Cultural Threads film

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Cultural Threads was our wonderful textile festival held across the City of Greater Dandenong over the month of August this year.
A film was created to celebrate the variety of activities occurring throughout the month and to capture the visual and textural delights of the program, including the work produced by both artists and community.

Below is a link to the video produced for Cultural Threads, by film maker, Joe Betros.

There is also a link to a second video work, produced by Michelle Hamer and Cat Wilson for Cultural Threads.

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What’s on at Heritage Hill: October and November.

Heritage Hill October workshop: Botanical photo printing workshop with artist and curator Kitty Owens

Algae Cyanotype by artist Anna Atkins, 1843

On 28 October from 10am-1 pm
, artist and curator (and previous Heritage Hill Artist-in-Residence), Kitty Owens will return to Heritage Hill to conduct a community workshop.
This botanical photo printing workshop will reflect on the Heritage Hill gardens and encourage participants to explore the historic Benga Gardens, planted originally by Dorothy Hart, former owner of Benga House.
Participants will have the opportunity to use botanicals to create silhouettes onto active photosensitive paper to create a cyanotype print. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints.

Bookings for this workshop are essential as places are limited. Those interested in participating are encouraged to phone Heritage Hill on 9793 4511. This workshop is $10 and all materials are provided.

Health and well-being program
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Meditation retreats
Yang Yin yoga retreats
Retreat: A place affording peace, quiet, privacy or security or a period of seclusion, retirement or solitude.
Heritage Hill Yoga instructor, Jo Odessa is coordinating a series of retreats over Saturdays in November.
November 2014 meditation Retreats: For beginners or a refresher for the more practiced
The first proposed ½ day retreat Simplicity and letting go
The second proposed 1 day retreat Giving and receiving


Yang and Yin Yoga retreats
Yang hot yoga and yin cool yoga utilizes active (yang) and passive (yin) asana with pranayama and meditation to promote a deep integrated and satisfying practice
Yang and yin yoga retreats
The first proposed ½ day retreat: Yang yoga
Yogis utilize a number of breath or pranayama techniques with Bandha or locks as well as asana (poses) which tend to generate heat in the body these will be covered in this retreat
The second proposed ½ day retreat: Yin yoga
Yin yoga is slow-paced with poses or asanas that are held for longer periods of time – five minutes or longer per pose is typical. Emphasis is on connective tissue and freeing energy in the body.
Retreats include a simple vegetarian lunch with gluten free options provided

The dates:
Saturday 8th 9.30am till 12.30pm Simplicity and letting go meditation
Saturday 15th 9.30am till 12.30pm Yang yoga
Saturday 22th 9.30am till 12.30pm Yin Yoga
Saturday 29th 9.30am till 12.30pm Giving and receiving meditation

The cost:
$55 per retreat Saturday including lunch
2 or more Saturdays $50 per retreat

(For yoga term pass holders the discount price applies).
A 50% deposit is required to secure your place.
Book early to secure your place.
To book, please contact Jo on 0405 427 183 or email
Retreats will only go ahead if there are sufficient numbers, otherwise refund will apply.

Heritage Hill Rose Garden

Seniors Music Program

1.30pm-3pm Monday 20 October and Monday 17 November
Attendance is free, but bookings are essential.
Phone Heritage Hill on 9793 4511.

Heritage Hill is hosting a senior’s music program in the gardens at Heritage Hill on the third Monday of the month in October, November, March and April from 1.30-3pm.
For October and November, guests to the music program are also invited to participate in self-guided tours through the Benga House Maids Quarters.
Following the tour, visitors are invited to stay and listen to the entertainers perform in the historic Heritage Hill rose garden.

The Benga garden was originally conceived and planted by Dorothy Hart, former owner of Benga House and has been maintained to Mrs Hart’s original plan.
Bring along a picnic and set up a comfortable position in the gardens to enjoy the afternoon.

There are limited places still available for Monday 20 October and Monday 17 November. Bookings are open for March and April 2015.

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Heritage Hill October Exhibitions

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Three new exhibitions are on display at Heritage Hill for October-November.

Travellers Guide beyond Geometric Portals is a collaborative exhibition by previous Chisholm TAFE students, Mireille Beaufremez and Michael Mavracic.

This series of digital print art works and a video installation are based on an art form that focuses on geometry and shape as its basis. The works have originated from the artists’ desert experience. Geometric Portals give a sense of the infinite. Each image explores the concept of the journey into the infinite, supported by text expressing the experience of the traveller.

Jo Odessa - Lotus

Beauty from the Mud is a new series of oil, acrylic and pastel paintings on canvas and prints on sari silk by local artist and Heritage Hill yoga instructor, Jo Odessa.
These works were created as a response to the artist’s experiences in Bali, including during the Bali bombings. The artist says about this work, “Sometimes when life is at its most messy and difficult this is the ground for new growth and renewal. The current exhibition is an expression of that awakening.”

