Heritage Hill Easter closure

Heritage Hill will be closed from Friday 18 April and reopen on Tuesday 22 April from 10am-4pm.
We wish you all a safe and happy Easter, and look forward to hosting you again from Tuesday next week.

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Exhibition opening this Thursday eve


This Thursday evening from 6:30-8pm Heritage Hill celebrates two new exhibitions at Benga House.

Vacant Spaces by Janine Durston and Voice-Of-Three by Connie Hatch, Jennifere Thompson and Aarron Ralston.

Vacant Spaces evolved as a form of art therapy during a period of upheaval in Durston’s life. The vacant spaces on the canvas give the viewer a place to rest their eyes for a moment and these areas – void of thickly applied paint – represent the moments of calm and peace she was searching for amongst the chaos of thoughts and emotions in her head.

Voice-Of-Three is the collective photographic work of three artists and students from Chisholm TAFE, Aarron Ralston, Connie Hatch and Jennifere Thompson. Each artist portrays their individual voice through their unique approach to digital photography.

The public is welcome to attend the opening night for these exhibitions. Bookings essential, phone Heritage Hill on 9793 4511.

Vacant Spaces and Voice-Of-Three both run from 17 April – 18 May at Heritage Hill 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong 3175.

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Heritage Hill Adult Programs

Heritage Hill has recently began hosting Adult workshops. Here’s what’s in store for April, May and June!

Tuesday April 29 10am-1pm
Jewellery revamping with Melbourne jeweller Emma Grace.
Over the three hours Emma will take you through:
- an introduction into the tools, materials and techniques used for costume-jewellery making
- a ‘Show and Tell’ session, where you will look at the old jewellery people have brought along & discuss ideas of how to transform the pieces
- hands-on making session where Emma will individually help each person make one new piece of jewellery using their old jewellery supplemented by materials provided by Emma.
Bring your own old and broken jewellery $10.

Tuesday 20 May 10am-1pm
Card making with Mandy K!
Learn how to collage together your own decorative greeting cards, with artist Mandy K. This workshop is $10 and includes the full kit of required supplies to make your array of cards.
This workshop is extremely limited.
All materials will be provided, so just bring yourself and your creative spirit, and let Mandy K guide you with her expert card making collage skills.

Thursday 5 June 10am-12pm for World Environment Day.
Green-Clean: Homemade cleaning products with Clare James. $10
Join Clare James as she takes you through some clever recipes for making your own home-cleaning remedies. Workshop includes a small tool-kit and recipe book.

Spots are limited for workshops and bookings are essential.
Phone Heritage Hilll on 9793 4511

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School Holiday Workshops!

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The Heritage Hill school holiday program has officially started for 2014. Today we had Sue Hiatt in with her lizards, snakes and Billy the crocodile!
Tomorrow, artist and museum curator, Kitty Owens will be doing a children’s art and history activity, inspired by the sun dial at Heritage Hill. Kitty’s workshop, Sunlight on the Hill, will explore the historic Benga House and the surrounding gardens, looking at the influence that sunlight has had on the design of the house and garden.
In this workshop, children will get the opportunity to collect a plant specimen and make their own cyanotype (sun print) to take home. To book into the Heritage Hill school holiday workshops, phone Heritage Hill on 9793 4511, or for more information click here.

Our sister gallery, Walker Street Gallery is hosting a children’s workshop this coming Friday 11 April from 1-4pm with collage artist, Jacqui Stockdale.
Jacqui is currently exhibiting at Walker Street Gallery for the show, Cut, Paste, Create, on now until Saturday 3 May. To book for the workshop with Jacqui Stockdale, phone Walker Street Gallery on 9706 8441.

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Heritage Hill Closures

Heritage Hill will be closed to the public today, Friday 4 April from 9.30am-3.30pm.
Heritage Hill will also be closed this Sunday 6 April.
Please visit us again from Monday 7 April 10am-4pm.

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Illuminated Voices

The City of Greater Dandenong City Magazine for May 2014

The City of Greater Dandenong City Magazine for May 2014

The City of Greater Dandenong City Magazine for May 2014

The City of Greater Dandenong City Magazine for May 2014

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On the 7 March Illuminated Voices was launched in celebration of International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day falls annually on 8 March. At Heritage Hill the opening celebration for Illuminated Voices was shared with the women involved in the community project.

We enjoyed a speech from Cr Angela Long as well as from Hayat Doughan, representing the Al-Emaan Muslim Women’s Support Group. A voice and breath performance and a participatory workshop was held by Heritage Hill Artist in Residence, Sarah Wilmot.

The exhibition Illuminated Voices is currently in the Langley Gallery and Master Bedroom of Benga House at Heritage Hill and is running until Sunday 13 April.
While the show is running, come and experience the power of poetry, all contributed by women from the City of Greater Dandenong community.

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There’s a Feijoa tree at Heritage Hill!

DSCN6964 (2)Have you ever tried feijoa? It’s a sweet small fruit. Many people in Melbourne are only now becoming aware of feijoas. We were very excited to learn that we had a feijoa tree in the Heritage Hill gardens when out exploring the Heritage Hill botanicals.

Feijoas come from Southern Brazil and Northern Argentina. The fruit was brought to New Zealand around 100 years ago where it was grown by local farmers. They prefer a cooler climate with moderate Summers and cool Winters. They need about fifty hours of chilling a year to set flowers and fruit.

The feijoa has an unusual flavour, having a bitter sweet taste that can best be described as tasting like a tropical fruit salad.

The feijoa tree is a slow growing evergreen tree that can grow three to four metres (12 to 15ft) high and almost as wide. The leaves are thick and leathery with a shiny green colour on top and silvery underneath. It produces bright red flowers in early Summer and the fruit ripen in late Autumn to early Winter, a time when few other fruit trees have ripe fruit.

Here’s a recipe for Feijoa muffins:

20 small feijoas ( or 250gm pulp)
½ cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
2¼ cups plain flour
1 egg
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Mash feijoas (or blend , or unfreeze!)
Add sugar and egg and beat lightly.
Add melted butter.
Add sifted dry ingredients. Mix to wet.
Cook for 20mins at 190oC (375oF).

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