12 March – 18 June 2013

Project Coordinator

for the Great Gippsland Gatescape, Gippsland Arts Festival 2013 for the Bass Coast region.


Shearwater Festival 2012
The Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island

Arts Officer for the Bass Coast, Josephine Kent and event coordinator, Janice Orchard with the gate by sculptor Andrew Kasper at the launch of Gatescape 2013

It was my pleasure to develop the concepts for the promotional brochure for the Gatescape project and to draft media releases to make the public aware of what was happening in the Bass region for the Creative Gippsland festival 2013.


Assisting artists to partner with businesses to host the finished gates and liaised with schools to decorate gates and have them on display in the school gounds was an integral part of my job as well as uploading events to Creative Gippsland Website and Facebook 


As a practicing artist I also had pleasure in representing the Bass region at the Regional Living Expo at Melbourne Exhibition Buildings.


The launch of the Great Gippsland Gatescape, Gippsland Arts Festival 2013 for the Bass Coast region was held at Goat island Gallery with the commissioned gates on display in the gardens for the day.

Members of the public took part in a Bus Trip to Open Studios which allowed them to visit many artists within the Bass region and also neighbouring Koonwarra Art Trail.


Also part of my role:

Produce spreadsheet data and report from feedback forms

Put together a slideshow of all events, openings and gate entries

Assist at wind up event for participants at Centennial Centre.


 Together with festival organiser, Dr Laura Brearley and Nature Park Ranger, Graeme Burgan, Janice Orchard was curator of  an art and poetry exhibition as part of the inaugural international Shearwater Festival for 2012 at the Nobbies Centre on Phillip Island. 


 The Shearwater Festival, with music, dance and story telling, is a celebration of the flight of the short tailed shearwater birds and their annual migration from Canada and Alaska to their nesting grounds on Phillip Island.


 The festival art exhibition also incorporated a display of work by notable invited indigenous Australian and Canadian artists.

Over a period of three months, it was Janice Orchard's role as exhibition coordinator to develop an entry form and data base of artists providing work for the exhibition. 


Liasing with volunteers from the Artists Society of Phillip Island, festival organisers and staff from the Phillip Island Nature Parks, an amazing display of work on the theme of the shearwaters was on public view during the run of the festival.


Event sponsored by Bass Coast Shire council, the Inter Council Aboriginal Consultative Committee, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island Island RSL and the Artists Society of Phillip Island.

Sculpture on the Lake 2012

Once again Archies on the Creek will be hosting a major sculpture exhibition as part of the Creative Gippsland Art Festival 2012.

Artwork will be on display in the gardens, under the 100 year old oak trees and along the pathways.

And at the same time “Textile Inspirations”, an exhibition of unique work by Christine Shaw will be on display in The Hunt Gallery.

Selected artists have been invited to submit 2 pieces of sculpture for the Creative Gippsland Art Exhibition at Archies on the Creek in May with this year’s theme of “emotion”.  

With the choice of materials left up to the artist, there is a wide range of sculptural diversity. Kiln fired clay, twisted metal, found objects, wood and Hebel as well as textiles have been formed into three dimensional art to delight and surprise.  

Notable sculptors, Bill Binks, Bob Hickman, John Carlson, John Mutsaers, Martin Keogh, Rhonda Hunt, Sian Adnam and Trudy Barclay are among those exhibiting in this year’s Creative Gippsland Art Festival 

Event coordinated by Janice Orchard and sponsored by Archies on the Creek.

Gippsland – be inspired! Arts Festival May 2012
Creative Gippsland – be inspired! Arts Festival May 2011

 Under the umbrella of Creative Gippsland Arts Festival, Archies on the Creek is hosting the first major sculpture exhibition at the venue with 15 of the region’s top sculptors creating works specifically on this year’s theme of “Light”.

 Metal, glass, rocks and jewels are just some of the materials that have been transformed into amazing artworks which have been placed in the gardens, pavilions and around the lake. Some are even suspended from the one hundred year old oak trees that have become a landmark at the venue.  

 Artists included are Andrew Kasper, David Kopelman, John Carlson, Marlene Kasper, Martin Keogh, Patrice Mahoney, Paul Hearnshaw, Ricardo Alves Ferreira, Trudy Barclay, Amanda Robbins, Patricia Hill, Karen Sandon, Helen Bristol, and Tim Robbins as well as delicate silver and gold work by Glenys Harms.

 An interactive sculpture on the history of light is also included. The brainchild of Patrice Mahoney and Karen Sandon, visitors will be encouraged to add their own touch to an installation which will grow throughout the run of the exhibition.

Event coordinated by Janice Orchard and sponsored by Archies on the Creek.

Gippsland – be

inspired! Arts Festival

May 2010

Black Diamond Arts Festival 

Creative Gippsland – be inspired! Arts Festival

May 2010

"Art on the Soul of

  your Shoe" 

 Up to 40 businesses in the main shopping area agreed to host artists work on display in their windows for the enjoyment of shoppers and visitors. In taking the art to the people, some of whom may not go to art shows, we could showcase how many wonderfully creative artists we have in this region.

The Black Diamond Arts Festival proved to be a vibrant event with art in the windows and buskers and performers on the streets of Wonthaggi.

Event coordinator Janice Orchard and sponsored by the traders of Wonthaggi.

Members of the community and local school students were invited to decorate a shoe for an exhibition with a difference.

