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

Coming up in a week or so will be a new show at the West Gippsland Arts centre called" Prominitions"and this will showcase a range of artists and their response to Wilsons Prom. I will have a number of watercolours in it and other artists will be Jessie McLennan, Sandy Ward, Melanie Crookson, Travis Wiltshire, Sue Acheson, Russell Handley, Zoe Clarke, Simon Griffin and others.It should be a lovely show for anyone who has been to Wilsons Prom and it opens Tuesday 5th Aug 7.00 to 8.30 and goes to the 29th Aug.

I have just dropped some work in to a small shop at Trentham( called art @Trentham)  so if you are up that way have a look.We went up to see the Auld Langs Syne exhibition at Ballarat and this was very good. We also looked in at the Red Pepper Gallery at Daylesford and saw work from Darren Gilbert, Andrew Kasper and lots of other nice stuff..


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 .

 I have finished working as an artist in residence at Neerim Sth Primary schooL

Now 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...judy Mackintosh portrait

The new Gallery on the sculpture garden now has stud walls added in by Aaron  the builder and he has done a lovely job. Wayne Lieshout came and looked over the gallery  and will quote for plaster next week..

The New Jindivick Tourism sign is up and running. This is in the park next to the tennis courts and I did the metal work and Helen Timbury did the graphics all under instruction from the Jindivick Progress association

The travelling Jindivick sculpture show is still up at Mt Baw Baw  including two of my pieces( Photo thanks to Caroline Hammond).

boat of dreams on Mt Baw Baw

Well the shed/ Gallery(Jindivick Geesa Gallery( Gallery of established and emerging Studio Artists) has been completed ( Thanks Sean of Fair Dinkum Sheds), septic tank has been installed,( Thanks Mark Wilson and team) concreters have come and laid the concrete( Thanks Paul and Matt Jensz) .. this is for the new shed/Gallery which has taken a year to get to this stage...It is now in sort of operation! Yay finally.

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.


Sunday 27 July
Peppermint Ridge Farm Tour & Tapas

Take a tour of the Australian Spice Garden featuring a range of edible species. Enjoy a tapas style lunch showcasing the unique flavours from the organic gardens. Grab a basket and find a picnic spot or relax in the café. Delicious food on offer includes anise myrtle ice cream, fresh lime syrup cake,
salted caramel, chocolate and macadamia slice and Chicken Sung Choi Bao.
Venue: Peppermint Ridge Farm
Location: 540 Tynong North Road, Tynong North
Time: 11am – 3pm
Cost: $35 – tour and lunch
Bookings essential
Phone: Julie Weatherhead 5942 8580
E: prfinfo@dcsi.net.au
www.peppermintridgefarm.com.auSunday 27 July

Sing Into Spring’ – Concert with Casey Choir
Casey Choir, a ladies choir with over 40 members will be performing the songs they have chosen to record for their first CD, to be released later this year. The concert is being held in the beautiful Rosanove Auditorium at St. Margaret’s School, Berwick, so comfort is assured.
This is a very easy drive from West Gippsland.
A Guest Artist will support the choir.
A delicious afternoon tea, with many home-baked treats will be served following the concert. (gold coin donation),
Venue: St. Margaret’s School, St. Margaret’s Place, Berwick. (Melway- 111-E9)
Time: 2.00pm
Tickets: $25 – Concession $20 –Under 12 Free
Bookings will save time & ensure prompt access. – www.trybooking.com/FBMX
Enquiries: Marlene Lawrence – 9702 2708 – Email: marlenelawrence@aol.com

Sunday 27th July
Crossing Over Psychic Lunch with Kerry Sees

Spend an afternoon with Kerry Sees International Psychic Medium who will demonstrate her ability to connect with Spirit and bring through messages from beyond.
Venue: The Italian Australian Club, Morwell
Location: 499-501 Princes Dr, Morwell
Time: 12.00 – 4pm
Cost: $130 pp includes 3 course meal, Psychic Show & one 15min reading from our in housepsychics.
Bookings: Kerry: 0434 238 336 or email: service@kerrysees.com
Must book & paid one week prior to event

Sunday 27 July
National Tree Day Planting Event @ Waterhole Creek

Waterhole Creek in Morwell needs your help!
Venue: Waterhole Creek next to Morwell East Football Club – enter from Vary Street. Time: 10am – 12 noon
This is a fun, family friendly event so bring the whole family. Free BBQ lunch will be provided for all tree planters. A coffee van will be onsite!
Energy Australia giveaways for first 50 people who attend on the day – a free Keep Cup and a native shrub for your home garden.
RSVP online: http://treeday.planetark.org
Landcare 1300 094 262 or meganh@wgcma.vic.gov.au

Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 July
The Australian Ballet

The Dancers Company presents a classical triple bill – Swan Lake (Act111), Rimbomb and Paquita.
West Gippsland Arts Centre  Corner of Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 7.30pm
Bookings: 5624 2456

Wednesday 30 July
Clan Destine Press Author Talks: Vampire Crime!

