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

I have a lovely piece at the Yarra sculpture Gallery my latest piece Complex to be part of the members survey show.

Next Saturday I drop off some pieces at The Contemporary Arts society show in Church St Richmond and also two girls at the Tessellar show in Silvan.


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 entry
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..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 on 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 rough in everything, the electrician does his rough this week  and the airconditioner man also.

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

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.


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

Wednesday 20 & 27 August
Chinese Lantern Heritage Tours

Join us for a fascinating lantern tour back to Walhalla's gold rush to uncover how the Chinese community influenced the town and made an important impact on daily life. We'll explore recently unearthed relics in the Chinese Gardens and other sites that are normally unseen by the general public. Note that this walk does require a fair level of fitness and that sturdy shoes must be worn.
Time: Depart Walhalla Corner Stores & Museum @ 7pm
Cost: Adults $10 • Concession $5 • Groups $8
Bookings: 5165 6250
Presented by the Walhalla Heritage & Development League

Friday 22 August
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 22nd – Sunday 24th August
WWF present climate change workshops in Gippsland

Key speaker - Anna Rose (Friday night)
Anna attracts a large audience and is not to be missed. In April 2012 Anna appeared on a Q&A special after the screening of her documentary “I can change your mind on climate change”. She cofounded
the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) which is now one of Australia’s largest youth organisations. Anna is currently the National Coordinator for Earth Hour (World Wildlife Fund Australia) Light refreshments will be served.
Venue: Warragul RSL
Location: 94 Albert Street, Warragul
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Enquiries & RSVP contact Sally Coggiola (02) 8228 6887
Email: scoggiolas@wwf.org.au
Natasha Brown 0438 204 706
Email: bbsn@dcsi.net.au

Friday 22 August
Two Grands Four Hands

A stunning duet piano production starring international concert virtuoso Len Vorster and the
sensational Linda O’Brien. Len and Linda are joined on stage by International Soprano Alison Jones and compere Chris McKenna in a wonderful show packed with music by Debussy, Ravell, Gershwin, Bernstein, special tributes to the great Waltz and an hysterical look at Gilbert & Sullivan – all played
on two Grand pianos head-to-head. This show promises plenty of Musical Fun.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Civic Place, Warragul
Time: 8.00pm
Bookings: 5624 2456

Friday 22 August
‘Hens of Hallora’ - Sustainable Farm Practices on Small Acres

The South Gippsland Landcare Network invites you to a field day to learn from Tania and Geoff Murray’s experience of sustainable farm practices. They are a small scale free range egg farm located in West Gippsland. They have about 400 laying chickens in a 1.4ha range area that is fully enclosed by an electrified fox-proof fence. The chickens spend the night roosting in a small shed to
protect them from the elements. They also have a small lamb operation.
Topics up for discussion include the method and value of a trial comparing mulching and chook manure vs doing nothing at all.
Venue: Hens of Hallora
Location: 1734 Main South Road, Hallora
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Price: Free but bookings essential. Afternoon tea provided.
RSVP by August 18th 5662 5759
Email: nicolew@wgcma.vic.gov.au

Friday 22 August
Cancer Council Victoria’s Daffodil Day

You are invited to come along to Warragul Cinema to see a screening of “The Hundred - Foot
Journey” starring Helen Mirren.
All funds raised will go towards Cancer Council Victoria’s Daffodil Day.
Venue: Warragul Cinema
Tickets for the fund raiser can be purchased from Momento Magico Florist in Drouin.
Phone: 5625 5398
Daffodils and merchandise will also be available in the shop. Upon donation, tea, coffee and scones
will be available.

