Arts Updates

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Arts News Autumn Edition

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The Winter Arts Festival is almost here

Put it in your diary - the Winter Arts Festival is almost here!

Casey’s biggest arts event runs throughout June, July and August and features music, theatre, exhibitions, Open Studios, children’s school holiday fun and much, much more. For information contact our Customer Service team on 9705 5200 or email To see program visit the Winter Arts Festival webpage.

The Aveo Grand Art Exhibition at the Edrington

Provenance Artists Inc, a not for profit society of local artists, present the Aveo Grand Art Exhibition and Garden of Sculptures at the Edrington, the historical homestead of Lord Casey. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to visit the historically significant building, and enjoy this curated exhibition of local and interstate artists. The garden will be filled with sculptures and the exhibition features a range of art mediums, including a scratchboard section, a petit (postcard sized) section and many more intriguing delights.

For all the details visit the Edrington Aveo Grand Art Exhibition and Garden Sculptures webpage.

Celebrate local makers now showing at Casey's Art Spaces

The Art Spaces Program showcases innovative artworks across a range of mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics and now digital media.

For details visit the City of Casey Arts Spaces webpage.

Meet the Makers: creatives in Casey

Local artist Elma Young

Elma Young’s unique practice incorporates basketry, weaving and fibre art all using natural, sustainable or recycled materials. The Casey based artist exhibits her work in galleries and is a regular feature at markets around Victoria with her intricate and elegant baskets. Elma approaches each work with a mixture of planning and intuition.

“Each year I like to pick a theme and base my whole year’s work around it. This year’s theme of Twined and Twisted is based around a particular technique that I wanted to explore in creating sculptural forms in basketry. I am very technique-orientated and I like to choose a technique and explore its potential as fully as I can,” said Elma.

When it comes to inspiration, Elma uses a mix of observation and photography to choose what she will work on next. “I take a huge amount of photographs of anything really that catches my eye. I also use photography as a means of recording the  progress of a piece of work as well as construction techniques and the finished article,” explained Elma. Elma also takes inspiration from botanical artist Ernst Haeckel, a 19th century German artist and scientist “who drew the most extraordinary pictures” according to Elma, and was a contemporary of Charles Darwin.

Due to the nature of her materials and the drying times, Elma works across pieces at the one time. “I am always working on several things at the same time, I have so many UFOs (Unfinished objects)! Sometimes if I hit a brick wall with a piece of work for whatever reason, it is put aside and I may go back to it some weeks, months or dare I say it even two or three years later. As for baskets, each one may take anything from a few hours to several months to make as they need to dry and shrink and the fibres settle, allowing time to start on the next piece of work,” Elma said.

When it comes to the challenges associated with maintaining an art practice, Elma is pragmatic in her approach. “Artwork is just that, it is work. I would say the hardest thing is selling my work, and  maintaining momentum and enthusiasm, especially if very little has been sold that week. Working from home, it takes discipline and a good work ethic to make it happen. It helps to be well organised and to work to a schedule each week and to set yourself goals and deadlines,” said Elma.

Elma conducts monthly workshops in basketry, weaving and crochet and is at Akoonah Park market most Sundays, the Hill’s Art Market in Emerald and exhibits regularly with the Basketmakers of Victoria.

See more of Elma’s artworks at the Art By Em website, or follow her facebook pages Elma Young, Crochet Crazies or on Instagram.

Elma Young's unique practice incorporates basketry, weaving and fibre art all using natural, sustainable or recycled materials

David Krause from People's Playhouse

David Krause People’s Playhouse is a theatre company that performs their wellloved productions every year at the Cranbourne Community Theatre. The company has been operating for 22 years and was started by Michelle Thomas and Lucy Nicholson who initially staged theatre productions, then transitioned to youth theatre, and now specialise in ‘kids for kids’ productions, shows that are performed by children (and some adults), with children and young people performing and often taking key roles in the creative and technical production.

The current production by People’s Playhouse is ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown…’, a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts universe. This energetic and cheerful production is performed by a cast of young people (aged 13 – 18 years) who have been rehearsing twice a week for the past four months to bring audiences a polished and rewarding show.

