I had this flyer made for the sculpture garden.. designed by Helen Timbury doesnt it look good!

I have just added this as a pdf as some people wish to use it as a gift certificate.... I must get around to making one!

click here for flyer for sculpture garden front

click here for map on back of sculpture garden flyer








Welcome to Laurie Collins Creative Chaos

Reflections by Laurie Collins


Recycled metal sculptures, garden sculptures, junk sculptures, unique furniture, fun metal animals, and lots of other "stuff"  are the sort of things I make. I am a Victorian Regional Artist( note the capitals) and I live in a great part of the state.( Jindivick)( near Drouin and Warragul). I have been developing a sculpture garden at my place and you are welcome to drop in anytime!

Latest News.


My two "girls " who were at the Tessellar show in Silvan  have come home and one has now sold,  Warragul Art market has started again and is on for 6 months on the third Saturday in the month. IN oct I have work in Kew Primary school Art show( Splash) , the Neerim Sth sculpture show, Serigraph gallery show in Neerim Sth called inspired by Birds and I deliver work to Rutherglen sculpture show. There are also two weekends open as part of Gardivalia so the this month starts to get a touch busy.


Also I have another term of  junk workshops again with new participants from the Neerim Bower projectI have added the result in the exhibitions page and will update it as we go along .

me and judys archibald entryNow that it is finished I can show Judy MacKintosh's portrait of me which she entered in the Archibald Prize... needless to say she didnt win.. something to do with the subject being too ugly and unwashed..However it was selected to be part of the Hidden faces of the archibald show at The Hilton South Wharf in Melbourne. Quite a few other Gippsland artists were also represented( Peter Biram, Ursula Theinert, Sue Coppock...).judy Mackintosh portrait

The new Gallery (Jindivick Geesa GalleryGallery of established and emerging Studio Artistson the sculpture garden now has stud walls added in by Aaron Thege the builder and he has done a lovely job. Wayne Lieshout came and looked over the gallery  and we have just had the plumbers, the electrician( Paul from N-Zone) and  Gary from airconditioners -R -us man rough in everything also.

It has its first show ( sort of ad hoc) by Sue Osborn for the month of October...

the new gallery on the sculpture garden

Here is the new page done by Stacey Rosentreter for the Jindivick Progress association.

Jindivick.com.au  home page

Here is my new brochure "where the heck is Jindivick"which tells people how to get here and also has a range of things to do around the area.click here for the new where the heck is Jindivick flyer

I have started on a series of pages , More than 10 things to do around....and so far I have done Jindivick, Noojee and Drouin and Warragul

Click here for more than 10 things to do around Warragul Pamphlet.

Click here for more than 10 things to do around Drouin Pamphlet

Click here for more than 10 things to do around Noojee Pamphlet

Click here for more than 10 things to do around Jindivick Pamphlet.

They are also in the tourist section of the website.

As to whats on in the area for the next week or so  here is Maree Wallaces summary.

Thursday 23 October – Sunday 26 October
Art Gippsland - Rotary Club of Warragul Annual Art Exhibition

The Rotary Club of Warragul is pleased to present Art Gippsland, a diverse exhibition of visual 2D and 3D art. Preview Night Thursday 23 October. This is a social evening where you can meet and talk to local artists, hear the announcement of prize winners and have the first opportunity to purchase
art work on display that might catch the eye. Finger food and drinks are included in the $25 per head admission price.
Location: West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul.
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: $25 purchased at Sally J Real Estate or at the door.
Enquiries: 5626 8379
Also open for viewing Friday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
Cost: $5
Enquiries: Bob Lewis 5623 1031
More information: www.warragulrotary.org.au or 5626 8379

Friday 24 October
Celebrate Gardivalia with Stories & Craft

A special storytime session with a garden theme. Pre-schoolers can enjoy stories, songs and craft activities.
Venue: Warragul Library
Location: 75 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 10.30am
Cost: Free. No bookings required
* A Gardivalia Event

