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

JuLy now...and back to school for some... even me on Friday when I do my last session at Neerim Sth Primary school as an artist in residence.

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 this coming Friday Saturday and Sunday is the Derinya Primary school Art Show. This is in Frankston Sth( Mt Martha? ) on Overport Rd. I have been invited to be part of this show for the past three years and it is a really interesting show with some top quality artworks and a wonderful variety of Junk Sculptors including Russ Brebner( just added him to this site under local galleries in tourist attractions) Lawrence Marshall and others. If you can find the time it is well worth a look.. very individiual and exciting work.


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 am still working as an artist in residence at Neerim Sth Primary school, ( but only for this week) 

The new Gallery on the sculpture garden has had a couple of teething problems( with all the rain we had a water feature installation) but hopefully this half year it should be further along.

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

I did2 pigs for the Truffle association meeting and both sold, and a piece made for the Blarney Books show.

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 17 July – Friday 18 July
‘Sweeney Todd’

Warragul Regional College presents ‘Sweeney Todd’.
Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd nevertheless has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humour; audiences find themselves laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in surprise the next.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Civic Place, Warragul
Enquiries: Bonnie Hendrick 5622 9900 (BH)
Email: hendrick.bonnie.b@edumail.vic.gov.au

Thursday 17 July – Friday 1 August
‘All Knotted’ Exhibition

The infamous BBaandit Yarners are showcasing their work at the Arts Centre. It’s all in fun and shows that fibres can also be sculptural as well as functional. Come along and see this knitting with a difference.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Corner Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Opening night Friday 18 August 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Please RSVP if you are coming to opening.
Ingrid Thomas: ingrid@gippslandartists.com

Friday 18 July
‘Karavarna Flamenca’ @ Gypsy Creek Winery

Every third Friday of the month, Spanish band ‘Karavarna Flamenca’ will entertain diners with their
fiery Spanish, Flamenco and Cuban music.
Venue: Gypsy Creek Winery
Location: 43 School Road, Labertouche
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $65 pp for 3 course set menu
Bookings essential
Bookings: 5628 7679 or 5628 7751

Friday 18 July
Friday Rock n Roll Nights

Features Steve Lawson performing hits from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s
Venue: The Warragul Club Downtowner
Thursday 17 July 2014
Location: 55 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 8pm
Free Entry
Enquiries: 5623 1520

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 July
The Wizard of Oz

Venue: Marist – Sion College, Marian Theatre
Time: 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday Matinee: 1.00pm
Tickets: $20
Phone: 5623 5944

Saturday 19 July
Drouin Craft & Produce Market

Third Saturday of the month
Offers fresh produce, clothing, jewellery, plants, preserves, hot food and much more.
Venue: Civic Park
Location: Young Street, Drouin
Time: 8.00am – 12.30pm
Enquiries: John Tricarico 0419 428 564

Saturday 19 July
Warragul Farmers’ Market

Third Saturday of month
A place for people to meet and support local farmers and producers and to buy a huge range of fresh and handmade food.
Venue: Civic Park, Warragul
Time: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Enquiries: erika@warragulfarmersmarket.com.au
Website: Warragul Farmers Market

Saturday 19 July
‘Organic Vegetable Growing Class’

Discover the secrets of creating and maintaining a flourishing no dig vegetable garden and learn how to make an indigenous wicking garden. Julie Weatherhead has been teaching this popular class since
1996 and she has developed a range of methods to help you establish a healthy garden. You will learn how easy it is incorporate bush foods into your garden design too. Topics include soil health,
wicking beds, compost and pest control.
Venue: Peppermint Ridge Farm, Tynong North
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Cost: Class & Garden Tour $75. Lunch $25
Bookings essential: 5942 8580
Email: prfinfo@dcsi.net.au

Saturday 19 July
Fender Benders Rock & Roll Show

Join Wild Dog and the Fender Benders Band for a great night of dancing and old time Rock N Roll.
Venue: Wild Dog Winery
Location: Warragul Korumburra Road, Warragul
Time: 7.00pm
Cost: $45. Includes music, dancing and a 2 course dinner.
Bookings: 5623 2211
Email: info@wilddogwinery.com

Sunday 20 July & 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 October.
Venue: Neerim District Secondary College
Location: Neerim East Road, Neerim South
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Cost: $40

Sunday 20 July
Celtic Harp

You are in for a treat when Cath Connelly comes to Drouin to delight her audience with the lyrical sounds of the Celtic Harp. Cath is a talented storyteller who weaves yarns throughout her concert.
The performance includes a selection of tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as some original compositions.
Venue: Anglican Church, Drouin
Time: 2pm
Admission: Gold coin donation includes afternoon tea in the Parish Hall
Enquiries: 5625 4121

Sunday 20th July
Ethical Shopping Tour

Baw Baw Sustainability Network is offering this ethical shopping tour.
Ever stood in the supermarket aisle wondering where products are made & what their origins are??? Well... on Sunday, Nick from the Ethical Consumer Group in Melbourne is coming to teach us about the best choices to make during those tricky grocery shopping trips. Nick will shed some
answers on this problem & then we will actually visit Woolworths in 3 groups to put the theory into practice. To conclude the session we will enjoy lunch – the result of our carefully thought out purchases. BBSN ran this workshop 3 years ago & it was terrific.
Venue: Wesley Church, 62 Victoria St Warragul
Time: 10.30am – 1.00pm
Cost: $25 members, $30 non members
Includes Ethical Shopping Guide (RRP $8.95) & lunch
RSVP: Wed 16th July
Contact: bbsn@dcsi.net.au or Natasha 0438 204 706

Sunday 20th July
Psychic & Wellbeing Expo – Berwick

Up to 50 exhibitors, Healers, Natural Therapists, Clairvoyants, Psychic Readers, Crystals, Gift ware, CD’s, Books and much more.
International Psychic Medium Heather Hawkins from NZ will be guest speaker demonstrating her ability to connect with spirit.
Mediums on stage &20 free workshops.
Venue: The Berwick Leisure Centre
Location: 79 Manuka Road, Berwick.
Cost: $5 Entry, Kids 12 and under free.
Time: 10am – 5pm.
For further information call: 9500 8220 or 0411 260 339.
Exhibitor enquiries welcomed.

