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Arts News Winter Edition

Inside the issue

Casey celebrates our biggest ever Winter Arts Festival

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Casey is getting bigger and so is the Winter Arts Festival!

For fifteen years the Winter Arts Festival has celebrated the best of music, performance, visual arts and crafts in Casey, and this year is bigger than ever! Dive into the program and visit an artist’s studio on the Open Studios Weekend, try your hand at one of our weaving workshops, or take the family to the Old Cheese Factory for the School Holiday Wonderland - a three-day extravaganza of creative fun for Casey kids! We’ve got heaps of great events to explore and to keep you creatively inspired this Winter.

For more information or to view the full program online, visit the Winter Arts Festival webpage.

Bunjil Place is coming…

Be in the know! Sign up to our e-newsletter to track the construction progress and find out what will be coming up once Bunjil Place is open.
Visit the Bunjil Place website to sign up and see what the entertainment precinct will look like in just a few months.

School Holiday Fun for Casey kids!

Art-Space-exhibitions-Sathpati-Sunflower.png School Holiday Wonderland at the Old Cheese Factory
Tuesday 11 July - Thursday 13 July
The Old Cheese Factory is a school holiday wonderland with heaps of great activities for children and it’s all free! Come and visit the Strange Garden and help us make a surreal forest of cardboard with Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, or visit the Ball Room for a magical experience like no other! Bricks for Kids are on hand for lego fun or make a crafty masterpiece with Dell Stewart in the art studio to take home with you. You can also check out the fantastic on-site playground or relax at the Old Homestead Café in between adventures.

Rabbit.jpg Visit Myuna Farm for school holiday fun
Date: Monday 3 July - Friday 14 July (and open everyday of the year)
Myuna Farm is packed with lots of great things to do these school holidays. Visitors can visit the animal nursery or hand-feed a large range of animals in the paddocks from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm daily, including sheep, goats, pigs, buffalo, cows, emus and more. Or take a train or pony ride around the farm from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm everyday ($3 charge applies). Watch a goat milking demonstration at 3.15 pm, or visit the on-site café anytime between 8.00 am – 4.00 pm. An extra special range of school holiday presentations take place every day at 10.30 am, including bird, reptile, and wool spinning demonstrations. Don’t miss it!

The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival
Date: Saturday 1 July - Sunday 9 July
Promoting kids to stay active, creative and use their imaginations throughout the cooler months, The Big Freeze is an exciting winter family festival that includes a snow experience!

The Little Mermaid by People's Playhouse Inc.
Date: Friday 7 July - Saturday 15 July
Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. The musical features irresistible songs including ‘Under the Sea’, ‘Kiss the Girl’, and ‘Part of Your World’. Bring the whole family and be swept away by a talented cast of over 50 members ranging from 7 years old to 70 years old. A brilliant musical not to be missed!

Perfect Paper Flowers
Date: Monday 10 July
Learn to make beautiful paper flowers to decorate cards, gifts and brighten up the walls of your room. If you love craft you are going to love making paper flowers with colours and patterns that are endless. There are two sessions of this workshop- ages 4 – 7 years can attend 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm, ages 8 – 14 years can attend 2.45 pm – 4.45 pm.

Cinderella by Adlib Theatre
Date: Tuesday 11 July - Saturday 15 July
“Cinderella” features all the characters audiences have grown to love and hate including the evil stepmother, horrible step sisters and of course the one and only fairy Godmother. Follow her journey as Cinderella goes to the ball, finds her prince, loses that slipper, and then with a little help from some little friends, lives happily ever after.

Winter Magic.jpg Winter Magic at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne Gardens
Date: Wednesday 12 July
Explore the wonders of plants and animals this winter. Listen to the sounds of the bush symphony and spot the signs that plants and animals are talking to each other. Program will include a discovery walk and craft activities. Suitable for children aged 3 to 5 years.

Woodland Weaving at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
Date: Wednesday 12 July
Weave dried woodland plants, flowers and fruits into a natural woodland woven artwork. Suitable for children aged 3 to 5 years.

