Call out for Local Otways Musicans & Performers

Local Otways Musicans & Performers invited to be part of a collaborative contemporary live arts event in Birregurra

All types of experienced musicians and performers encouraged to come and be part of what will be a very unique and extraordinary live art event as part of Birregurra's enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation.

Meet and collaborate with other high quality musicians from the area as well as with amazing visual and digital projection artists.

Sound and light technicians also welcome.

Considerable media coverage expected. Time commitment minimal. Volunteers only.

Contact Fiona on 0414 060728 or email to register or for more info. 

Must be able to come along to the first 1hr session on Monday 18th December at noon in Birregurra.

Colac Otway Arts Trail Invitation to Participate - 17th & 18th March 2018

Colac Otway Arts Trail Registration form
17th & 18th March 2018 Kana Weekend

Dear fellow artist,
We invite you to register to be part of our proposed arts trail for the Kana weekend 2018.

This is a trial Arts trail organised by a small volunteer group to promote the Artists and arts activities in the Shire because we believe there are some incredibly talented people hidden in our shire and some wonderful arts venues that are need of promotion. Just as we believe the Visual arts in general are in need of support and promotion.

At present we are unfunded although we are looking at getting sponsors for some printing of maps and signage.
To make this successful we would love any extra help, advice or recommendations and promotions you might be able to offer
We look forward to your registration and hope we can make this an annual event.
Thank You
The Colac Otway Arts trail Committee
Colac Otway Arts Trail

Information for participants:
Please read these guidelines an apply as relevant:
  • Above all have FUN!
  • Always have a companion with you during your open hours
  • Tell your neighbours what is happening. Invite them
  • Do not leave valuables unattended
  • Tidy away out of sight personal possessions
  • Keep cash secure
  • Lock or bolt access to private area
  • Inform your insurer in good time
  • You must make a formal risk assessment before the trail starts. List dangers, photograph them, take notes and remedy the situation. This shows you are not negligent.
  • An assessment may include giving thought to potential hazards on your property, especially for children and the elderly, the disabled and animals. Steps pools etc
  • Studios & workshops have hazards. Remove sharp or dangerous implements ad poisonous substances to a safe place
  • Warn people of steep steps, low beams passing traffic. Put up temporary signs.
  • Display a clearly visible warning that public enter at their own risk
  • We will endeavour to find a disclaimer to display at your own property
  • Provide a copy of your certificate of currency for public liability $10 million – 20 million

·       We plan to provide you with signage and red flags to indicate you are open and promote you via our Facebook page: Colac Otway Arts Trail as you register. Please send Jpegs to showcase your work

·       You will also receive promotion via the Arts trail on the  Colac Otway Shire Events page, OCR & Mix FM if you register early.

If you don’t have public liability insurance you will need to get some; or you are welcome to be part of our pop up gallery & arts market projects

For Insurance you can google some contacts: Nava  or phone:02 93681900; Regional arts Victoria. or community groups

Note : Code red or severe bushfire day event will be publicised as not going ahead.


Yes! We are privileged to have the prestigious Archibald exhibition @ the Geelong Gallery. Join us for an art appreciation outing.

Geelong Gallery in the morning.

Lunch @ Carrugi (modern Italian)

National Wool Museum in afternoon.

The Wool Museum is showing an exhibition called "The Art of Wool" with Australian artists displaying award winning fine art  and fashion.

DATE           Saturday November 18th
PRICES        Geelong Gallery - Adult $16.. ( concession $10)
                     Wool Museum.  - Adult $9.   ( concession$7)
TRAVEL.       Carpool and  meet @ Birregurra General store 9A.M


Xmas Decos Glass workshop

Our renowned local glass artist Jan Verouden is holding a workshop where we will make 5 unique glass tree decorations each. We will use  crushed glass,metal foil wire and coloured glass, they will be fused and fired.
Treasures to keep and hand down the generations.


DATE.                      Saturday November 25th.  10a.m to 2p.m

VENUE.                   Birregurra Health Centre. (Meeting room)

TUITION.                 $40
Extra material costs will be $45, this will cover increased costs in glass, and firing.



"In the workshop we will make Christmas Decorations from glass.  We will use wire, crushed glass, metal foil and coloured glass pieces to create 5 Christmas tree decorations.  Glass will be cut to shape and decoration add, before they are fired and fused, to create your own unique tree decorations."


