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Arts News Spring Edition

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Casey Art Spaces welcome new exhibitions this Spring

Shake off Winter with an array of bright, fresh artwork across the art spaces this season. Denise Seal’s gorgeous paper-based works are inspired by flowers in bloom, while Tony Shannon’s captivating mosaic portraits are a colour explosion. At Endeavour Hills, Cally Van Der Schyff’s elegant drawings celebrate timeless old Hollywood glamour. Popular local artists, Bernadette and Regis Coquet will be exhibiting portraits and landscape paintings.

For full exhibition details including dates and locations, visit the Art Spaces webpage.

Applications now open to exhibit at Casey’s Art Spaces!

Calling Casey’s artists! Applications are now open to exhibit your art at one of Casey’s Art Spaces in 2018. Be part of the exciting Art Spaces program and have your work seen by thousands of residents across Casey (like our cover artist Laura White featured in the 2017 Art Spaces program).

For more information visit the Arts Spaces webpage.

Artwork by Berwick Artists’ Society members travel far and wideArtwork by Dion Tiernan

Berwick Artists’ Society members are taking their works near and far this Spring. Marie Warnecke recently travelled to Magnetic Island where she was commissioned to paint a seaside mural for the local residents.

Dione Tiernan will be exhibiting closer to home with her exhibition ‘Faces, Places, etc.’ at Doveton Library from 28 September – 11 November. For this exhibition, Dione’s realist portraits take inspiration from the people and places around her.

The Berwick Artists’ Society will be holding their monthly demonstration nights throughout Spring and welcome visitors or members to their weekly Thursday painting group. See the What’s On section for further information.

For more information on Berwick Artists’ Society contact Marie Warnecke on 5995 9925 or Dione Tiernan on 8786 8607, or visit the Berwick Artists Society website.

Image: Artwork by Dion Tiernan

SouthSide Collective launch new zine

The SouthSide Collective launched their first zine ‘SouthSide Chapter One’ and held an exhibition of local artists’ artworks on Friday 26 May at the Narre Warren Youth Hub.

Over 140 people came to view the exhibition of artworks by the collective members and other creatives based in Casey, with local musicians Zac and Rini both playing on the night.

The SouthSide Collective formed in January 2017, driven by a desire to meet like-minded artists in the area and to provide more creative spaces for young people to share art and ideas. Shanice Fernandez, Emily Smith and Mikayla van der Velden are the core members of the collective and met through the Youth Services team at City of Casey.

After the successful zine launch and exhibition, the SouthSide Collective are making plans to hold further events in Casey. “We want to see more creative events in this area, to have somewhere to go at night,” said Emily. “There are not enough places for artists to go, but with the launch, people saw young people weren’t bad, and weren’t going to trash the place,” said Mikayla. “Yes it’s talent but no trouble. People helped clean up!” added Shanice.

For more information on the SouthSide Collective, follow the SouthSide Collective Facebook page or email Sarah Lyons at Youth Services at

SouthSide Collective members
Caption: SouthSide Collective members

Free Professional Development Sessions for Artists

Get Market Ready
This popular session is for artists and makers who are looking to sell their works at markets. Craft Victoria staff and practicing artists will draw on their vast knowledge of trade fairs and markets and discuss their personal experience in creating strong product branding, negotiating cross platform selling, savvy market preparation and logistics, and developing a memorable market presence through visual merchandising.

For more information contact the Arts team on 9705 5200 or email

Bunjil Place is coming this October!

It’s been one momentous journey, but after years of dreaming, planning, construction, researching and testing the time has finally come to open the doors. Our landmark new arts and entertainment precinct will add another layer to our already flourishing creative community.

The City of Casey is excited to present a new artistic heart in Casey that champions creativity in all its forms. Bunjil Place offers the chance for our best and brightest talents in our own community to stand side-by-side with some of the most interesting, thought-provoking and high calibre artists in the country.

In the past few months we’ve already seen many opportunities for artists and arts enthusiasts to participate in some of the precinct’s new programs including The Bunjil Animation Project, Troy Innocent’s Bunjil Placemaker workshops and STEAMDANCE workshops presented in conjunction with The Australian Ballet.

With some of our first shows recently announced there’s still plenty more to come.

More to love about the library

Set over three levels, the modern, light-filled space will be the new home of the Casey Cardinia Libraries (CCL) Narre Warren branch.

Library staff are preparing for the transition to the new venue, which will be home to an updated collection of more than 50,000 books and audio visual materials.

The new space will see the library host a range of exciting programs for both adults and children, including talks on a range of topics, weekly story times, kids clubs and special events.

Undertaking such a transformation is no mean feat and as a result there will be some adjustments to services during October.

Key information to note:

  • The current Narre Warren library will remain open until two weeks before the Bunjil Place library opens.
  • During the closure period, a limited library service will be available for one week followed by a complete shut down for the next week to allow for the move of the library collections.
  • All other Casey Cardinia Libraries will be open as usual during that fortnight so customers will still have access to those libraries and their services. Nearby libraries are located in Endeavour Hills, Doveton, Hampton Park and Cranbourne.
  • The much-loved existing Narre Warren branch library will be farewelled with a community event in September, ahead of the move to Bunjil Place.

