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

tanderrum.inspectionParks Victoria, Friends of Herring Island and the five groups welcome  your interest in Herring Island. 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. In the winter you will need your own boat or contact Melbourne Water Taxis to gain access to the landing on the Burnley side of the island.  You can contact us by using the email form at the foot of this  page. Melbourne Water Taxis can also offer transport between Southbank and Herring Island during the festival - you can contact them on 0416 068 655.

More news about the festival and the people that make it happen is on our news blog page:  http://hisafnews.blogspot.com/ 

For more information about access and the permanent sculpture collection check Parks Victoria's  Herring Island page.

Robert Lee inspecting  Ellen José's Tanderrum

Herring Island Gallery

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.

Australia Day Activities 23rd and 26th January

artists in the courtyardAustralia Day 2011 activities included artists' demonstrations in the courtyard, self guided walks of Herring Island (free brochures/maps available from the gallery), one guided tour, perfect weather and the perfect opportunity for a picnic in treasured bushland.

Hundreds of people enjoyed a great day on the island. Thanks to everyone who made it such a relaxed and enjoyable day.

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

Artists working in the courtyard Australia Day 2007

15 to 30 January 

Sculpture ExhibitionAssociation of Sculptors of Victoria [ASV]

Sculpture on the Stream

opening 12-2pm on 15 January, the exhibition is open from 11:30am to 4:30 pm each Saturday and Sunday

The exhibition opening, and indeed the launch of the Summer Arts Festival, will be on Saturday 15th January at 12noon. Our speaker and opener will be Mr Nigel Caswell, former General Manager of Parks Victoria who, in conjunction with Maudie Palmer instigated the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park.

An exhibition of smaller sculpture reflective of the Stream - the sculptors' life.

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. 

After the exhibition closes images of the works will be on the ASV web site in the exhibitions section.

The gallery will close at 4:00pm on Sunday 30th January so please come early on our last day.
Contact: Jenny Rickards 0418 971 897

5 to 20 February

Ceramics Victoria

Lene Jakobsen won the
Exhibition Prize with "Earthly Gifts"

Lene Jakobsen Earthly Gifts
Herring Island is one of Melbourne's premier wilderness parks in the heart of the city and situated on the Yarra River in Toorak. This year's theme, ELEMENTAL, is based on the processes and making used in the production of ceramics. These elements are of great importance in everyday life, as well as in the creating of ceramic works.

The exhibition will be held in the Herring Island Gallery. The island is located in the Yarra River and is accessible from the Como Landing, Toorak, using Parks Victoria's weekend punt service. The Festival is conducted with the sponsorship of Parks Victoria, who manage the Island. 

The dates of participation for Ceramics Victoria Inc are Saturdays and Sundays 5th February 2011 - 19th February 2011, 11.30am - 4.30pm and 20th February 2011, 11.30am-4pm. 

For further information on Ceramics Victoria Inc or for exhibition details please go to www.ceramicsvictoria.org.au or contact us on (03) 9899 2777, Thursday's and Friday's 10am-5pm.

26 February to 14 March

Contemporary by Nature

opening 12-2pm on 26 February, the exhibition is open from 12 noon to 4:30 pm each Saturday and Sunday and Labour Day 14th 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. Not only is there a range of media and styles in the work inside the gallery but the courtyard also boasts an installation of natural materials from the Island - these will be returned to their home at the end of the show - so come and see it while it is gathered together.

Details contact: Cressida Fox 0407 059 194

19 March to 3 April

psc.logoPhotography Studies College Melbourne
shifting tides
a collection of images from Photography Studies College graduate students of 2010. It comprises a series of photographic explorations around the notion of the shifting tide. These images can be interpreted literally or metaphorically, can be seen to relate to the Yarra itself, or engage more broadly with the environment in general. Some of the images also can be seen to have cultural, social or political significance as they contribute to our understandings and very timely reflections on the power and immensity of the shifting tide.

Opening on March 19 at 12 noon – 2pm

the exhibition will continue each Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 4:45pm until April 3 2011. A PSC exhibiting graduate will ‘sit’ the exhibition and be available to discuss the work.

View current student images at Photography Studies College www.psc.edu.au or

Contact Photography Studies College 03 9682 3191 for more information.

9 to 26 April

BasketmakersvocBasketmakers of Victoria 

DRIFTan exhibition of fibreworksbarbara_hopkins
12 noon – 2pm on Saturday 9 April

The exhibition will be open from 11.30 am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 – 24 April, plus Monday 25 and Tuesday 26. 

The gallery will close at 3pm on the last day of the exhibition.

During the exhibition we will demonstrate basketmaking and discuss techniques, materials and inspiration. An additional display and activity is being prepared for visitor participation.

Visit www.basketmakersofvictoria.com.au to view some of our current work.

work by Barbara Hopkins

We took a movie clip at the opening: first  Karen Pirie (in black) and Liz Reid (in green) discuss Heather Turner's baskets of coiled and stitched palm inflorescences. Then Karen Pirie and Barbara Hawkins talk about Barbara's palm sheath wall hanging.  Other artists' baskets shown  as we pan around include Jane Henry,Liz Reid, Edit Meaklim, Karen Pirie, Jaclyn Bradley, Liz McDonald, Robyn Norris, Tricia McGaughey, Barbara Rowe, Jane Honman,....there are 38 artists and 97 exhibits in Drift. (Notes by Tricia McGaughey)

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 11am to 5:00pm from the Como Landing (Melway Map 2M C2). There is a modest charge for the punt service - currently $2 for adults or $5 for families.

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.

Kanteen café is located close to the landing.


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