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

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 Melbourne River Cruises 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. Melbourne River Cruises is also offering transport between Southbank and Herring Island during the festival - you can contact them on (03) 8610 2600.

More news about the festival and the people that make it happen 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.


10th January to 18th JanuaryWASA exhibition

Wildlife Art Society of Australasia [WASA]

Wildlife Art Exhibition.
A wide range of art works with wildlife and botanical as a theme from members throughout Australia.  Artists will be demonstrating at the gallery from 1 - 4pm each day the exhibition is open.
Dates are 10th 11th 17th and 18th January 12 - 5pm. We took some pictures on the first day of the festival: you can see the story, and make comments on our news blog.

Details contact Janet 0418 546 554 

Australia Day Weekend 24th to  26th January

artists in the courtyardAustralia Day 2008 hosted a continuous program of arts events and 2009 is planned along similar lines:

During the day artists work in the courtyard in ceramics, sculpture  and painting.  

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 rain makers - 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.

24th January to 8th FebruarySculpture Exhibition

Association of Sculptors of Victoria [ASV]

Sculpture on the Stream: 24th January – 8th February;

opening 12-2pm on 24 January, the exhibition is open from 11:30am to 5 pm each Saturday and Sunday and Australia Day

Gala Preview! We hope to repeat - weather and all - the experience of 2008. The preview will be run by Melbourne River Cruises, details as follows:
Friday 23rd January 2009, Leave Berth 3, Southbank Promenade at 6:30pm aboard Florence on the Yarra. Restaurant Cruise to Herring Island - package menu includes cruise and (pre-ordered) 3 course meal with drinks. Visit Herring Island Gallery, floor talk by an exhibiting sculptor from the Association of Sculptors of Victoria, preview the Sculpture Exhibition returning to Southbank arriving 9:30pm.
Bookings essential
RSVP prior to 20 January
(03) 8610 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

14th February to 1st March

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Land & Water

You are invited to Ceramics Victoria's fourth annual exhibition of ceramic art in the Herring Island Gallery and courtyard spaces. 

Enjoy this select exhibition of work created by ceramic artists from all over Victoria. Artists will be at the gallery each weekend during the exhibition. 

Why not take advantage of this opportunity and visit the island gallery on weekends from 14 February through 1 March?  Access to the island is between 12 and 4.30. A percentage of each sale will be donated back to HISAF to ensure the preservation of this Festival and the permanent collection on the island.

For further information contact Ceramics Victoria on Monday or Friday  T 03 9899 2777, ceramicsvic@optusnet.com.au or call Robyn 0438 170 452. www.ceramicsvictoria.org.au 

 7th to 22nd March

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Contemporary by Nature: 7th to 22nd March including Labour Day 9th March

opening 12-2pm on 7 March, the exhibition is open from 11:30am to 5 pm each Saturday and Sunday and Labour Day.

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

28th March to 13th April

kht_ logoKoorie Heritage Trust
"birra dungul-ung" which means “go to the river”
opening 12-2pm on 28 March, the exhibition is open from 11:30am to 5 pm each Saturday and Sunday and Easter Monday.

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

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

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