Bass Coast,

Arts Come Alive In Bass Coast


The month of May brings the Creative Gippsland Arts Festival to Bass Coast, with plenty of events, exhibitions and workshops held throughout the region.

In its sixth year, the Festival’s theme is Swap, Trade and Exchange, with the six Gippsland councils swapping artists, performers, ideas and skills.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said we have the privilege of swapping with Latrobe City.

“There are writing, singing and performance workshops, a walking tour and exhibitions that showcase a diversity of mediums,” Cr Brown said.

“The exhibition Tree Change to Sea Change from ArcYinnar artists who are swapping walls with ArtSpace Wonthaggi artists will be the feature for the event opening on Thursday, 7 May at ArtSpace Wonthaggi.”

“This year, there’s no need to travel long distances to see different artists; instead, let the artists come to you!”

Artists from ArcYinnar, Centre for Creativity and Contemporary Arts in Yinnar will be exhibiting at ArtSpace Wonthaggi from 7 May, and ArtSpace artists will be showing at Yinnar and opening on Saturday, 9 May.

With 24 registered participants showcasing events, exhibitions and workshops, there’ll be plenty to see during the entire month.

  • Walkabout at Bass will feature 14 artists in a Trade-Off. This diverse set of artists has been invited because of their unique skills, and represents the strength of talent across the Bass Coast region from Inverloch to The Gurdies.

  • The Goldsmiths Gallery in Bridgeview Arcade, San Remo, will Swap Summer for Autumn, with 12 amazing jewellers, goldsmiths, potters and a photographer asked to get creative.

  • Saraghi Art Space, rear of Lugano Café in Cowes, is hosting Unearthed, an exhibition by Peter Walker which will ‘unearth’ new ways to look at the landscape. The works have an enriching colour and expressionist approach, and the human figure is introduced in most works as a complement to the landscape.

  • Artist, Ray Dahlstrom, is hosting his own exhibition titled Divergence, featuring works inspired after leaving the Yarra Valley after Black Saturday five years ago. The exhibition is being held in Studio 40, 40 Pearsalls Road, Inverloch on Saturday and Sundays from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Many other venues are up and running all of May. Visit for a full list of activities.

An event brochure is also available at Bass Coast Visitor Information and Customer Service Centres and from