Performances, in-the-world happenings, readings and more: showcasing Surf Coast’s creative talent.

Portal will play host to a number of ongoing ‘in-the-world’ community artistic events and initiatives, designed to motivate all Surf Coast residents to get creative and showcase the central role creativity plays in developing identity, belonging and a sense of wellbeing. 

These ‘in-the-world’ participatory events will sit alongside a schedule of live events such as musical, theatre and dance performances, poetry readings and more. 


Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee – We All Come Together in a Meeting

Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee aims to connect us all beyond the physical through the art of weaving circles traditionally known as ‘meeting places’.Join a weaving circle and be inspired by some wonderful First Nations weavers and use your creative license to exhibit your own works in public spaces. Over time and space woven circles will grow across the Shire, state, nation and beyond, to form a network of meeting places and connections via the hashtag #wayapawarr.

To book in for a weaving circle, click here.

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Eagles Nest Gallery

Invites you to the exhibition opening event for 4 Surf Coast Artists, on Saturday August 1st from 3pm to 5pm.
POLLOCK – STILL PAINTING , intuitive works on canvas by Donna Pollock (Winchelsea). ON THE BRIGHT SIDE , vibrant portraiture by Peta Uthmeyer (Torquay). BEGUILED BY LIGHT , Impressionist still life oil paintings by Ray Wilson (Aireys Inlet). NEIGHBOURS , surrealist watercolour portraits by Jiri Tibor Novak (Aireys Inlet).
The exhibitions will be on until the end of August.
Image: Donna Pollock

Short and Sweet Conversations: inspiration behind children's tales

'Short and sweet conversations' is a series of conversations between local children's book auuthors Kaye Baillie, Renee Treml and Stef Gemmill. The Facebook Premiere events will be broadcast on Thursdays at 10am and 8pm throughout August, starting Thursday 6 August at 10am.

Sunday Sessions in August

What's the point of
Public Art?

Join Harriet Gaffney in conversation with renowned public artists Rowena Martinich, Julie Shiels, Grant Fincke and Glenn Romanis to discuss the role of public art in helping to create place - and why it matters. Image: Rowena Martinich
Sunday morning 2 August from 11am. Book here.

Mattering Moonahs 2020

Mattering Moonahs is a durational artwork by artist Pattie Beerens. The work is an ephemeral work located in the landscape of the Moonah Woodland, Point Roadknight from 27 July to 16 August. Created from natural materials, Pattie explores material thinking as an ethos toward a more sustainable relationship with the environment.
Contact the artist via Instagram @pattiebeerens for details.
Click on the image above for more information.
Image: Tom Radtke

Sunday Sessions in August The Making of the Surf Coast Arts Trail​

Cr Margot Smith in conversation with Julie Dyer, Pat McKenzie and Cinnamon Stephens about this epic Surf Coast event and how it came into being. Sunday morning 9 August from 11am. Book here.

Sunday Sessions in August
Theatre Matters: Within and Beyond the Surf Coast

Award winning playwright Janet Brown in conversation with Janine McKenzie, Nicki Watson, Maryanne Doolan and Michael Baker. Sunday morning 16 August from 11am. Book here.

Sunday Sessions in August
Art, Activism and Place

Join Stacie Bobele in conversation with Deirdre Carmichael, Richy Bennett, John Foss and Peter Day as they discuss the intrinsic link between artistic expression and activism, how place informs art and why an artistic sensibility is a logical result of immersion in the natural world. Sunday morning 23 August from 11am.
Book here.​
Image: Deirdre Boeyen Carmichael: We will not be silent, 2019

Launch of the Natural Connections Project

A joint project between Anglesea artist Caroline Hawkins and Drolkar Buddhist Centre, Natural Connections aims to restore a love for the earth and humanity with a series of workshops which inviting connection with nature through creative expression.
Join Sally Groom as she discusses the project's aims with artist Caroline Hawkins via Zoom at 2pm Sunday 23rd August. Click here to book.
Image: Caroline Hawkins

Wild Moves for Wild Women

This is a dance class for women to connect with their bodies and be grounded in the Root chakra while harnessing the energy of the sun, moon and stars that helps to sing up your Wise Woman.
Join in via Zoom on Monday nights starting at 5.30pm for July and August. Click here to book through Wild Moves International.

by Write Here in Surf Coast

Discover the depth of Surf Coast’s writing talent at this night of words proudly presented by Write Here in Surf Coast members. Listen to award-winning authors Mark Smith, Miranda Luby and Stef Gemmill read their work alongside local emerging writers – some presenting their work for the first time. Ask the authors about their work and the journey towards its creation and publication.
Join us online Tuesday 18 August at 8pm. Click here to register.

