Herring Island Summer Arts Festival acknowledges the Wurrunjeri people as the original custodians of the land on which the festival is being held.

Each Weekend from

13th January to 15th April 2007

This year the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival will be a partnership between Parks Victoria, Friends of Herring Island and the, now five groups showing their work. Access to this island in the Yarra  is from Como landing near Williams Road, Toorak. Parks Victoria's punt service will operate throughout the Summer Arts Festival. For more information about access and the permanent sculpture collection check Parks Victoria's  Herring Island page.  The final exhibition  for the summer of 2007 starts this weekend - 31st March

Herring Island Gallery

... 13th January to 28th January....................      ... Australia Day ...........................................
... 3 February to 18th February .....................    
.. 24 February to 4 March  ...............................  
... 10 March to 25 March .............................   
31 March to 15 April ....................................     
... Where is it? .............................................   
Contact ....................................................   

The Herring Island Gallery is the converted scout hall. The fireplace and the marks on the floor are the give-away signs – the architecture is now inspired by the place – a gift to the arts by  
the Myer Foundation and the genius of architect, Greg Burgess.

13th January to 28th JanuaryWASA exhibition

Wildlife Art Society of Australasia [WASA]

Wonderful Wildlife: 13-28 January; opening 12-2pm on 13 January
Animals, birds and flowers; paintings, drawings, sculptures
linocuts feature in another exciting exhibition from our talented artist members.

Details contact Janet 0418 546 554 

Australia Day Friday 26th Januaryartists in the courtyard

Australia Day 2007 hosted a continuous program of arts events:

During the day artists worked in the courtyard in ceramics, sculpture and painting.  People of all ages stopped to chat with us as we worked - a relaxed time in a great place.

At 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm there were tours of Herring Island and the permanent collection run by Friends of Herring Island. Intending participants met in front of the gallery before the tour.

We had perfect weather - breaking our reputation as rainmakers - and lots of visitors enjoyed the day and the art.

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival thanks the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) for their support for our Australia Day program.

3rd February to 18th FebruarySculpture Exhibition

Association of Sculptors of Victoria [ASV]

Sculpture on the Stream: 3 – 18 February; opening 12-2pm on 3 February

An exhibition of smaller sculpture reflective of the environment and the history of Herring Island.

Demonstration events will occur during the show, and the exhibition will be “sat” by the exhibiting artists – so this will be a great time to see their latest work and talk to them about their inspiration. For a taste of the show you can see  our media release in pdf form here. Images of the works on show are now available on the Sculptors Victoria web site.

Contact: Jenny Rickards 0418 971 897

 24th February to 4th MarchSignals to Bass Strait (Jon Eiseman)

Monash University

Works on Water: 24 Feb. – 4 March; opening 12-2pm on 24 February

A group show by Jon Eiseman, Chris Headley, Peter Jones and Darren McGinn 
Water, the river, the bay and summer holidays are the unifying knots that tie together the works of four artists who participate in this group exhibition

Image: Signals to Bass Strait - Jon Eiseman

10th March to 25th March

Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc... [CAS Inc..}

Contemporary by Nature: 10 - 25 March; opening 12-2pm on 10 March

See interpretations of the natural world in painting, photography, works on paper & sculpture, by a wide range of Australian contemporary artists. A range of the exhibiting artists will be present throughout the exhibition, to talk about the works.

Details contact: Cressida Fox 0407 059 194

31st March to 15th April

Ceramics Victoria Inc.. [CVinc] will wrap up the 2007 Herring Island Summer Arts Festival with their exhibition “Land & Water”. Andrea Barker, international ceramic artist and educator, will curate and open the exhibition.

Land & Waterwill be open 12pm to 5pm each Saturday and Sunday, March 31st through April 15th, including Easter Saturday and Sunday.; opening 12-2pm on 31 March the exhibition closes each day just before 5 pm - in time for the last punt service of the day to leave the island.


Ceramic artists with an interest in landscape and environment respond via the medium of clay to themes including climate change and water shortage.


Each weekend artists will be in the gallery, able to discuss their work, ideas and processes with visitors.

Ceramic art will be on display within the Herring Island gallery and its outdoor courtyard, making the most of this unique location.


A percentage of all sales will be donated to the preservation of the permanent sculpture on Herring Island, ensuring the future of this rare island art precinct.

Details contact Ceramics Victoria T 9899 2777 or Robyn 0438 170 452

Where is it?
Access to Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park & Gallery is by Parks Victoria’s  
punt service 
which operates on weekends and on Australia Day from midday to 5pm from the Como Landing (Melway Map 2M C2).

The service will only be running during the festival - 13th January to 15th April - this Summer.

Como landing is at the foot of Williams Road South Yarra  / Toorak where it runs into Alexandra Avenue. Once there - you can't miss the island - banners sponsored by Hocking Stuart (South Yarra) mark the pontoon landings on the Como side of Herring Island.

The banner that was on the Burnley landing now graces the side of the cruise ship "Florence on the Yarra". Florence travels from Southbank and cruises to Herring Island  - stopping at the Burnley landing at 1:15 pm (a good time to arrive) and 3:15 pm ( in time for the return journey).

Kanteen café is located close to the landing.

The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival is run with the support of Parks Victoria.

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