Friday 22 August
Spice Fusion Dinner @ Brandy Creek Wines & View Café

This buffet style all you can eat dinner offers all your favourite dishes fused with aromatic spices and different textures. Buffet includes yellow & white rice, string hopper pilau, devilled chicken, yellow fish curry, pepper beef, pickled pork, potato curry and Asian style salad.
Venue: Brandy Creek Wines & View Café
Location: 570 Buln Buln Road, Drouin East
Time: 7.00pm onwards
Price: $35 per person. Kids under 12 years half price
Bookings: 5625 4498

Saturday 23 August
“The Man They Call the Banjo”

The story is one of Australia’s great love stories and is set in a time and place when Australia was as close as it has ever been to a civil war. As such, it encompasses the raw emotion, the drama and the historical significance to make it a tale and musical of interest to all ages and all walks of life.
Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Drouin.
Venue: Old Drouin Butter Factory
Location: I Main South Road, Drouin
Time: 7.30pm - café/bar/lounge open from 5.30pm
Food, beverages, coffee & tea available
Phone Wendy on 0466 441 855
Price: $37.50
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/FQUP

Saturday 23 August
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 23 August
Farewell to Winter

Warragul Municipal Band presents a Melody Matinee Concert featuring a diverse repertoire from the band’s history. The concert will also feature the acclaimed Celtic band the ‘Molly Maguires’, well known for their high energy, rich repertoire of Celtic music ranging from traditional melodies to
contemporary artists.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Corner Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 2.30pm
Tickets: Adults $15, students $10 or family $40.
Bookings: 5624 2456

Tuesday 26 August
Marcia - The ‘Amazing’ Tour

Australia’s Queen of Pop, Marcia Hynes’ will showcase her eternally youthful voice and the repertoire of melodic hits that cover every facet of her remarkable career.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Corner Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Tickets: 5624 2456

Tuesday 26 August
Hot August Night

Enjoy a sumptuous two-course a la carte dinner for $40pp, including 3 standard drink vouchers per person, free entry and race books. Offers 12 greyhound races, full TAB coverage and bar facilities.
Minimum 8 people per table. Book now to reserve your table.
Venue: Warragul Greyhound Racing Club
Location: Howitt Street, Logan Park, Warragul
Enquiries: 5623 1867

Thursday 28 August
Baw Baw Sustainability Network AGM

Guest presenter will be David Karoly who will speak on changes in the electricity and gas pictures. David is a Professor of Meteorology and an expert in climate change.
IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2007, jointly with Al Gore, for their efforts to educate on human induced climate change and ways to mitigate the impact.
Venue: Yarragon Town Hall
Time: 7-30pm

Thursday 28 August
Blokes in the Kitchen

West Gippsland Healthcare Group is conducting a four week course to help men eat better, improve their cooking skills, change their same old menu and get involved in a fun activity with other men.
Participants will cook their own lunch and take the leftovers home for dinner.
To be held on Thursdays 28 August, 4 September, 11 September and 18 September.
Venue: West Gippsland Healthcare Group – Petit Centre
Location: 31-35 Gladstone Street,
Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm
Cost: $20 for four week course
Bookings essential.
Phone: Health Promotion Team 5624 3500

Thursday 28 August
Gypsy Creek Winery Theme Night – Israeli Cuisine

Venue: Gypsy Creek Winery
Location: 43 School Road, Labertouche
Time: From 6.30pm
Cost: $30 pp
Bookings essential
Bookings: Mary Dardha 5628 7679 or 5628 7751

Thursday 28 August
Australian Poetry Slam comes to Gippsland

The Australian Poetry Slam, Australia’s number one poetry event, is coming to Wonthaggi Library.
This is an opportunity for poets, drama students and lovers of the English language from all over the area to speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing their poems, stories and lyrics to the world. The format is simple. All contestants are given a microphone, a live audience and two minutes to impress. This
leads to the Victorian final and the National final at Sydney Opera House.
Venue: Wonthaggi Library
Time: 7.00pm
Cost: Free
Contestants need to arrive at 6.30pm to register.
Enquiries: 5672 1875

Thursday 28 August
West Gippsland Genealogical Society

Special guest this month is Katie Wood from Melbourne University Archives. Katie will speak on their extensive holdings. Everyone welcome.
Venue: Old Shire Hall, Warragul
Time: 8.00pm
Enquiries: Barbara Clayton 5623 2898

Friday 29 August – Saturday 30 August
Circus Oz 2014

The 2014 Circus Oz show draws inspiration from the pre-digital, analog world and the subsequent exponential explosion of options, data and ideas. With two hours of rollicking entertainment, there will be strong women, stunt-jumping flyers, death-defying aerialists and beautiful jugglers, a cranking live multi-skilled band, all with a subversive antipodean vaudeville and cabaret twist.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Civic Place, Warragul
Time: Friday 29 August 7.30pm
Saturday 30 August 1.00pm & 7.30pm
Bookings: 5624 2456

