Bass Coast,

Gatescape Opens Creative Gippsland

It was with a sense of fun and celebration that artists and art lovers came together for the Official Opening of Gatescape, the feature event of Creative Gippsland 2013.

Held at Goat Island Gallery near Wonthaggi, Mayor of Bass Coast, Cr Clare Le Serve, welcomed the crowd and spoke of the importance of art to the cultural life of communities, stretching across the Shire, encompassing people from a variety of backgrounds and all walks of life.

Joining Councillor Le Serve, Council Arts Officer, Josephine Kent, spoke of the history of Creative Gippsland and this year’s themes of Space and Gate.

Gatescape Coordinator, Janice Orchard, introduced the 20 events taking place across all of Bass Coast during the month of May and in a series of “one minute teasers” invited artists and gallery directors to give a brief and entertaining talk about their particular events covering areas from Phillip Island to Inverloch.

More details of upcoming events can be found on the Creative Gippsland brochure available at Visitor Information and Customer Service Centres within the Shire and at, the website covering Gippsland.

In the ceremonial opening of the commissioned gates created by well known sculptors John Carlson, Andrew Kasper and Bob Hickman, the assembled guests were invited to walk through the gates to mark the beginning of a month of arts festivities across the Bass Coast region.

Guests enjoyed the unique experience which is Goat Island Gallery. A gallery, a garden enhanced by the work of local sculptors, a farm, and the exhibition “Space to Breath”. For artist Frank Schooneveldt, it was an inspirational place to create and display work; for visitors, a tranquil and surprising place to share that experience.

Following the official opening, the three commissioned gates went to their respective homes for the duration of the Arts Festival; John Carlson’s to Phillip island Winery and Andrew Kasper’s to La Provincia Restaurant at Corinella.

Bob Hickman’s gate of flying pigs was installed in time for the opening of the Gate-Space exhibition at The Blue Pig Gallery, where competition was fierce among artists vying for prizes of cash and framing. First prize of $500 was awarded to Inverloch artist John Mutsaers for his work The Donkey Gate while Marian Quigley of Cowes won the second prize of framing by Purplex for her contemporary piece Spaced Out. Highly Commendeds were awarded to Deborah Hill, Alan Landers and Joan Harris.

Meanwhile over at San Remo a large crowd gathered at The Goldsmiths Gallery to enjoy the intricate creations of twelve goldsmiths, jewellers and metal workers who had been invited to create a piece of jewellery or art based on the theme – Spaced Out!

At the Inverloch “Spacial Perceptions” exhibition, artist Ray Dahlstrom and photographer Bron Dahlstrom presented images of a journey through the rugged, captivating and sometimes treacherous northern landscape from the Kimberley to Uluru, interpreted by Ray’s paintings and Bron’s photographs.

Fancy a day out visiting artist’s studios in Bass Coast and neighbouring South Gippsland Koonwarra Art Trail? A Bus Trip to Open Studios has been organised for Sunday, 26 May. It is only $20 for the bus, with pick up points at Cowes, Anderson and Wonthaggi. Bookings are essential so if you would like to take part phone Bass Coast Shire Council Arts Officer, Josephine Kent, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).  For information about Gatespace, phone Janice Orchard on 0419 301 363.