Bass Coast,

Come and Play, all of May!


Over the last seven years, May has become the most popular time for residents and visitors to create, discover and celebrate the arts across Bass Coast and Gippsland. Bass Coast Shire Council is proud to partner with Creative Gippsland who announced the successful artists in residence for ‘Come and Play, all of May’ – Celebrating the Arts of Gippsland.

Artists were chosen from around Australia and within Gippsland to participate in an opportunity to spend seven days in a small Gippsland town and create a piece of work in response to the town’s environment and community.

For the host communities, this will be an opportunity to spend time with an artist with new ideas and ways of looking at their community. While hosting the resident artist, members of the community will have an opportunity to learn new skills and acquire a deeper knowledge of a particular art form.

In Bass Coast we have Ulla Taylor, who is a world travelled artist and will be in residence in Newhaven during the last week of May, hosted by Newhaven Residents Group. Ms Taylor is a screever, pavement artist and fresco painter that will be sure to catch people’s imagination.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said ‘Come and Play’ is an invitation to everyone to be involved in and get inspired by the arts.

“During this May, there are close to 30 activities on offer in Bass Coast alone with open galleries and studios, events and workshops all welcoming us to experience and immerse ourselves in the creative skills and passion of local and world renowned artists,” Cr Crugnale said.

“From workshops in nautical knots, fused glass, watercolour or jewellery making - there is something for everyone to keep you busy. There are also exhibitions and bus tours to studios and performances. I encourage everyone to get involved and celebrate the arts in Bass Coast.”

For more information, brochures are now available to be downloaded from Council’s website where you can also find further information to attend a workshop or activity.

Brochures about the Bass Coast events are also available from Visitor Information Centres, Customers Service Centres and participating venues. For all the listings and information on other residencies and programs across Gippsland, please visit