Arts Programs

NAIDOC Week Arts Market 2022 | Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

Curated by Lucy Webster
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Get Up, Stand Up and Show Up this NAIDOC Week at our free, all ages Arts Market curated by proud Kamilaroi woman and local artist Lucy Webster!

Join this family-friendly afternoon including a market featuring handmade arts and crafts made by local Elders and community members, a free BBQ, an arts workshop for kids, traditional games and a yarning circle.

Take a look at the full program below and join us to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples this NAIDOC Week!

Saturday 2 July, 12:30-3:30pm | Melton Library & Learning Hub



12:30pm: Welcome Opening Remarks

12:30-3:30pm Local Community Market
Buy locally made arts, crafts and more at this market organised by local Elders and community members. Have a yarn at the stalls and snap up some beautiful handmade objects at this community-led market.

12:30-3:30pm Exhibition: Winanga Burruguu
Visit Lucy’s exhibition Winanga Burrugu at Melton Library throughout the afternoon.

1:30 until sold out: BBQ
With a focus on native ingredients, don’t miss out on a feed at our free community BBQ!

1:30-3:30 Traditional Games and Drop-in Arts Workshop
There’s something for the whole family- drop-in to our children's art workshop space for painting activities inspired by Lucy’s exhibition. Learn a range of different traditional games from communities around Australia and challenge your friends and family to a game!

2:00-3:00pm: Yarning Circle: Dreaming Stories
Everyone is welcome to join this yarning circle focused on Dreaming Stories found in Lucy’s exhibition Winanga Burruguu. In a yarning circle, dialogue is centred on finding ways to grow and sustain mutual understanding and respect of shared issues.  

Elders Room
We welcome all Elders participating in and visiting this event to make use of our Elders Room throughout the program. Free tea, coffee and light snacks will be available.

About Lucy Webster

Lucy Webster is a proud Kamilaroi woman and emerging artist living and working in Melton. Her work explores traditional Aboriginal art styles designed to bring further awareness of Aboriginal culture to the wider community, and to encourage the local Aboriginal community to share their knowledge and skills. Using a strong colour palette and a mix of contemporary and traditional painting techniques, she explores plants, animals, Dreamtime, and symbols from her own ancestral stories.

View her current exhibition Winanga Burruguu at Melton Library and Learning Hub.


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Presented by Melton Arts & Culture in collaboration with Melton City Libraries, Melton Town Centre Revitalisation and Melton City Council

Animate Shapes and Patterns

Dell Stewart Tesselate

Take your animation skills to the next level in this hands-on workshop that introduces tessellation and pattern design as animation techniques. Bring shapes and patterns to life with tessellation, a process of covering a surface with a pattern of flat shapes with no overlaps or gaps. Play and experiment with colour, pattern and design in this fun, free and hands-on workshop where you will work towards creating a collaborative animation artwork with other workshop participants.

Best suited for children aged 8-12 years old.  

Tuesday 5 July | 10:00am | CS Gallery - SOLD OUT (Waitlist available)

About Dell Stewart

Dell Stewart’s work combines various processes often regarded as belonging to the world of craft (ceramics, textiles, animation) with a deeply embedded personal history. These practices and references assemble in immersive environments, often offering no clue to the boundary between the artwork and the space it occupies. A personal, subjective symbology pervades the work making each iteration another chapter in a narrative of a life lived doing. Stewart has organised and participated in numerous exhibitions and has shown extensively in Australia and overseas – recently at West Space and Craft Victoria – with a particular interest in fostering new material connections and collaboration.

Image Credit: Dell Stewart, 2022, Harlequin variations. Image courtesy the artist.

Exhibition Opening Event: Elements of Hannah Watts

+ Q&A with artist Christian Hansen and Beck Hart, granddaughter of Hannah Watts.
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Join us for the Opening Event of local artist Christian Hansen’s exhibition, ‘Elements of Hannah Watts’. This exhibition exploring the many sides to Melton’s beloved historical icon Hannah ‘Grannie’ Watts, features new works by Melton Arts & Culture’s Artist in Residence, Christian Hansen. Christian will be joined by Beck Hart, granddaughter of Hannah Watts and will provide a tour of key artworks in the exhibition in a casual Q&A where you can ask questions about the artworks and the life of beloved midwife and Melton icon Hannah Watts along the way.