Mind Your Groove Roadshow

Dear wonderful dancers!

Let’s  Fly!

Mind Your Groove Roadshow Number Four Presents
Contemporary Dance with Helen Duncan

Free shuttle bus available * Pre-sale tix on sale now

Date: Sunday 12 November, 2017
Place: Birregurra Hall, 42 Main Street


Professional dancer and independant artist Helen Duncan will headline the fourth roadshow for the Mind Your Groove community dance tour, she is a hidden gem and local from Deans Marsh bringing contemporary dance to the floor in what has already been a smashing array of genres on the tour.


A  Free Shuttle Bus for people aged 12+ will be available on the day. The bus will leave from Colac Youth Health Hub at 12:30pm and Forrest Hall at 12:45pm.  Limited seats - so get in quick!  RSVP : 10 November - 5232 5520 This service is proudly sponsored by Freeza Programme at Colac Youth Health Hub.

Kids sessions will be lead by Elle Wood and Liza Freddi and will follow the animal in rhythm series.
Child care is available, for more info please contact Mind Your Groove.

If you haven't been to a roadshow yet we highly suggest you get on it. We are nearing the end of this  tour and want to share this unique dance experience with as many people as possible!

“Beautiful safe space to dance my heart out”
Natt Morrow - Apollo Bay Roadshow Dance Participant

Workshop Sessions:
Creative Dance & Freestyle for Preschoolers - 10:00am - 10:30am

Creative Dance & Freestyle for Primary kids - 11:00am - 11:45pm

Contemporary Dance for Youth, Adults, Seniors - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
The aim is to provide a variety of styles and movement backgrounds, exposing participants to dance diversity not easily accessible to rural towns.

Spaces are limited. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Tickets - Adults  $15 presale / $20 on the door, Kids - $10 presale/  $15 on the door
Family  tickets ( 3 + kids ) $20 pre-sale / $30 on the door

For presale tix contact -  or Amanda 0439999941
 facebook_circle_color-24.pngMind Your Groove - Birregurra  Roadshow
Pre-sale tickets close Friday 10th  November

proudly supported by BCAG

What's coming up at COPACC?

Flinders Quartet

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 | 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM


A colourful chamber concert, coffee & cake

Coffee & cake: 10:30am

COPACC brings the Flinders Quartet to the theatre on Wednesday, September 27 at 11am.

The quartet is one of Australia’s best known and loved chamber music ensembles and is regularly invited to perform at festivals throughout Australia, often in association with some of the country’s finest talentssuch as Slava Grigoryan, who performed here early this year in the Grigoryan Brothers. FQ have toured to the UK, Singapore, Finland, Sweden and Canada, andall 4 members of Flinders Quartet have a strong commitment to the development of Australian chamber music as well as its musicians and audiences.

Limelight Magazine had this to say about them:  “Their shading, rhythmic pliability and tautness of ensemble are impeccable.”
 See what the Flinders Quartet got up to in 2016 in the video below:

Love Songs - Kate Ceberano & Paul Grabowsky

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 | 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM


Join us at COPACC for an intimate evening with the high priestess of Australian pop, Kate Ceberano, and her musical partner, ARIA and Helpmann Award-winning Paul Grabowsky, on Wednesday, October 11 at 8pm. They take us on a very personal journey of words and music with brilliantly stripped back interpretations of some of the greatest love songs of the past 50 years.

Kate is a cultural diplomat and national treasure and needs no introduction, while Paul’s contribution to Australian jazz is huge.

The Herald Sun review of their show at the Melbourne Recital Centre read: “Their Love Songs concert, played before a packed house, was joyously alive from the get go. A warm, heartfelt ode to love lost, found and unrequited.”
RUNNING TIME: 90 minute set
RECOMMENDED FOR: Lovers of great music
Proudly sponsored by The Farmer's Son

Blue Love

Friday, 13 October 2017 | 08:00 PM to 09:05 PM


Snappy acting & a fat dose of funny
Award winning choreographer and dancer Shaun Parker brings Blue Love to COPACC on Friday, October 13 at 8pm. This quirky, character-based show is a multi-media physical theatre comedy and covers most performing art genres within 65 minutes!  It is a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, coupledom and suburbia. Parker says: “I was inspired by how romantic love runs through all art forms…and provides such juicy thematic fodder for artists and audiences alike…. It’s a topic that everyone knows only too well. In romantic love the cliché becomes the poignant and vice versa.”

