Brighton art events to inspire creative side
Help celebrate the diverse world of art in Brighton with a variety of upcoming events.
Art takes many forms and can be made by anyone, and these events celebrate the young, the emerging, the experienced and, most importantly, the local.
Our culture is reflected and documented in the art that we create which means supporting our artists is vital in preserving our history.
Exhibitions, workshops, markets and more can be found in abundance in Brighton over the coming weeks so don’t miss out.
Target: Bayside Art and Design Graduates
Target is an exhibition entirely made up of works by 2016 VCE and IB graduates. The exhibition showcases the works of 46 students and ranges from photography to painting, sculpture, textiles and more.
Date: Open until Sunday, March 12 (Gallery opening hours: Wednesday to Friday: 11am – 5pm, Saturday to Sunday: 1pm – 5pm)
Venue: The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Brighton Town Hall, Corner Carpenter and Wilson Streets, Brighton
Cost: Free entry
Bookings: No bookings required.
Create mixed media with Jo Roszkowski
If you’re interested in experimenting with mixed media then this workshop with Billilla Mansion’s artist in residence Jo Roszkowski is for you.
Roszkowski will guide participants through the process of botanical fabric dying, ceramics and drawing after collecting materials from the Billilla Mansion gardens. This workshop offers artists at any stage of their career to come together to swap theories and insights about art while learning some new tricks of the trade.
Date: Sunday, March 26
Venue: Participants will meet Jo at Billilla artist’s community space, 26 Hallifax St, Brighton. From there, they will head to The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre.
Cost: $15 adults; $10 concession
Bookings: Bookings are essential. Details here.
Bayside Design Market
The Bayside Design Market is an opportunity for local creators to display and sell their work to the community.
Taking place at the Billilla Mansion gardens, the market offers visitors a chance to enjoy the scenery and support local artists. On the day, music will be provided by the Bayside Chamber Orchestra.
Date: Saturday, April 8
Venue: Billilla Mansion gardens, 26 Halifax Street, Brighton
Cost: Free entry
Bookings: No bookings required.
Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival returns to Brighton for 13th year
The Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival returns to Brighton for its 13th year later this month, and the program is packed.
The festival will be held at Brighton’s Green Point gardens and is expected to attract thousands of visitors, bringing together the community with good food, drink and entertainment.
The festival started in 2005 in conjunction with the baton relay for the Commonwealth Games. Green Point was used as a ‘celebration venue’ as part of the course, which continued along the foreshore.
A ‘picnic in the park’ style event evolved which showcased local food exhibitors and had a small stage with music.
The Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival, as it is known today, attracts more than 6,500 people and has nearly 50 exhibitors including an artisan market and a boutique bar. It also includes a demonstration tent with celebrity chefs.
At this year’s event, more than 35 food and wine vendors will offer tastings, alongside a number of market stalls selling handmade goods.
The MINI Spritz bar will return to offer a place to relax and listen to some live music.
Bright n Sandy caters to everyone, including the littlest members of the family. The kids can break a sweat on a smoothie bike, have their face painted, take part in arts and crafts, get a henna tattoo and take a cooking class. All the fun can be documented with a photo in the free photo booth.
If you’re an aspiring cook-in-the-making be sure to check out the on-stage cooking demonstrations.
Daniel Wilson from Huxtaburger, Todd Moses from French Saloon and Adam D’Sylva from Coda and Tonka are just some of the leading local chefs taking part. Church Street favourite Pantry will also host The Pantry Cooking Show.
There will also be a large selection of wine, beer and cider exhibitors including Red Hill Brewery, Oakridge Wines and Wold of the Willows.
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 11am – 7pm
Entry fee: $2.50
Location: Green Point, Brighton Foreshore Reserve
Please note, Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival is a dog free event.
Getting to Green Point, Brighton
- Drive: Green Point is located at Foreshore Reserve in Brighton, just off Esplanade (opposite Canterbury Place)
- Train: The closest train station is Brighton Beach (Sandringham line) and is an 8 minute walk to the venue
Images thanks to Bayside Council.
A guide to primary and secondary schools in Brighton
With the new year just around the corner, parents are likely scoping out schools and sending off applications for their children.
Brighton has become renowned for its offering of quality schools, which has been a drawcard for families for many years.
We’ve put together a list of primary and secondary schools in Brighton to give you a snapshot of schools in the local area and hopefully make the application process a little easier.
Brighton Primary School
Brighton Primary is dedicated to laying a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy skills for their students to build upon. The school offers specialist classes including visual and performing arts, Italian language and a hearing unit for children with hearing loss.