Friday 24 October
Adam Harvey – Family Life Tour

With a career spanning almost twenty years, half a million album sales, gold and platinum albums and eight golden Guitar Awards, Adam Harvey is one of Australia’s most popular and enduring recording artists. His new album ‘Family Life’ follows the outstanding success of ‘The Great Country
Songbook’ his platinum selling album with Troy Cassar-Daley.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 8.00pm
Bookings: 5624 2456
Online: www.wgac.com.au

Saturday 25 October
Growing and Using North American Herbs

A wonderful workshop presented by Tony Hoskidanson. Herbs include Echinacea, golden seal, black cohosh and white sage.
Venue: Jindivick Community Garden, Kydde-Parke Reserve,
Location: Jacksons Track, Jindivick
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Cost: $15
Bookings required: Phone Liz on 0439 344 330
* A Gardivalia Event

Saturday 25 October
Yarragon Craft & Produce Market

Fourth Saturday of the month
Quality craft, jewellery, fresh produce, plants and more.
Venue: Yarragon Public Hall
Location: Campbell Street, Yarragon
Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Enquiries: Alison 5634 2209 (BH)
Gaye 0427 342 430

Saturday 25 October
Tuscany to Darnum – A Celebration of Olives

Enjoy a relaxing lunch celebrating the wonderful world of olives, learn about growing olives and taste the 2014 harvest in a picturesque setting.
- Another inspiring Gardivalia event.
Venue: Nickelby At Darnum
Location: 308 Darnum Shady Creek Road, Darnum
Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Cost: $25 per head
Bookings: 5627 8121
* A Gardivalia Event

Saturday 25 October – Sunday 26 October
Garden Art Sculpture & Pottery

See local artists making sculptures, pots and wall art at this exhibition of original handmade artworks for garden and courtyard.
Venue: Yarragon Pottery
Location: 2 Murray Street, Yarragon
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Demonstrations: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Cost: Free
* A Gardivalia Event

Saturday 25 October
Poowong Pickers Festival

‘Pick’ the value that others miss. Find a bargain. Be a sustainable consumer. Get creative and have fun. Call it a town garage sale, bargain hunting, recycling or upcycling! It doesn’t matter. ‘Pickers’ pick items from other’s junk and see value. It’s about environmental responsibility,
community, lots of fun and the thrill of the hunt. Collect a map, bring plenty of cash and make your way to as many of the garage sales around the Poowong district as you can.
All funds raised go to Poowong Pre School.
Time: 9am – 2pm
Enquiries: Tammy Logan 0409 400 156
Email: tammylogan@bigpond.com
Click attending on the RSVP button to receive updates.

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October
Peppermint Ridge Farm Open Garden Weekend

Peppermint Ridge Farm is proud to once again be part of the Gardivalia Festival of Gardens in 2014. Our garden features over 20 species of Australian edible native plants that have unique flavours and aromas for sweet and savoury dishes. The plants are also rich in nutrients. Over the past 15 years we
have carefully selected and tested plants that will grow in our temperate climate. A number are also indigenous to Gippsland. The garden design features plants from canopy to groundcovers in a small
area to highlight how you can grow a range of Australian plants for food in your own backyard.
Venue: Peppermint Ridge Farm, Tynong North
Time: 10am – 3.30pm
Cost: Garden entry and tour $5
Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas available in the Schoolhouse Café
Bookings essential. Phone: Julie Weatherhead 5942 8580
E: prfinfo@dcsi.net.au

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October
Broughton Hall Open Garden

This four acre garden overlooking the Tarago Reservoir in Jindivick will be open to the public for Australia’s Open Garden Scheme. The garden features over 1000 roses and banks brimming with shrubs and trees. Rare and unusual plants with amazing foliage create striking contrast and another
element of interest to the garden. Hedges are a strong visual part of the design as well as a practical function in protecting the plantings and creating micro climates. Add a visit to the famous Jindivick Country Gardener Rare Plant Nursery in the village and lunch at Jindivick Harvest Kitchen for a
perfect day in the country.
Venue: Broughton Hall
Location: 125 Palmers Road, Jindivick
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $10
Enquiries: David 5628 5316
Email: jindigardener@bigpond.com
The gardens are open throughout October and November to groups. Bookings essential.

