Art lovers invited online LIKE galleries and museums across the country, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, content from its exhibitions can be viewed online, including a free publication of A Collection of Stranger Things. In this showing artist and collector Patrick Pound drew out works from the MPRG collection and displayed them alongside his own collection of photographs and objects. In a podcast, Pound explains his collection methodology and how the collection became the medium. An online publication of With a Little Help from our Friends showcases works acquired by the Friends of MPRG since 1996. Money raised through memberships and friends events have gone towards buying works on paper by artists Gareth Sansom, Fiona McMonagle, Catherine Cassidy and Raymond Arnold for the MPRG Collection. Peninsula artist Sophie Perez’s exhibition The landscape In Between will be supplemented with
a podcast and in-studio demonstration video this month. The deadline for submissions to the 2020 National Works on Paper is now 19 July. Leading artists display works in drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture. Prizes total $50,000 in acquisitions and awards (including the major acquisitive award of $15,000). When the gallery reopens to the public it will launch MPRG: Fifty, an exhibition that highlights the development and growth of its collection. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first work acquired for MPRG’s collection by founding director Alan McCulloch. Over that time the collection has grown to include more than 1800 objects, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. A focus is the cultural heritage of the peninsula, which has been a haven and source of inspiration for such artists as Fred Williams, Albert Tucker and Arthur Boyd, since the 1850s. Visit: mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au
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Shire’s new Funding Finder website A FREE online service has been launched to help individuals, businesses and community organisations to easily identify and access government funding, as well as philanthropic grant programs. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Funding Finder website includes a page dedicated to gathering the many COVID-19 funding opportunities into one place. This one-stop-shop approach aims to save time and effort on research. Users can create favourites lists, receive direct email alerts from their areas of interest and keep abreast of all funding opportunities and deadlines. The website also offers advice and tips for finding and applying for grants to maximise the chances of success. It allows users to filter their
search to a specific location, industry or type of project. “Now more than ever it’s important that individuals, businesses and organisations know what financial support is available to them and how to apply for it,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “The Funding Finder is a great support tool. It will go a long way to taking time and stress out of searching for community and business funding. “I encourage anyone in our community looking for financial support for a project or business to use this tool to help them in their search.” He said the comprehensive, free service was ideal for local businesses, not-for-profits, community groups, sporting organisations and individuals. Visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/fundingfinder
An important message from the Victorian Government
STAGE 3 RESTRICTIONS ARE NOW IN PLACE. That means there are only four reasons to be out.
Shopping for food and supplies that you need.
Medical care and caregiving.
Work and education – if necessary.
Stay informed at coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Southern Peninsula News 22 April 2020
Southern Peninsula News 21 April 2020