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We’re on the map baby! By Liz Rogers

For those of you who thought the industrial precinct in Mornington was just a bunch of warehouses full of space, stock and machinery, think again. This zone is a hidden maker’s melange of hand crafted creations and expressive art and November marks the emergence of The Mornington Arts Precinct (M.A.P) event, where you get to take a peek inside.

Creative venues are plentiful on the Peninsula and 13 of them will open their doors to the public on November 11 through 13. Coordinator of this fresh-minded event, Lindy Bayley, explains: “I don’t know what I’ve got myself into! This is shaping up to be huge. M.A.P aims to showcase local creatives (think open studios, creative talks, exhibitions and live mural painting over the weekend) within the industrial area of Mornington. Each one of the studios and businesses that have agreed to collaborate will be featuring their own creative hub in their own unique way.”

Apparently there are creators tucked away here, there and everywhere and now’s the time to share! So who’s involved? “Artspace 8, Baluk Arts, Blackspot, Co.Co Place, Commonfolk Coffee, Lost Boy Customs, MP Brewery, Oak Hill Gallery, Oasis Pop Up Bakery, and Peninsula Recycled Timber, Southern Buoy, The Nook and The Snake Hole. Everyone is volunteering their time to make this into something we hope will develop into an annual experience – even into a festival at some stage!” Lindy says.

There will also be an Inaugural Life Drawing Artist of the Year competition run in conjunction with Oak Hill Gallery and major sponsors BMW and Arete Aesthetics. Artists can paint, draw, sculpt or do prints based on the nude. Enter by November 12 to be part of the pop up exhibition, sales and judging by sponsors, which will take place on November 13. Sponsors Choice Awards include a $1000 gift voucher from Arete Aesthetics and another $1000 gift voucher from BMW, as well as a range of other prizes donated by local businesses. It’s open to all. Contact Oak Hill Gallery for details.

Supporting partners of this landmark event include Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Bendigo Bank, while artisan partners include BMW, Arete Aesthetics and Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic.

Mornington Peninsula Magazine is proud to be a creative sponsor, along with Like Minds Create, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Design by Bird, Poppy Culture, Manyung Gallery, Myers Electrical and Range Life Wine.

For further information on each one of the creative folk involved in this major arts event see or Facebook @onthemorningtonartsprecinct.

Buy a beer and view work from all 13 participating venues from Thursday, November 10, at MP Brewery. BMW is generously donating a $500 cash award for the best artwork (their choice) on display at the brewery.

Contemporary (art) times are coming Mornington – we’re on the map baby!

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