If you’re not already a library member, now is the time to join. Visit the Casey Cardinia Libraries website or the friendly library staff at any of the CCL branches!

Find out first!

With lots of exciting announcements to come about Bunjil Place over the coming months, make sure you sign up to the e-newsletter.

Visit the Bunjil Place website to stay up-to-date with all the latest news including details about our upcoming opening celebrations.

What's On

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

Music and Performance

  • Voices of Casey present, Music of ‘The Elements’
    Date: Saturday 9 September
    Voices of Casey are proud to present their concert, ‘Music of the Elements’. Voices of Casey are directed by Dr Jonathon Welch, AM and colleagues, and are associated with The School of Hard Knocks. The concert is an upbeat program of songs about rain, thunder, fire and the repertoire will be familiar to most. Voices of Casey are proudly sponsored by Barry Plant, Berwick.
  • ‘Singin’ in the Rain Junior’ by Bats Theatre Company
    Date: Monday 25 September - Thursday 28 September
    Bats Theatre Company present a special junior broadway production of the classic film, ‘Singing in the Rain’. Relive the wonderful music of this classic musical and witness the talent of Casey’s young perfomers.
  • Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein by Victorian School of Performing Arts
    Date: Friday 13 October
    Orchestra and local soloists present a wonderful selection of Rodgers and Hammerstein favourites from musicals such as the Sound of Music, Carousel, The King and I and more. Come and support our community by attending this wonderful concert which is sure to be another popular VSPA Choir event.
  • Casey Choir present ‘Crash the Party’
    Date: Saturday 28 October
    The Casey Choir present their annual supper dance. This year the choir present, ‘Crash the Party’, and will be providing you with some wonderful entertainment with popular songs some several decades. A silent auction, raffles and games will also take place on the night. BYO nibbles and drinks.
  • The Hot Flushes Vocal Quartet
    Date: Thursday 16 November
    The Hot Flushes are a female vocal quartet catering for all mood swings! Their wide repertoire includes show tunes and popular music from the 30s to the 70s.
  • A little Bit of Country with Jillian Lampkin
    Date: Saturday 18 November
    Jillian Lampkin is a local performer from the Mornington Peninsula. Jillian will be performing a selection of country classic covers from Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Ray Charles in addition to her own original work.

Visual Arts

  • Berwick Artists’ Society – Thursday Painting and Drawing Group
    Date: Every Thursday throughout the year
    The Berwick Artists’ Society’s Thursday painting group meets every Thursday at the Old Cheese Factory, and promises all a very warm welcome. The last Thursday of each month involves the Berwick Artists’ Society Portrait group, meeting at the same time at the same venue. Portrait group enquiries can be directed to Dione Tiernan on 8786 – 8607.
  • Paint Out- with the Berwick Artists’ Society
    Date: 2nd 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. Join them for a friendly and enjoyable outing.
  • Berwick Artists Society- Demonstration Nights
    Date: Wednesday 27 September with Paul McDonald Smith, Wednesday 25 October with Peter Smales, Wednesday 29 November with Cathy van Ee
    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. The September demonstration will be led by artist Paul McDonald Smith who will demonstrate still life/florals in oil paint, Peter Smales will demonstrate a seascape in oils in October, and the November demonstration will feature Cathy van Ee whose subject is landscapes using pastels.
  • Pencil Workshop with Janet Matthews- Kingfisher on a mossy branchKingfisher on a mossy branch - Janet Matthews
    Date: Monday 18 September - Thursday 21 September
    Janet runs workshops which have a specific theme for everyone to learn different techniques with their colour pencils. This workshop runs for four days in which we will be completing one image of a kingfisher on a mossy branch in colour pencil. Suitable for all levels of skill as Janet teaches with a step by step demonstration process which is easy to follow.
  • Magical Moments in Nature exhibition by Janet Matthews
    Date: Exhibition open daily throughout October
    This exhibition of new artworks by Janet Matthews is inspired by her travels to Sth America, the Galapagos Islands, Africa and throughout Australia. Janet works in colour pencil and graphite and has been capturing the fleeting and magical moments in nature that inspire us. Janet will be demonstrating at the gallery on Saturday 14 October and Sunday 29 October from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
  • Basketry Workshop ‘Baskets over a Mould’
    Date: Sunday 17 September
    Make a beautiful small basket from Native Plant materials using traditional basketry techniques. Learn about the harvesting and preparation of materials, and how the techniques can be used for small or large baskets. Presented by Cranbourne Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • Creative Workshop using water colours and colour pencilsWater colour artwork - Neloo Kreltszheim
    Date: Thursday 12 October and 19 October
    Neloo Kreltszheim is an award winning artist who specialises in water colour and colour pencil. This two-day workshop will show students how to combine water colours and colour pencils to create a beautiful artwork as a Christmas gift.
  • Lynbrook University of the Third Age (U3A) Open Day for the Ageing Positively Festival
    Date: Friday 13 October
    U3A Cranbourne comes to Lynbrook Community Centre to showcase some of U3A Cranbourne’s classes in action to the local community, with some crafts to make and take away. Tea and coffee provided.
  • Patmos Artists’ Annual Exhibition: Food for Thought
    Date: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October
    Patmos Artists have been working together under the tutelage of Di Lockwood for almost a decade and meet every Wednesday at the Old Cheese Factory. For their annual exhibition this year, the focus is on food, with most of the works being acrylics on canvas. Within this broad topic you will discover a diverse range of styles and subject matter, all at very reasonable prices.
  • Cranbourne University of the Third Age (U3A) Open Day for the Ageing Positively Festival
    Date: Friday 20 October
    U3A Cranbourne throws open the doors of their Cranbourne location to showcase some of their classes to the local community. Join them for some craft to make and take away. Tea and coffee provided.
  • Drawing and painting flowers and leaves with Marta Salamon
    Date: Monday 23 October - Wednesday 25 October
    This three-day workshop with artist Marta Salamon is a follow-up to her successful workshop earlier in the year, but beginners are also welcome. Marta is a distinguished botanical illustrator and fine art teacher, and she was the winner of the Celia Rosser Medal at the 2016 Art of Botanical Illustration exhibition Melbourne.

