Opera by the Lakes
to 15 Mar.

Opera by the Lakes

Teddy Tahu Rhodes Alexander Lewis Georgia Wilkinson

Opera By The Lakes

Sunday 15 March 2020

@ Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Gates open 12 noon.

Bookings essential.

With a stunning venue, set in a natural amphitheatre on a cliff top, with views over the largest lakes system in the Southern Hemisphere, where white-bellied eagles fly on thermal currents, and where over a thousand patrons gather for this sold out event each year. They would not exchange this amazing outdoor venue for anywhere else in the world. It is indeed a perfect setting for this daytime event, now in its 7th year. Is it any wonder that patrons come from far and wide, many in bus tour groups, who are already booking, specifically for this event.

Gippsland Opera always guarantees you top performers, and we are ‘over the moon' that Teddy Tahu Rhodes cleared his diary for OBTL 2020. He absolutely loved the atmosphere, the camaraderie, and said that, and more on ABC radio. We have the international and Opera Australia bass baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, with what must be one of the richest, distinctive and powerful voices one has ever had the privilege to listen to. He will be back for an encore performance at Opera By The Lakes. The warmth of tone and musicality that can fill any venue and your hearts will be back for our much loved event.

A newcomer next year, to OBTL will be the outstanding international opera and music theatre star, Alexander Lewis. Described by theatre critics as the most brilliant young tenor ever, he recently starred as Tony in Opera Australia's production of West Side Story on Sydney Harbour, which has been nominated for the top musical. Last year he was also the lead in Merry Widow for Opera Australia in Melbourne. Alexander played the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, replacing Anthony Warlow as the Phantom. Teddy and Alexander have sung together many times, and we look forward to duets.

Coloratura Soprano Georgia Wilkinson (The Voice) recently thrilled the audience at St Mary’s in a wonderful concert with Nathan Lay. She has just returned from singing with Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Opera Under The Stars in Broome. In October, she will be a finalist in the prestigious Sun Aria, as well as joining Anthony Warlow on stage at Hamer Hall for a sold out season of Jekyll and Hyde. Georgia will undoubtedly be singing duets with Teddy and Alexander at OBTL.

Soprano Madeleine Crombie has performed at OBTL since its inception in 2014, and audiences have loved to see the improvement each year. She was Opera Scholar the Year for Opera Scholars Australia in 2017. Together with her Opera Scholar friends, she created a Delicious concert for us at St Mary’s in June. This lovely singer with a richness of tone and amazing vocal range is a local Metung girl we are all very proud of.

The singers will be supported on the piano again by the incomparable David McNicol.

TICKETS: Available now at Just Books Main Street Bairnsdale or Gippsland Opera Box Office on 0409-771-526 and tickets will be posted to you.

www.gippslandopera.com.au Web site also helps you find accommodation when staying in East Gippsland.

Premium front row reserved $80

Premium group 10 or more reserved $75 in first 5 rows.

Adults $70

Senior $65

Groups of 10 or more reserved $65

Concession $65

For further information, ring or email Andrea akford@tpg.com.au tickets posted to you

Andrea Ford

Artistic Director

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'Wrapped in Art' installation Laurie Collins - Warragul CBD
to 13 Apr.

'Wrapped in Art' installation Laurie Collins - Warragul CBD

‘Wrapped in Art’ installation to beautify Warragul CBD

Published on 04 October 2019

Fifteen existing Ausnet electricity transformer boxes along Smith and Victoria Streets in Warragul will be transformed into a canvas to display works of art created by local artists.

Through the Warragul CBD Streetscape Project there was an opportunity to beautify the traditionally plain but necessary transformer boxes by showcasing creative and vibrant works of art by local artists.

A local signwriting company was commissioned to create and install vinyl wraps featuring high-resolution prints of selected artworks on each electricity transformer box. Council’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee recommended using images of works held in the Council collection for the first ‘Wrapped in Art’ exhibition.

The largest box located near the arcade on Smith Street, has been transformed into a steel plinth providing a platform for local artists to showcase their sculptures. The first artist to have their work displayed is well known Jindivick-based sculptor Laurie Collins.

In the future, other local artists will have the opportunity to have their artworks and sculptures featured for display. A changeover will take place approximately twice a year. Expressions of interest will open for local artists around April/May 2020, this process will be managed by Council’s Arts and Culture team.