Friday 29 August
Rock the Library

Support your local rock stars when Warragul Regional College bands take over the library! Come and see these talented musicians get loud!
Venue: Warragul Library
Location: 75 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 5.pm
Cost: Free but bookings preferred
Phone: 5622 2849

Friday 29th August
Market & Pamper Night

The popular Market & Pamper Night is on again! The night features over 30 stalls, pampering, café with barista service, music, kids’ corner and more! All are welcome. A fantastic fundraising event presented by the Parents Club of the Poowong Consolidated School.
Venue: Poowong Town Hall
Location: Main Street, Poowong
Time 7pm – 10pm
Cost: $2 entry
Enquiries: Louise 0431 860 391 or spirit0044@bigpond.com

Saturday 30 August
Olivia’s Place Father’s Day Dinner and Auction

Come along to this fun night to celebrate our dads and help support pregnancy & early parenting. Some of the fantastic items up for grabs include Parliament House dinner & tour with Gary Blackwood, Local Boys Lawn & Garden Services half day package, Romantic weekend getaway in Blairgowrie, Phoenix Paintball voucher, Walhalla Ghost Tour & Walhalla Goldfields Railway tickets.
Venue: Warragul Reception & Conference Centre
Location: 41 Sutton Street, Warragul
Time: 6.00pm
Tickets: $65 per person or $60 each for groups of four or more. Ticket includes canapes, drink on
arrival, 2 course meal, tea & coffee.
To purchase: fundraising@oliviasplace.org.au
Enquiries: 0402 609 343

Saturday 30 August
Comedy & Music Night Fund Raiser

Join us for a night of comedy and music at the Garfield Hotel. Enjoy a meal and drinks in a great
atmosphere whist being entertained by Beau Stegmann. He most recently completed a show called “Here’s looking at you” at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Beau will be joined by Madelaine Cantwell and some other comedic friends.
Venue: Garfield Hotel
Location: 95 Main Street, Garfield
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Price: $15 per person or $120 for group of ten.
Bookings: RSVP on website or email: malcolm.mckelvie@vic.greens.org.au
Enquiries: 0417 364 615

Saturday 30 August
Rotary Club of Warragul Charity Auction

Offers furniture, collectables, garden and outdoor items etc.
Light refreshments available.
Proceeds to Rotary and Australian Rotary Health
Location: Gladstone Street, Warragul (former pet shop behind AutoBarn)
Time: 10.00am
Enquiries: John 5622 3966, 0437 223 940
Sally 5623 5622, 0417 037 079

Sunday 31 August
‘A Marriage of Inconvenience’

Intrigue at the Court of James 1, a scandalous divorce and a murder preceded the marriage of the Rt. Hon. Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, to the Rt. Hon. Lady Frances Howard on December 26, 1613. But the tawdry details of the affair will be kept out of sight when the Rippon Lea Renaissance Dancers and Early Music Consort present dances from the spectacular post-wedding entertainments staged at Whitehall, Early instruments and period garments will be a feature of the presentation. The program also marks the first Australian appearance by young New Zealand soprano, Fiona Tibbles.
Presented by the Early Arts Guild of Victoria. Director Helga M. Hill OAM
Venue: Wesley of Warragul
Location: 62 Victoria St., Warragul
Time: 2.15 pm.
Entry: $25 adults, $20 concession, $10 student, $50 family. Free for season ticket holders.
Enquiries and bookings: 9699 8417 (Early Arts Guild)

Sunday 31 August
Stars of the Eisteddfod Concert

A showcase of performers from the 2014 West Gippsland Music & Drama Eisteddfod.
Venue: Warragul Community Church
Location: Corner King & Wills Street, Warragul
Time: 2pm
Cost: Adults $15, students/concession $10, includes afternoon tea
Enquiries: 5623 6665
Email: Pauline@wge.org.au

Sunday 31 August
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: Choose a tour at 11.00am or 2.00pm
Cost: $35 – tour and lunch
Lunch 12.30pm
Bookings essential
Phone: Julie Weatherhead 5942 8580
E: prfinfo@dcsi.net.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.