Writing and Poetry

  • New Shoots Eco Poetry Project at the Royal Botanic Gardens
    Date: Tuesday 19 September
    The New Shoots Eucalyptus Eco Poetry Project is collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Red Room Poetry and Eucalypt Australia. Deepening cultural and creative connections with place and plants, two local schools will work with Indigenous poets and storytellers to create poetry inspired by the Cranbourne landscape.
  • Page to Stage - Scriptwriting Workshops and Performance
    Dates: Script Writing Workshops: Monday 25 September, Tuesday 26 September and Monday 2 October. Rehearsals: Fridays 3, 10, 17 and 24 November
    Do you want to try your hand at scriptwriting? Or better still have a chance to perform what you have written at the Fresh Words Young Writers Competition Awards Ceremony? If you are a student in Years 7–12, don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting new writing program under the guidance of writer and director Riannon Berkeley. Attendance at all of the three workshops, four rehearsals and the performance is required.

Special Interest

  • Ageing Positively Festival Official Opening and Expo
    Date: Monday 2 October
    Olympian Dawn Fraser will give a keynote address to open the Ageing Positively Festival, with a talk inspiring everyone to lead a healthy and active life. The morning also includes a healthy living expo with many exhibitors, and there will be free trial sessions including zumba and martial arts. Light lunch will be provided.
  • School Holidays at Endeavour Hills Shopping Centre
    Date: Monday 2 October - Friday 6 October
    Endeavour Hills Shopping Centre is hosting a Kids Craft Activity Centre. These holidays enjoy Minion themed craft activities and enter the colouring competition to win a $100 Minions Monster Hamper!
  • Chinese Moon Festival Celebrations
    Date: Wednesday 4 October
    Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival at the library, as part of fun for the whole family! Featuring our first ever book sale for Chinese language items.
    11.15 am to 12.00 pm: Enjoy a Chinese folk dance performance. All ages.
    12.00 pm to 2.00 pm: Nab a bargain at our Chinese language ex-library book sale.
    12.00 pm to 2.00 pm: Children’s crafts - make something special to take home. This activity is unsupervised - parent or carer assistance needed. Ages 3-7.
  • 2017 Cranbourne GP Run
    Date: Saturday 21 October
    The roar of motorcycles and a sea of colour and chrome will fill the streets of Cranbourne on Saturday 21 October at the Cranbourne GP Run. The City of Casey is proud to host one of the largest and most exciting events in Victoria, as thousands of motorcyclists gather in Cranbourne to travel en-masse to Phillip Island for the 2017 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
  • Free Grant Writing Workshops for Casey Community Groups
    The City of Casey’s FREE Grant Writing Workshops give your community group all the information you need to access important funding. Learn how to access funding that is available through grants for community groups, schools or not-for-profit organisations
  • Operational/Minor Equipment Grants for community organisations
    The City of Casey is offering locally-based community organisations the chance to apply for up to $1,000 to assist with training volunteers, developing community leaders, setting up operations and minor equipment needs. Applications open Monday 4 September 2017 and close 5.00 pm, Friday 6 October 2017.
  • The Greatest Premium Art Show
    Provenance artists Inc, with the Berwick Artists Society present the latest edition of the ‘Great Art Show’. Over 600 artworks by local, Victorian and interstate artists are on display in a range of mediums including painting, scratchboard art, photographic and digital artworks and more. Visitors can vote for their favourite artworks and prizes are awarded to artists in each section.