The project aligns with Council’s objective to build a vibrant community through arts and culture. Furthermore, Council’s Public Art Policy highlights a commitment to integrating public art in the design of major infrastructure projects.

There are many benefits to public art benefits, including:

  • Community wellbeing and cohesion by creating a sense of ownership and belonging to place.

  • Storytelling and developing a sense of regional character and uniqueness.

  • Iconic imagery, cultural tourism and development of arts business.

  • Enhanced open spaces and public gathering spaces.

  • Encouraging social interactions.

  • Supporting local artists and providing opportunities for development of arts-based business.

  • Simulation, inspiration, conversation and celebration. Public art encourages an inclusive community and creates discussion while it addresses issues.

This project is being delivered with permission from Ausnet.

Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Mikaela Power

“This is a fantastic opportunity to turn beige transformer boxes into vibrant works of art that celebrate our community’s talent and creativity. It’s great to see local artists involved from the start, working with Council staff and Ausnet. We look forward to seeing works from other artists featured in the future.”

Quotes attributable to Arts & Culture Advisory Committee Representative Cr Jessica O’Donnell

“We’re so pleased that local artist Laurie Collins was able to work with us to help set up the project. Laurie has been a tireless contributor and promoter of our region and its creativity. We also thank our Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee for their guidance and support for this unique collaboration between arts and infrastructure delivery.”


Mayor Mikaela Power and sculptor Laurie Collins in front of Laurie's inaugural Smith Street sculpture.

Mayor Mikaela Power and sculptor Laurie Collins in front of Laurie's inaugural Smith Street sculpture.

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A4 Art Australia Exhibition 2020
to 21 Feb.

A4 Art Australia Exhibition 2020



The Contemporary Art Society of Victoria would like to invite you to participate in our seventh annual A4 Art Australia exhibition coming up in March & April 2020.

The exciting news is that the exhibition will be open to the public at the Herring Island Art Gallery for an extended period of 5 weekends including Good Friday, 10 April, Easter Monday, 13 April, and as a bonus, Friday 27 March.

Each year this exhibition has grown and proven to be popular with the public, with high visitor numbers over the exhibition duration and many sales.

Enter here

What is A4 Art Australia?

A4 Art Australia is an exhibition of A4-sized artworks, hence the title. This exhibition showcases A4-sized artworks by both established and emerging contemporary artists and offers all participating artists the opportunity gain exposure for their art at low entry cost. By having a theme of A4 sized artworks, artists from all over Australia have an opportunity to submit works via Australia Post. All 2D artworks will be framed for the exhibition (see conditions) and entry is only $13 per artwork. All exhibited artworks will be photographed and exhibited on the CAS website.

Contemporary artists are invited to submit up to four (4) A4-sized artworks for the exhibition.

Note: Both 2D & 3D works may be submitted.

See our website for ALL DETAILS, conditions of entry & online entry form.

NOTE: Deadline for receipt of entries: Friday 21 February 2020.

Please pass on this information to any other artists you know who might be interested in participating.

Kind regards,

Robert Lee

President, Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc.

Phone: (03) 9428 0568

email: mail@contemporaryartsociety.org.au

web: www.contemporaryartsociety.org.au


More info:

A4 Art Australia is run by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc. The Society is a non-profit organization, run on a voluntary basis by artists for the benefit of artists and those interested in the arts. It is based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and was founded in 1938.

A4 Art Australia will be held in the Gallery on Herring Island (Richmond) as part of the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2020 in Melbourne. Herring Island is a unique island in the middle of the Yarra River, between Richmond and South Yarra, only 3km from the Melbourne CBD.

The exhibition (and gallery) will be open to the public 11.30am - 4.30pm on the following dates: 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 MARCH and 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13 April 2020.

Entry cost: Entry is AU$13 per work...

Plus a fixed $10 postage, packaging & parcel tracking (by Australia Post) charge for return of your unsold 2-D works (refundable if you sell all your work).

Additional size/weight-related postage charges apply for 3D works.

Note: Entry fees can be paid by PayPal / cheque / money order / credit card / EFT.

How to enter: ENTER ONLINE via our website.

All 2D entries and entry payments must be received by us by Friday 21 February 2020.

Any further questions?

