Arts Programs

Dragonfly Art Workshop at Lakeside Alive 

Vicki Kinai Art Workshop

Artist and master weaver, Aunty Vicki Kinai will be hosting a creative workshop at Lakeside Alive. Drop in throughout the day to weave your own dragonfly to take home with you. Free for all ages.

Saturday 1 April | 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Located at the Kiddie Korner - look for the hot pink marquee!, Lake Caroline (Caroline Springs).
No bookings are required for this drop-in workshop.

See the full Lakeside Alive program here.

You will also find Aunty Vicki exhibiting a sculptural installation at CS Gallery as part of the The Edge exhibition, from March 24.

About Vicki Kinai

Papua New Guinean born artist and Master Weaver Vicki Kinai is highly recognized for Practicing ‘Bilum Weaving’ a traditional weaving skill learnt from her grandmother, mother and aunties at an early age.

She is currently a community cultural ambassador receiving a number of awards from Multicultural Arts Victoria in recognition for her contributions to community as a mentor, facilitator and sharing her culture and connecting diverse communities across Australia and overseas.

She was also the recipient of the Pacific Contemporary Arts Festival awards In collaboration with other local and international artists, her artwork isbeing exhibited throughout Victoria. She has adapted the weaving technique to create wearable art and installations with other local and international artists.

Every piece I create tells a story, that connects me to people, place and land of Australia or my birthplace of PNG. Every creation has relevance and connection. ….

She facilitates weaving, art/craft with cultural story telling sessions for all ages at schools, community centres, libraries and events.

FB page “Vicki Kinai’s Bilum Community”.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Opening Event with Artist Panel Conversation

The Edge Exhibition
Join us for the launch of The Edge, a group exhibition of new artwork created for Melton City Council.

The Edge explores the precarious but persistent state of nature at the edge of urban growth. Centring the experiences of residents in a city preoccupied with rapid land development, artists negotiate the complex relationship between humans and land on the ‘green edge’.

Hear from the artists in an Artist Panel exploring the diverse perspectives on the themes of The Edge through vibrant discussion and conversation.

The exhibition as CS Gallery features artwork by Pie Bolton, Alice Duncan, Vicki Kinai & Rebecca Mayo with work by Heather Hesterman also featured at Melton Botanic Garden.

Thursday 13 April | 5:30pm - 7:00pm | CS Gallery
Light refreshments will be served. 
RSVP Essential

BIG SOIL Artist Talk & Tour

Calder Racetrack

As part of The Edge, artist Heather Hesterman explores the relationship between plants, fuels and cars with mobile public art installations.

Join Heather Hesterman and the Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden for a tour of the BIG SOIL installation, with a chat alongside tea and coffee to follow.

Sunday 30 April | 10am | Melton Botanic Garden, 40 Lakewood Boulevard, Melton
Registration for this free event is required.
Register Here

Image Credit: Noah Thorley, Drag Racing Returns to Calder Park, digital photograph, 2022. 

Group Bookings

For group or community bookings, and all general enquiries contact:
Autumn Tansey, Arts Program Support Officer via email: or phone: 9747 5300.

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