Bollywood Dance Interactive Fitness Workshop for children
Date: Thursday 13 July
A colourful and vibrant way to promote health and wellness through dance. This interactive session will be a glimpse into the world of Bollywood Dance- lots of fun and suitable for individuals of all backgrounds. Followed by a workshop for adults at 7.00 pm.


NAIDOC Week 2017
Date: Wednesday 5 July
Celebrate the 2017 NAIDOC theme Our Languages Matter at the annual koolin-ik ba kirrip-buluk (family and friends event).

School Holiday workshops for teens

Two-day Textile Workshop
Date: Tuesday 4 July and Wednesday 5 July
Join us on the school holidays and get crafty with textiles. On day one you will screenprint your own fabric to create a unique fabric design. During day two of the workshop, you will create a purse or wallet from your own fabric using hand stitching techniques. Lunch and materials provided.

Resin Art Workshop
Date: Tuesday 11 July
Join us during the school holidays to create a resin-art canvas artwork. During this workshop you will learn how to use resin and will also have the opportunity to create your own artwork to take home and keep. Suitable for ages 14 - 17. Lunch and art materials provided.

Student Art, Film, Music and Performance

Casey Creations Youth Exhibition
Date: Friday 2 June - Tuesday 1 August
See the outstanding artwork produced by Casey’s talented young people in this yearly celebration of art. A variety of 2D visual art and photography produced by young people
in Grades 5 – Year 12 (or age equivalent) are profiled in this popular exhibition.

Winter Fest.jpg Doveton Live Winterfest
Date: Tuesday 20 June
Join us for a celebration of music at Doveton College featuring students from Early Learning to Year 9. A multitude of acts including a whole-school mega band of over 600 students will perform. Using the cutting edge, internationally acclaimed Musical Futures program, students form bands and play songs of their choice putting their own twist
on current pop songs and classic hits. Don’t miss out on the grand finale featuring two songs played by the entire college and signed in Auslan.

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Master's Recital Concert
Date: Tuesday 20 June
A wonderful evening of high quality musical performances featuring music from the Baroque Period through to Contemporary works. Young musicians from St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar School have been auditioned and selected for this prestigious concert in which they vie for the ‘Master Musician Award’.

Doveton Live Film Gala
Date: Wednesday 21 June
Students of Doveton College have produced a wide range of international award winning documentaries and animations. This will be the first time that a curated screening of these films will be screened to the public. Sometimes funny, often tragic and sad, these beautiful moving pieces show an insight into the hearts and minds of young people growing up in the Doveton area.

Doveton Live.jpg Doveton Live 'In a frame'
Date:Thursday 22 June
Visit this exhibition of student art and multimedia from the Doveton College Arts, Technology and Food departments.

Imagine - an exhibition by Hallam Senior College
Date: Thursday 10 August
Imagine is an exhibition of work created by Year 10 and 11 students at Hallam Senior College. Come and see works from students in Art, Photography, Media, Sculpture, Music and Drama. It is advised that prospective Arts Academy Year 10 students for 2018 attend.

Open Studio weekend

Date: Saturday 26 August and Sunday 27 August
Time: 10.00am – 4.00 pm

The weekend covers several studios and events including:

  • Open Studio Bus Tour
    Date: Saturday 26 August
    Join our Open Studio bus tour and visit artists at work in their studios.
  • Hampton Park Art Exhibition – Saturday only
    Come and visit and help us award the people’s choice prize, or enter your artwork yourself! Or take part in a one-day workshop with watercolour artist Julian Bruere.
    Venue: Hampton Park Community House, Stuart Ave, Hampton Park
    Cost: Artist entry to exhibit $5. Visitor entry to exhibition by donation. Workshop $75
    Enquiries: Heather Sheppard 0413 829 390 or
  • Janet Matthews.jpg Janet Matthews Studio
    Janet Matthews opens her studio to the public so they can see Janet working as well as an exhibition of her and her student’s artworks.
    Venue: 6 Tom Gearon Court, Narre Warren North
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Janet Matthews 0418 546 554 or