RUNNING TIME: 65 minutes, no interval
RECOMMENDED FOR: People aged 16+
WARNING: Some nudity + strong language

Collaborative community mural project with Gunditjmara artist, Joey Chatfield - GET INVOLVED!

A few weeks back, a collaborative community mural project kicked off as part of the enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation project. The mural project, led by Gunditjmara artist, Joey Chatfield, will lead to a wonderful 7 metre long mural that tells the story of Birregurra and it's relationship to the Birregurra Hall. Once complete, it will be erected in the landscape surrounding the hall.
Birregurra Community Arts Group is a proud partner of this project and it was wonderful to see lots of BCAG members dipping their toe into the project and learning how to interpret stories into a rich visual canvas using traditional symbolism.
The first session was attended by 42 participants including a whole bunch of talented local artists. It was a fabulous session with some real magic made by everyone. The session was about exploring symbols and stories and knocking up a mini canvas of work.
And it's amazing what can happen in just a few short hours. 

See if you can interpret the stories of some of today's workshop participant's artworks using the symbolism info sheet. Individually these artworks are lovely. Collectively, they are a whole kaleidoscope of amazing. 
In the second session, we shared stories of Birregurra and practised our dot painting techniques for the upcoming mural work with Gunditjmara artist, Joey Chatfield. It was lovely listening to the history of Tarndwarncoort from Tom Dennis and local history from other long term residents including Brian Lawrence.
We heard about gypsies in gypsy wagons picking peas, wire becoming a disruptive technology, mysteries around the water hole, wildlife gathering en masse at the dam, and how a pregnant woman was rowed across the flooded barwon river so she could have her baby.


The next session is Sunday 10th September and focuses on finalising the design for the mural as well as having some more fun practicing painting using traditional techniques. The project is free for all participants.

Everyone 12+yrs is welcome to join in and can come along this Sunday or to subsequent drop in sessions on Wednesdays and Sundays 10am -12 noon. Details of drop in sessions will be advertised in Birregurra Mail and here so stay tuned.

If you have any questions about the project, please email Fiona Brandscheid at 

Snapshots of Birregurra 2017 - OPEN NOW

It's that time of year again. Snapshots of Birregurra is open. 
The theme? Birregurra with a touch of RED!

Open / 13 & Under categories

$100 cash first prize 
$50 Birregurra Trader Gift Voucher runner up
$100 cash Lenn Robb People's Choice Award

Proudly sponsored by Birregurra Mail and Birregurra Community Arts Group.

Entries close Saturday 7th October 5pm. Online entries here: .
Hardcopy entry forms available at Birregurra General Store and Community Health Centre soon.
Category winners announced at Birregurra Festival.

August's Musical Monday!

Hello Music-makers,
Just a reminder that this coming Monday is August's Musical Monday. We will be operating our 'New Look' program for the remainder of the year, as outlined below.

Vic & Mic have returned from their holiday and after the success of our 'all-hands-on-deck' Singing Circle last month, Monday's Singing Circle program is as follows: 
Physical warm-up stretches - Linnet Hunter - 5-10 minutes
Vocal warm-up and breath-work - Fiona Brandscheid - 10-15 minutes
Learning a new song - Angie, Vic & Mic - 15-20 minutes
Supper - 15 minutes
Old favorites - Angie, Vic & Mic until 8:30pm

Looking forward to singing, playing and jamming with as many of you as possible,,

  • 10 am to 11 am  Morning Zither Run/Group -  a zither run is a 1 hour lesson to get the most out of your zither. We cover tuning, care, playing and navigating the tune-sheets. Everything you need to take your zither 'for a run' and just play. Suitable for all skill levels. $5 per session, includes morning tea.
Please note that for the Zither Runs we have instruments available for you to use, should you not yet have your own, so why not give it a go? 🎶
  • 1 pm to 3 pm - Running with Zithers Ensemble jam - this ensemble is a group of Zither, Autoharp or other stringed instrument players who, with a percussionist, challenge their music-making to play and harmonize in a group. The idea is to have fun playing together. Whilst the session is free, we do ask for a cold coin contribution toward refreshments and expect players to bring along their in-tune instrument.
  • 4 pm to 6 pm - Room 1 - Afternoon Music Sessions -  This time has been set aside for 30 minute time slots of individual or group music sessions in singing, basic music theory, Autoharp and zither playing or zither & Autoharp service. 30 minute sessions cost $5 and times need to be arranged with Angie 0408 379 499
  • 4 pm to 5 pm - Room 2 - Birregurra Community Arts Group Family Music Sessions with John James - These are fun, family music tasters introducing music to children of all ages through an eclectic range of instruments. $5 per session.
  • 7 pm to 8:30 - The Birregurra Community Arts Group Singing Circle - singing for fun because it is sooo good for us. Everyone's welcome $5.




