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 Uniting Arts Toorak - Kinross House

Archive of events presented during 2005 by
Uniting Arts Toorak   in   Kinross House

Mon, 17 Jan
Sun, 6 Feb

International Summer Music Series

17 JanTrio Leonardo Andrea Dainese - flute, Giancarlo di Vacri - viola, Elisabetta Ghebbioni - harp
Three brilliant musicians from Italy perform beautiful music of Debussy, Moreno Buendia, Bach.
19 JanDuo Rainbow Francesco Bencivenga - piano
Pietro Bertelli - marimba/vibraphone
Piano and percussion play a fabulous programme impressionistic and imaginative music that will delight and intrigue.
30 JanIlBacioArias and love duets from the Italian Opera and Salon.
31 JanPiano AccordionMirko Satto
2 FebSacred Music of the Romantic PeriodRaffaella Benori, Domenico Menini & Sergio de Pieri.
Music by Mendelssohn, Gounod, Verdi, de Pieri, Rossini & more.
4 FebMarvin Trio Louise Blackburn - violin, Jillian Peters - violincello, Robyn Rigney - piano
Music of Beethoven, Dvorak, Ross Edwards & Piazolla.
5 FebPiano Recital Dimitri Romano
an old-fashioned piano recital with a great pianist playing the finest of the piano literature - hear music of Chopin, Mozart, Rossini, Fauré and Strauss (including the Blue Danube waltz!)
6 FebArias & Duets of Love Daniela & Raffaella Benori, Domenico Menini & Filippo Perocco
Arias and love duets from the Italian Opera and Salon.
Thu, 3 Feb
Sun, 20 Feb

Karin Till - 'In a Different Light'

'In a Different Light' by Karin Till A survey of photographs and light abstractions
Explore the beauty, skill and artistry of an absolute master of the camera in this wonderful exhibition of abstract and realist pictures. Marvel at the skill of this artist (who is a member of the TUC community) in this virtuoso display of light, reflection, and the magnificent sense of movement in these photographs - a form which is renowned for freezing movement.
Sat, 19 Feb
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Ted Holmes workshop

An afternoon uniting Art, Music, Poetry and Silence.
Readers:Ted Holmes, Ian Hickingbotham, Geraldine Woodlatch, Ian Brown, Glenys Waters
Poetry-beauty - in nature, people and the arts
 -healing, inner peace and joy
 -inspiration in meeting life's challenge.
This is an opportunity for quiet reflection and refreshment of our inner being. Ted's gentle and evocative poetry, sensitively linked to beautiful projected images and surrounded by Karin Till's photos will make this an occasion not to be missed by those who need a little time and space to help re-order their lives.

Afternoon tea will be served, and copies of Ted's poems will be available for purchase.
Thu, 24 Feb
Sun, 13 Mar

"That Special Day"

From the exhibition Weddings and Baptisms
Opening:Thursday, 24 February 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Special Service:Sunday, 27 with Lunch in the hall after.
An Exhibition of Wedding and Christening Gowns which have featured in those important and special days of our lives. Come and see a selection of exquisite wedding finery dating from the 1880s to the present day, including a brown silk wedding dress of historical note and a modern white silk Akira Isogawa gown featuring red panels. The christening gowns date from the 1850s and are a delight - many hand-made, treasured and worn by successive generations in the same family.

Dates and Times: From 25 February to 13 March 2005.
11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (except Mondays)
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays

Refreshments where available.
Bookings where required for light 'party' luncheons available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Fri, 4 Mar
Sun, 6 Mar

Yarra Connections Music Festival

Yarra Connections The inaugural Yarra Connections Music Festival celebrates artistic vibrancy through a weekend of fine music and gastronomic experience in the gardens, galleries and churches of Richmond and Toorak. In this and future annual festivals, Yarra Connections will explore intersecting historic and contemporary cultures, amid the architectural and botanic beauty of the two cities that adorn the Yarra's banks.
Click to view the Brochure.     Click to view the Program details.
Thu, 12 May
Sun, 29 May

John Sheehan - 'Dreams of Flight'

'Dreams of Flight' by John Sheehan
Opening:12 May 2005 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker:Artist - Adam Nudelman.
Music:Jazz Improvisations by Saxophonist - Jamie Oehlers.
"For the past 12 months I have painted pictures of birds. Birds standing, birds watching, birds flying, birds pondering. Bird as emblem, bird as character, bird as narrative. The 'bird' idea originally sprang from some drawings and paintings on the theme of 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle' a book by Haruki Murakami.... Along the way my own personal symbols and memories crept into the pictures as well as references to my favourite artists. I prefer not to give the pictures any specific interpretation, but rather allow the images, symbols and characters to generate their own meaning."
- John Sheehan.
Sun, 22 and
Sun, 29 May
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.