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    JGC Art Studios

  • JGC Art Studios
    Jude Ciancio is a fine artist who loves to express her passion and experiment with all forms of mixed media and materials from canvas to clay, bookmaking, photographic and mosaics. Gino Ciancio loves the digital media and the tactile environment of sculpture with glass, clay, steel and photography.
    Venue: 3 Fox Rd, Narre Warren North
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Gino Ciancio 0428 118 488 or
  • Jennifer Koch Studio
    Southern Eastern Contemporary Artist Network (SECAN) member and Lindsay King award recipient Jennifer Koch is opening her new art studio in Nar Nar Goon.
    Venue: 8 Richards Rd, Nar Nar Goon
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Jennifer Koch -
  • Libran Dogma.jpg Libran Dogma Open Studio
    In her Libran Dogma Studio and Gallery, Di Lockwood and fellow SECAN artist Heather Merrett present ‘Face Up and Figure it Out!’ Di and Heather will be giving visitors the opportunity to see demonstrations and finished figurative works, as well as the opportunity to try face/figure drawing or printing for themselves.
    Venue: Libran Dogma Gallery and Studio - 62 A'Beckett Road, Narre Warren North
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Di Lockwood 9796 8234 or
  • Paperworks Gallery
    Drop in to Paperworks Gallery to see works from Andrea’s ‘Cloud’ exhibition, held at Incinerator Gallery throughout June and July. Paperworks Gallery will be showcasing an array of original artwork and handmade giftware, watch artists at work and snap up some unique gifts.
    Venue: 26 Inglis Road, Berwick
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Andrea Hopgood 0408 072 491 or
  • Peppercorn Studio
    SECAN artist, Monique Clift’s works feature a mix of ceramics, printmaking and painting. Inspired by her immediate environment and a love of nature, much of Monique’s inspiration is collected from quite close to home throughout the farm and local bushland areas. Preview her new ceramic pieces and see Monique demonstrate printmaking techniques, talk about her inks, her press and limited edition prints.
    Venue: 125 Shelton Rd, Upper Pakenham
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Monique Clift - 0425 760 637
  • SECAN Artists at Akoonah Park
    The Southern Eastern Contemporary Artist Network (SECAN) studio will be a hub for various art demonstrations and activities. Approximately ten exciting contemporary artists will be demonstrating their techniques and processes of their individual and diverse art practices including textiles and mixed media, basket weaving, scratch board, painting and drawing
    Venue: SECAN Studio, Gate 6, Akoonah Park, Cardinia Street, Berwick
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Kathleen Kendall
  • Sue Jarvis Gallery/Garden
    Visit Sue Jarvis’ Gallery/Garden to see the artist’s work, and see her working on artworks relating to her October Exhibition ‘Colour and Shape’. Sue is an award-winning artist and photographer and SECAN member.
    Venue: 24 Blackwood Lane, Gembrook
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Sue Jarvis 5958 1567 or
  • Toomuc Valley Art Group
    Toomuc Valley Art Group are a group interested in contemporary art and will be showcasing their painting, drawing, printmaking and mixed media artworks. Come and visit the Toomuc Valley Hall and see the diverse array of works by this talented art group.
    Venue: Toomuc Valley Hall, 22 Leppitt Rd, Pakenham
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Sue Robertson - 0429 190 010 or
  • Up Close and Personal with Leanne Hutchinson studio
    Leanne Hutchinson is an accomplished local artist and teaches a range of art mediums from her Pakenham studio set in the picturesque Toomuc Valley. Leanne is a member of SECAN, CART and Toomuc Valley art groups. Joining her will be well known local fellow SECAN, CART artist Annette Slattery, who will be demonstrating and showing visitors their exciting work.
    Venue: Leanne Hutchinson Studio, 24 Short Lane, Pakenham
    Cost: Free
    Enquiries: Leanne Hutchinson -

Music and Dance

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Silvie Paladino in concert
Friday 9 June
Renowned Melbourne based singer, Silvie Paladino will perform a wide range of well-known songs for your ultimate enjoyment.

