Podcasts, panel discussions, studio tours and one-on-ones.

The stories we tell each other and the world help shape our understanding of our environment and our place in it. Our ‘Stories’ series will play host to a number of live and pre-recorded events that will provide an insight into creativity and the creative process.

Join our Surf Coast artists and creatives in a series of facilitated discussions throughout July and August. Or drop by for a virtual studio tour and hear artist’s thoughts on space, place and artistic influence.

The Stories program and video resources will be launched here from 1 July.


PORTAL Postcards
Register now for July

Throughout July and August, become a creative pen pal. Share some artwork on a postcard and we'll send it to a vulnerable to isolated member of our community. In return, you'll receive your own PORTAL Postcard from an anonymous postcard artist. Register by clicking here.

Walking with Artists

A curated series of responses by artist and PORTAL LAC Miranda Jarvis. Join Miranda as she walks the glorious landscapes of the Surf Coast with artists for whom walking is key method for their creative practice.

Short and Sweet

Short and Sweet Conversations is a series of intimate chats between children's book authors about the inspiration behind their books and the process of writing them.
Local children's book authors Kaye Baillie, Renee Treml and Stef Gemmill will host these chats every Thursday throughout August screening via Facebook Live at 10am and 8pm.

New Perspectives: Experimentation in Photography and Digital Media

This exhibition held at the Surf Coast Art Space, explores how photography and digital media respond to an ever-changing world. It is particularly at this time during a global pandemic, that the significance of these sometimes-ostracised mediums, have become invaluable, in delivering new perspectives on our world. Mollie Vaughan curates this exhibition in response to the growing identification of photography and digital media as mediums which are labelled ‘too commercial’ for an artistic practice in regional communities. The aim subsequently, is to redefine the boundaries of these mediums and challenge our perceptions of art.


Unfurling Surf Coast Artists:
Julie Dyer in Conversation with Mark Trinham

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Journey on Wadawurrung Country:
Corrina Eccles and Ferne Millen

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Ochre and Water:
Sally Groom and Corrina Eccles

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Mentorship and Collaboration:
Miranda Jarvis and Iris Walshe-Howling

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