Brighton Primary School: 59 Wilson St, Brighton
Brighton Grammar Junior School
Brighton Grammar Junior School is a boy’s school that implements Dr Howard Gardiner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences. The teaching focuses on the visual, spatial and physical learning aspects of the theory to best suit boys’ unique learning needs. This school encourages students to try a variety of activities and subjects that will open doors to many opportunities.
Brighton Grammar Junior School: 90 Outer Cres, Brighton
Brighton Beach Primary School
Brighton Beach Primary School aims to create an environment that gets students excited to attend class. They foster a tolerant and open-minded school environment that students can feel safe within. School camps are offered from Year 3 and above, and are used as opportunities to help students gain independence, team building skills and cultural education.
Brighton Beach Primary School: 19 Windermere Cres, Brighton
St James Catholic Primary School
St James Catholic Primary School offers before and after school care for children with busy parents/guardians. Offering a variety of specialty classes like performing arts and a Japanese LOTE class, St James is equipped to give its students a rich education. In his message to parents, school principal Brendan Flanagan says: “We strive for growth in all student outcomes: academic, spiritual, social and emotional”.
St James Catholic Primary School: 6 St James Close, Brighton
Firbank Grammar (junior school)
Firbank Grammar’s junior school offers a ciriculum for girls from Prep through to Year 6. The learning areas are designed with collaboration in mind, to support the learning needs and styles of individuals. Specialist subjects include art, Chinese, religious education, music and physical education, all of which form an integral part of the school’s curriculum.
Firbank Grammar (junior school): 51 Outer Cres, Brighton
Brighton Grammar School
With a range of programs designed to help boys from all backgrounds with a diverse range of abilities and strengths, Brighton Grammar is prepared to teach any boy that wants to learn. The subjects on offer range from accounting to forensic science, Latin and legal studies.
Brighton Grammar School: 90 Outer Cres, Brighton
Firbank Grammar (senior school)
Firbank Grammar is a girl’s school with an on-campus boarding house for students from rural Victoria, interstate and overseas. Established in 1909, the school has a rich heritage and heralds compassion, courage, curiosity, integrity and respect as their main values. Firbank Grammar takes musical education seriously and offers lessons for a variety of instruments.
Firbank Grammar (senior school): 51 Outer Cres, Brighton
Brighton Secondary College
Brighton Secondary College is a co-ed school that practices inclusive learning. The school is prepared to support all students with differing strengths and weaknesses. Support is also offered to students struggling with personal issues with programs encompassing peer support, anti-bullying, insider parent participation and more.
Brighton Secondary College: 120 Marriage Rd, Brighton East
St Leonard’s College
St Leonard’s understands that their students’ futures rely on their ability to work well with people of the opposite gender and, as such, offer co-educational learning. The school also aims to prepare students for what comes after Year 12. Subjects at St Leonard’s range from business management to psychology, philosophy, literature and various languages.
St Leonard’s College: 163 South Rd, Brighton East
Brighton to come alive with Resonance Music Series
Enjoy a celebration of classical music and history as the Resonance Music Series returns to Brighton with a stunning program of events.
Now in its 16th year, Bayside Council is proud to bring outstanding classical music performances to the region.
Bayside Mayor James Long said this year’s series offered a diverse range of musical styles, from medieval through to new and modern works by Bayside and Melbourne-based composers.
“The Resonance Music Series forms part of Council’s commitment to enriching our community through the provision of arts and cultural programs that are locally relevant and close to home,” Cr Long said.
Joining the program again this year is the Bayside Chamber Orchestra, and Early Arts Guild of Victoria, a long-time partner of the series, will also return.
The program is rounded out by two exciting projects – a concert of works presented in partnership with the Gallery@BACC to coincide with this year’s Mid-Winter Master exhibition featuring the works of Clarice Beckett, and a concert by the Melbourne Composers League which provides an opportunity to hear the unusual sounds of low flutes.
Be sure to get along to one of these great Brighton events, as part of the Resonance Music Series:
Bayside Chamber Orchestra
This music event explores a variety of European composers from prior to and after the turn of the 20th century. With music from Aster Pizzola, Luigi Boccherini, Georges Enesco and Carl Nielsen the event provides a diverse listening experience.
Date: Sunday, November 6 at 2.30pm
Venue: St Leonard’s Uniting Church, 2 Wolseley Grove, Brighton.
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 concession and free for children under 9. Refreshments included in the ticket price.
Bookings: Tickets will be available on Try Booking one month before the event. Calls to book can be made to Claire Nicholson on 0409 861 535. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Melbourne Composers League brings you Subterranean Sonorities, a combination of Japanese and Australian music. With the didjeridu, flute, harp and viola a calm harmony will cloak the audience in sound for a full musical experience.