Fred Smith.jpg Fred Smith at Berwick Folk Club
Date: Friday 16 June
The Berwick and District Folk Club present touring singer songwriter Fred Smith. Fred recently released a highly acclaimed album called ‘Dust of Uruzgan’. Drinks and light refreshments will be available for sale at the venue.


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Star Search for a Cause

Star Search for a Cause Competition
Date: Heats - Sunday 16 July, Grand Final - Sunday 6 August
Star Search for a Cause is an annual vocal competition raising money for people affected by cancer, and to support the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life. Come along to watch the heats and Grand Final. Support the up-and-coming talent and support the Cancer Council.

Da Capo Singers present Echoes from the Past
Date: Saturday 17 June
A concert of magnificent Renaissance and Baroque music, featuring the sublime vocal harmonies of Da Capo Singers presenting works by Monteverdi, Palestrina, Arcadelt and more. This year Da Capo Singers proudly celebrates 20 years of choral excellence and artistry. This concert will be led by Music Director Elena Varshavskaya. It will feature a string quartet and be followed by a delicious supper.

Folk Uniting Nights (F.U.N) - Evening Performances
Date: Saturday 17 June - Saturday 19 August
Folk Uniting present their popular monthly Folk Night presenting the best of local and visiting folk artists. During the Winter Arts Festival, Folk Uniting will also be presenting a special program of activities including free workshops in ukulele, songwriting, jam sessions and more.

Folk Uniting Nights (F.U.N) - Matinee Performance
Date: Sunday 18 June 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Folk Uniting present a matinee performance featuring the best of local and visiting folk artists.

Folk Uniting Nights (F.U.N) - FREE Songwriting Workshop
Date: Sunday 18 June 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Join Folk Uniting Nights (F.U.N) for this free songwriting workshop.

Folk Uniting Nights (F.U.N) - FREE Ukelele Workshop
Saturday 17 June 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Join Folk Uniting Nights (F.U.N) for this free ukelele workshop.

Tidal Moon.jpg Tidal Moon at Berwick Folk Club
Date: Friday 21 July
Acoustic ripples upon a sea of imagination - Classical/Celtic meets Folk/Country. Barbara Jeffrey and Jose Garcia perform as the duo called Tidal Moon. Beautiful traditional, original and contemporary music - very engaging and easy on the ears! Wine, beer and light refreshments available.

Cranbourne Chorale presents 'Four Seasons in One Day'
Date: Sunday 13 August
Come and enjoy an afternoon of varied and beautiful music as the choir explores the atmosphere and experiences of Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. Refreshments will be available at interval.

I Come From a Land Down Under with Cranbourne Lions Concert Band
Date: Saturday 26 August
The Cranbourne Lions Concert Band is excited to be partnering with the Lions Club of Cranbourne to raise funds for the Children of Courage program. The concert will feature many well-known Australian songs. Please bring some friends, pack some supper and be prepared to have a fantastic evening!

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Sing into Spring with Casey Choir
Date: Sunday 27 August
Casey Choir invites you to join with us to hear our 2017 program, which includes many old favourites, but also many new songs which will add to your musical knowledge and appreciation. Some musical theatre, pop, classical and world music will all be included, followed by a afternoon tea. A special guest artist will be joining the choir on the afternoon.


Vicar of Dibley.jpg BATS Theatre present The Vicar of Dibley
Date: Friday 21 July - Sunday 30 July
This much-loved comedy show, written for award-winning actress Dawn French, will be recreated on stage by BATS Theatre. All the Dibley gang will be there plus some surprise extras, so come along to have a great night out and see why The Vicar of Dibley continues to entertain so many people. The Vicar of Dibley is classified ‘M’ for a mature audience.

