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Workshops are held at Emma Jennings Gallery and Studio Olinda Village

Shop 3/540 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road (enter from Olinda-Monbulk Road)

We are hosting a series of free creative workshops to share our experiences of the June 2021 storms. Using wood salvaged from the Dandenong Ranges, we will paint, draw, write, burn or carve our stories, with a focus on recovery, resilience and hope.


Two years on we are all at different stages of recovery. Everyone in our community was impacted in one way or another, and we would like to creatively document those experiences.


We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the beautiful land, forests and animals where this work will take place, and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. We are excited to be able to share traditional Cultural traditions in this project, and do so with the utmost respect and gratitude.

This is a FREE community project, proudly supported by the Regional Community Recovery Committees Project with funding from Yarra Ranges Council and Emergency Recovery Victoria.

If you are unable to participate in a workshop, you are welcome to collect a piece of wood from Emma Jennings Gallery in Olinda, and work on it at home.

Watch these tutorials to get some ideas (more to come)!

Workshops are held in a safe and supportive environment at Emma Jennings Gallery in Olinda, with an option to participate at home. We have prepared enough wood for everyone of all ages and abilities to participate. The finished work will be published in a catalogue and exhibited alongside a series of portraits of impacted residents and volunteers by Emma Jennings at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum in June 2024.

All welcome, all materials supplied, no experience necessary.

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Click here to see the progress of the portraits painted by Emma Jennings on slabs of the fallen trees.

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in any way. 


(more to come throughout the year)

Painting, drawing, writing with Emma Jennings
Monday June 19, 4pm-5.30pm kids 5-12 (and their families)

Wednesday 21 June, 10am-12pm (morning tea provided)

Haiku with Lia Hills 

Friday evening 9 June, 6-8 pm (soup provided at 5.30)


Printmaking, mark making and collage with Jo Horswill

Saturday morning 10 June, 9-11am  (morning tea provided)

and Wednesday 14 June, 10am-12pm (morning tea provided)


Painting, drawing, writing with Youth Leader Ren Cuttriss and Emma Jennings (for youth age 13-18)

Friday evening 16 June, 6-8pm (soup provided at 5.30)

Making ochre with John Patten and Emma Jennings

Saturday morning 17 June, 9-11am 

(morning tea provided)

At Emma Jennings Gallery and Studio Olinda Village

Shop 3/540 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road (enter from Olinda-Monbulk Road)

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