Artists-in-Residence at Heritage Hill






Heritage Hill has two incredible artists working with us through August for Cultural Threads.
Eddy Carroll is still in the Benga House old Lounge Room, currently working on completing a large heart soft-sculpture.
Eddy has spent June and July making a body of work that has now been installed in the Dandenong Light Boxes for Cultural Threads. These exquisite works can now be viewed 24 hours a day in Garner Lane, beside the Dandenong Civic Centre and Library. There are some great images of these works up on the City of Greater Dandenong instagram feed. Find us on instagram @cityofgreaterdandenong




Siri Hayes is a new artist-in-residence at Heritage Hill, in the schoolhouse studio space. Siri has a practise that is based in photography, but she also has been investigating textiles more recently.
Siri has brought in a circle loom to create a large woven rug with the community.
The yarn to make the rug has been dyed naturally from botanicals collected from the Heritage Hill gardens as well as from parks and reserves within the City of Greater Dandenong.
The rug will depict the colours of the Greater Dandenong landscape.



Visitors are welcome to visit Heritage Hill and pop in to the artists’ studios to view works being made and chat with the artists. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with both artists on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August at the Heritage Hill Open Studio, as part of Craft’s Craft Cubed open studio event. More information about the Cultural Threads program can be found here.

Heritage Hill is continuing the call out for prospective artists-in-residence for 2015 and Heritage Hill and Walker Street Gallery are interested to hear from applicants for the 2015 exhibition program. To view information packs and download application forms visit here.

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New Exhibition, “The Night Sky: and other works.” Textile Showcase for Cultural Threads Textile Celebration

Adrienne Kneebone "Pinnochio"Heritage Hill is full to the brim with works on exhibition forming a part of the City of Greater Dandenong’s Textile Celebration, Cultural Threads.
The exhibiting artists include Australian native fibre weaving artist, Adrienne Kneebone, Heritage Hill’s current Artist-in-Residence, Eddy Carroll who has been collaborating with Creative Connections Through Craft at Wellsprings for Women on “The Night Sky“. There are also works by participants in the various Wellsprings for Women programs and the Noble Park Country Women’s Association.

Adrienne Kneebone’s exhibition, Tails of Displace, is a new exhibition of self portraits, fibre weavings and installations which question ‘belonging to place’ and the power of assuming identity, the horror of fawning deception and the acceptance and honouring of truth.
Kneebone brings up notions surrounding ‘the intrusive take-over of this continent’ for which the name of the exhibition, Tails from Displace, takes its cue.

The Night Sky is an art installation showing a metaphorical constellation, drawing the lines between the stars connecting each participant’s navigational journey. The women from the community who have embroidered for this project are refugees and migrants who have drawn from their own cultural background.
The project brings together commonality between stories, demonstrating how we can create unity. We’re all under one sky.

Wellsprings for Women has gathered textile works from their five sewing programs to showcase the talents of women from the local community in their exhibition, Wellsprings for Women- 20 years of Empowering Isolated Women Through Craft. Sewing programs began at Wellsprings to support isolated women when it first opened its doors 20 years ago. These programs cater for participants who reflect the rich cultural diversity of the City of Greater Dandenong and this is demonstrated in the range of traditional and Western craft techniques the women utilise, which include embroidery, crochet, weaving, printing, patchwork and quilting techniques.
Works also range from practical objects, to artistic framed work and work exploring the women’s lived experience of seeking Asylum in Australia.

The Noble Park Country Women’s Association proudly presents a unique and varied range of intricate textile works from its members in their Textile Showcase.
Celebrating skill-sets such as embroidery, cross-stitch, beading, knitting, crochet and sewing, this collection of work demonstrates the wide breadth of craft that is taught through the Country Women’s Association within a welcoming social environment that harbours education and excellence in the gentle arts.

All works will be on exhibition from 31 July to the 31 August, and align with the month-long program for the Cultural Threads Textile Celebration.

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Cultural Threads Textile Celebration in the City of Greater Dandenong!

Heritage Hill is involved in the upcoming Cultural Threads Textile Celebration, taking place across the City of Greater Dandenong from 31 July to 31 August.
For the month of August, Heritage Hill will have Benga House open for visitors to experience different exhibitions by leading Australian textile-based visual artists as well as works by local community groups.

