Gallery Open 11:30am to 4:30pm

Weekends, Australia Day, Labour Day, Good Friday and the Monday after Easter
Proudly supported by Parks Victoria

Tuesday 1 December 2015

The 2016 Festival is on its way!

Planning for Herring Island Summer Arts Festival is under way and the first exhibitors are putting the finishing touches on their work. You can sign up to receive invitations to each exhibition in the Festival here

Friday 27 March 2015

A4 Art Australia continues...

A4 Art Australia
An initiative of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc.

A National Exhibition of A4-sized contemporary art in an incredible range of styles and subjects - a delight to the eye and the imagination!

If you have not yet been to see our exhibiton A4 Art Australia, it continues this weekend (28, 29 March) and the Easter Holiday long-weekend (4, 5 & 6 April).

There are many beautiful and imaginitive artworks in our show of over 370 A4 sized artworks still awaiting a red sticker, so come along and snap up your favourite ones! Prices are quite affordable. All 2-dimensional artworks come complete with a stylish black frame (under glass). You don't need much wall space to hang one or two!

Access to Herring Island (located in the Yarra River, Melbourne, between Richmond and South Yarra) is by Parks Victoria Punt Service 11am-5pm (on the dates mentioned above) leaving from Como Landing South Yarra, and the Gallery is open from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

See the Mini Review of the official opening last Saturday (21 March) on our website with a
photo gallery to give you an idea of what to expect.
Check out our website for more info.

Wednesday 25 March 2015

A4 Art Australia 2015 is open!

The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Stonnington,
Cr Melina Sehr, accompanied by Cr John McMorrow
The 21st March was a great day - and the weather was kind too. Around 100 people enjoyed the opening and the island and the work was well received.

Guests enjoyed refreshments at the opening

Some of the 378 artworks on display
CAS President Robert Lee thanked Cr Melina Sehr,
Mayor of Stonnington, for opening the exhibition

Guests during the opening speeches

Wednesday 18 March 2015

They framed 362 works....

no wonder the president looks tired.....
A4Art is.... A4 sized....
hard to pick a favourite...

hanging is Friday 20th (beware the Ides of March) then the grand opening on 21st at 12 noon.....
See you there - see the invitation here

Tuesday 17 March 2015

At Last the A4 Art Show!

Your invitation to
A4 Art Australia
An initiative of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc.

A National exhibition of A4-sized contemporary art in an incredible range of styles and subjects - a delight to the eye and the imagination!

The President and Committee of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria warmly invites you to join us at the opening at the Herring Island Gallery in a little over a week's time. Our exhibition celebrates the diversity of contemporary art produced by over 140 artists from all across Australia.

A downloadable A4 invitation is available on our website HERE - please circulate the invitation to your friends, family and colleagues.
Note: The invitation contains a list of all the artists in the show!
Help us spread the word by printing out the A4 invitation, (colour or B&W) giving to friends or put it up at your local library, shops or community notice boards. If you cannot come along because you live too far away, maybe you have some friends in Melbourne who might like to know about the show.
Official opening and exhibition launch:
Saturday 21st MARCH, 12 noon to 2pm
at the Herring Island Gallery on Herring Island in inner-city South Yarra, Melbourne.

Over 370 distinctive A4-sized artworks will be on show, covering almost every imaginable subject, and all for sale at
very affordable prices! Created in a wide range of media including - acrylic, aquatint, bronze, ceramic, charcoal, clay, collage, crayon, digital print, enamel, etching, felting, giclee print, gouache, graphite, ink, linocut, mixed media, oil pastel, pastel, pen, pencil, photography, polymer, porcelain, textile & watercolour, our collection of A4 artworks is truly a feast for the eye!

Our A4AA exhibition runs: 21, 22, 28, 29 MARCH & 4, 5 & 6 APRIL 2015.

This exhibition is part of the
Herring Island Summer Arts Festival.

Herring Island Gallery hours: 11.30 am to 4.30 pm

How to get there? Go to for directions.

Herring Island really is an island - it's in the middle of the Yarra River! Access is only by boat or punt. Catch the
Parks Victoria punt service from Como Landing (Melway Ref 2MC2) Punt fees are: $2 per person or $5 per family. Pensioners, unemployed and children under 12 travel free.

NOTE: All artworks exhibited in A4 Art Australia 2015 will also be displayed on the CAS website at the end of the exhibition.
Check-out our website for more info.