A Decade on the Run; The Escapees Exhibition
Date: Thursday 6 July - Thursday 20 July
Come and examine all the bits and pieces that remain after fifteen full-length plays, two improvised comedy shows, ten short plays, four full-to-the-brim Christmas variety shows, and over 100 members!

Date: Thursday 13 July - Saturday 15 July
When Erin is diagnosed with a potentially fatal, incurable disease, she enters a state of grief.

Visual Arts Exhibitions

Wings and Petals by Nikki Bognuda
Date: Friday 21 April - Tuesday 20 June
Nikki Bognuda’s captivating paintings reflect her fascination with insects and birds in flight.

Diverse Viewpoints - One Focus by the Berwick Artists Society
Date: Friday 5 May - Tuesday 13 June
Celebrating their 25th birthday, this much-loved local arts society’s exhibition features a range of works including landscape, still life and abstract paintings.

Peace by Dena Aljamal
Date: Thursday 25 May - Saturday 22 July
Dena Aljamal’s joyful paintings depict aspects of her Palestinian heritage, faith and her inspirations since migrating to Australia.

Fine Art Photography by Jose Rojas
Date: Friday 16 June - Tuesday 18 July
Jose Rojas explores his passion for nature with his stunning landscape photography.

Retrospective by Lee Clements and students
Date: Friday 16 June - Tuesday 18 July
Lee Clements and her students’ diverse range of art journals are beautiful visual reminders of a person’s journey.

Inspirations by Jennie-maree Tempest
Date: Friday 23 June - Tuesday 29 August
Jennie-maree Tempest’s incredible freehand machine embroidery embodies the essence of her favourite artists that have inspired her creative work.

More Art Please.jpg More Art Please by Surya Murali and Students
Date: Saturday 8 July - Saturday 29 July
‘More Art Please’ will show case a variety of artworks including paintings, charcoal drawings and other related creative works. The paintings are made by Surya Murali and students, and encompass realist portraits, nature and wildlife paintings in a variety of mediums. Visitors will also have the opportunity to contribute to a community artwork.


Transformation - a contemporary painting exhibition
Date: Saturday 22 July
Artist Aloka Weerasinghe presents an exhibition of contemporary paintings entitled ‘Transformation’. This is a solo exhibition of works on canvas using acrylic paint.

Botanical Addiction by Laura White
Date: Friday 21 July - Tuesday 22 August
Laura White’s lush oil paintings encourage the viewer to slow down and observe nature in all its glory.

Twined and Twisted by Elma Young
Date: Friday 21 July - Tuesday 22 August
Elma Young is a fibre artist with a love of basketry and crochet. Her intricate pieces explore timeless techniques in a unique and contemporary style.

Strip Art Show
Date: Friday 14 July - Sunday 16 July
SECAN (South East Contemporary Art Network Inc.) present their second Strip Art exhibition. The Strip Art Show will feature artwork that is created in a strip format. The artwork must conform to a one-to-three proportion. This year the format will be either 40.6 x 121.8cm or 20.3 x 61cm. Visit our website for an application form or for full details.

Art for all by Tony Shannon
Date: Thursday 27 July - Saturday 23 September
Tony Shannon has a life-long connection with art and presents a fabulous collection of mosaic portraits.

Native Seduction at Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
Date: Thursday 1 August - Thursday 31 August
Become a voyeur in the world of native seduction. See how plants allure and entice their pollinators in a provocative way to preserve their existence. This exhibition showcases the artwork of the talented Cranbourne Friends Botanic Illustrators. Visit on Sundays between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm to watch a member of the group work as an artist-in-residence at the gallery. Free artist’s talks will be held on Wednesday 2 August and Wednesday 16 August at 11.00 am.

