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

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. 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.


9 to 26 January

cv.logoCeramics Victoria Cvinc


Herring Island is one of Melbourne's premier wilderness parks in the heart of the city and situated on the Yarra River in Toorak. The island represents the struggle of ecology with the increasing drought in Australia, along with the opportunity for sanctuary. Its parkland is the home of many important sculptures of the past century and encourages a journey of exploration. The island is a haven for Australia’s great wildlife and a retreat for people from the bustle of the city right next door. It is a resting place and a refuge, whilst continuing to maintain a connection with the city. The Oasis of Herring Island reminds us of the importance of keeping our parks and ourselves healthy and sustainable in times of drought. As a refuge it is in isolation, so it also reminds us of the benefit of working together both in our arts practice and in our support of the land and each other.
Opening Party: January 9th at 12 noon
Please join us on the island to open the exhibition, award the winners with their prizes, enjoy snacks, drinks and general merriment.

The exhibition  is open from 12 noon to 4:45 pm each day.
There will be an opening from 12 noon to 2pm on Saturday 9th January.

Details contact CVInc: 9899 2777 or Heather May: 0411 851 200 

Australia Day Activities 24th and 26th January

artists in the 
courtyardAustralia Day activities include artists' demonstrations in the courtyard, self guided walks of Herring Island (free brochures/maps available from the gallery), perfect weather and the perfect opportunity for a picnic in treasured bushland.

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

Artists working in the courtyard Australia Day 2007

30 January to 14 February

ExhibitionAssociation of Sculptors of Victoria [ASV]

Sculpture on the Stream

opening 12-2pm on 30 January, the exhibition is open from 12 noon to 4:45 pm each Saturday and Sunday

An exhibition of smaller sculpture much of it 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. 

See images of the show and the opening weekend on our news blog. Images of the works are on the ASV web site in the exhibitions section.

The gallery will close at 4:00pm on Sunday 14th February so please come early on our last day.

Contact: Jenny Rickards 0418 971 897

20 February to 8 March

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Contemporary by Nature

opening 12-2pm on 20 February, the exhibition is open from 12:00pm to 4:45 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

 13 to 28 March

kht_ logoKoorie Heritage Trust
"birra dungul-ung" which means “go to the river”
opening 12-2pm on 13 March, the exhibition is open from 12 noon to 4:45 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.

images from the exhibition: artists will be identified as soon as possible.


Maree Clarke
Exhibition Manager
Koorie Heritage Trust Inc ­0408 055 641

3 to 18 April

psc.logoPhotography Studies College Melbourne
shifting tides

Opening 12 - 2pm on 3 April, the exhibition is open from 12 noon to 4:45pm each Saturday and Sunday and Easter Monday.

Contact Photography Studies College 03 9682 3191

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

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