Grief: the onset of reality and the long march to new life
Led by Ted Holmes, poet and thinker.
In February 2005, Ted led a very successful performance An Afternoon uniting Art, Music, Poetry - and Silence.
An opportunity, in a non-threatening environment, to share stories of grief and life beyond grief - and poetry and music which point the way towards grief's resolution, transformation and transcendence. Kinross House is the venue of an exhibition by John Sheehan - Flight of dreams, and being surrounded by the paintings will add immeasurable richness to the whole experience with Ted Holmes.
Two sessions: Sundays 22 and 29 May 2005, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m..
'Good Grief' has been developed in response to the many requests we have received for more afternoons with Ted Holmes and his style of thinking which appeals to many people looking for hope and more in their lives arising from difficult life events.
Thu, 2 Jun
Sun, 26 Jun

'Made in Toorak' - Artist working in Kinross

A collection of works by the 'Artist-in-residence' at Kinross. Photography, portraits, oil, pastels and ceramics.
Exhibition opened by Cr Sarah Davies, Mayor of Stonnington on 2 June 2005, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m..
You are invited to meet the artists - Ian Kendrick, Coila McCracken and her group, Fleur Arnold, Dean Phelps and Simon Lloyd - at the launch and personally explore their work and inspiration.
Fri, 1 Jul
Sun, 31 Jul


'Why' by Neil Howe An exhibition of recent digital art work by Neil Howe.
Opened on Sunday 3rd July 2005, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. with Poetry readings by Ian McBryde at 3:00 p.m.

"BODYSCAPES are created in a computer through a process whereby photographic images of the human body are transformed into a landscape that is richly varied in form and texture, in essence a digital life matrix populated with simulated organic forms existing in a black void of space bathed in the silver white light of the creator program.

So BODYSCAPES is about landscapes in and of the body, this is to do with both form and meaning, and might also encompass the body politic as well as politics of the body. In other words I present both the microcosm of the human form as well as the macrocosm of humanity, its strengths, weaknesses, beauty, ugliness, foibles, goodness and evil."
- Neil Howe.

Wed, 24 Aug
Sun, 25 Sep

MultiFaith Arts Festival

  • Finding a common thread to weave a strong harmonious community.
  • Hope for our world in building bridges of understanding.
  • The faith communities of Stonnington look to build bridges to others in our community.
 MultiFaith Arts Festival logo by Rachel Johnson
logo by Rachel Johnson. Used by permission

MultiFaith Arts Festival Launch

Wed, 24th Aug 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Speaker:Sherine Hassan
Exective Council Member,
Islamic Council of Victoria
Kinross House,
603 Toorak Rd, Toorak


 Spiritual ThreadsTue, 16 Aug - Sat, 10 Sep
 Silk Paintings by Rachel Johnson, textile artist.Gallery 314,
 Clifton Creative Art Center An exhibition of hand painted silk items from Jewish life Prayer shawls (tallitot) and Sabbath bread (challah) covers.
Opening: Sunday 14 August 2005, 6:15 - 8:00 p.m.
Speaker: Rabbi Jonathan Keren Black.
In conjunction with Clifton Creative Art Center.

314 Church Street, Richmond.
Tuesday to Friday - 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays (excluding 20 Aug) 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

 Face of HopeWed, 24 Aug - Sun, 25 Sep
 Photographs by Ian BrownKinross House
  Some of the Faces of Hope The "Face of Hope" is an exhibition of B&W photographs, portraits of people in an expression of hope arising from our faith. 56 individuals, groups or families have participated by lending their face to the project and by writing a few words, holding a symbol of hope or being in a place that gives them hope. The participants come from Jewish Synagogues, an Islamic Mosque and Christian Churches, all have been very generous in their support of our multi - faith endeavour.
The photographs have been taken and hand printed by Ian Brown.
Works will be for sale, extra prints may be ordered and some of the profits from sales will go to charities nominated by the faith communities involved.
The organizing committee and Kinross House gratefully acknowledge the support of Ikea (Richmond) in helping to provide the framing for this exhibition.

