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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Heritage Hill July School Holiday Program and workshop for Grownups

Fairy wings

Fairy wings

Once again the Heritage Hill school holiday program is approaching, with activities and workshops available for only $5 per child.
A small cost has been initiated this year so we can facilitate longer workshops with more exciting possibilities.

In July we recognise and celebrate NAIDOC week with a program themed around Indigenous culture.

Remember spots are limited and bookings essential. Phone Heritage Hill on 9793 4511.

Tuesday 1 July 10am-12pm
Lizards, Snakes and a Croc! Reptile Handling with Sue Hiatt
For 5-12 year olds, cost $5
Kids will get to enjoy a very intimate viewing and handling experience of a range of reptiles such as crocodiles, snakes and lizards.

Wednesday 2 July 10am-12pm
3D Indigenous Craft Crocodiles and possums with Bec’s Treehouse
For 8-12 year olds, cost $5
Make your own 3D Australian animals in this exciting craft workshop with Bec’s Tree House.

Thursday 3 July 10am-12pm
Monster wings, Fairy wings, Bat wings! Wing-making workshop with Sayraphim Lothian.
For 5-12 year olds, cost $5
Make your own decorative and colourful wings and fly around Heritage Hill, with artist Sayraphim Lothian.

Friday 4 July 10am-12pm
Get Moving! with Koala Gymnastics
For 5-12 year olds, cost $5
Get active at Heritage Hill by learning Gymnastics skills in a fun and friendly environment with Cathy Green from Koala Gymnastics.

Tuesday 8 July 10am-12pm
Yalka Dayan (Child’s Play) with Tom Harrison
For 5-12 year olds, cost $5
As part of out NAIDOC week celebrations, Yalka Dayan is a workshop presented by the Gunai Advisory and Consultancy Service which includes an artefact workshop, an ochre and dance workshop, traditional Aboriginal games and a Dreamtime, story time and art workshop.

Wednesday 9 July 10am-12pm
Yalka Dayan (Child’s Play) with Tom Harrison
For 8-12 year olds, cost $5
This is a repeat Yalka Dayan workshop due to popular demand but for a slightly older group of kids.

Thursday 10 July 10am-12pm
Tell-Tale TeaPots: Visual Storytelling with Barking Spider Visual Theatre.
For 5-12 year olds, cost $5
Let your imagination run wild as you create stories in Benga House, based on objects, furniture, clothing and maybe even a teapot!
Children will be encouraged to flex their minds and imaginations as they go through the house, observing historical objects in creative ways, through playful, interactive story-telling.
We will also be drawing stories and telling out our stories visually.

Friday 11 July 10am-12pm
‘What Native Animal Are You?’ With Dan Goronszy
For 5-12 year olds, cost $5
Investigate local Victorian native animals and decide which one you think you are.
Trace around your body to make your animal shape, cut out your animal shadow then colour in the drawing of your animal.

2014 Workshop Program for Grown ups!
Why should kids get all the fun?
Heritage Hill is now hosting workshops for adults. Ranging from gardening tips, art and craft, through to informative presentations and discussions – there’s plenty of variety on offer.

Upcoming opportunity:

Tuesday 29 July 10am-12pm

Composting, worm-farming and food waste reduction with Sam Ondrus $10.
Bookings essential, phone Heritage Hill on 9793 4511. Places are limited.

Learn how to improve your gardens, food crops, and the environment in this exciting workshop all about food waste reduction.
All materials will be provided, so just bring yourself and let Sam look after you.

Please note that Heritage Hill will be closed on Sunday June 29.

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THE HIVE CREATIVE NETWORK is the place to go for all things creative in Greater Dandenong.

Be a part of an engaging and collaborative community – network with other talented artists, discover new opportunities to promote your work and stay up to date with our vibrant calendar of arts and cultural events, including exhibitions, performances and festivals.

Join us for the LAUNCH EVENT on Thursday 19 June, 6.30pm in the Council Chambers (Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale St Dandenong).
RSVP to or phone 8571 5141.

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