Chimera - An Eclectic Art Exhibition
Date: Sunday 6 August
Chimera explores what is real, what is an interpretation of reality, or what is imaginary. Like the mythical creature Chimera, the artists in Chimera are a diverse group of artists working together in different media, with different approaches and materials, but with one unified goal. Artists in this group exhibition are Viviana Silva, Sorab Kaikobad, Liz Pearson, Mari DeKock, Kimberley Hughes and Jayden Pleysier.

Fashionably Fabulous by Cally Van Der Schyff
Date: Friday 4 August - Tuesday 3 October
Cally Van Der Schyff’s elegant drawings celebrate the female form and the ageless beauty of old Hollywood glamour.

Creative Workshops for Adults

Writing Short Stories with Rafael S.W
Date: Saturday 3 June
Join writer and editor Rafael S.W. as he takes you through the world of the short story. Create short and punchy pieces that have all the depth and skill of novels, with 1 per centof the length. Using examples from classic and contemporary stories, Rafael will give you the tools to experiment and develop your own brilliant piece of prose.

Mosaics with Brenda Pettit
Date: Thursday 1 June - Thursday 22 June
This popular course is designed for those with little or no mosaic experience. The course covers all the basic techniques required to complete your mosaic, including preparation, cutting tiles, gluing and grouting. Experienced students can work on their own piece with the guidance of this award-winning tutor.

Berwick Artists Society Thursday Painting Group
Date: Thursday 1 June - Thursday 31 August
During June, July and August we invite interested parties to join us between and 2.30 pm for our Thursday painting group in the function room of the Old Cheese Factory. Members works will also be for sale. The last Thursday of the month also sees our members trying their skills at portraiture.

Worldwide Knit in Public Day
Date: Saturday 10 June
Join us to be a part of the Worldwide Knit in Public Day at Paperworks Gallery. Bring your crochet or knitting and join us for a coffee and a chat, share patterns and tips and tricks. Sit and knit in the garden or cosy up in the studio.

Mastering the Mini Croquembuche
Date: Monday 19 June
Golden profiterole puffs of perfection are not as difficult as you think! Impress your family and friends with this stunning traditional French desert. Cost includes all ingredients, please bring an apron and a container to take confection home.

Eco-dying in the garden at Paperworks Gallery
Date: Saturday 24 June
During this two-hour workshop you will learn eco dyeing techniques and create some beautiful prints on paper and silk. Using natural dyes from the garden, you will create a beautiful silk scarf to take home. All materials, tea, coffee and a delicious morning tea all included. There is also a special ‘bring a friend’ deal to take advantage of.

Painting Reflections with Calvin Bell
Date: Saturday 24 June
Provenance Artists Studio present a workshop with internationally trained artist and founder of Provenance Artists Studio, Calvin Bell. Calvin will lead a workshop exploring a painting medium of your choice: oils, acrylic or watercolours. Please bring your own materials.

Painting Reflections with Calvin Bell
Date: Saturday 22 July
Provenance Artists Studio present a workshop with internationally trained artist and founder of Provenance Artists Studio, Calvin Bell. Calvin will lead a workshop exploring a painting medium of your choice: oils, acrylic or watercolours. Please bring your own materials.

Berwick Artists Society present demonstration by Robert Knight
Date: Wednesday 28 June
The Berwick Artists Society present a demonstration evening with artist Robert Knight. Robert will be showing tips and techniques for painting in oils. All are welcome.

Portrait sculpting with Jessie McLennan
Date: Saturday 1 July
Have fun creating a life sized clay portrait that captures real character.Look at heads like never before. You will be using an armature, learning about forms, planes, proportions and how to sculpt eyes that sparkle. The portrait will be completed on the day, including hollowing out in preparation for kiln firing. All clay, tools, equipment and morning tea supplied, with a maximum of eight participants.

Scratchboard Demonstration and Workshop with Carol Gorenko
Date: Saturday 8 July
Provenance Artists Studio are hosting two scratchboard demonstrations and workshops by Carol Gorenko- a leading international scratchboard artist.

Scratchboard Demonstration and Workshop with Carol Gorenko
Date: Saturday 5 August
Provenance Artists Studio are hosting two scratchboard demonstrations and workshops by Carol Gorenko- a leading international scratchboard artist.

