Monday 29 May 2017 at 11am, Wallaroo Community House, 6 Wallaroo Place Hastings West
As part of 2017 National Reconciliation Week, Indigenous musician Jessie Lloyd gathered with local people from the Mornington Peninsula area to share true-to-life stories and heartfelt songs. These stories and songs are from her Mission Songs Project. The Project has taken Jessie to different parts of Australia to meet Indigenous Australians who were affected by Christian missions, state-run camps and relocation. As part of the Project, Jessie collects songs that Indigenous Australians have written and sung depicting their mission experiences. Through sharing songs from the Mission Songs Project and encouraging others to do the same, Jessie aims to preserve and pass on this precious cultural practise and in doing so, shed light on the history of Indigenous families, elders and communities.
Jessie’s warmth of spirit and openness with which she shared the knowledge and stories of her family delighted each of the 40-odd people who attended this unique and inspiring event. Jessie’s impact was immediate, as many people went away humming a tune before enjoying the delicious lunch provided. Adding to the atmosphere of warmth and sharing was the enthusiastic address and attendance by the Good Shepherd staff who organised the event, and the friendliness and hospitality of the volunteers at Wallaroo Community House who hosted the event.
Jessie Lloyd’s visit was inspiring for our local community, bringing people together in the spirit of reconciliation. What is more, recognising the historical experiences of Indigenous people through music fosters the healing that will unite the people of Australia towards a better, fairer future.
For more information on 2017 National Reconciliation Week and events near you visit reconciliation.org.au/nrw
Visit the Balnarring Hall on Friday 2 June at 7:30pm for a free film event hosted by Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association. Prison Songs, a groundbreaking documentary that gives voice to Indigenous Australians behind bars – through song.
Copyright © 2017 Jade Barker
In the Mornington Peninsula seaside town of Hastings, artist Simon White has charmed community residents with his beautiful new mural depicting scenes from the town’s history. The mural is the latest in a series of public art pieces created in this location since April 2014 as part of the ‘Adopt-A-Hotspot’ project, aiming to “prevent and reduce the incidents of graffiti and property damage in the Hastings community”.
This ‘Hotspot’, turned public art space, is a walkway between the Woolworths carpark and Main Street, beautifying the external wall of Terry White Chemist.
The mural is made up of seven maritime scenes, separated by angular lines. Each one focuses on people, places, animals and boats that are key icons of Hastings’ heritage.
These include the Mirabella family who arrived in Hastings in 1880; the Lothian family from c. 1890; Hastings Fish Shed built in 1866 and restored by John Wooley in 1988, accompanied by resident pelicans; a family in a fishing boat with dolphins swimming beneath the water; Jack Sheehan and his fishing boats; young people in swimming attire at Hastings foreshore c. 1907; and a scene of a fishing family building a wooden boat with one man proudly holding up the catch of the day.
This wonderful project was initiated by Councillor David Garnock in 2014 and continues to be supported by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC), Westernport Chamber of Commerce, Sheldon Headspeath, Brett Cardwell and Hastings Police.
This project not only prevents property damage but enriches the cultural landscape of the area, contributes to wellbeing and gives all members of the community free access to the joy of art. As I was taking photos of the mural, several residents stopped to tell me how much pleasure the mural gives them as they walk through their town. Supporting the ‘Hotspot’ project indefinitely, as part of the Shire’s Cultural Strategy, will not only delight the community, but build a legacy of public art and historical acknowledgement in Hastings both present and future.
Copyright © 2017 Jade Barker
If you visit Realm ArtSpace this coming Sunday 9 October from 1pm, you will be treated to the feelgood music of local duo Jett Effect. Feel the sun shine from your heart as you listen to uplifting originals and tunes you will know, sung sweetly by Jett Robertson with folk guitar played by her husband Mitchell. And it’s free!
If you have lived in the City of Maroondah for a few years, you will have seen how Ringwood Square has been transformed into a beautiful, modern community space. This area has been renamed ‘Realm’, encompassing the local library, Council Service Centre, BizHub, ArtSpace and cafe. Opposite the Ringwood Train Station on Maroondah Highway, Realm is easily identified by the unique white walls that form large diamond-shaped crosshatches over a dark background.
Walk in on the ground floor of this building and you will find the ArtSpace and cafe. There are free exhibitions of work by local artists, and musicians perform here regularly on a Sunday afternoon to an appreciative audience relaxing over a weekend coffee or having lunch with friends. Children and adults alike can gather around to enjoy the free live music.
Dance your way into the Spring vibe with Jett Effect at Realm on Sunday 9 October at 1pm!
Check them out on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thejetteffect
Copyright © 2016 Jade Barker