Saturday 25 October
Variety Gala Fundraiser

The Warragul Sporting & Social Club is proud to host a gala dinner for the children’s charity, Variety.
Features champagne cocktail on arrival, special guest Greg Champion, top band “Jam821” and an auction including sports memorabilia.
Dress code: Formal Glitz & Glam
Venue: Warragul Sporting & Social Club (formerly The Warragul Club Downtowner)
Location: 55 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 7.00pm
Cost: $50 per person
Enquiries: 5623 1520

Sunday 26 October
‘Feathers & Flowers’ – Exhibition & Painting Demonstrations by Janet Flinn

Spring! Our gardens are blooming and birds are busily raising new families. Wildlife Artist Janet Flinn returns to Town & Country Gallery with ‘Feathers & Flowers’, a display of her latest paintings featuring the birds we love to see in our gardens.
Water-colour painting demonstrations: Sunday 26 October, 12 – 3 pm.
Exhibition Open for Viewing: 4 October – 26 October, 10am-5pm daily
Proudly hosted in conjunction with the West Gippsland Gardivalia Festival.
Venue: Town & Country Gallery
Location: 111 Princes Highway, Yarragon
Enquiries: 5634 2229

Sunday 26 October
The Gardener’s Table

As part of Gardivalia, Tamsin’s Table is hosting two very special long table lunches featuring three courses lovingly cooked by Tamsin using meat and produce grown and gathered on her 113 acre
Poowong East farm.
Maximum guests: 10 (over 18 only)
Venue: Tamsin’s Table
Location: Main South Road, Poowong East
Time: 11.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: $85 per person
Bookings: tamsinstable.com.au
Email: hello@tamsinstable.com.au

Sunday 26 October
Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Workshop at Ungulla

Wander through the garden with Clinical Aromatherapist Catherine Lewis (Dip Arom) . Identify aromatic plants, learn about their healing properties and compare their natural odour to the finished oil. Information sheets will be supplied. Afternoon tea will be made with ingredients from these
Venue: Ungulla Country Garden
Location: 590 Invermay Road, East, Athlone
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: $25pp
Bookings: Vicky 0417 034 300
* A Gardivalia Event

Sunday 26 October
Neerim Bower Arts Festival

The Neerim Bower Arts Festival celebrates the launch of Neerim Bower: Inspired by Birds Small Town Transformations. Features include local food & wine, art & craft stalls, poetry readings, music, community art, school fete, college café, public art, carnival rides, schools art display & lucky dips.
The Neerim District Community Bank Art Prize Sculpture Exhibition will be on display in Neerim South from October 18 – November 9.
Venue: Recreation Reserve, Neerim South
Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
* A Gardivalia Event

Sunday 26 October
The Baw Baw Trio – ‘All Beethoven Recital

Brian Chapman on piano, Danial Stefanski on violin and Joan Evans on cello perform their ‘All Beethoven Recital’.
Venue: Wesley of Warragul
Location: 62 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 2.30pm

Monday 27 October
Breast Cancer Comfort Cushions High Tea

Enjoy a delicious selection of cakes & pastries along with a guest speaker, monster raffle and fashion
Best dressed in pink and the mystery tree of life raffle.
Venue: Warragul Sporting & Soial Club (formerly The Warragul Club Downtowner)
Location: 55 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 10am
Cost: $25 per person
Bookings: 5623 1520

Thursday 30 October
Gypsy Creek Winery Theme Night – Russian Cuisine

Venue: Gypsy Creek Winery
Location: 43 School Road, Labertouche
Time: 6.30pm onwards
Cost: $30pp for three course meal.
Xheka Quintet Jazz Band will be playing at Gypsy Creek Winery every Sunday 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Bookings essential. Contact Mary on 5628 7679 or 5628 7751