Bollywood Dance Interactive Fitness Workshop for adults
Date: Thursday 13 July
Bollywood dance is not only an art form but helps individuals to focus on improving their mental and physical wellbeing. This interactive session will be a glimpse into the world of Bollywood Dance which includes lots of fun and suitable for individuals of all backgrounds. Preceded by a workshop for children at 6.00 pm.

Linocut.jpg Introduction to Linocut: Gift tags and Cards
Date: Saturday 15 July
SECAN artist Monique Clift leads this two-hour workshop where you will learn the skills of linocut printmaking, and print your very own hand cut works onto a range of gift tags and cards. Once learnt this versatile and accessible technique can be applied to artist books, textile design, poster design and limited edition prints.

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Date: Tuesdays in Term 3 Tuesday 18 July- Tuesday 19 September
Alfred Health Carers Services, Support for Older Carers Program currently run an art group specifically for carers. Carers over the age of 50, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged 45 and over who care for adults with a disability, are invited to join this art group and explore a range of different artistic mediums and styles with experienced artist Brenda Pettitt. Join anytime but please call first to register.

Scriptwriting, Casting and Directing with Mainly Mondays Production
Date: Sunday 6 August
This half-day workshop provides females with starter skills in scriptwriting, casting and directing. his workshop encourages females to start their storytelling and to develop their skills. Lisa Habermann and Suzanne McKee are the creative team behind Mainly Mondays Productions. Both are screenwriters, producers and directors.

Communing with Nature at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Date: Saturday 19 August
How does nature speak to you? Textile artist Tina Whitely will lead you on a discovery of design, colour, shape and texture in the Australian Garden. This workshop will discuss the individual artist’s observations process and how to reconcile the natural world with elements and principles of art and design.

Two-day Colour Pencil Workshop with Geoff Sargeant
Date: Monday 21 August – Tuesday 22 August
Geoff Sargeant, an award-winning colour pencil artist, will cover techniques and choice of materials in this two day workshop presented by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Botanical Illustrators Group.

Exploring Drawing and Story for Those Who Can’t Draw or Want to Try More
Date: Weekdays Monday 21 August - Friday 1 September
Two weeks of Monday - Friday daily workshops exploring creative approaches to drawing using a range of materials. Exercises will involve observation, imagination and story elements. The activities are designed to be fun to encourage having a go. Contact Jenni for more information on sessions.

Berwick Artists Society present demonstration by Jeff Murphy
Date: Wednesday 23 August
The Berwick Artists Society present a demonstration evening with artist Jeff Murphy. Jeff will be showing tips and techniques for painting portraits. All are welcome.

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Date: Saturday 24 June
Come in and enjoy a live music performance by local artists The Emilia Duo. Supported by Friends of Cranbourne Libraries Inc.

Playgroup Week Storytime with Jeanette Rowe
Date: Tuesday 18 July
Communities for Children Cranbourne and Cranbourne Library present a special Australian animal themed storytime. Celebrated children’s author and Playgroup Victoria Ambassador, Jeannette Rowe will launch her new Whose Animals? Australia - a two-in-one bilingual book designed to be read in English with any second language you choose. Children will have an opportunity to guess which Australian animal is hiding under the flap – inspiring conversations about animal tracks, food and habitats. Families will receive a special library bag and Whose Animals Australia activity book with information to take home.


Charlie Chaplin Movie Magic
Date: Saturday 24 June
Come join us in a day of Charlie Chaplin-inspired activities which promises to be brilliant fun for the whole family. The day features a creative activities station (11.00 am – 12.30 pm) where a performing arts professional will help you create a storyboard, props and movie costumes. A Movies and Music presentation will be presented by an experienced orchestral composer who will explore the topic of music composition for film (1.00 pm). Charlie Chaplin’s silent film ‘The Rink’ will be screened with composer Tim Lukey performing a live score (2.00 pm). From 2.30pm watch Charlie Chaplin films ‘The Pawn Shop’, ‘The Immigrant’ and ‘The Floorwalker’. All films are classified as G-rated however Casey-Cardinia Libraries recommends parental guidance.

