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Arts News Summer Edition

Inside the issue

Summer exhibitions now showing at Casey's Art Spaces

Skilled practitioners in drawing and etching are celebrated this summer in the exhibitions at Casey’s Art Spaces.

Bunjil Place Library features the Whispers Project by local arts group SECAN. Artist Leanne Moss exhibits her detailed pencil drawings of natural subjects. Janine Good paints portraits of local identities and at the Endeavour Hills library, Sheila Daniells uses the locally popular technique of Scratchboard- a form of mark making on a black surface- highlighting the beauty of endangered species.

Bunjil Place Library
Whispers Project by SECAN
14 December - 25 February 2018

Cranbourne Library
The Beauty Within by Leanne Moss
30 November 2017 – 16 January 2018

Doveton Library
The Changing Face of Cardinia by Janine Good
23 November 2017 – 3 February 2018

Endeavour Hills Library
Scratching the Surface by Sheila Daniells
8 December 2017 – 6 February 2018

Hear me roar by Sheila Daniells
Caption: Hear me roar by Sheila Daniells, Sheila Daniells at work at Open Studios 2017

Bunjil Place Library Art Space opens with The Gathering exhibition

An exhibition of local indigenous art group ‘Yarn and Art’ signalled the first exhibition for Casey’s newest addition to its arts spaces program. The Gathering exhibition features artworks by Yarn and Art members who meet weekly to paint, draw, sculpt and ‘yarn’. Members of Yarn and Art demonstrated their painting during the opening Bunjil Place weekend (including Joy Sellars, pictured). Casey’s Art Spaces program highlights the work of local artists across four spaces and this newest art space on Level 1, Bunjil Place Library replaces the former space at the Civic Centre.

For more information visit Casey’s Art Spaces.

Joy Sellars demonstrating her painting at the Bunjil Place Opening
Caption: Joy Sellars demonstrating her painting at the Bunjil Place Opening.

Meet the Maker... Tony Shannon

Photo of Tony Shannon Casey artist, Tony Shannon has always associated art with feeling good. Bird by Tony Shannon

From a very young age, Tony has been using art to make others happy, by making drawings and giving them to other children who were feeling down or left out. Tony has continued making others feel better through art and these days combines his solo art practice with his work as an art therapist with adults with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI).

“Working as an art therapist/mentor has been one of the most rewarding art journeys of my life,” Tony says. “It was here that I first started doing the mosaic work.” Tony works with clients Ricky and Paul to create mosaic portraits inspired by their heroes and interests. A recent portrait of Usain Bolt was given to the famous athlete, who kindly sent Tony a signed photo – with Tony’s artwork featured proudly in the background!

Tony’s mosaics cover a range of subjects, from portraits to landscapes or animal subjects. “My art practice has always been based on the things that make us the individuals we are, the things we love most in our lives, portraits of family, pets, our landscapes.”

Tony recently exhibited his mosaic portraits at Casey’s Art Spaces, at the Doveton Library Art Space. Visit to find out more about Casey’s Art Spaces program.

What's on at Bunjil Place this Summer!


Christmas at Bunjil Place. Deck the halls and wrap the pressies, we’re getting festive!

  • Lighting the Bunjil Place Christmas Tree
  • Festive Flicks
  • Christmas activities at Bunjil Place Library
  • Dave O’Neil
  • Check out our gallery's latest exhibition Let's Play: The art of our time. From 14 December


School’s Out (for little kids and big kids too)! Chuck out your myki, Bunjil Place is where the party’s at for school holidays this January!

  • Storytime Ballet
  • The Curious Game
  • Deadly 60 Down Under
  • Summer of Sport on the Big Screen


Summer Lovin’ Days and Nights. Live gigs, special events and pop up bars are the name of the game.

  • Summer Sounds
  • Hank Marvin’s Big Burger Bi-annual
  • The Lonely Hearts Club
  • Anh Do: The Happiest Refugee!
  • Tapestry: The Songs of Carol King

For all the details visit the Bunjil Place website

2017 Christmas Carols in Casey

Celebrate Christmas at a community Christmas Carol celebration at an event near you.

New orchestra in Casey seeks passionate musicians

Casey Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is a passionate, fun group of musicians, dedicated to quality orchestral and chamber music in the Casey-Cardinia region.

CPO fills a gap in Casey-Cardinia’s music-scene, providing high-quality orchestral music in the City of Casey.

Musicians aged over 16 years, with advanced music skills (generally AMEB grade 6-7 and above) are invited to join the orchestra for weekly rehearsals in Berwick.

View the details for rehearsals.

Interested in seeing the orchestra in action? Don’t miss the Casey Philharmonic Orchestra in concert on Saturday 9 December - see the Music and Performance section of the What’s On listings to find out more, or visit the Casey Philharmonic Orchestra website.

Many cultures celebrate Australia Day in the City of Casey

Visit one of the fantastic free Australia Day celebrations across the City of Casey on Friday 26 January and celebrate Casey’s diverse and welcoming community.