See the CAS website www.contemporaryartsociety.org.au for the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), or email us at mail@contemporaryartsociety.org.au

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The Sketchbook Project
to 19 Nov.

The Sketchbook Project


Order a sketchbook, fill it up, and send it back to us to be a part of the world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks! Every participant is sent the same 5x7'' blank custom sketchbook. Each book will be given a unique six-digit barcode so we can easily catalog it into Brooklyn Art Library's system.

Once we catalog it, you’ll be able to track where your book travels and how often it is viewed - we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook!

Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project.


  • Contribute to a time capsule library, where your work will be preserved indefinitely.

  • Become a part of a global movement of creatives.

  • Stretch your imagination in terms of what you thought a sketchbook could be used for.

  • Continue to engage with, track and promote your work no matter where you live.

  • Watch your work travel to popups, exhibitions and installations across North America.

For more information go to https://www.brooklynartlibrary.com/sketchbookproject

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Baw Baw Arts Alliance Newsletter
to 19 Oct.

Baw Baw Arts Alliance Newsletter


Baw Baw Arts Alliance Newsletter

12th October 2019

  • Seniors Week - Nola Clarke "Graphic Pencil" demonstration today @ 1.30pm - 3.30pm see Web page - select demonstrations tab

  • Tomorrow 13th October Trafalgar Garage Sale (Whole Town)

  • Seniors Week - Music and Musing Monday the 14th at 1.30pm at the Trafalgar Station Gallery. That is this Monday, Alan Clark is a well known accomplished keyboard player, he will be accompanied by his brilliant bass guitarist. Yvette Stubbs is a serious, quirky, amusing performer, she has headlined the best gigs in Melbourne and recently returned from her featured performances in Europe. There is also an open stage element to this gig, where performers can enter to win the gippy cup. award for best performance. Come along and enjoy am afternoon of entertainment. Free. Web page - select demonstrations tab

  • Next Saturday First "Summer Arts Market" for the 2019/2020 season, Warragul Civic Park Warragul, 9am - 1pm. Web page

  • Rotary Arts Show - Web page

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ABC Gippsland Facebook Post on "The Yarram Archies 2019"
to 1 Sep.

ABC Gippsland Facebook Post on "The Yarram Archies 2019"

There are still a couple of days left to catch the Yarram Archies at the Courthouse Gallery, Yarram's annual answer the Archibald Prize portraiture competiion!

This year's exhibition features a diverse range of artists working with paint, photography, ceramics and metal work. The influence of photography and the modern 'selfie' is evident in the composition of some of the works, as are poignant depictions of artists and subjects living with mental health conditions and disabilities.

The exhibition which is open to artists of all ages and received 57 entries this year from across the region and as far as Melbourne.

As a collection, the exhibition paints a complex portrait of humanity, perhaps grappling with personal struggles and the uncertainties of modern life.

There are moments or joy and candid frivolity in the mix, the colourful abstract work from young children adds fun and the exquisite sculptural busts which reference antiquities, add a unique dimension to representing 'a real person, past or present'.

The Yarram Archies are on display until 27th August, 2019.

To see the post, including photos, click here.

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Port Albert Water Tower Project
to 1 Oct.

Port Albert Water Tower Project

Port Albert Water Tower Project

Port Albert, are seeking submissions of concept designs by September the 30th 2019

Port Albert is a historical town on the coast of south East Gippsland. They have a water tower that is a blank canvas. They are looking for expressions of interest from artists to paint their tower. The tower is 27.6 metres high and 20 metres circumference. 

It is seen from land and sea which is unique. Port Albert want to make this great big canvas (the water tower) an attraction that will engage locals and tourists, they want locals to smile as they drive past, and to be proud of their town and their history, to stop and look at the images depicted. Port Albert want tourists to come to town to see the art and to get an understanding of the important history of Port Albert. 

Once the designs have been submitted the community will make a decision and choose the final design. 

Some of the aspects of Port Albert that they would like to include in the design
* GunaiKurnai creation story 
* including local flora and fauna.
* Local History ie The Clonmel shipwreck, Fishing industry.
*Colours need to blend in with the surroundings of the tower
ie. no really bright colours. 

Please send expressions of interest to :


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Royal Agricultural Show (Melbourne): Art, Craft & Cookery Competition 2019
to 14 Aug.

