Arts organisations

Studio/Workshop signs

Here are some of the fabulous organisations helping others enjoy art in our community. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

For more information on arts organisations in the shire, or if you would like to have your arts organisation listed below, please e-mail your details to

Dog Theatre
Contact : Dave Kelman
Ph. (03) 5261 4004

Empowerment of young people through creation of original performance. Play-making, dramaturgy, directing, acting. Dave Kelman has experience in multi-cultural arts, multi-media collaborations and has written and directed plays for the High Tide Festival and Into The Blue with local young artists.

Dance For Fun!
Contact: Lee Truswell
Ph. 0409 937 823

Teach tap dancing, jazz ballet (adults). Aim is to have fun and get fit.

Singing For Fun
Contact: Michelle Barnes
Ph. (03) 5261 4807

Singing For Fun brings people together to sing in a relaxed and non-threatening atmosphere. An activity you can join whether you believe you can sing or otherwise. Normally meet the last Friday of the month at Bellbrae Hall 6pm to 8pm. Includes a light meal and a supported environment.

Skip Jack Theatre
Contact: Vicki Philipp
Ph. (03) 5289 7204

Skipjack is available to MC or host local fundraisers, openings and events. Available to enliven festivals as roving performers and to run workshops.

Surf Coast Arts

Surf Coast Arts Inc. is a volunteer run community group which produces, encourages and develops the arts in the Surf Coast Shire. We provide a quarterly newsletter, run summer music gigs, hold a Wear Artrageous Parade each year, manage the Torquay Cowrie Market and assist in many programs and activities. If you are interested in joining Surf Coast Arts, visit the Surf Coast Arts website.

Surf Coast Art House
Ph. (03) 5263 3216

Anglesea Art House provides a work space for artists and craftspeople and a place to exhibit their work. There are regular classes in painting and pottery and mosaics and weekend workshops. The Annual Art and Craft Show is held over the Queen's Birthday weekend in June and is the highlight of the year for members to display and sell their work. During January, a holiday program in painting and crafts is held daily for the kids.

Torquay Theatre Troupe
Contact: Maryanne Doolan
Ph. (03) 5261 4479 or 0403 234 123

Drama and skills workshops, regular meetings, play readings and performances. Support people very welcome. Meet Thursdays 7.30pm Senior Citizens Hall (Price Street, Torquay – next to Police Station). Newcomers Welcome.

Deans Marsh Singers
Contact : Keith Maxwell
Ph. (03) 5236 2376

Acappella singers who perform a variety of music.

Anglesea Performing Arts Inc.
Contact: Nikki Watson
Ph. (03) 5266 2062

Amateur theatre group meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm at Anglesea Hall McMillan Street Anglesea. Usually do one to two shows annually as well as host the One Act Play Festival in August, always seeking members of the community with or without theatre skills, great place to develop more experience in theatre. We welcome off stage crew, or people keen to simply serve tea and coffee on performance nights, come along and join the fun, members range from 15 to 75 years of age.

Geelong Youth Choir
Contact: Marianne Black, Director
Ph. (03) 5244 2014

Highly qualified staff will teach you to sing beautifully, in many different styles and teach you to read music using the International Kodaly Method. We accept all interested singers from Prep to Grade 12. We rehearse in Highton on Thursday afternoons and welcome newcomers throughout the term. We offer excellence in music education in a choral setting. Geelong Youth Choir - for children who love to sing.

Winchelsea Creative Arts Network - WeCAN
Contact: Kaye Baker
Ph. 0411 045 168

WeCAN is a community group supported by dedicated volunteers. We are a group auspiced under Winchelsea Community House. WeCAN aims to encourage creativity within the broader community. If you're interested in the promotion of Hinterland Arts, come along and be part of our working meetings. Informal atmosphere. First Monday of the month. Winchelsea Community House, 28 Hesse Street, Winchelsea.

Riverlee Art Studio
Contact: Sandra Jones
Ph. 0429 368 287
Riverlee Art Studio Facebook Page

Artworks from eight talented local artists. Secondhand and antique shops, curios and collectables, all within walking distance of each other. The art studio gallery will also have wood carvings by Macadamian and sculptures by James of Lust for Rust. Opening days for the Studio are Sat Sun 10am to 4pm, Tues 10am to 2pm.

Market days on the site every third Sunday of the month add a festive air to a days outing, with many stall holders displaying their goods and craft.

Courtyard Gallery
Barwon Park Historic Mansion - National Trust Property
Inverleigh Road Winchelsea
Ph. (03) 5267 2028

Exhibition of local artists. The Courtyard Gallery is a community Arts space, facilitated by Winchelsea Creative Arts Network (WeCAN).

Barwon Park, Inverleigh Road Winchelsea is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm .

Admission prices Adults $8, Children $4, Family $20, Concession $6. Admission includes Historic Bluestone Mansion and Courtyard Gallery.

Bell Street Art Revolution
Four art spaces to visit in Bell Street, Torquay - stroll and enjoy the local artists and photographers’ works.         

Nadz Arts
Shop 2, 7 Bell Street
Contact: Nadia
Ph. (03)5264 7008

Bell Street Gallery 
Artscapes/Atmos Media
Shop 3, 15 Bell Street

WaterMarks Photo Gallery
Shop 2, 38-40 Bell Street
Contact: Barrie Sutherland
Ph. (03) 5264 7232

Shop 12, 15 Bell Street
Contact: Grant Forbes
Ph. (03) 5264 7271

Surfcoast Wildmovers
Contact: Jill Hyslop
Ph. 0400 058 628

A chance to talk and practice performance repertoire. All Wild Movers past and present are encouraged to attend. Gold coin donation. This is an excellent group if you are keen to be a part of the Surfcoast Wildmovers. On Thursday nights 7pm to 9pm. BYO drum