Monday 21 July
Warragul Harness Race Day

Enjoy the thrill of Harness Racing with full bar and bistro facilities
Venue: Logan Park
Time: From 12pm
Cost: Adult $6, Pensioners $3, Kids free
Enquiries: 5622 2008

Thursday 24 July – Saturday 26 July
West Gippsland Music & Drama Eisteddfod – Classical Vocal

Venue: Uniting Church
Location: 210 Sutton Street, Warragul
Enquiries: Pauline Hastings 5623 6665
Email: pauline@wge.org.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

Thursday 24 July – Saturday 26 July
The Wedding Singer

Directed by Casey Hall.
Thursday will be Gala Night with patrons being invited to wear their best 80s attire. Pre-show drinks and canapes will be available from Debritz Restaurant from 6pm.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Corner Smith & Albert Roads, Warragul
Time: Thursday 24 & Friday 25 July 7pm
Saturday 26 July 2pm matinee & 7pm
Tickets: Adults $30, students/concession $25, family (two adults & two children 16 and under) $90, groups of 6 or more $22.
Bookings: 5622 6358
Friday 25 July
Vision Australia Winter Warmers Stall
Venue: Uniting Church
Location: 210 Sutton Street, Warragul
Time: 7pm – 9pm

Friday 25 July
Christmas in July at Brandy Creek Wines

Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas in July. This fabulous night out features a Seafood Buffet and entertainment by Sue and Colin’s ‘Takin Time’.
Venue: Brandy Creek Wines & View Café
Location: 570 Buln Buln Road, Drouin East
Time: 7pm onwards
Cost: Adults $40pp, children under 12 half price
Bookings: 5625 4498

Friday 25 July
Christmas in July

Trafalgar Golf Club cordially invites you to join us in our Christmas in July party. A two course meal will be provided including tea and coffee. Drinks at bar prices. There will be entertainment and a raffle with some great prizes to be won. This special event is a fundraiser towards the purchase of an
automatic external defibrillator for the club.
Venue: Trafalgar Golf Club
Location: Gibsons Road, Trafalgar
Time: 6.45pm
Cost: $25 per head (tables of 8)
Bookings: 5633 1110
Email: golf@trafalgargolf.com.au

Saturday 26 July
‘Midwinter Spring’

“Probably the finest crafter of songs here in Melbourne at the moment, a fabulous songwriter and hypnotic performer. Along with his four-piece band, The Sirens, Khristian’s indie folktales captivate and delight”. This review by Richard Field rom 3CR Radio says it all. Their new album ‘Midwinter Spring’ speaks of both the challenges and triumphs of the human spirit. Special guest, Tim Woods, is a Jazz oriented folk singer taking the traditions of folk music to a new era. You will be enthralled by his infectious charisma.
Venue: Old Gippstown Location: Lloyd Street, Moe
Time: 8.00pm
Cost: $15. Tickets will be available at the door.
Enquiries: Khristian 0421 693 663

Saturday 26 July
Rock N Roll Music and Dance Party

White Room Live Music and Warragul Harness Racing Club presents 50’s 60’s & 70’s music and dance party ‘The Golden Years’ featuring ‘The Customs’ five piece band.
Venue: Danny’s The Venue  Location: Logan Park, Warragul
BYO food and nibbles. Drinks at bar prices.
Lucky door prizes and giveaways.
Time: 7.30pm
Bookings: Des 0419 588 528, 5623 2708 (AH)
Email: desh@whiteroomlive.com.au

Saturday 26 July
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 26 July
Timeless Writing Workshop

Another workshop in the Neerim Bower Winter Arts Project. This is a hands – on day encouraging writers to explore a multitude of short forms including prose and poetry. Writers will be challenged to capture the essence while retaining the magic of lyrical language. Drafting and editing skills will
also be addressed. Bring your own writing materials. Finish the day with wine and cheese.
Light lunch, tea & coffee provided.
Tutors are well-known local writers Jeannie Haughton and Rodney Williams
Venue: Old Crossover School
Location: School Road, Crossover
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $75
Enquiries: Kay Cousins or Robert Gration
Phone: 5628 1560 (BH) or 5628 4233
www.Neerim Bower Project

Saturday 26 July
Yarragon Declaration Day

Yarragon says NO to coal and coal seam gas. Join the celebrations on Declaration Day.
Venue: Uniting Church
Location: Campbell Street, Yarragon
Time: 11am
Enquiries: makeyarragoncsgfree@gmail.com
Supported by the Yarragon District Community Association

Saturday 26 July
Pakenham 11th Annual Antique Fair

This annual event is held to raise money for the 4Cs Emergency Relief Centre in Pakenham. Forty five stalls to be enjoyed and David Freeman, the well-known Melbourne valuer will be in attendance from 1pm onwards for a single item fee of $5.
Venue: Cardinia Cultural Centre
Location: Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham
Time: 9am – 4pm
Entry: $5, concession $4, children free

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

Sunday 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 house psychics.
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


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.