Royal Agricultural Show (Melbourne): Art, Craft & Cookery Competition 2019

There’s plenty of opportunity this year for artists at the upcoming Royal Melbourne Show with the organisers now allowing artists to list the artworks they have entered into the various competition categories for sale to the general public. With an average 450,000 visitors to the show, can you afford NOT to enter?

For Competition details:


To enter:


For more information about the Royal Melbourne Show 2019:


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Limited exhibition space available for 2020. Book NOW!!!
to 15 Sep.

Limited exhibition space available for 2020. Book NOW!!!

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Hi everyone,

Following dates are free if you would like to book an exhibition for 2020:

  • July 1 - July 28

  • August 26 - September 22

  • September 23 - October 20

  • December 16 for four weeks

Both Individual and Group exhibitions are encouraged. We do have a couple of artists who may like to share an exhibition if anyone is interested.

Let me know as soon as possible if you would like to reserved a spot.

Kind Regards,

Karen Rogers

President, Yarram Courthouse Gallery, Inc.

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Membership Subscriptions due now.
to 8 Aug.

Membership Subscriptions due now.

Hello everyone,

Gallery membership is now due. Thank you to those who have already paid their 2019/20 membership fees - receipts will be issued when our Treasurer returns from holidays. Otherwise, for those who are still needing to, you can download a membership form here.

Kind Regards,

Karen Rogers

President, Yarram Courthouse Gallery, Inc.

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Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland artists. Updated 1/8/19
to 1 Oct.

Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland artists. Updated 1/8/19

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Announcing the Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland artists

1st August 2019

The Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland Artists is Open!!

One of the absolute highlights of my year was receiving a phone call in January from Gippsland Artist, Meg Viney - Bell. I've known Meg for a number of years, having worked with her on a project in Yarram around 8 years ago.

Meg rang for a chat and also to see if Regional Arts Victoria

would like to support a gift from her of $10,000 to establish a Gippsland scholarship for Fibre Artists. Meg wanted to give some of her savings to allow Gippsland Fibre artists to have some of the opportunities she had early in her career. I was blown away with her generosity. But Regional Arts Victoria hadn't developed a scholarship before...

My manager, Liz, very excitedly and promptly said yes. Our CEO, Joe, said yes and we set about learning how to put this all together.

In May at our AGM at The Stratford Courthouse we officially launched the Meg Viney-Bell Fellowship for Gippsland artists.

There have been so many tears of happiness along the way and we are so thrilled to be working with Meg, Simon and Erin from Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale and our amazing team at Regional Arts Victoria to bring this generous and beautiful opportunity to Gippsland.

And today the applications are officially open!

Saturday 25 May

Regional Arts Victoria and Meg Viney-Bell are pleased to announce the inaugural Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland artists wishing to grow their practice, explore their work, and develop new skills.

The intention of the $10,000 Fellowship is to revive fibrearts as an art form in the region supporting artists towards public presentation through exhibitions, artists’ talks or workshops.

The Fellowship was announced by Viney-Bell in Stratford today as part of the Regional Arts Victoria Annual General Meeting and Member Celebration.

As a fibre artist, Meg Viney-Bell concerns herself with the ‘nature of containment’ and what that means for emotional, spiritual and physical security. Her sculptures suggest that all life comes from a vessel, as something that holds and nurtures lifeforms from gestation to emergence – be it an egg, a cocoon, a uterus, a bud, a seedpod, a shell – the reality is Universal. Her work visits this central theme throughout her arts practice.

“The beauty in fibreart is of the physical and personal process of the artist. It is a rich cultural skill to work with natural materials in developing works of art that prioritise aesthetic value over utility. When artists come to me for mentorship or guidance, what grows is their authenticity and integrity of practise. It is a wonderful method of artmaking that is unique to the individual and their own cultural connection.” says Viney-Bell.

Administered by Regional Arts Victoria, the Fellowship opens on Thursday 1 Augustfor artists residing across Gippsland who have a minimum two years’ experience in fibrearts.

”This is a wonderful opportunity for Gippsland artists, and an extraordinary gesture by a local practitioner,” says Joe Toohey, Regional Arts Victoria Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to be supporting Meg in realising her ambition to see fibrearts thrive in the East of our state.”

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