Live music with Chordite
Date: Saturday 22 July
Chordite are an acapella ensemble who will be performing a variety of songs from up-tempo favourites from the 50s, 60s and 70s to traditional ballads. This event is supported by Friends of Hampton Park Library.

Storytelling through Music
Date: Saturday 29 July
This unique musical workshop caters for families and children (aged four to 10). Explore music through vivid imagery, storytelling and role-playing that integrate live musical elements from a diverse range of cultures! Presented by concert pianist, teacher, composer and music therapist in training Natasha Lin.

William Shakespeare’s The Twelfth Night
Date: Thursday 10 August
The Monash Shakespeare Company present a free reading of The Twelfth Night designed for VCE students studying the text, but open to the general public. For school group bookings please contact the branch directly on 5990 0150.

Reading Australian Rules Football
Date: Saturday 12 August
Delve into the newly released book Reading Australian Rules Football, the most comprehensive survey of the subject ever attempted, with Tim Hogan from the State Library of Victoria. Receive an overview of the football collection at the State Library of Victoria, discuss the book and see samples of ‘footy treasures’ as part of a show and tell.

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Hands-on workshops at the Old Cheese Factory

  • Hanging Basket.jpg Hanging Basket Workshop with Elma Young
    Date: Saturday 3 June
    Enjoy this taster workshop to the world of weaving and basket making using recycled and sustainable materials. Elma will show you how to create a hanging basket from weaving plant material over a wire frame to create a hanging basket with plant to take home. Participants are required to bring their own scissors or secateurs (if possible) and gardening gloves.

  • Ceramic Birds Workshop with Jessie McLennan
    Date: Saturday 17 June
    Have fun creating a large ceramic bird for your garden. Using Buff Raku clay, you will learn how to use an armature to create your own unique delightful bird. Jessie is also holding a longer sculpting workshop on Saturday 1 July.
  • Basket making workshop with Donna Blackall
    Date: Saturday 24 June
    This workshop with Yorta Yorta artist Donna Blackall will take you through traditional weaving techniques, and you will make a beautiful and functional basket to take home. Donna uses New Zealand flax collected from around her home, which is sturdy and practical and suited to Donna’s blanket stitch method of weaving.

Professional development for Artists

Managing Safety, Risk and Insurance
Date: Tuesday 27 June
Don’t wait for things to go wrong! Ensure your community organisation and everyone involved is fully protected by attending this valuable session covering Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and negligence laws, identifying and managing risks, types of insuarance and protection available and case studies from the not-for-profit sector.

Winter Arts at Casey Cardinia Libraries - Celebrating Creativity

Casey Cardinia Libraries’ Winter Arts Festival Launch
Date: Friday 2 June
Celebrate the launch of the Winter Arts Festival at Casey Cardinia Libraries with artist and guest speaker Jenni Ivins. Join Jenni in an interactive workshop and discussion about her ‘Mind Drawings’, detailed pictures in which the lines can be seen in more than one way, followed by the launch of the ‘Casey Creations Youth Arts Competition’ exhibition. Nibbles, tea and coffee provided.

Drumming Workshop
Date: Saturday 3 June
Learn the basics of playing Djembe with experienced drum teacher Amadou Kalissa. Amadou presents the rich and vibrant culture of West Africa as he demonstrates a range of djembe and dun dun techniques. No experience necessary. Loads of fun. Drums provided.

An Afternoon of Ukelele And Cello with AJ Leonard And Jenny Rowlands
Date: Sunday 11 June
Multi-instrumentalist, arranger and recording artist AJ Leonard is one of Australia’s pioneer ukulele players. Jenny Rowlands has performed professionally throughout the classical scene in Australia. Together they are a true melding of musical minds.

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