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Renew Greensborough

A fantastic opportunity from Renew Australia. This is a copy of their media release. (Sorry it’s a bit late…didn’t read the submit date…trying contacting soon!)

Media Release November 2013

Greensborough Comes Alive is set to bring new life into the Greensborough Town Centre.

Calling all creatives in the Greensborough area to take part in this project

Renew Australia have been commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce to run a Renew-style initiative similar to that of Renew Newcastle or the Docklands Spaces project. Greensborough Comes Alive will activate some of the currently underutilised and vacant spaces within the Strip Centre.

Cindy Plowman, Renew Australia says, “the Town Centre already has a lot to offer, its active both during the day and night and it has good public transport access.”

“What this initiative will do is bring people onto the street and encourage people to travel the length of Grimshaw and Main Street. Recent and proposed developments will continue to bring new people to area we just need to translate this into foot traffic along the street.” she says.

The project will fill some of the gaps along Grimshaw and Main Street, by activating vacant spaces with creative enterprises and independent local initiatives from within and around the area.

Four spaces have already been secured for use in the project, including two owned by Banyule City Council (61 and 63 Main Street).  Bill Spiliopoulos from Tom Lane Pharmacy and President of the Greensborough Chamber of Commerce  says “the Chamber of Commerce  and the Banyule City Council is behind this initiative and, we are supportive of any projects that will continue to promote the centre, bring new people to the area and support our local businesses. For Council, taking part in this initiative means the properties are kept in good condition, are being used by the community all without hindering Council’s efforts to search for a more permanent option.”

Renew Australia is now seeking makers, artists, designers, photographers, printmakers, painters, illustrators, architects, milliners, jewellers, publishers, laptop businesses, animators, video or music makers, and other creative types. This is a low cost opportunity to create a shop, gallery, studio, or collaborative workspace at participating properties in the Greensborough Town Centre.

This is your chance to be part of a growing “Renew” creative movement to promote local economic, cultural and community development, the arts and creative industries across Australia and to get a space to try out your own creative idea.

Expressions of interests are now open. Spaces are available from early December 2013. Visit

If you still have any questions contact us via email at

Expressions of Interest for the first round of pilot projects should be submitted via this online application form on the website by 14th December 2013 AEDT 5.00pm.

For all media enquiries please contact Noella Jacobs  0403502348

For all project enquiries please contact Cindy Plowman, Renew Australia



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Time Running Short

Thank you for everyone who has been sending in contributions, we are very sorry that both of us have been so busy and doing this blog has take a bit of a back seat for both of us.  I have, however, been putting all the contributions that have been sent up on the Facebook page that we have, and for those of you who have not liked the page, please do, it is one of the best ways to keep up to date with what is happening in and around Banyule.

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Banyule Blog Board


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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition

2011_09_07_0882v3_miss_phryne_fisher_cropped_mediumThe popular ABC TV series Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries will return to Rippon Lea this spring with a major exhibition featuring the sumptuous costumes worn by the Hon. Phryne Fisher and her cohorts. The house and gardens, which features in the series as the home of Aunt Prudence, will once again be transformed as the doors open to the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition on the 7th September.

If you love costumes it is a great exhibition to see.

The exhibition is on until the 27th of October.  Tickets at the door, or you can buy tickets online.

For more details, you can go on the Rippon Lea website.

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Wonder Room – Exhibition

Art lovers are invited to visit Wonder Room, a group exhibition of work by Rona GreenPaul ComptonFilomena CoppolaDeborah Klein and Heather Shimmen, at Maroondah Art Gallery from 17 October – 30 November 2013.


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Rona Green, The Doctor I: Vortis, 2010, mixed media, 30 x 39 x 5 cm

Rona Green, The Doctor I: Vortis, 2010, mixed media, 30 x 39 x 5 cm



Rona Green, Booger Sugar, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 97 x 87 cm

Rona Green, Booger Sugar, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 97 x 87 cm


Please click here if you would like to view the Wonder Room online exhibition catalogue – enjoy!

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What to do this weekend?

Daylight saving may be happening this weekend, but right now it’s looking a little windy and rainy, so maybe a couple of gallery hops might keep you busy.

At Luma, the Latrobe University gallery is an exhibition by Vali Myers is on till the 1st of November. It’s been highly recommended to me and as I haven’t been to LUMA, as yet, this is a good excuse.

Vali Myers works in pen, ink and watercolour and are extremely detailed and take you to a world of fantasy. For more information have a look at their website.



Between the Dusk and Dawn

11 September – 1 November

LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art Ground floor, Glenn College Melbourne Campus

The current exhibition at the Manningham Art Gallery is a group exhibition called ‘Continuing Streams’ and is a group of artists that have studios in Manningham and are responding to their love of the local region. I only know one of the artists, but it looks like an interesting exhibition.

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The Continuing Streams 

9 October – 9 November

Gallery Hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11.00am – 5.00pm

Contact Details

Manningham Art Gallery

MC² (Manningham City Square)

687 Doncaster Road,

Doncaster, Victoria 3108

Melway Ref: 47 F1

And, finally, if the weather does hold out go over to Bolin Bolin Gallery at the Bulleen Art and Garden, where it is the last weekend of their current exhibition, ‘Alfresco’ by the Box Hill Clayworkers. A quick look revealed quirky interesting work and it’s always a delight to wander around the nursery and thoroughly enjoy their latest exhibition. Often focusing on ceramics, they always show high quality work.

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This ceramic exhibition celebrates the coming of spring and spending more time outdoors.

by Box Hill Clayworkers & Friends
September 13 to  October 6 

Open 7 days a week

Nursery & Shop
Every day: 9:00am – 5:00pm

6 Manningham Road West, Bulleen, Victoria.

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