Herring Island Summer Arts Festival acknowledges the Wurrunjeri people as 
the original custodian of the land on which the festival is being held.

winter on herring island

tanderrum.inspectionParks Victoria, Friends of Herring Island and the five groups welcome  your interest in Herring Island. Access to this island in the Yarra  is from Como landing near Williams Road, Toorak. Parks Victoria's punt service will operate throughout the Summer Arts Festival. In the winter you will need your own boat or contact Florence on the Yarra  to gain access to the landing on the Burnley side of the island.  You can contact us by using the email form at the foot of this  page.

The other activity on the island is the result of donations made during the 2007 festival: Ellen José's Tanderrum has been repaired under her instruction. And look out too for the donations box so that we can continue to support the permanent collection on the island. More news about the restoration work and the festival is on our news blog page:  http://hisafnews.blogspot.com/ 

For more information about access and the permanent sculpture collection check Parks Victoria's  Herring Island page.

Robert Lee inspecting  Ellen José's Tanderrum

Herring Island Gallery

The Herring Island Gallery is the converted scout hall. The fireplace and the marks on the floor are the give-away signs - the architecture is now inspired by the place - a gift to the arts by  the Myer Foundation and the genius of architect, Greg Burgess.


12th January to 28th JanuaryWASA exhibition

Wildlife Art Society of Australasia [WASA]

Wonderful Wildlife: 12-28 January; opening 12-2pm on 12 January, the exhibition is open from noon to 5 pm each Saturday and Sunday and Australia Day holiday Monday 28th January.

Animals, birds and flowers; paintings, drawings, sculptures and linocuts feature in another exciting exhibition from our talented artist members.

Details contact Janet 0418 546 554 

Australia Day Weekend 26th to  28th January

artists in the courtyardAustralia Day 2007 hosted a continuous program of arts events and 2008 is planned along similar lines:

During the day artists worked in the courtyard in ceramics, sculpture  and painting.  People of all ages stopped to chat with us as we worked - a relaxed time in a great place.

At 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm there were tours of Herring Island and the permanent collection run by Friends of Herring Island. Intending participants met in front of the gallery before the tour.

We had perfect weather - breaking our reputation as rainmakers - and lots of visitors enjoyed the day and the art.

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival thanks the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) for their support for our Australia Day program.

2nd February to 17th FebruarySculpture Exhibition

Association of Sculptors of Victoria [ASV]

Sculpture on the Stream: 2 - 17 February;

opening 12-2pm on 2 February, the exhibition is open from noon to 5 pm each Saturday and Sunday.

Gala Preview! On the evening of Friday 1 February cruise to Herring Island on the restaurant river boat Florence on the Yarra. Bookings: (03) 9682  2600

An exhibition of smaller sculpture reflective of the environment and the history of Herring Island.

Demonstration events will occur during the show, and the exhibition will be 'sat' by the exhibiting artists - so this will be a great time to see their latest work and talk to them about their inspiration.

Contact: Jenny Rickards 0418 971 897

 23rd February to 9th March

Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc... [CAS Inc..}

Contemporary by Nature: 23 February - 9 March; 

opening 12-2pm on 23 February, the exhibition is open from noon to 5 pm each Saturday and Sunday.

See interpretations of the natural world in painting, photography, works on paper & sculpture, by a wide range of Australian contemporary artists. A range of the exhibiting artists will be present throughout the exhibition, to talk about the works.

Details contact: Cressida Fox 0407 059 194

15th March to 30th March

kht_ logoKoorie Heritage Trust
opening 12-2pm on 15 March, the exhibition is open from noon to 5 pm each Saturday and Sunday.

There may be the opportunity to visit the exhibition during the week. Inquiries should be directed to Koorie Heritage Trust exhibition manager, Maree Clarke.

Contact: Maree Clarke
Exhibition Manager
Koorie Heritage Trust Inc -0408 055 641

5th April to 20th April

"Land and Water II" Exhibition

Catch the punt to Herring Island, the only island gallery in Melbourne and experience exciting Sculptural Ceramics. On view will be contemporary ceramic art for house and garden. Hosted by Ceramics Victoria [www.ceramicsvictoria.org.au ] their exhibition "Land & Water II" will wrap up the 2008 Herring Island Summer Arts Festival.

This year the exhibition includes the Ceramic Victoria Biennial Sculptural Award, judged by international artist and art educator, Victoria Howlett.

Meander through the Herring Island gallery and courtyard where established and emerging artists interpret the theme of land and water through the medium of clay.healey.shell

Artists will be available to discuss their work, ideas and processes with visitors. All artwork will be for sale and a percentage of sales will be donated to the preservation of the permanent sculpture collection on Herring Island, ensuring the future of this rare island art precinct.

Opening 12-2 on Saturday the 5th of April and continuing 12 to 5pm each weekend until the 20th of April.

Details contact Ceramics Victoria 
T 9899 2777 or Amy 0431 129 399

The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival is run with the support of Parks Victoria.

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