Lilliah McCulloch
OAK Weaving Studio
Textile & Fibre Artist

The workshop will cover the weaving process from start to finish
Planning, preparing the warp, warping up & weaving 

When: Sat 7th October 10 AM – 3 PM
      Sun 8th October 10 AM – 3 PM

Workshop is for the full weekend – 8 hrs total with a 1 hour break for lunch

Cost $160 plus cost of materials if applicable
Bendigo 3ply wool will be available to purchase

ALTERNATIVELY, BYO your favourite yarns, fibre or material & of course your ideas
our aim is to create & finish a woven piece in the 2 days
No prior weaving experience is needed just a desire to create & enjoy the pleasure of weaving

Four fully equipped looms will be provided for the two days
alternatively byo loom – any form of loom
Only 4 places are available
So book fast to avoid missing this great opportunity

Where: Studio 92, 70 Murray St, Colac
Bookings PH: 0407 818 932

Spinning Workshop



Basic spinning, plying
 spinning wheel maintenance section

4 wheels available, 1 electronic & 3 uprights
or byo your own wheel
Fibre can be provided or else byo

When: September 24th
10 am – 2.30pm

1 hr break for lunch

Where: Studio 92, 70 Murray St Colac

Cost: $100

Bookings: ph Studio 92

 0407 818 932

or call in

Bridal Parade


Invite you to attend a


Where: Lismore Community Centre, Seymour St. Lismore Vic.

When:  23rd September, 2017     Time: 7pm for 7.30pm START

RSVP: 23rd September, 2017 to Lorraine Graham 0407875102/

Door tickets available - but why not go with the theme and send in your acceptance & pre-book, early.

Entry Cost: $15.    Senior Pension Concession - $10.

Dress: Dress as if going to a wedding, if possible.   

Light supper included

Wedding outfits from Dorothy Nicol’s “Flappers to Flare” Vintage Clothing Collection, and may be your only chance to see her beautiful wedding dresses, some of which may never have been seen before.

Studio 92 - Mark Shannon Exhibition

“Sea, Sky and the Hills Behind”

Mark Shannon


Mark Shannon arrived at painting in his late twenties and studied under Patrick Moss a well-respected painter and teacher, after running a successful health food/bakery in Melbourne.


In some ways, one could say his move towards painting was inevitable as art and artists have surrounded him in his life. He is the nephew of renowned Melbourne artist Michael Shannon; and his mother, Pat, is a highly respected and accomplished artist. In 1993 he was awarded the Contemporary Art Society painting prize.


Living in Apollo Bay provides Mark with endless subject matter from which to draw and paint. The surrounding hills and ocean views unique to Apollo Bay are captured in Mark’s distinctive style with oil pastel and acrylic.


Mark’s exuberant landscapes illustrates his intuitive use of strong form and exciting colour. He seems to possess an instinctive and enviable pleasure in line and colour – essentially that which makes us like art in the first place. An approach that ensures his paintings fill a room with joy and colour.


The liveliness and energy that Mark inject into his landscapes has become a release for the physical limitations he now experiences. His limited mobility has led to a move in to residential care. Mark takes comfort in depicting landscapes with an expression of feeling that he can now only capture as an onlooker.



August 3 - 26


Studio 92

70 Murray St



Time for the last Music Salon for 2017 - Reimagining Nina Simone, Sat 5th Aug

It's just under 2 weeks to go until the grand finale Music Salon for 2017.

Explore the world of jazz singer Nina Simone through the eyes of the spectacular Nicola Watson on vocals and the award winning Nathan Liow Trio on keys, kicks and bass. This will be a sublime, unforgettable show at a very family friendly time. Join us for a fabulous evening out with great music and good friends. Bar opens at 4.30pm for a 5.30pm show.


BCAG General Meeting

BCAG group meeting this Thursday night at the
Community Health Centre - 6.30pm.

Check out Linnet's new website

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