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This multidisciplinary arts project is devoted to all things ocean — and even includes a floating gallery.
By Libby Curran
May 13, 2022
By Libby Curran
May 13, 2022

The Mornington Peninsula might be best known for its wineries and beaches, but this month, you're encouraged to venture down to check out its creative side, too. As part of Drift Arts Festival, the region is currently playing host to a slew of sea-inspired visual delights for new multidisciplinary art project O_C_E_A_N.

On Saturday, May 14, the waters off Point Leo Boat Club will host an exhibition with a twist, as the Floating Gallery showcases a curation of works, each displayed atop a boat. Swim, row, or SUP your way around the over-water gallery, to see works by artists like ​​Alice Blanch, Hamish Donaldson, Judith Van Heeren, Leyla Bulmer, Warren Cooke and more.

While that exhibition is a one-day-only affair, other O_C_E_A_N offerings have been extended and will be sticking around until Wednesday, June 1. They include a special presentation at Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery showing Brett Whiteley's The Cloud Reader alongside Abdul Abdullah's work Thinking About Things, together pondering the question of who owns the ocean.

Meanwhile, The Esplanade in Flinders plays host to a site-responsive sculptural work titled The Lookout (best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset), and ocean-inspired photographic art trail Saved has popped up along the Coolart Wetlands Walk.

Bri Horne

Images: Bri Horne

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