Heritage Hill will also have two artists in residence working in their studio’s during August, Eddy Carroll and Siri Hayes. There’s an Open Studio weekend on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August from 10am-4pm at Heritage Hill. The Open Studio weekend aligns with the craft cubed Open Studio event occuring as a part of Craft Victoria’s annual craft cubed festival. This will be a chance for you to meet Siri and Eddy, discuss their work and processes with them, get some tips for art making and experience being in a practicing artist’s studio.

There are two workshops taking place at Heritage Hill during August for Cultural Threads:
On Tuesday 5 August from 10am-1pm, there will be a native fibre-weaving workshop with artist Adrienne Kneebone.
On Thursday 28 August from 11am-12:30pm there will be a botanical dyeing and weaving workshop with artist, Siri Hayes.
Workshops are FREE but bookings are essential for the workshops, phone Heritage Hill on (03) 9793 4511.

For more information about the Cultural Threads Program, please look at the Cultural Threads Website, or download this program: Cultural Threads poster

The City of Greater Dandenong’s Cultural Threads Textile Celebration is supported by Arts Victoria.

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Upcoming workshop- Composting, worm-farming and food waste reduction

Learn how to improve your gardens, food crops and the environment in this exciting workshop all about food waste reduction. This program is catered for grown-ups… our September school holiday program will also feature gardening opportunities for the kids.
All materials will be provided, so just bring yourself and let host, San Ondrus guide you.
Tuesday 29 July 10am-12pm.
Workshop is $10. Bookings are essential and places are limited. Phone Heritage Hill on 9793 4511.

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Heritage Hill Exhibition and Artist-in-Residence call for applications 2015

CGD - The City Magazine July 2014 edition
Heritage Hill has now officially opened the call out to applicants for the 2015 Exhibition calendar and the 2015 Artist in Residence program.
Detailed application kits including information and terms and conditions can be found below.

Forms for Exhibition Applicants
Heritage Hill Exhibition Application form 2015

Form for Artist in Residence Applicants

Applications are open from July 1 to September 1 2014. If you have any further questions, please contact the public programs and exhibitions officer:
Brydie Dyson on (03) 9793 4511 or

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‘My Story – Our Future’ Exhibition at Heritage Hill

Koorie Youth Group Collaborative, Untitled, Mixed Media, 1500x700mm, 2013
This year the Dandenong Koorie Youth Group have come together once again to showcase their creativity and share Aboriginal language and culture woven through the theme of ‘My Story, Our Future’.

Their exhibition of artwork now in its third consecutive year, is on display at Heritage Hill.

The Koorie Youth Group’s exhibition incorporates local Aboriginal language to tell their story – ‘My Story’. The exhibition builds confidence and pride in the young artists ability and culture as they transition to young adults and form tomorrow’s leaders – inclusively forming ‘Our Future.’

There will be an opening event to celebrate the work of all the artists on Monday 14 July at 5.30pm. The launch will include a ‘Welcome to Country’. Light refreshments will be available. The general public are welcome to attend.
RSVP essential, phone 9793 4511

The exhibition is open to the public Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 12pm-4pm.

Location: 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong (also accessible from Langhorne Street)

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Last days to view “Art Seekers” Exhibition and Eddy Carroll – Artist-in-Residence

Eddy Carroll - studio image

We are now into the last few days to view the current exhibition at Heritage Hill.
Art Seekers – The Exhibition closes 4pm this Sunday.
Art Seekers are a group of artists who have been supported by ERMHA and Arts Access Victoria.
Our next exhibition will be ‘My Story – Our Future’, a series of works by the Dandenong Koori Youth Group, available to view from Friday June 27.

In the meantime- come and visit one of our incredible artists-in-residence, Eddy Carroll.
Eddy Carroll is in the Benga House Lounge Room until the end of August.

Eddy Carroll investigates the language of textiles, costume and adornment to explore notions of the emotional body.
Eddy subverts craft, sewing and embroidery techniques to produce her soft sculpture and installation artworks.
Her practice is transformative and contemplative, re-using thread and haberdashery from the wardrobes of many women.

Eddy will produce large soft sculptures during her residency at Heritage Hill, working with symbols from traditional wedding or love rituals around the world around the theme of ‘sovereignty unto oneself.’
Eddy will draw inspiration from items like Indian wedding saris while in Dandenong’s little India as well as Heritage Hill itself.

Local women from Creative Connections Through Craft at Wellsprings for Women will work regularly with Carroll during the months of her residency to develop “The Night Sky”, a unique textile outcome together.

Here are some great photos Eddy took in her studio of the reflections made onto the wall from her highly sequined artwork!

Eddy Carroll - Studio image 3

Eddy Caroll - Studio image 2

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