Director David Krause has loved every minute of guiding the cast of 26 teenagers in this production. “We often have a mix of adult performers and children in our productions, but with this production we are working with quite a narrow age range, and it’s amazing to see them all bonding, they’re having a blast,” said David.

“We also have a great creative team. Leah Osburn our choreographer has done shows with us before and Maddy Corbel our Musical Director was previously in shows as a teenager, and now to see her at 20 years of age in this role is really inspiring for the cast. They just lover her,” explained David.

“Theatre is great for kids’ confidence and it’s not restrictive to gender- in fact it’s something the whole family can do together. I got involved as my daughter started when she was five and she is now eighteen, and then a few years ago my son started, and now we all do it as a family. Us adults love it too- it brings energy into your life,” explained David.

See the What’s On section for information on ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown…’ or to get involved in future productions visit the People's Playhouse website or check out the People’s Playhouse Theatre Company’s facebook page.

Casey-Creations.png Casey Creations Youth Arts Competition - enter now!

Unleash your creativity and artistic talents with the Casey Creations Youth Arts Competition! Let your imagination run wild and embrace the opportunity to exhibit your work and win some great prizes. Entries are open to young people in years 7 – 12 (or age equivalent) in two categories, Visual Arts 2D and Photography. Entry is free, and entries close Friday 21 April.

For further information please contact Youth Services on 9705 5200 or visit the Youth Services webpage.

Sculptures lead the way in Casey nature reserves

Keep an eye out for some beautiful new bronze sculptures by renowned Australian artist Silvio Apponyi, recently installed at Jessie Traill Reserve in Harkaway and Cardinia Street Reserve, Berwick. The sculptures are part of the interpretative signage program for the City of Casey’s nature reserves, and aim to increase awareness of the rich natural resources of our local environment. Come and visit and see the life-sized platypus and her babies along with a well-rounded wombat.

For more information on City of Casey nature reserves visit the Nature Reserves webpage.

Arts News survey winner announced

Arts News reader Jacqui Dawson was thrilled to win a $250 gold class voucher for her participation in the 2016 Arts News survey. The survey was comprised of several stages and looked at how readers engaged in the arts in Casey. Although the survey has now ended, we welcome feedback on Arts News anytime, so feel free to get in touch with the Arts team at if you have any ideas or feedback for us.

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Star Search for a Cause

Auditions are being held once again for the Star Search for a Cause annual vocal competition.

Vocalists of all ages are encouraged to enter the competition, as soloists, duos, or trios too! All entry fees will be donated to the Cancer Council and help support people living with cancer.

For the details visit the Star Search for a Cause Vocal Competition Audition webpage.

Casey Kids Carnival and Experience Casey

Casey Kids Carnival

Get down to Akoonah Park, Cardinia Street, Berwick on Saturday 25 March 2017 for a free day of activities for children of all ages. The event will include live performers, rides, interactive games, roving entertainers, face painters, art and crafts and live animals. Aimed at children and their families, the Casey Kids Carnival will promote accessibility, showcase arts and craft activities, encourage physical activity, open-ended learning and create active community ties. Visit the Casey Kids Carnival webpage for details.

Experience Casey - a multicultural celebration of Casey

Experience Casey is an annual one-day event celebrating the culturally vibrant and diverse community of Casey. Come along and discover new foods, see music and dance performances from around the world, and learn about other cultures with stallholders representing Casey’s many cultural community groups. Visit the Experience Casey webpage to learn more.