Friday 31 October
Friday Rock n Roll Nights

Features Steve Lawson performing hits from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s
Venue: Warragul Sporting & Social Club (formerly The Warragul Club Downtowner)
Location: 55 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 8pm
Free Entry
Enquiries: 5623 1520

Friday 31 October
Halloween @ Brandy Creek

Celebrate this Halloween with a ‘Mexican Food Fiesta’ and live music.
Venue: Brandy Creek Wines & View Café
Location: 570 Buln Buln Road, Drouin East
Cost: $35 per person
Bookings: 5625 4498

Friday 31 October
Lawrence Mooney – Stupid Liar

The inimitable host of ABC2’s Dirty Laundry Live – Lawrence Mooney is back with some outrageous fibs, tell tales and hilarious theories on the myths men need just to stay alive. It’s an examination of the functional stupidity of this man as he seeks to guild the lily, smooth the bumps and oil the machine of modern life.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 8.00pm
Bookings: 5624 2456
Online: www.wgac.com.au

Saturday 28 October – Friday 21 November
‘We all live near Pompeii’

Tim Gallagher notices things around him and how they may unexpectedly touch our lives. Tim’s
observations have resulted in this compelling exhibition.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Corner Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Gallery hours: Open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Enquiries: Karen Whitaker-Taylor 5624 2407

Saturday 1 November
The Jindivick Country Market

Come along and enjoy the country atmosphere of Jindivick’s Country Market which is held on the first Saturday of the month.
Features a wide range of produce including teas, honey, hats, flowers, cakes, cookies and wine tasting.
Venue: Opposite hall, in front of nursery
Location: 1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Enquiries: 0407 813 135

There is a mention of the sculpture garden in the recent artical in the Age( 6 things to do around Neerim South) artical n Neerim sth

I am often asked what else there is around Jindivick so I have had Helen Timbury make a Jindivick tourist map. It is available at most of the businesses in town and also at the sculpture garden... but it is also here if you want to download it Click here for Jindivick tourist map

There is an artical by me in the latest issue of Gippsland( the lifestyle) magazine... look out for it.

I  also  worked with Helen Timbury to create a Wine art Trail phamplet which will link the wineries, art sites in a trail  and also list the accommodation places... a 20 page bookletart wine trail cover.click here for wine and art tourist trail This has also been reprinted by the shire( with updates)  

Sue Kiernan and Bec Van Dyk made this little clip of me for the Emotion meet E art show at Yarragon... 6 minutes of me rambling on but the photos be Bec are Fantastic... mostly.. somehow she has made me look overweight and old.... dont know how that could have happened

.Laurie collins you tube clip

.. the Baw Baw Arts Alliance arts Hub has now moved and is at the Yarragon Railway Station Baw Baw Arts Alliance If you are passing through do stop in and have a look as it shows many local artists.The girls

 There is also work at:

Gary Miles Bradley Hall gallery Old telegraph rd west RokebyGary Miles Art

 Frances Keevil Gallery in Sydney Frances Keevil Gallery

 Town and Country Gallery in Yarragon( Vic)town and country Gallery Yarragon Victoria

Yarram Courthouse GallerGoat Island Gallery near inverloch 


  My work has been seen and sold throughout Australia and internationally, and most people know that each piece is unique and quite popular. ;  The distinctive "Laurie Collins" styling is reflected throughout the vast range of artwork I produce, from painting to drawing and my core junk sculpture work.

 I am active in the local community and I support the many art shows and community events within Gippsland and surrounding regions.  Jindivick is where I live and it is a beautiful setting in which to work and you can do worse than come and visit as there are lots of  local artists and other local attractions. Have a look at the "local events and artists" by clicking on the local attractions link provided.

 Having taught for 30 years I am now a full-time artist, Have a look at the blog to get an idea of what I am doing more or less day by day. 

Latest Works

A selection of recent works can be seen below.  To view the full range of my artwork please click on the link below.