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Stonnington Council Glow Festival


As part of the City of Stonnington Glow Winter Arts Festival, Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House ran an Arts Festival and Exhibition over Friday 15th and Saturday 16th August.

The festival began with the opening of the Art exhibition by the Mayor of Stonnington, Cr Adrian Stubbs, on Friday 15th August. The exhibition was open for viewing, as was the “Glow Cave”, an interactive installation created by the children from the Neighbourhood House art classes, our tutors and a number of volunteers. Around 120 people attended.

On Saturday, in addition to having the art exhibition and glow cave open for viewing, the Neighbourhood House held the following free events :

  • an introduction to writing workshop
  • readings by the Phoenix Park writers and poets
  • a barbeque
  • an art/craft activity for children conducted by the Art Therapy Collective
  • a treasure hunt for children through the adventure playground
  • a performance by Adam Pavitt, singer/songwriter, who runs our weekly community choir

Over eighty children took part in the treasure hunt. Most of these children also took part in the art activity.

Over 200 people attended over the two days.

The Arts Festival and Exhibition was a great community event with forty eight artists and photographers exhibiting. Those exhibiting included students from our art classes, the Malvern Artists Society, Hughesdale Artists Group, Holy Eucharist Primary School, Malvern Valley Primary School, Art Zero and the local community.

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Art prize


At Phoenix Park we are thrilled to report that our very talented art tutor, Noralisa Speranza, last week won the Norma Bull Portraiture Scholarship from the Victorian Artists Society. Noralisa’s model was Natalia Pardo, one of our volunteers who helps out in the office and with after school art and is a very popular member of the Phoenix Park team. Well done Noralisa – we are all so pleased for you. Wonderful to see that your talent and dedication as an artist is being acknowledged.


Girls Night In

Our seventh Girls’ Night In was a great night, around sixty women attended and we raised a total of $950.00, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council Victoria.   

Australiana was the theme for the night, with a number of women dressing up.  I must admit my effort this year in dressing up was minimal (an “I love Australia” tee-shirt), but we had a Dame Edna, a life guard, Nicole Moffat (our MC for the night) as thong lady, and many more interesting variations on the Australiana theme.    The City of Stonnington was well represented with a table for the libraries and maternal and child health.   As always we had a lot of fun; Cyndi Lauper got it right when she said “girls just wanna have fun”!  

A huge thank you to all those that made the night such a success;  Nicole Moffat  who did such a fantastic job organising the trivia quiz and the games and also mc’ing the evening, Nobby and Sheila for decorating the room for us – it looked amazing,  our sponsors (see below) and last but not least, thank you to all those that come along and participated in the night.   See you next year !!

Our Sponsors
Seitai Healing, Absolu Hair Salon, Chadstone Motors, Phil Houlihan, Rhonda Dawson, Clancy’s Bakehouse, Florie D’Souza, L’olivo Restaurant and Fiona Ismail.

Karin Bull


Thanks to Aileen Tesoriero for providing a selection of photos from the evening.

October Arts Festival Wrap Up

After much planning and a lot of work, the inaugural Phoenix Park Arts Festival took place over Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2012.    The Festival began on the Friday evening with an address by the Mayor, Cr John Chandler, a few words about the Festival from Phoenix Park Committee Member Aileen Tesoriero and a performance by the Phoenix Park Singers.   It is difficult to say exactly how many people were there at the opening, but the multi purpose room of the centre was pretty much full to capacity, so I would estimate that we had at least a hundred people here. 

On Saturday afternoon we held a free barbeque in the park, with many of those collecting a sausage coming into the exhibition for a look.   On Sunday afternoon members of the Phoenix Park Writers read a selection of poems and their work.

It is difficult to judge just how many people came through over the weekend, but we printed two hundred catalogues, all of which went, so I would estimate that at least two hundred people came through, and as many that came in came as a couple or a family, the number was probably much higher.

Sixty six of our artists exhibited at the Festival, with an average of two works per person. We had one community group exhibiting as well, the East Malvern Machine Knitters Group.  The feedback from those who participated in the Festival was very heartwarming; one woman who I introduced as one of our artists said that she had not considered herself an artist before, but having her work exhibited made her feel like one. Similarly, the children who exhibited were very excited to have their work displayed.  It was, as planned, a celebration of all the great art that takes place at Phoenix Park and our return to the Phoenix Park Community Centre.

A big thank you to all those that contributed to the success of the Festival – too many to name here – but all the artists that exhibited, the choir for its performance, our speakers on the opening night, the writers reading on the Sunday and the umpteen volunteers who helped hang the work, were on duty over the weekend of the Festival, looked after the barbeque and all the other jobs that were necessary to run the Festival. Also, thank you to all those that came along and joined us in celebrating our return to the Phoenix Park Community Centre and the fabulous work of our many talented artists. 


Thanks to Eileen Hodgson from the photography club for the photographs of the exhibition

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