Decorated shoes selected for display in the windows of Wrench's Shoe Store 

prizes for different categories including most popular shoe, best dress shoe, best sports shoe etc. based on votes from the public.

Event coordinated by Amanda Robbins and Janice Orchard


Hand painted shoes by Ruben Bull Milne of Wonthaggi  Secondary College

Creative Gippsland -

be inspired 2010, 

"Something's Fishy

out at Killy"

On the Face of



As part of Creative Gippsland - be inspired 2010, the bar of the Kilcunda Ocean View Hotel was transformed into a temporary art gallery for an evening. Live music, fine wine, good food and great art entertained a packed house.


Art on an Oceanic theme by invited leading artists  

Patrice Mahoney , Ricardo Alves Ferreira , Scott Bugbird, Cheryl Alkemade , Martin Keogh , Pauline Grotto , John Adam , Warren Reed , Renae Forrester, Sian Adnam , Deb McBain , Tim Robbins and John Carlson


Event coordinated by Fay Stitt, Amanda Robbins and Janice Orchard with sponsorship provided by the Killy Pub.

Creative Environment Exhibition February 2008

Curated by Josephine Kent

BCSC Arts Officer and

Janice Orchard as director of

Coalfields Art Gallery, Wonthaggi  

To mark the milestone of ten years of operation for Catchment Management Authorities throughout Victoria, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) is proud to celebrate with the community through an innovative artistic representation of Gippsland.


As recipients of a grant from the Regional Arts Fund, the WGCMA in partnership with the Gippsland Integrated Natural Resources Forum (GINRF)  developed an innovative arts project for the regional community, Creative Environment


The WGCMA recognises the strength of collaborative projects and the strength of the local arts community. Through the Creative Environment project three of the region.s leading artists, Susan Purdy (photography), Col Suggett (sculpture) and Bill Young (painting and drawing), were commissioned to work with nine emerging artists in a six month mentoring process to produce this exhibition.


Sculpture  Painting  Photography by

Colin Suggett Bill Young Susan Purdy Gillian Swanson Greg Follett Rod Bechaz Tracie Toohie Janine Good Shelly McDermott Dave Wakefield  Michelle Watson Rick Rutjens


Event sponsored by LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Bass Coast Shire Council, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Coalfields Art Gallery.


Photo: "Bucolia" painting by Colin Suggett and "Temporalis" sculpture by Gillian Swanson.


 Twenty four clients of Garnham House Planned Activity Groups enjoyed the rewarding experience of painting their own self portrait. 

 Funded by Regional Arts Victoria, the project titled “On the Face of Wonthaggi,” was coordinated by artist, Janice Orchard, with the assistance of Ricardo Alves Ferreira and the staff at Garnham House and Bass Coast Regional Health.


 Through the use of paint and collage, the project embraced the telling of stories as part of the continued celebration of the Centenary of Wonthaggi. Participants, while painting their colourful self portraits, told of their interests and life experiences. The finished works, together with the printed stories, created a wave of inspiration amongst other organizations and service providers. 


 The public opening of the exhibition was held at Over 2 Kates’, at McBride Ave, Wonthaggi on Monday 17th of May. Through June the portraits were on exhibition at the Inverloch Community Hub with a reception on Wednesday 2ndJune at 1:30pm.


 After the initial public display, “On the Face of Wonthaggi” went on tour with showings at various Bass Coast Age Care facilities, starting from July 2009.

Staff at Garnham House, Anne Broadway, Rhonda Bateman and Ricardo Alves-Ferreira assisted Janice Orchard with the running of the workshops and preparation for the exhibition. 

Event sponsored by Regional Arts Victoria, Garnham House and Bass Coast Regional Health.

NAIDOC July 2007 

“Looking forward, looking blak.”

at Coalfields Art Gallery

Free Exhibition of Indigenous Art

& Gubbas (white fellas) Interpretations


NAIDOC week celebrations organized by

Patrice Mahoney – Koori Liaison Officer.

Janice Orchard    – Coalfields Art Gallery.

Shirley Gunston  – Reconciliation Committee.


with sponsorship by the Bass Coast Shire community development team led by Kerrie Ritchie.

Indigenous artist, Patrice Muthaymiles Mahoney discussed her work with school groups.


A festival of story telling, face painting and didgeridoo making saw participation by local schools and the wider community.

Cross Cultural talks on aboriginal history and folklore by Bryon Powell.


Family Day - Bush tucker BBQ

2002 to January 2003

Inverloch Clock Tower Murals

A  joint project between  The Inverloch Clock Tower Committee Inc

Rotary Club of Inverloch and the Artists of Inverloch


It was a lot of work but an experience I will never forget when I was engaged by the Inverloch clock Tower committee to supervise a group of eight artists. My brief was to design and produce eight panels of glass tiled murals depicting local history which now proudly stand in place on the corner of Reilly Street and  A'Beckett Street in Inverloch, Victoria.


Each artist produced a painting based on the history of the area which, under my guidance, was then reproduced by the artists in glass tiles on panels. 


After the murals were installed as part of the Rotary Clock Tower, the original artworks were then sold at a gala event and public auction.


Proceeds of the auction went to the contributing artists:-

Kathy Everitt, Ted Smythe, Jill Hill, Ivan Fell, John Mutsaers, Valda Cooper, Sylvia Ritchie, and Trudy Barclay


Project Coordinator Janice Orchard