As part of the Heritage Festival, our current Community Collections exhibition, ‘Hannah "Grannie" Watts: mother, midwife, and matriarch’, will also be available to view. Find out more about the Heritage Festival here

The Opening Event for Elements of Hannah Watts will run from 6:00-7:30pm. Opening remarks will be at 6:15pm, tour and Q&A to follow. 
This event is free and open to all; however bookings are required to monitor numbers.

Thursday 21 July | 6:00pm | Melton Library and Learning Hub

About Christian Hansen

Christian Hansen is an emerging artist with Australian and Romani cultural heritage. He lives and works in Melton. He works primarily with acrylic, gouache, oil, encaustic painting, pencil and pastel on paper and canvas to explore his interests in culture and history. He is interested in examining local histories, cultural expression, and the politics of colonialism through his symbolic works. He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and his work is held in in private collections throughout Australia.

Image Credit: Christian Hansen, A Change is Coming, 2022, oil paint

A World of Hope - Live VJ Performance 

Paul Fletcher Workshop

Create the world you want to live in! There’s dancing, there’s video, it’s a Live VJ and the gallery will be your place to regenerate joy in this collaborative artwork experience from artist Paul Fletcher and members of Melton Libraries English Conversation Class!

Responding to our current exhibition Dis-Repair by Annie Murray on display at CS Gallery, exhibition collaborator and artist Paul Fletcher has worked with local residents to re-imagine their hopes and dreams for the future as artworks that come to life as part of a live VJ set at CS Gallery.

Join Paul and contributing community artists for this VJ show and don’t miss seeing Annie Murray’s exhibition in its final week.

Wednesday 27 July | 4:00pm-6:00pm | CS Gallery
This event is free and open to all; however, bookings are required to monitor numbers.


Weaving Tales: Textile Art and Family History with artist Ana Petidis

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Explore how you can tell your family history through textile art in this weaving workshop with artist Ana Petidis!

In this workshop designed for families, Ana will work with adults and children (ages 10 and up) to create small frame looms and complete woven art pieces based on your own family histories and memories.

Participants are encouraged to bring any textile/fabric/soft fabric materials that they would be willing to cut and use in the woven work to assist in creating a personal piece of art and potential new family heirloom!  Participants will take home their own woven artwork.

Saturday 13 August | 1:00pm-3:30pm | Melton Library and Learning Hub

About Ana Petidis

Ana Petidis is a Ballarat-based studio weaver who creates one-off cloth and tapestry works that communicate personal and shared stories through the considered joining of materials and process. Grounded in her heritage and culture, Petidis’ practice explores connection to time and place through the entire process of weaving from fibre source to cloth creation.

Image Credit: Ana Petidis, photographer: Bowie Wallace.

Make an Everyday Art Book For Book Week!

Audrey B. Cardona Workshop

Join local illustrator Audrey Buttigieg Cardona to start your own illustration book! This session will show children how to develop daily illustrating habits that nurture their artistic skills, teach them to observe their surrounds and turn daily events into imaginative stories. Children will take home an Art Book to keep drawing in.

This workshop is suitable for primary aged children 5-12 years. All materials provided.

Saturday 20 August | 11:00am | CS Gallery
Saturday 20 August | 1:30pm | Melton Library and Learning Hub

About Audrey Buttigieg Cardona

Audrey Buttigieg Cardona is an emerging artist who expresses herself mainly on paper. She draws her inspiration from the animal and natural worlds, interpreting life around her through a combination of real life drawing and doodling, which brings out her innermost emotions. Her work has been shown in Australia and internationally, and she has been mentored by internationally renowned Maltese artists, Joseph Mallia, Joseph Paul Cassar and the late Isabelle Borg. In addition to creating her own artwork, Audrey teaches Visual Arts to young students at Christ the Priest Primary School. She believes in mentoring and guiding young minds to discovering their talents and creating their own artwork.
To view more works of Audrey please visit

Image courtesy of the artist.


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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