Art and Spirituality Church Service

Sun, 28 Aug, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
 Rev Robert Stringer will lead the service with Hebrew & Christian Scripture readings to highlight the commonalities between our respective stories and ceremonies. Richmond Uniting Church
314 Church Street, Richmond.
 The service will conclude with Jewish blessings over the bread and wine.
Further art work to be on display in the church from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


 Gamelan and Islamic MusicSun, 28 Aug, 2:30 p.m.
 Rowan Gould (kendang), Soepri Soehodo (suling), Koswara Sumaamidjaja (saron), Brynna Rafferty-Brown (saron), Mila Sudarsono (saron), Nani Pollard (peking), David Westrip (bonang), Nia Kurnia Sofiah (jengglong) and Lily Djajamihardja (goong) Toorak Uniting Church
$10 & $5 (conc)

 "Gamelan degung" originated in the royal courts of Sunda, in West Java, Indonesia. Over the past century, degung has become more and more popular among the general population. It is often played at wedding receptions, official functions, and as an integral part of traditional "wayang" or puppet theatre performances, which often last all night.

Although wayang stories were often based on the Hindu epics such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, when Islam came to Indonesia the stories also began to incorporate Islamic messages and are seen by many to be a key factor in the successful and peaceful spread of Islam throughout Java.

Melbourne Gamelan Degung is a group that plays and performs both traditional and more modern styles of Sundanese gamelan. Formed in 2003, it consists of members from both Indonesian and Australian backgrounds. They are based at Melbourne University and gratefully acknowledge the Faculty of Music for the use of their gamelan instruments.

 Jewish sacred and folk musicSun, 4 Sep, 12 noon
 Concert of music celebrating the Jewish tradition. Director - Maurice Duband, Accompanist - Joel Reicher, Members of the Liron Choir, Cantoral Soloist - Rhondda Hall.

Toorak Uniting Church
$10 & $5 (concession)
 Ryoko Mori and Rhys Boak (organists)Sun, 18 Sep, 12:15 p.m.
 Discuss and play JS Bach and music of the Trinity including the great E-flat prelude & fugue on the magnificent Collins/Smenge organ in Toorak Uniting Church.

Toorak Uniting Church
$10 & $5 (concession)
  Link to www.hutes.com.au Australians in Concert
Music by Andrew Ford, Martin Wesley-Smith, Chris Dench, Andrew Blackburn, Peter Neville, Carl Vine and Stephen Ingham.

Sun, 25 September
Toorak Uniting Church

both concerts $30 & $10 (conc)
single concert $20 & $10 (conc)

"In Defence of Classical Music":
The music and words of Andrew Ford
2:30 p.m.
Andrew Ford (composer, writer, and presenter of ABC Radio National's "The Music Show") will be presenting his newly published book: "In Defense of Classical Music", as well as premier Melbourne performances of his music for percussion (Peter Neville) and voice (Justine Anderson), including the Melbourne premier of Ford's "The Armed Man" and Neville's settings of Emily Dickinson poems for soprano and percussion.
With the proud support of Readings Books and Music, Ford's book will also be available for purchase.

Three Faces of Electro-acoustic music4:30 p.m.
Peter Neville (percussion), Justine Anderson (soprano), Julia Ryder (cello), Jean Penny (flute), Andrew Blackburn (organ) and Michael Hewes (electronics) perform extraordinary music for cello, flute, organ and multimedia by Martin Wesley-Smith, Chris Dench, Andrew Blackburn, Carl Vine and Stephen Ingham.
In association with musicians from the Sial Sound Laboratories of RMIT.


 Mon, 12 Sep, 7:30 p.m.
 Writing about Muslims in a world gone mad:
subverting the stereotype
Toorak Uniting Church
     An evening in conversation with Hanifa Deen and Hass Dellal.

 Hanifa Deen is an Australian of Bangladeshi descent who returned to her ancestral home in 1995 with the idea of writing a book about women's lives. She wanted to explore beyond the usual accounts of women in Islamic societies. To her it seemed that most people's perceptions of the Muslim woman were "centred on the Middle East, yet there are more Muslims in South Asia and Southeast Asia than anywhere else in the world." She points out that "religion is just one of the many building blocks that shape women's lives: colonialism, history, nationalism, economics, gender, culture, and patriarchal values make up a litany of influences embedded in the psyche of each country".