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Your Voice Through Photography: an educational and leadership program is a collection of photographic prints made by young African people connected to the African Communities Foundation.

African Communities Foundation ran an 8 week program for young African Australians aged 15-25 to teach photographic techniques with the intention of creating a platform where young people can raise their voices through photography. The completed works will be on exhibition in the Heritage Hill Sunroom.

There is an opening event to celebrate the work of the artists from these three exhibitions on Friday 10 October at 6.30pm.

The general public are welcome to attend, RSVP is essential. Those interested in attending can book through Heritage Hill on 9793 4511.

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Peruse, Purchase and Picnic at Heritage Hill for The Garage Sale Trail


Wake up and smell the roses!
Heritage Hill will be participating on Saturday 25 October in the one day nation-wide garage sale, Garage Sale Trail.
Heritage Hill is hosting a garage sale in the historic Benga House rose gardens at 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong. The garage sale event will feature a curated selection of community members and local businesses. Come along and listen to Mark from Radical Records spin his vinyl while you pick up a second hand LP, discover that reclaimed scarf and commit to those vintage swap cards you’ve always wanted. Explore the historic rose gardens at Heritage Hill while you find your garage sale treasure!

“Garage Sale Trail is a national program that’s about sustainability, community, commerce and fun!

By organising communities around Australia to hold garage sales on the same day we aim to promote reuse, reduce waste to landfill, enable new neighbourly connections, provide a platform for fundraising, inspire creativity and stimulate local economies.” (from Garage Sale Trail website)

Heritage Hill will be hosting our own garage sale from 11am – 3pm, with local businesses and creatives as well as local community members setting up their stalls!

What’s for sale?

Upcycled handmade wares and second hand goods including handmade jewellery and accessories, second-hand vinyl, handmade scarves from reclaimed materials, vintage swap card collections, second hand jars and bric-a-brac.
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Rare plants and new Laurel Lodge information panels in the historic Heritage Hill gardens

The Heritage Hill gardeners recently planted some rare and significant plants towards the front of the Laurel Lodge gardens.

An impressive ‘Dracaena Draco’ dragon tree was planted as well as two young Wollemi Pines.

dragon tree

Wollemi Pines are an endangered native Australian species that have survived from the Jurassic Period and take on incredible transformations as they age, developing ‘polar caps’ and eventually develop bubbly bark. If conditions are suited to Wollemi Pine, it can grow up to twenty metres high during its lifetime.

wollemi pine

Come and explore the Heritage Hill gardens on a self-guided tour from Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm. If you are interested in visiting as a group are encouraged to book by phoning Heritage Hill on 9793 4511.

While you’re touring the gardens you may spot our new information panels surrounding Laurel Lodge.
The panels will guide you from the Laurel Lodge gates at Langhorne Street and up the path towards the house.

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This series of three large information panels have been installed around Laurel Lodge and tell some of the story of Laurel Lodge; its history and fabric, its builders, owners and tenants, as well as some information about the restoration works that are currently taking place.

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New Artists in Residence at Heritage Hill

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Heritage Hill will have two new Artists-in-Residence from October through to December in the Benga House Lounge Room.
Tessa Broadby and Ashlea English are collaborative performance artists, with a background in dance and psychology.
Tessa and Ashlea have previously performed and participated with the Lucy Guerin Inc. Dance company, as well as for the Auckland Fringe Festival, the Next Wave Festival and the Monash University Container Festival.

Tessa and Ashlea will spend their time in studio-practice exploring how movement is adapted for the use of props and objects and how these develop a sense of performer-identity. They will also research how the body reacts and responds to touch and explore physical and psychological sensations that can occur during movement.

The artists will be reflecting on the specific site of Heritage Hill, including its history and the buildings and gardens to make new performance work. They intend to make connections with community groups to develop outcomes in response to the community.

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Brett Ashby Video on the Dandenong Big Screen

Brett Ashby - Paint and Skate - Still image (A2562880)Brett Ashby was an artist-in-residence at Heritage Hill from the beginning of May until the end of July this year. Brett is a full-time artist who grew up in Dandenong.

Brett recently developed a video work as a response to his experiences at Heritage Hill. It is currently visible on the Dandenong Big Screen. The above image is a still from this work, which explores Brett’s concept of ‘Bovement’, an inquiry into ‘skate and paint’. Brett uses the momentum of moving on a skateboard across a ramp to influence the brushstrokes and activity that is applied to his canvases.

A link to the ‘Bovement’ Video is visible by following this link.

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