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  • The Hut Gallery 157 Underwood Road Ferntree Gully, VIC, 3156 Australia (map)

‘The Hut’ has been home to the Ferntree Gully Arts Society for over 70 years. Located close to the Gully’s village centre and in the foothills of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, the original building was an ex-army hut put in place in 1947. Although extended over the years, the building’s hand-me-down features are still obvious in the textured walls of the spacious gallery where member and open exhibitions are held. A large studio space accommodates regular painting, drawing and sculpture workshops and classes. 
Recently, the society began developing an outdoor space that will become a sculpture garden. As a first stage, ferro-cement artist Sioux Dollman worked with students to create a decorative gate opening to the area. Further plans will involve establishing a garden and creating a pathway through the sculpture space, edged with ceramic tiles decorated with the help of the local community. 
To this end, the society is holding a series of make-it days through August, in conjunction with Craft Victoria’s ‘Craft Cubed: Festival of the Handmade’. Society members, families, students, senior citizens, adults and children from across the local area are being invited to decorate their own terracotta tile, which will be fired and then placed within the sculpture garden design. It will be a permanent reminder of their visit to the society’s home and of their personal encounter with making a creative artwork. 
With the forested hills of the Dandenong Ranges National Park as a backdrop, the natural environment surrounding The Hut will be used to inspire the decorations on the tiles – it has already influenced the design of the new garden gates. There will be a range of natural found objects such as leaves, gum nuts, flowers, etc. available to help create the patterns and imagery in the tiles.
And with the finished individual tiles displayed collectively in one place, the act of creating brings with it a sense of community - with everyone working together to create a special, permanent place to be revisited and where those who have contributed can point and say their special tile is part of a whole bigger artwork.
Everyone is welcome to join in, from beginners to old hands. Art society members will be in the workshop to guide participants and offer help if needed. 
All materials and equipment will be provided and the cost is just $2.00 per tile to join in. Our Saturday and Sunday workshops will run from 11am to 3pm and our Friday session will run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Our workshop venue has full wheelchair accessibility, including disabled toilet facilities, and the building is easily accessed by car and public transport (located opposite the train station and bus stops).

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