For more information please contact the organiser listed with the event, or the City of Casey Events team via

gate 6 gallery is now accepting expressions of interest for 2018!

gate 6 Gallery is calling for submissions of interest for contemporary art exhibitions from June 2018.

This artist run space has been recently refurbished and provides low cost exhibiting facilities for emerging and established contemporary artists.

Venue: gate 6 Gallery, Gate 6 Cardinia St, Berwick


Annette Slattery
Mobile: 0419 890 150
Website: South Eastern Contemporary Art Network

Whispers – an exhibition of a year- long project

The Whispers project is a year-long project where images are passed from artist to artist, culminating in this exciting exhibition.

This exhibition also celebrates the official launch of the newly refurbished gate 6 Gallery.

Dates: Opening event Friday 8 December, Exhibition runs 9 - 10 December
Time: Opening 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm Gallery hours Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Venue: gate 6 Gallery, Gate 6, Akoonah Park, Cardinia St, Berwick
Cost: Free


Annette Slattery
Mobile: 0419 890 150
Website: South Eastern Contemporary Art Network

What's On

Your guide to the activities, workshops, classes, auditions and concerts in Casey.

Christmas Events at Casey-Cardinia Libraries Corporation

  • Christmas maker space
    Date: Wednesday 6 December
    Drop into the library to make beautiful Christmas decorations. Make your own creation at your own pace. All materials provided. No cost, no need to book, all welcome.
  • Christmas craft and gift wrapping
    Date: Wednesday 13 December
    Pop in to unleash your creativity – make decorator items or do some fancy wrapping for the family in your own time. All materials supplied. No cost, no need to book, all welcome.
  • Twinkle Toes the Christmas elf
    Date: Wednesday 13 December
    Dress up in your Christmas sparkles for an evening of entertainment, music and fun with Twinkle Toes the Christmas Elf.
  • Cranbourne Chorale
    Date: Wednesday 13 December
    Enjoy Christmas Carols with the Cranbourne Chorale, proudly supported by the Friends of Cranbourne Library. This performance takes place after the Twinkle Toes the Christmas Elf event at the library, stay for both for a great family night out.
  • Sing-along with James Cook Primary School Choir
    Date: Monday 4 December
    Come along and enjoy some Christmas carols and popular songs with James Cook Primary School Choir.
  • Sing-Along with St. Paul Apostle North Primary School
    Date: Wednesday 6 December
    Come along and enjoy some great family music and entertainment.
  • Christmas Chorus
    Date: Friday 8 December
    St Margaret’s Chamber Voices, under the expert guidance of Christine Cochrane from St Margaret’s School, Berwick, perform a variety of all-time favourite ‘a cappella’ songs.
  • Christmas Choir
    Date: Thursday 14 December
    Join in the magic of the festive season at Hampton Park Library and be entertained by St Kevin’s School Choir.
  • Christmas Carols
    Date: Saturday 16 December
    Enjoy the sounds of the Springvale Brass Band playing favourite Christmas carols. This development/learner band has membership for anyone wishing to learn a brass instrument from ages 8 to 80!

Christmas Events across Casey

  • VSPA Christmas Carols in the Garden
    Date: Tuesday 12 December
    VSPA Community Choir presents a wonderful array of carols and songs to celebrate the festive season. Set in the beautiful gardens of St Margaret’s with the option to BYO picnic and refreshments, this is a must-see event. Children must remain with their families at all times.
  • Casey Choir Sings Christmas
    Date: Sunday 17 December
    Casey Choir will entertain you with a program of Christmas carols and songs including new songs and old favourites. There will be opportunities to join in singing with some carols. Bring the family or friends, or come alone and make new friends. You will be seated at round tables with room to place your BYO nibbles and drinks. Coffee and tea provided.

Music and Performance

  • Casey Philharmonic Orchestra present the Concert ‘Love and Tragedy’
    Casey’s newest ensemble, the Casey Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is coming to Bunjil Place! Well-known Melbourne conductors, Basil Hawkins and Kent Ross, and soloist Anna Margolis, are performing: Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Mozart Arias, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No.4, Sibelius’ Finlandia, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Rossini’s Barber of Seville.
    Date: Saturday 9 December 
    Time: 7.00 pm
    Venue: The Studio, Bunjil Place, Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren
    Cost: $26.50 (full); $21.50 (concession); children under 12 years free
    Bookings: Visit the Bunjil Place website.
    Enquiries: Belinda Bolger,
    Visit the Casey Philharmoinic Orchestra website.
  • Making Music at The Factory – A Summer Choir
    Started in 2012, this event is growing each year. It is for those who miss choral singing while their choirs are in recess for the holidays or for anyone who would like to try their hand at singing in a choir without making a commitment to an existing choir. The fun-filled four-day program is led by well-known choral conductor Faye Dumont and accompanied by Simon Loveless. At the completion of the program the group will showcase their achievements in a performance at a local venue.
    Date: Tuesday 2 January – Friday 5 January
    Time: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm daily
    Venue: The Factory Rehearsal Centre for the Performing Arts, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne
    Cost: $250 includes full catering (this cost may be reduced depending on numbers)
    Bookings: Compulsory - call Jennie 5998 7485 or 0417 567 125
  • The Next Big Thing by Windmill Theatre?
    The Next Big Thing is a variety show performed by local talent between 12 and 25 years of age which will feature some fantastic songs from new musicals currently playing on Broadway, some old favourites, and everything in between. It’s a mixture of comedy, heart, passion and love with just the right mix of talented young performers to bring it to life. The program features songs from Hairspray, Rent, Something Rotten, Sister Act, Dear Evan Hansen, The Last 5 Years and Matilda.
    Date: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 January
    Time: 8.00 pm (Friday, Saturday) and 2.00 pm (Saturday, Sunday)
    Venue: Studio Theatre, Bunjil Place, Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren
    Cost: Adults $27, Concession $24, Child $21, Family $92, Groups of 10 at concession prices
    Contact: 9709 9700
    Visit the Windmill Theatre Company website.

