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Arts & Culture

Glenelg Shire Council offers a comprehensive Arts Program.

Arts & Culture unit staff

The Arts & Culture unit consists of the following staff:

Susie Lyons, Arts & Culture Manager (full time)

Lynda Cooper, Cultural Services Officer (part-time)

Trevor Smith, Cultural Collection Officer (full-time)

Nikki Pevitt, Community Arts Officer (part-time)

Rob Foard, Technical Service Coordinator (part-time)

There is also a pool of casual staff responsible for Front of House duties and Technical Support.

Arts Program 2016

The Glenelg Shire Council Arts Program annually features a diverse variety of touring performances, which are selected to cater for a range of interests in the community. Most performances are presented in the Portland Arts Centre, but some are also presented in the Portland Civic Hall, and in both the Casterton Town Hall and the Heywood Community Hall.

In addition, the Program presents at least twelve exhibitions per year in the Portland Arts Centre in two gallery spaces - the CEMA Gallery and the Woolcock Gallery. The majority of these exhibitions feature some of the many talented visual artists living in the region, but the exhibition program also includes artists from outside the region, and sometimes touring exhibitions of visual arts and/or social history.The Glenelg Shire Council Arts Program also provides advice and support for arts and cultural activities and projects initiated by local artists and various community arts organisations in the Shire, and where appropriate, works in collaboration with other units within Council, and with other local organisations to implement a variety of arts-related activities.

To make on-line bookings for touring performances, please click here. For all arts and performance enquiries please contact Susie Lyons or Lynda Cooper at the Portland Arts Centre, ph: 5522 2263, or email:Susie Lyons or Lynda Cooper. The Portland Arts Centre is situated on the corner of Glenelg and Bentinck Streets in Portland and is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.
for enquires regarding Council's Cultural Collection contact Trevor Smith on 55222319 or by email
For Community Arts Enquiries contact Nikki Pevitt on 0400768 033 or by email

Portland foreshore toilet artwork plans


Portland’s rich maritime history as the birthplace of Victoria will be documented in artwork proposed for the façade of Portland’s new foreshore toilets.

Public feedback is sought on concept designs for the new-look circular design, which is currently under construction.

The themes symbolise the 38 immigrant ships which arrived in Portland over a six year period from 1851 to 1857. More than 11,000 assisted immigrants arrived during this period from Great Britain, settling largely in the Western District.

The design concepts include larger than life silhouettes of a family arriving on-shore, whilst another illustration features various names of the vessels which arrived over the settlement period, including the Clara, Bloomer and Nestor in 1854.

To view the designs click on the link below.

Written submissions should be sent to:
Glenelg Shire Council
New Foreshore Toilets – Artwork Options
PO BOX 152

For further information contact cultural collection officer Trevor Smith on 5522 2319.

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