Books to sink your teeth into! Join us for an evening author talk with vampire genre authors Narrelle M. Harris and Michelle Borsellino of Clan Destine Press
Venue: Warragul Library
Location: 75 Victoria Street, Warraguk
Time: 6.30pm
Bookings are free but essential.
Phone 5622 2848

Thursday 31 July – Sunday 3 August
West Gippsland Music & Drama Eisteddfod – Piano

Venue: Community Church Cnr King & Wills Streets, Warragul
Venue 2: St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School, 150 Bowen Street, Warragul
Enquiries: Deanna Tabensky 0409 855 685
Email: deanna@dcsi.net.au
Tickets: 1 session - Adult $5, Student $3  2 sessions - Adult $8, Student $5
Day Pass - Adult $12, Student $7  Season ticket - Adult $28, Student $13
Children under 12 free
Check out website for times.

Friday 1 August
Diversity in Print

Six accomplished printmakers come together to celebrate the art of print making. This beautiful exhibition features linocuts, etchings, wood engraving; framed and unframed, cards and other works on paper.
The public is warmly welcomed to this curated exhibition which will celebrate Bbaa's move to this exciting new venue. Join the artists, members and the wider arts community for nibbles and drinks in the Yarragon Station which is now the Station Gallery and Community Arts Hub. Featured artists include Gerard Dovey, Bob Hickman, Lisa Kurec, Jenny Peterson, Libby Schreiber and Helen Timbury.
Venue: The Station Gallery & Community Arts Hub
Location: Yarragon Railway Station
Time: Opening night 6pm
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm
Enquiries: 0490 173 103

Friday 1 August – Sunday 31 August
Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest

The Valley of the Gods shines in August with special lighting, moving images and sound. The display
occurs every night starting at 6.30pm. It’s free to view for all visitors to Walhalla. The theme for 2014
is ‘China’. Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest Light Trains Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th We have two services running on each of these nights. 6.00pm and 8.00 pm Book early to avoid disappointment.
Bookings via our website: www.visitwalhalla.com
Enquiries: 5165 6262

Saturday 2 August
The Fabulous Delltones

The Delltones’ goal is to ‘keep on raging …. to stop the aging’ so come along to enjoy harmony and Rock n Roll that’s good for the soul.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 8pm
Bookings: 5624 2456

Saturday 2 August
Charity Camel Trek Trivia Night

Come along to Churchill’s Federation University for an evening of trivia, raffles, games and fundraising. Everyone is welcome!
Proudly supporting Tori Stratford and The Charity Camel Trek for Empower International, in conjunction with International Justice Mission.
Venue: Federation University Student Lounge
Location: Churchill
Time: 7.00pm
Cost: $15
Bookings essential: Tori Stratford 0413 691 105
Email: tori.g.stratford@gmail.com

Sunday 3 August
Longwarry Fire Brigade Craft & Produce Treasure Market

First Sunday of month except January and February.
This craft, produce and treasure market offers fresh nuts, dried fruits and chocolates. Hot food available.
Venue: CFA shed next to office & Bennett Street Park.
Location: Bennett Street, Longwarry
Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm
While at the market take the opportunity to stroll across the road to visit the studio of Laurel Foenander Art. You will be pleasantly surprised. Open hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Enquiries: Janine 0419 158 946
Email: fire@dcsi.net.au

Sunday 3 August
Winter Art Workshops – Outdoor Mosaics

The Neerim District Progress Association presents this exciting series of workshops as part of the
Neerim Bower Project. Under the tutelage of Alene Bonser, participants will mosaic a bird onto a pot or something useful such as a table, paver or terracotta pot. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the Neerim Bower Project: Inspired by Birds Small Town Transformation which culminates in the Neerim Bower Arts Festival on Sunday 26th Octiober.
Venue: Neerim District Secondary College
Location: Neerim East Road, Neerim South
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Cost: $40


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 booklet

art 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.