Heritage Hill School Holiday Workshops

The Heritage Hill school holiday program is approaching, with activities and workshops available for only $5 per child per workshop.

In September and October the Heritage Hill school holiday program aligns with the Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival. Spots are limited for these workshops and bookings are essential. Bookings can be made through Heritage Hill on 9793 4511.

23 September 2014 10.00am-12.00pm
Kids gardening – Plant a veggie garden.
For 5-12 year olds
Get hands on experience with the City of Greater Dandenong gardening team and learn all the secrets to plant up your very own veggie garden.

24 September 2014 10.00am-12.00pm
Recycled craft workshop with City of Greater Dandenong’s Sam Ondrus.
For 8-12 year olds
Create wonderful craft objects from recycled items to take home. All items supplied.

25 September 2014 10.00am-12.00pm
Kids gardening – How to make compost
For 5-12 year olds
City of Greater Dandenong’s gardening team will take you through the fascinating stages and cycles of compost and teach you about how to reduce waste and help your garden and your planet!

26 September 2014 10.00am-12.00pm
Get Moving! with Koala Gymnastics
For 5-12 year olds
Get active at Heritage Hill by learning gymnastics skills in a fun and friendly environment with Cathy Green from Koala Gymnastics.

30 September 2014 10.00am-12.00pm
Weaving workshop with Clare James
For 5-12 year olds
Clare James is back again with this wonderful workshop in which every child will learn to make a round woven rug using hula hoops and t-shirt scraps. Each child can take home their woven creations.

1 October 2014 10.00am-12.00pm
Hatched! Silkworms to see and draw with Clare James
For 8-12 year olds
Be amazed when Clare brings in her live silkworms for you to see and touch. As the silkworms roam around chomping loudly on leaves they will inspire you to produce terrific drawings.

2 October 2014 10.00am-12.00pm
Animals on the Hill – Discover and Make with Kitty Owens
For 5-12 year olds
Explore Benga and surrounding gardens, looking for traces of animals that have lived here. See the Heritage Hill collection of ceramic animals and make your own clay animal to take home.

3 October 2014 10.00am-12.00pm
3D Puppet and Animals
For 5-12 year olds
Make your own 3D Australian animals and puppets in this fun and creative craft workshop with Bec’s Tree house. Your craft-works may inspire you to create a puppet play.

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Mandy K and Bushie John: New Exhibitors at Heritage Hill

bushie john flowerTwo new exhibitions are on at Heritage Hill from today, Friday 5 September until Sunday 5 October.

Bushie John presents “The Secret Life of Plants”, a cohesive exhibition of stylised photo media prints and paintings in an intimate and intricate look at Australian wildflowers.
Bushie John is an Environmental Expressionist with a truly unique style which comes from his profound spiritual connection with the land. He is influenced by the rhythms of nature and the universe. Bushie John’s work explores the diversity of Australian flora and fauna from the most delicate and fragile elements to the rugged and bold extremes.

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Mandy K is welcomed back to Heritage Hill for another exhibition of her spectacularly detailed masks in her exhibition, “Mandy K’s Masks.” Mandy uses found materials to develop her works of art. Her latest series of works not only explores ‘blinging’ ornamental masks, but also animal skulls in a confronting and fascinating way.

Mandy K will be at Heritage Hill every Sunday during her exhibition for meet and greet opportunities. Everyone is invited to come along and meet Mandy K in person and find out all about her working methods.

There is an opening tonight to celebrate the work of Mandy K and Bushie John from 6:30pm. All are invited, but please RSVP to Heritage Hill. Phone (03) 9793 4511.

Workshop Opportunities:

Mandy K will also be hosting two workshops in September in conjunction with her exhibition.

Tuesday 9 September 10am-1pm
Card-making with Mandy K
After a very successful initial card-making workshop earlier this year, Mandy K is back with more tips for you to improve your card-making skills.

Tuesday 16 September 10am-1pm
Mask-making with Mandy K
To coincide with Mandy K’s exhibition, Mandy will also be hosting a mask making workshop. Learn in this intimate and rare opportunity to learn techniques directly from the artist.

All materials will be provided for both workshops, so just bring yourself and let Mandy K guide you.
These workshops are $10 and places are limited. Bookings essential, phone Heritage Hill on 9793 4511.

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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 brydie.dyson@cgd.vic.gov.au

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