Kind regards,

Robert Lee, President
Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc.
PO Box 283 Richmond Vic 3121
enquiries: phone: (03) 9428 0568

Thursday 12 March 2015

And a great opening it was...

Contemporary by Nature is a great show - a wonderful diversity of media, styles and stories... and you only have one more weekend to see it. Here are some images from the opening to whet your apetite:

CAS President Robert Lee and Cr John McMorrow at
the opening of "Contemporary by Nature"

the crowd at the opening of "Contemporary by Nature"

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Contemporary by Nature - Opening 28th February

On behalf of the President and Committee of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc, we would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our ninth Contemporary by Nature exhibition: An interpretation of the natural world, an art exhibition by CAS members, as part of the 2015 Herring Island Summer Arts Festival.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Councillor John McMorrow, City of Stonnington (East ward councillor)
Do join us for refreshments at the OPENING of the art exhibition Saturday 28 February, 12 noon to 2pm, in the Herring Island Gallery.

If you can't make it to the opening, our show is open each weekend including Labour Day, Monday 9 March - Gallery open: 11.30am - 4.30pm.

Exhibition dates:
28th February, 1, 7, 8, 9, 14 & 15 March 2015.
In this exhibition, both established and emerging contemporary artists have explored the many aspects of nature, in a wide range of artistic media! Each day of the exhibition a different exhibiting artist will be "on duty" at the gallery. A great opportunity for you to ask questions about their artwork, and inspiration behind the work.

Contemporary by Nature 2015 will include sculptures in forged steel and painted timber, oil, acrylic & watercolour paintings on various surfaces, drawings and prints in numerous media, photographic and mixed media works, all interpreting aspects of nature in very different ways. Be it animal, vegetable or mineral, land or sea, storm or calm, night or day, light or shadow, there will be something to delight the eye, the senses, the imagination. Come and enjoy ....
More info....
Herring Island is in the middle of the Yarra River, just 3km from the city. The Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park is a haven for nature and art lovers alike. The exhibition will be held in the gallery on the island. There are several permanent sculptures made from natural materials that reflect the island's tranquil setting. A free self-guided tour map of the island is available in the gallery. Toilet & BBQ facilities are also located on the island.

Access to Herring Island is by the Parks Victoria punt service from Como Landing, South Yarra (Melways ref Map 58, G2) and the service operates between 11am and 5pm. Punt charges: $2 per person or $5 per family, with pensioners, unemployed and children under 12 free. Car parking is available in Alexandra Ave.

All images from the exhibition will be on the the CAS website at the conclusion of the exhibition. And get updates about all shows on the Island from the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival website. The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2015 is proudly support by the City of Stonnington.

Sunday 8 February 2015

DRIFT is Open

"The Journey - I always enjoy the journey that is involved in coming to this exhibition. The walk down to the river through the newly landscaped path. The trip across the Yarra in the punt. The walk from the river to the gallery along the winding trail of native plants. Then coming into the gallery and seeing the amazing collection of work presented by our members.

Before the opening

But this journey started long before this morning's trip. It started with the initial collection of potential materials. Some might think we are obsessive hoarders but we know everything has potential........Once we have our stash we then start to visualize how we can transform it into a thing of beauty, whether sculptural or functional using basketry techniques. This exhibition is the culmination of that very long journey. Basketry is a tactile process. The material must pass through our hands. It talks to us as we work and is expressed in the shaping of the work and the naming of the final piece e.g. Curv-vay-shus, Yanakie Dreaming etc. 
Sue Dilley with her work "Leaf Litter"

I hope you all enjoy the journey with us as you look at the work."

Sue Dilley President Basketmakers of Victoria

Edit Meaklim "Lost at Sea"  - find it on Herring Island

Wednesday 4 February 2015

Basketmakers of Victoria exhibition opens Saturday 7th February

The Basketmakers of Victoria are about to set up their exhibition on Herring Island. You can see more about their work on this page of this website.

The show opens on 7th February at 12 noon.

If you wish to receive invitations for future exhibitions in the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival series you can subscribe here.

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Australia Day 2015

Not too hot, not raining - just great to check out the skills of all the artists - and to experience the island.


Sculptors launched and the Festival is on

Ready! The sculpture is set up....

Set! Cr Melina Sehr, Mayor of Stonnington Council opens the exhibiton and launches the festival
image courtesy Rob Anderson

Go! - visitors at leisure to view the work - the show is open!
image courtesy Behzad Mozaffari