Mr Bulent (Hass) Dellal OAM was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation in 1989, an organisation established to promote a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures. He was also appointed as Special Adviser for the Australasian Police Multicultural Advisory Bureau by the Conference of Commissioners of Police, Australasia and the South West Pacific Region in 2002-2004.
Mr Dellal has had extensive experience throughout Australia and internationally on multicultural affairs and has spearheaded a number of initiatives for the benefit and development of the general community. He serves on a number of committees and boards that deal in community relations, business, police relations, access and equity, skill recognition, second language development, philanthropy and the arts.


 Faith and Hope Building bridges between faith communities

 IslamTue, 30 Aug, 7:30 p.m.
 Speaker: Saara SabbaghWest Melbourne Mosque,
Islamic Council of Victoria
66-68 Jeffcott Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003

 Judaism - Through the WindowsSun, 4 Sep, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
 Speaker: Rabbi Fred MorganTemple Beth Israel
76 Alma Rd, St Kilda

 Christianity and hopeMon, 5 Sep, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
 Speaker: Bishop John BaytonKinross House


The MultiFaith Arts Festival was supported by: Islamic Council of Victoria; Toorak Uniting Church; Richmond Uniting Church; Clifton Creative Art Centre; Council of Christians & Jews; Temple Beth Israel; Leo Baeck Centre (Kew); hutes Music; Readings Books and Music; Ikea Pty Ltd.

Fri, 14 Oct
Sun, 30 Oct

Beyond the Mask

 artist: Jane Nemec 'Head of Woman' lino cut An Art Exhibition Celebrating the Creative and Imaginative Spirit of People with Parkinsons.
In conjunction with The 5th International Symposium (21-24 October 2005) of the Asian & Pacific Parkinson's Disease Association.
Launched by Prof Robert Iansek on 14 October 2005.
In addition to "Beyond the Mask" there will also be an art therapy workshop held on Saturday, 22nd October with the founder of "Painting for Parkinson's" Nancy Tingey. The workshop will cover painting, sculpture and print-making. The cost is $10.00 to cover cost of materials (to be paid on the day).

artist: Jane Nemec "Head of Woman" lino cut

Fri, 4 Nov
Tue, 15 Nov

X Section

Young people confronting clash of cultures in rural Victoria - photographic exhibition. The launch in Kinross was on Friday, 4th November by Rev. Paul Teusner from the Cutting Edge Uniting Care in Shepparton. This is an exhibition of photographs by 20 young people who have recently settled in the Goulbourn Valley. At the opening
Ian, Anneke, Felicity, Paul and Andrew at the exhibition opening
Thu, 17 Nov
Thu, 24 Nov

Jewellery and Water Color

Wendy Crombie and Susie Crooks make handmade jewellery and beautiful water colours which are for sale. These will make fantastic Christmas gifts and should be ordered now as Wendy and Susie are only here for 1 week. Special gallery hours operate for the show of open every day from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
Fri, 18 Nov
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Jazz in the Gardens @ Kinross

We will be celebrating 18 months of non stop action in our very own arts and spirituality centre, Kinross House. Wine, finger food, jazz in the garden, and a silent auction of a wide variety of beautiful paintings will all be on offer. Say cheese please for a plate of cheese
Say cheese please for a plate of cheese
Young show interest in the Jazz Band
Young show interest in the Jazz Band

Launch of Friends Of Kinross

Anna promoting Friends of Kinross The Friends Of Kinross is a new group supporting the outreach goals of Kinross House. It was launched by John McQuay during Jazz in the Gardens and you are invited to join the group.

Benefits include:
  • Free entry to Kinross sponsored events (lectures, concerts, exhibition launches etc).
  • Special concession rates to non-Kinross events at Toorak Uniting Church.
  • Advance notice of future events at Kinross.
Please see the Director or one of the Kinross House committee members for an application form.

Sun, 20 Nov
7:30 p.m.

Come & Sing Messiah

 Conductor - John Ferguson  Come and Sing Messiah - 2005 Uniting Arts Toorak and the Toorak Uniting Church invite you to come and make up the chorus for this Annual impromptu performance of Handel's Messiah.
Conducted by John Ferguson (Director of Music - Scotch College), with Catherine Northey (Soprano), Lynlee Williams (Alto), Peter Mander (Tenor) and Manfred Pohlenz (Bass).
Click here for full details and the booking form.

Normal UAT Hours:
(in 2005) 

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weekends 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Mr Andrew Blackburn.
Uniting Arts Toorak,
Kinross House,
603 Toorak Road
Toorak, Victoria, 3142
(03) 9829 0340

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