public Art - Coordinating artist/s wanted

Council is seeking quotations from suitably qualified people to coordinate community involvement and deliver the public art component of the revitalization of the Inverloch Skate Park.  The Inverloch Skate Park community has identified a need to brighten up the Skate Park and develop a landscaped area between the Skate Park and Recreation Reserve.

The Coordinating artist/s will engage with youth and community stakeholders in developing, involving and creating well-conceived and creative public art suited to the site.  This will invigorate and energise the space creating a visually pleasing and welcoming environment for people of all ages.

Applications can be completed on line with Smarty Grants, go to for all the information and the link to the online application.

For hard copies of the application please contact Arts and Culture Officer Josephine Kent by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone on 1300 226 278 or 56712 211

Applications close on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 by 5.00pm

Tyers Arts Festival

The GDF SUEZ Australian Energy 36th Tyers Art Festival will be held on the 2nd weekend in November, 6th – 8th November, 2015.

The festival opens on Friday the 6th with a Gala Evening from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm where winning artworks of the 24 sections are announced. The festival then continues on Saturday 7th November from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with the opportunity to view the exhibition, partake of a Devonshire Tea and enjoy the surrounds of the Tyers area in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sunday 8th November the GDF SUEZ Australian Energy 36th Tyers Art Festival steps into high gear with the exhibition, craft market, entertainment including; local bands and schools groups, rides and activities to suit all ages and displays.

Entry categories include: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolours, Mixed Media, Pastel, Photography, Designer Craft, Drawing, Over 40 Emerging Artist Award and a number of Young Artist Awards.

More information is available at

Creative Industries Strategy - Public forum

Creative Victoria are holding a public workshop so that you can have your say about the future of the creative industries in our community and across the state.

Wellington Entertainment Centre

100 Foster Street, SALE

Tuesday 30 June

6.00pm - 8pm


Whether you work or volunteer in the creative or cultural industries, enjoy creative activities or participate in cultural events, the Victorian Government is seeking your thoughts and ideas on how we can create new jobs, nurture and attract creative talent, and create new opportunities for the state.

Creative Industries encompass a huge field spanning arts, culture, screen and design. Are you an artist, film maker, industrial designer, fashion designer, graphic designer, publisher, architect, musician, comedian, craftsperson, actor? Or do you hold a non-creative role in a creative industry - like a finance worker in a theatre company? This consultation is for you.

Join us at this workshop and contribute to the development Victoria’s first creative industries strategy. Let’s get creative about Victoria’s future!

For further information:

To Register

You can also have your say on the website (via the link above)

Image: Collaborative work by Frances Harrison and Catherine Larkins, Lakes Entrance. Photo by Catherine Larkins

West Gippsland Artists - Expression of Interest for town sculptural work

The Darnum Progress Association is wishing to add a piece of artwork to the entrance of the town depicting their heritage as a timber town and current place within the Baw Baw Shire as a dairy and grazing district.

They are currently working on a grant application with Regional Arts Victoria for an amount up to $15,000.  Whilst not a large amount they are hopeful that it will provide an opportunity for the community to work with an artist (or artists) to develop a design a sculptural artwork to be located in the Main Street of the town, opposite the General Store, and visible from the freeway, where the cairn is located.

They envisage that this piece would complement “The Stump”, their well known existing historic structure, which is near the cairn, and may also incorporate the written word.

The application for the grant must be lodged by August so they are wishing to hear from artists who might be interested in being part of the community’s project.

If you would like further information, you are invited to meet with the Association to help you formulate your ideas further. Please contact Joanne Watt (secretary 0408 366 481) to make a mutually convenient date.  They hoped to have made contact with potential artists by mid April and be closer to finalising the submission, with details, by mid May.

Darnum is an easily accessible, highly visible town as you travel on the freeway to or from Gippsland. Darnum is a vibrant small community of about 600 people set in the rolling hills of the Dairy and Grazing district of West Gippsland.

An invitation to artists... Community Sculpture Garden at Foster

The Great Southern Sculpture Garden has received seed funding from the Regional Arts Fund and the South Gippsland Shire Council to establish a Community Sculpture Garden at Foster Station Park.

Artists & community members who are interested in being involved with the development of the sculpture garden are invited to an information session.

  • The intensive workshops (developing the tour idea) – will take place on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 April at the Eagger Studio, Leongatha Lyric Theatre, 13 Watson Rd, Leongatha, 10am to 5pm.  Workshops will create video and sound installations, interactive projections and theatre scenes.  This project will be of particular interest to artist in performance, including dance, music, and singing.  Your lead artist will be Renae Shadler, graduate of the VCA, Melbourne based performer, performance maker and arts educator.  You will also work with graduates of the VCA specialising in Theatre, Film and Dance.
  • The site visit (Drouin) and further creation will occur on Saturday 25 April  - meeting place to be advised

  • Trial Tour & Performance – (Trial tour) 10am to 5pm Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May in Drouin.  Performances between 11am and 2pm on Sunday 3 May

Please contact Renae if you have any queries regarding the project.

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Jindivick Travelling Sculpture Show 2015

Entries are now open for the 2015 Jindivick and Narkoojee Sculpture Show.

Dates:  At Jindivick:  Saturday May 9th to Sunday 24th 2015
           At Narkoojee:  Saturday May 30th to Sunday September 27th 2015

Where:  Jindivick, a delightful small town in West Gippsland, Victoria. (Approximately 100 kilometres east of Melbourne CBD), and then at Narkoojee Wines, Glengarry, near Traralgon in the Latrobe Valley.  At Narkoojee the exhibition will coincide with a concert by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra on Sunday 27th September.

The show will have the theme of ‘Sharing Food and Wine’.

The 2015 Jindivick and Narkoojee Sculpture Show features three acquisition awards, with a total prize pool of $8500.  This makes it one of the largest sculpture awards in Gippsland.  All entries are for sale, and will be displayed in the village of Jindivick for two weeks in May.  10 selected entries will then be relocated to Narkoojee Wines, Glengarry.  Exhibition dates at Narkoojee are May 30th to September 27th.

The acquisition awards are:

Narkoojee Acquisition, with a value of $5000, and the winning entry being permanently installed at Narkoojee Wines.

The Mawarra Jindivick Sculpture Acquisition, with a value of $1500, and the winning entry being permanently installed in the Jindivick Community Garden, Jindivick. 

The Nangara Acquisition, with a value of $1000, with the winning entry being installed in the Nangara Reserve Art Precinct, Jindivick.

A cash prize of $1000 will also be awarded to the best entry not selected for an acquisition.

The show opening and award presentation will be on Saturday May 9th, at 2.30 pm at the Jindivick Public Hall. 

The judges are Penny Teale, Senior Curator at McClelland Sculpture Park, Mark Cowie, Curator of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show Sculpture Show, and will include for the Narkoojee acquisition, a representative of Narkoojee Wines.

The Jindivick Sculpture Show is supported by the Jindivick Progress Association, Narkoojee Wines, Baw Baw Shire, the Helen MacPherson Smith Trust and the Friends of Nangara.

Sculpture show entries can be submitted online at

More details from Graham Duell, Curator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03 5626 7237, and Val Friend, Narkoojee Wines at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03 5192 4257.

‘Snowcatchers, Waiting for Winter’, by David Doyle, was the winner of the 2014 Mawarra Jindivick Community Garden acquisition, and is installed in the Jindivick Community Garden.  A new piece will be selected from this year’s show for installation in the garden.

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