Time to get lost in the best kind of way – among the art spaces of Mornington. Art connects us to each other; it expresses things when we cannot find the words. It can be beautiful, it can challenge us, it can tell our stories. In this two-part feature we reveal art spaces you may not have found, or perhaps should rediscover. These businesses strive to make art part of every day. Creativity collated, let us connect the dots and help you discover all that the Mornington art scene has to offer.
Greeted by a heart stamped red door, you know you are always welcome at Southern Buoy Studios. SBS is the younger sibling to local framing favourite, Southern Buoys. Co-founders Micah Mills and Bern Cooper established the space to engage with community and to encourage and challenge our understanding of the arts. A light filled contemporary gallery presents a myriad of exhibitions, including the annual Portrait and Landscape Prizes, open to all emerging and established artists across Australia. Behind the scenes a talented artistic community create in the eight artist studios. SBS offers a full calendar of events and programs – exhibitions, prizes, education and workshops to thrill art lovers.
The vivid coloured wall mural invites you inside to discover more at Spare Parts Art Space. A place for making and celebrating arts on the Mornington Peninsula, the space is home to three dedicated artist studios and a communal gallery. Nurturing and inclusive, the workshops for children and adults are always interesting. Experience a pop-up local artisan market or one of their many workshops, even a night out at Journal Club in this creative space that feels like a warm, colourful hug.
Completely refurbished, this character filled 1950’s warehouse over-looks the creek and parklands of the Industrial Estate. A space that prides itself on being the perfect environment for creative thinking and making, it also offers spaces for communal gathering and quiet contemplation. This co-working community is creative home to an expressionist artist, fashion design duo, photographer and local actor keeping them all entertained with a good laugh. A thriving hub of creativity the space offers artists the ideal canvas to bring their dream studio to life.
Lose yourself in the expansive photographic scenes captured by leading international landscape photographer, Mark Gray. A walk through this gallery space transports you to other places and times. The black walled space act as stage to these mesmerising works, ‘moments in time’ captured by Gray. Gray explains his photographic style, “The incredible light and colour that you see are a result of repeatedly revisiting locations during times of the day when most people are still asleep in bed or at home unwinding for the day. Usually it only lasts for a matter of minutes or sometimes even seconds, but when it happens, I am there, ready and waiting to capture it!” Limited edition works are available from this Mornington gallery.
Baluk Arts is an urban Aboriginal community arts centre. Baluk supports artistic, career and audience development for visual artists of the Bayside, Peninsula and greater Melbourne. The team explained, “Baluk is a local Boonwurrung word meaning many or group of people and this reflects the diversity of our artists and their work. Our emerging and established artists hail from all over Australia and their art expressed their identity and cultural heritage in a contemporary context.” Baluk Arts encourages community development, youth leadership, participation and interaction, and Indigenous governance through innovative arts practice. Discover the range of artworks and gifts created by Baluk Artists.
Colours of White is a gallery, retail boutique and online store curated by Durham J. White stocking earthy, unique and raw wares. Durham J. White is a graphic artist and curator based between Mornington and Kyneton, Victoria, Australia. Self-taught with over 12 years’ experience, his works are influenced by nature and a sense of place. Using photography and sophisticated digital production techniques, Durham creates unique works that are textural and raw. You will be sure to fall in love with something to take home.