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At last it’s time for This Time, Last Year
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine

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Amy Newman and Susan Chapman talk with Frankston City Mayor Kris Bolam about their contributions to the Stories at the End of the Line anthology.

Frankston City’s creative talents are on full display in This Time, Last Year – a multidisciplinary art exhibition, time capsule, celebration and memorial that’s part of Frankston City Council’s $7.038 million COVID-19 community relief and recovery package. It will include the launch of Stories at the End of the Line at Frankston Arts Centre on Friday, May 14, at 6pm. The anthology of 75 stories from writers aged 12-90 about their time in lockdown includes Susan Chapman’s Beach Cleaner, which describes how casual walks became a daily routine of litter removal; and Amy Newman’s piece sharing her experience of giving birth during lockdown. Entry is free but bookings are essential.

“Beach cleaning became an important part of my day,” Susan said. “I’d go out with my gardening gloves, salad servers and large hat, and I’d be meeting people. ‘Cathartic’ is a good word for it, because our time on the beach has really saved our sanity.” Amy said: “I wanted a way to develop my writing skills when I had just had my baby, and it was also an ideal way of connecting with the community. I was so thrilled to be a part of it.”

This Time, Last Year includes photograph exhibitions, short-film screenings, and fun for the kids:

May 13-June 26
All Dressed Up, Nowhere to Go by Lisa Atkinson – a photographic series capturing the joy of dressing up and heading out despite not having an actual destination.
The Year We Stayed at Home by Jenny Rusby – a photographic series exploring the simple beauty and importance of family and connection in a time of isolation.

May 21, 6-8pm
Lockdown Film Competition Screening – a night of short films capturing the time we entered or emerged from shutdown and social isolation; limited places, bookings essential.

May 13-June 26
The Iso Lounge – an immersive installation with screenings of Lockdown film entries and the chance to pull up a chair and read Stories at the End of the Line.
May 13-July 10
A Series of Expeditions to Nowhere – projected after dark, this highlights Beth Lane’s search for places to dance through an abstract lens.
June 29-July 10
The Iso Lounge Kids Takeover – a collaboration between the Iso Lounge and Hot Arts for Cool Kids with fun things to make and see, particularly for the little ones.

For more information, visit or phone 9784 1060.

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