Date: Saturday, November 26 at 3pm
Venue: Trinity Uniting Church, 15 Black St, Brighton
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 concession and free for children under 9
Bookings: Available at the door.
All the Nations Rejoice
The Early Arts Guild of Victoria brings you a Christmas Pageant. Nativity celebrations in the form of poetry, music, stories and dance in addition to a carols sing-a-long.
Date: Sunday, December 11 at 2.15pm
Venue: Brighton Town Hall, corner Wilson and Carpenter streets, Brighton
Cost: $20; free for children under 18
Bookings: All bookings to be made by phone (03) 9699 8417.
Future of Brighton’s Gallery@BACC in board’s hands
A new committee has been appointed to guide the strategic direction of Brighton’s Gallery at the Bayside Arts and Culture Centre (BACC) and make vital decisions for its future.
Melbourne is known as a city of arts and culture and the gallery, located in Brighton Town Hall, plays a major role in it.
Offering artists at any point in their career a place to display their work, the Gallery@BACC is a landmark in Brighton’s local arts community.
The new committee has been named the Gallery@BACC board and is made up of individuals from various areas of the art industry.
The members of the board are made up of exhibition manager Charlotte Christie; cultural business manager Cindy Carrad; marketing and brand specialist Roger Boyce; accountant Patrick Christian; fundraiser Angelina Beninati; and artist consultant Tiziana Borghese.
Over the three years of their appointment, the board will develop a four-year plan for the Gallery@BACC and manage the arts and heritage collection.
Bayside Mayor James Long said the gallery hosted up to ten exhibitions each year that enriched the cultural community of Bayside.
“The experts selected (for the committee) have been drawn from a range of sectors with experience in finance, marketing, fundraising, governance and arts administration. They all share a great passion for the arts and to work for the betterment of the Bayside community,” he said.
“Through this new board, council will set a new strategic vision for the gallery and collection and leverage new and exciting opportunities.”
In addition to hosting displays by local artists, the Gallery@BACC also presents diverse works by non-local artists which adds to the rich arts scene of Brighton’s local community.
The Gallery@BACC board will continue the work done previously by the Bayside Arts and Heritage Collections committee.
Visit the gallery to see ‘The Ordinary Instant’ installation, running until September 11. It includes more than 50 works from Clarice Beckett from 1919 – 1935, as well as new contributions from female artists including Camilla Tadich, Lynne Boyd, Saffron Newey and many more.
The Gallery@BACC is located in the Brighton Town Hall at the corner of Carpenter and Wilson streets, Brighton.
Celebrate National Op Shop Week in Brighton
The hunt for a great bargain brings joy to everyone, and with National Op Shop Week here again it’s time to share that joy!
This week, Brighton and communities throughout Australia, will celebrate the brilliance that is op shops by donating disused items, and scouring the shelves for cheap treasures.
To help celebrate, this year’s ambassador will be Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis. Costa will be styled in op shop sourced outfits by TV stylist Alex van Os, to highlight the quality that can be found in op shops.
Fashion with a Conscience
This year’s theme is ‘Fashion with a Conscience’, which is something we should be taking into account of every day.
Red Cross Shops Community Engagement Manager Kate Dear said shopping at op shops helped the wider community.
“All items purchased at Red Cross shops help support the everyday work of Red Cross such as bushfire and flood relief, providing safe drinking water and sanitation for remote communities, assisting new immigrants and ringing isolated and elderly people to check on their welfare.”
Collectively, Australia sends upwards of 15,000 tonnes of valuable items to landfill every year. By donating your long unworn clothes and unused home appliances’ to Brighton’s op shops you will be helping struggling families and individuals by providing access to affordable and quality goods.
Where can I celebrate National Op Shop Week in Brighton?
St Andrew’s op shop, off Church Street in Brighton, is just one of the local stores participating in National Op Shop Week. Run by The Anglican Parish Church of Saint Andrew, all proceeds raised are donated to worthy causes including the Brighton Red Cross, Make-a-Wish foundation, Brighton Secondary College Chaplaincy Fund and more.
Church Street is also home to Biccy’s Op Shop, which is completely volunteer run and full of quality pre-loved items. Biccy’s donates the store’s sales to charitable causes and projects that help the community.
St Steven’s op shop isn’t to be forgotten though it’s a five-minute drive from the heart of Brighton.
National Op Shop Week runs from August 21 – 27.
Use our guide to op shops in Brighton to find out where you can celebrate National Op Shop Week locally.