Bass Coast,

Gippsland Arts Festival 2013: The Great Gippsland Gatescape


The Gippsland Arts Festival May 2013 has come to a close.  The month long, annual festival has seen many creative happenings across the region, including art exhibitions, markets, workshops, performances, food, community gatherings, and much more.

Creative Gippsland chairperson Amanda Owen said each year the festival has a special element and for 2013 it was the Great Gippsland Gatescape.

“Everyone in Gippsland was encouraged to get involved by decorating their gate to create a splash of colour in unexpected places, and help create a unique arts trail connecting Gippsland towns,” Ms Owen said.

“Making things can be a delightful shared experience and Gatescape in particular is about bringing people together: families, co-workers, artists, farmers, youth, schools and community groups to collaborate on gate-art, to show off their creativity, their street, their town, and their part of the region.”

Ms Owen said Gippsland Gatescape attracted 72 entries, and the wonderful people of Gippsland came up with some “inspired, artistic, colourful, thoughtful, amusing, whimsical and frankly wild gates!”

“There was even a gnome hiding out somewhere in Wellington Shire, we believe,” Ms Owen said.

“The response from schools was so good we had to introduce a primary and secondary school category, and voting for the People’s Choice award was very competitive as you would expect.”

Two gates were winners in Bass Coast, with the Best Primary School Gate awarded to Bass Valley Primary School for their gate Creating Space and the Best Farm Gate awarded to Goat Island Farm and Gallery in Wonthaggi for their gate Emohruo.

Ms Owen described all entries in Gatescape as “fabulous - simply because they have been made by people for the fun of creating something unique, and being a part of something really different that resonates with the community”.

“Creative Gippsland hopes to build on the success of Gatescape in 2014 with more prizes and loads more gates!” Ms Owen said.

“Creative Gippsland would like to thank Gatescape sponsor BawBaw-Latrobe-South Gippsland-Bass Coast-East Gippsland Local Learning and Employment Networks, and ABC Radio Gippsland for their support.”

The winners are:

Best Farm Gate - Emohruo, Goat Island Farm and Gallery, Wonthaggi

Best Home Gate - The Sun Always Shines Here, J Truluck, Sarsfield

Best Garden Gate - Fishing Gate, B Hadaway, Metung

Most Innovative - Enchanted Gate, S Fraser, Morwell

Community Group - Soulful Gate, Cooinda Hill, Traralgon

Best School Gate - Koorie Youth Gate (Secondary) Koorie Youth Mentoring Program 2013, Lakes Entrance Secondary College

Best School - Creating Space (Primary) Bass Valley Primary, School, Corinella

Most Humorous - Whoo’s for a Pot of Chilli, H & C John, Lillico Glass Studio

Best Business Gate - Bird Pen, B East, Post Office Jetty, Lakes Entrance

People’s Choice - Recycled Rainbow, Latrobe Special Development School, Traralgon

Best in Show - The Reading Web, St Joseph’s, Warragul (selected by Celine Foenander, ABC Radio Gippsland)   

All entries can be seen on the Creative Gippsland website at