What's on this Autumn

Music and Performance

  • St Patrick's Day Concert with Victorian School of Performing Arts
    Date: Friday 10 March
    Come and enjoy an evening of Irish music, dance and stories featuring the Victorian School of Performing Arts Community Choir, Irish dancing groups and the well-known Irish Band, ‘Shanakee’.
  • Berwick and District Folk Club (BADFolk) presents Scott Cook on tour from Canada
    Date: Friday 17 March
    Canadian roots balladeer, Scott Cook performs with his acoustic trio the’ Second Chances’ for a tour in support of their 2017 album Further Down the Line.
  • Saturday Sounds at Hampton Park Library
    Date: Saturday 18 March
    Come and enjoy the uplifting, soothing and melodic sounds of traditional and contemporary music by members of the Hampton Park Pacifica Community from Fiji, Mauritius, New Zealand and Samoa.
  • Saturday Night Live at the Park
    Date: Saturday evenings until Saturday 25 March
    As the sun goes down, Saturday nights take on a whole new perspective at Wilson Botanic Park Berwick. Kick off your shoes and get your groove on, or sit back and listen to hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
  • Ragas Institute of Music and Dance Annual Recital
    Date: Sunday 26 March
    Ragas students of all ages will perform Indian classical vocal music and kathak dance at their annual recital.
  • All That Jazz with Victorian School of Performing Arts
    Date: Thursday 30 March and Friday 31 March
    Join the Victorian School of Performing Arts for an evening of jazz standards in a ‘jazz bar’ atmosphere, featuring professional singers, instrumentalists and musicians from the jazz genre.
  • People’s Playhouse present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown…
    Date: Friday 7 April, Saturday 8 April, Thursday 13 April, Saturday 15 April
    This much loved musical is a day in the life of Charlie Brown - from Valentine’s Day to baseball games, from bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening, all mixed in with the lives of all your favourite Peanuts characters.

Visual Arts

  • Berwick Artists Society – Thursday Painting and Drawing Group
    Date: Every Thursday throughout the year
    The Berwick Artists Society’s Thursday painting group continues to grow from strength to strength, as Berwick Artists Society welcome new members to the larger venue in the function room at The Old Cheese Factory for informal painting and fun.
  • Paint Out - with the Berwick Artists Society
    Date: The second Tuesday of each month – weather permitting
    The Berwick Artists Society meet and Paint Out- painting en plein air at a different location, to enjoy the warm air and scenery.
  • Berwick Artists Society- Demonstration Nights
    Date: Wednesday 22 March with Max Wilks, Wednesday 26 April with Ron Muller, Wednesday 24 May with Nadine Dudeck
    Come to the Old Cheese Factory for Berwick Artists Society’s demonstration nights and watch visiting artists take you behind-the-scenes when creating an artwork.
  • Botanical Illustration for Beginners- Three Day Watercolour Workshop
    Date: Monday 27 March – Wednesday 29 March
    Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne- Botanical Illustrators Group present an exciting workshop for beginners. This workshop will cover colour mixing, creating form, the use of light and shade and the application of paint starting with a wash.
  • Two-day Pen and Ink Workshop with Pauline Dewer
    Date: Monday 22 May and Tuesday 23 May
    Pauline Dewar will lead students through the various methods of using pen and ink in this botanical illustration workshop.
  • St John’s Anglican Church Cranbourne 2017 Art Exhibition
    Date: Friday 28 April - Sunday 30 April
    The exhibition includes over 150 paintings or photographic works, with all artworks for sale.


  • Aspiring creative writers invited to join Casey Writers Group
    Date: Saturday 4 March, Saturday 1 April, Saturday 6 May
    Casey Writers Group invites you to enjoy engaging in your craft, be it short story, novella, poetry, etc. Join in with other like-minded people in a friendly, positive atmosphere.
  • Bargain Book Sale
    Date: Saturday 18 March
    Stock up on some great reads at The Friends of the Doveton Library Inc. bargain book sale.
  • Elly’s Book Club at Hampton Park Library
    Date: Tuesday 14 March, Tuesday 11 April, Tuesday 9 May
    Relax and enjoy a chat with members of the Friends of Hampton Park Library as we share favourite books, authors and what we’re reading.

Special Interest

  • Autumn Plant Sale
    Date: Saturday 18 March – Sunday 19 March
    The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne are once again holding their much-loved Autumn Plant Sale.
  • The Art of Feng Shui
    Date: Thursday 23 March
    The philosophy of Feng Shui is to achieve harmonisation amongst heaven, the earth and humans by providing equilibrium with nature, buildings and people.
  • Aboriginal Astronomy
    Date: Saturday 6 May
    Dr Duane Hamacher, astronomer and Senior Research Fellow at the Monash University Indigenous Studies Centre, shares the many ways in which Indigenous Australians encode scientific information in their traditions and some of the ways in which they pass this knowledge to successive generations.

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