The Hive Gallery

Invites you to the ceramics exhibition opening event for 4 Surf Coast Artists, on Saturday August 1st from 1pm to 4pm.
The exhibition will be on until 30 August and features Surf Coast artists Karen Steenbergen, Melinda Solly, Pattie Beerens and Kirsty Manger.
Image: Kirsty Manger

Friday Nights in the FREEZA

Working with local musician Rach Brennan, a group of nine students from both Torquay and Lorne have been meeting online every week to engage in a range of songwriting workshops that will develop into the creation of a CD under the name of Coastal Productions. Following isolation the group will turn their focus to recording their music before performing and distributing it throughout the community. Hear the performers preview their work in two exclusive performances via Instagram live. ‘Friday nights in the FREEZA’ will be live at 8pm on 10 July and then at 8pm on 14 August. Image: Jasmin Adria

Driveway Creations –
Wheelie Bin Art

Brighten up your street and cheer up your local garbo with a creative wheelie bin design. Click here for details, some ideas and guidelines.

Weaver Birds online exhibition

Each year during the Surf Coast Arts Trail, the Aireys Inlet weaving group, Weaver Birds come together to exhibit their works. This year, they'll be showing and selling their wares in an online exhibition via Instagram and Facebook. Click here to view from 1 July.

Sunday Sessions in August
Where to Now?
The Future of the Arts on the Surf Coast

Surf Coast Shire Arts Development Officer Harriet Gaffney joins local artists and arts figures Stewart Guthrie, Geoffrey Carran, Helen Gibbins, Daniela Rodriguez and Mark Trinham to discuss the future of the arts on the Surf Coast.
Sunday morning 30 August from 11am. Book here.
Image: Matthew Harding and Benjamin Storch

Sunday Sessions in August

The FLOAT Project

Creative Arts Producers Andrea Lane, Helen Sheil, Josephine Jakobi, and Leanne Flaherty have played a chaotically collaborative role in transforming their Far East Gippsland community through their innovative take on art, stories, citizen science and eco-tourism. Working with the question “What would Lake Tyers’ MONA look like?” this small but extraordinary community grew an idea to inspire new thinkers and creators in their region. FLOAT has worked hard to prove that artists and social enterprise can lead recovery - in a catastrophic year. After winning a $350,000 Creative Victoria grant to build a floating arts studio and residence on Bung Yarnda (Lake Tyers), FLOAT now has its hands on the abandoned Slipway Sheds in Lakes Entrance – and its eye on the Gippsland Lakes.
Sunday 30 August from 2pm. Book here.
Image by Frank Flynn

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Driveway Mandala

Throughout July and August, we're inviting Surf Coast Shire residents to take to their driveways and get creative! Brighten up the neighbourhood over winter with your Driveway Creations.


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Sunday Session in July - Women in Conversation Ochre and Water

Join Surf Coast Art Space President Sally Groom in coversation with Corrina Eccles on what the arts mean to First Nations People and the significance of ochre and water to the Wadawurrung both historically and contemporaneously.
Sunday morning 19 July from 11am. Book here

Sunday Sessions in July –
Women in Conversation
Unfurling Surf Coast Artists

Julie Dyer in conversation with leading Surf Coast artist Mark Trinham on creating space for the arts and artists in regional communities.
Sunday morning 5 July starting at 11am. Book here.
Image: Mark Trinham and Julie Dyer by Rebecca Hosking

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Sunday Sessions in July - Women in Conversation Journey on Wadawurrung Country

Take a virtual walk on Country with Wadawurrung woman Corrina Eccles as she discusses the significance of relationship to place - land, rivers and sea - ad how this relationship informs every aspect of life. Sunday morning 12 July starting at 11am. Book here.

Secrets to getting published in the Children's Book Industry

Join Surf Coast children’s book creators Kaye Baillie, Stef Gemmill and Renée Treml in conversation with Nicole Maher, owner and curator of Great Escape Books, as they discuss their experiences writing, illustrating and getting published. Click here to register for this event to be held on 21 July between 8 and 9pm.

Sunday Sessions in July –
Women in Conversation

Mentorship and Collaboration

Join emerging artist Miranda Jarvis in conversation with multi-award wining actor and director Iris Walshe-Howling on how theatre acts as a space for collaboration and the role of experienced practitioners in mentoring emerging creatives.
Sunday morning 26 July from 11am. Book here.