Creative Gippsland Opened At Cowes


The Cowes community celebrated the second official opening for the Creative Gippsland Arts Festival in Bass Coast, with the event focusing on Phillip Island and surrounding areas.

Held on Saturday, 10 May at Cowes Bazaar, the opening celebrated the start of the month-long festival for residents and visitors to experience.

Councillor Kimberly Brown officially opened the festival by adding her own piece of art to the ‘growing gate’.  The growing gate concept invited all attendees to add to the gate as their representation in art form of the official opening.  The opening was a success with guests enjoying the music by Colin Matthews, the food and drink offered and adding their art to the growing gate.

Gatescape forms part of this year's festival again after a successful introduction in 2013.  Gatescape is where members of the community have beautified their gates: garden gate, farm gate, school gate, yard gate, in fact any gate.

“On top of gates decorated on properties throughout the Shire, there are also currently 70 mobile gates displayed in Bass Coast libraries – all of which are created by our local primary schools,” Cr Brown said.

“As a former primary school art teacher myself, I encourage everyone to visit the libraries and have a look at the wonderful work created by the students.”

For a full listing of locations of registered exhibitions and gatescapes, visit  You can also go online and vote for your favourite gatescape.  The Bass Coast event brochures can be found at Council Visitor Information Centres and all art studios in the area.