Visual Arts

  • Berwick Artists Society - Demonstration Nights
    Berwick Artists Society invites all to enjoy a fascinating glimpse into how an art work is created at their monthly demonstration nights. The first demonstrator in 2018 will be Michael Goff, a most respected prize winning painter of many mediums.
    Date: Wednesday 28 February
    Time: 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start
    Venue: Function Room, Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Rd, Berwick
    Cost: Members $10 visitors $12. Supper provided.
    Contact: Marie Warnecke 5995 9925 or Tony Purcell 9707 1910
    Visit the Berwick Artists Society website.
  • Berwick Artist Society - Thursday Painting and Portrait Groups
    Each Thursday the Berwick Arts Society painting and drawing group meets in the Function Room, The Old Cheese Factory for a social painting session. All are very welcome to attend. The last Thursday of each month involves our Portrait Group which meets at the same venue and same time.
    If you would like to join us for an enjoyable Paint Out, in different locations, weather permitting, on the second Tuesday of each month.Please contact Tony Purcell on
    9707 1910.
    Date: Thursdays (not including Summer break 21 December – 21 January)
    Time: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
    Venue: Function Room, Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Rd, Berwick
    Cost: Members $6, painting visitors $7
    Contact: Marie Warnecke 5995 9925 or Tony Purcell 9707 1910
    Visit the Berwick Artists Society website.
  • Synergy in print – an exhibition by Di Lockwood and Heather Merrett
    Di Lockwood and Heather Merrett exhibit this collaborative project based on their Narre Warren North experiences using and combining their individual techniques in printmaking.
    Dates: Opening event Saturday 6 January, Exhibition runs 7 – 28 January
    Time: Opening 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm, Gallery hours Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
    Venue: gate 6 Gallery, Gate 6 Akoonah Park, Cardinia St, Berwick,
    Cost: Free
    Contact: Di Lockwood, 0421 212 476
    Visit the South Eastern Contemporary Art Network website.
  • Jillian Ronald Mosaics
    Jillian Ronald presents a collection of mosaic pieces celebrating both the two dimensional and three-dimensional forms. Includes a homage to the four elements and Jillian’s unique reflected negatives. Jillian will be artist in residence during the exhibition, demonstrating her unique style of mosaics on site.
    Dates: Opening event Saturday 10 February, Exhibition runs 11 – 25 February
    Time: Opening 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm Gallery hours Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
    Venue: gate 6 Gallery, Gate 6 Akoonah Park, Cardinia St, Berwick,
    Cost: Free
    Contact: Jillian Ronald, 0413 147 396
    Visit the South Eastern Contemporary Art Network website.
  • Art Classes for Adults
    Di Lockwood will introduce (or refresh) basic skills in painting with acrylics and mixed media. Di has been an art tutor with Patmos Artists who will continue on Wednesday afternoons as an untutored class at our new base at Gate 6 ($5 SECAN members, $7 visitors). All welcome.
    Dates: Wednesdays during school terms, 7 February – 28 March
    Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
    Venue: SECAN studio, Gate 6, Akoonah Park, Cardinia St, Berwick
    Cost: $15 casual or $90 full course (8 sessions)
    Contact: Di Lockwood, 0421 212 476
    Visit the South Eastern Contemporary Art Network website.
  • Watercolour workshops in 2018 with Neloo Kreltszheim
    Neloo is an experienced and prize-winning watercolour artist. Neloo will be running two workshops for beginners and advanced students at the Endeavour Hills Neighbourhood Centre from March 2018. Neloo will be running ‘Watercolours for absolute beginners’, or more advanced students can enrol in ‘Modern Watercolour Techniques’. Neloo is also available for tuition and classes on request.
    Dates: Selected Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning in March
    Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm or 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
    Venue: Endeavour Hills Neighbourhood Centre, 10 Raymond McMahon Blvd, Endeavour Hills
    Cost: $50 per two-day workshop, a list of materials will be supplied on enrolment
    Contact: Cathy 9700 3789 or Neloo 9703 1820