2019 AGM – 28 November

Arts Mansfield Inc will hold its 2018 AGM on Thursday 28 November at the Delatite Hotel, 5:30

Documents for AGM

Click links to download from our website 

Agenda for 2019 AGM (PDF) 

Committee nomination form

Use this form to nominate for a position on the Arts Council of Mansfield Inc committee. Your nomination must be supported by two current members.

Submit your form before 6 pm 22 November  (Late nominations may not be accepted.) 

Download the committee nomination form (MS Word format)

Proxy form

If you are a member of Arts Mansfield, unable to attend the AGM and you want to exercise your vote, please complete and send the proxy form to Miriam Zolin (Secretary) by 6 pm 17 November 2018

Download Proxy form (MS Word format)

More information

If you have questions about the AGM, please contact the Acting Secretary Liz Bannister on 0427 030 510

Update on Victorian Interschools Drama Festival

Arts Mansfield has pioneered the “Victorian Interschool Drama Festival” over the last 5 years, where schools from the region and even further afield come together each August to give students of junior drama the chance to develop their skills in the theatre arts.

For some students, for whom sport, the Maths Olympics, or perhaps a musical instrument does not come naturally, Drama can be an excellent way of developing an affirmation of themselves in another field.

Each year we get feedback from teachers about how valuable the event has been for some of their charges.

They also get a chance to engage and connect with kids from other high schools, boarding schools and private schools. When it comes to overcoming their self-consciousness to go on stage in front of an audience, they are all united by the same sense of triumph!

This year the award recipients included outstanding productions – of great enthusiasm and energy – from Mansfield Secondary College and Lauriston Girls School – Howqua Campus.

Keep an eye out for this date next year! It is a most heart-warming event to come and enjoy over a cold, wintry Friday in the toasty warm PAC.

Thank you to our adjudicators Sally Bird from Langwarrin and Colin Rochford from Mansfield, and to Dallas Daniels for her support in keeping the event alive and thriving!

“Thanks for today, Kammy. The kids had a great time, and really took on board the wise words from (adjudicators) Sally and Colin. I think most of them were very inspired to try it all again next year. I certainly appreciate (Arts Mansfield) making opportunities like this available for the kids at MSC who enjoy the performing arts. – Dallas”

2019 Festival of One Act Plays

Media release
15 August 2019

The Mansfield Festival of One Act Plays was held at the PAC last week, with enthusiastic audiences and  plenty of entertainment. After a morning, afternoon and evening session, each containing a number of short plays, Mansfield Bush Poet Val Kirley entertained the crowd with her unique brand of recital while the adjudicator deliberated over the day’s offerings to come up with the winners.

Despite theatre troupes coming from all over Victoria, the judge, Sandy Fairthorne of Airey’s Inlet, was very impressed with the work of local writers Dallas Daniel and Carol Lowden. She also gave some major awards to local actors as well, Ian Todd and Cathie Smith.

This is the first time a locally written and home-grown production has taken out major awards at a Festival of One Act Plays, anywhere in Victoria.

Still, some of the visiting troupes took out the coveted awards for Most Outstanding Production (“TEECHERS!” from Healesville) and Runner-Up (“I Love the Way you Cook!” from Noble Park), but theatre artists from Mansfield and surrounds can hold their heads up high.

The winning director of TEECHERS!, Tanya Ryder-Barnes wrote “We all said that Mansfield had the best audience by far! It was like people were compelled to come and speak to us and the reviews we received were glowing. We all felt very humble and moved by your audience.”

Writer-Director from Macedon, Christopher Milne, wrote “It was a long drive but thoroughly worthwhile. Mansfield runs a terrific festival – not as grand as some but with a big heart.”

Partner at major sponsor, Williams Hunt Solicitors, Stuart Bett – who got to see most of it – said of the day: “Festivals such as this provide amateur actors with a great opportunity to perform, and we as a community have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their talent, having stage performances brought right to us. Our thanks to Arts Mansfield for enabling that to happen.”

Arts Mansfield committee members hope to continue to build the status of MFOAP, to keep attracting the troupes that are willing to travel and perform for our audiences in the hope of winning some accolades.

“Local audiences are gradually learning the incredible value of this event, with numbers growing each year and feedback getting increasingly enthusiastic” said event organiser Kammy Cordner Hunt. “Hopefully more people will come and enjoy a winter’s day in the warm PAC in future years, to witness the fabulous energy of these short plays”.

Gill Belle, President of Arts Mansfield thanked the sponsors. “We are very grateful to Williams Hunt as our major sponsors, and also Eisners Guardian Phramacy who have been with us from the start. We are thrilled to welcome The Rural Pool, Vintage Traders’ Emporium and MMuDS – all of whom make it possible to attract a high calibre of theatre”.

Ian Mallyon was the indefatiguable technical man for the day, and Viki Rochford drove from Melbourne to be Stage Manager. Sculptor Timo Juntunen from Gough’s Bay made the unique Wombat trophies. As always, our volunteers make these things happen.

Theatre groups love nothing more than to have their performances seen, and they give so much of themselves for their audiences. Don’t miss this event next year!

Written by Kammy Cordner Hunt 

Thank you to Tom Kalenius for generously donating his services as the official photographer for FOAP this year. 

The cast of Way To Go on stage.
Teechers cast and crew receiving their award

Mansfield Festival of One Act Plays

A day-long festival of theatre at the PAC with a packed program of one act plays (45 minutes or less in duration), monologues and readings. This year also featuring a performance of bush poetry by the local poet and performer Val Kirley.

A day-long festival of theatre at the PAC with a packed program of one act plays (45 minutes or less in duration), monologues and readings. This year also featuring a performance of bush poetry by the local poet and performer Val Kirley.

Acting Troupes from Healesville, Gembrook, Maryborough, Mount Macedon and Noble Park, not to mention our local entries form Tolmie, Barjarg, Sawmill Settlement and Longwood.

3 sessions – come to all ($20 festival pass) or just morning, afternoon or evening (prices vary from $5 to $15)

Venue – Mansfield Performing Arts Centre, View Street Mansfield

How to get tickets

Purchase at the door or buy online

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Download the full programme

Printable programme  (PDF)



Thank you to our sponsors


Stitches in time

A retrospective of work by Mary Webster held in July 2019 at Vintage Traders Emporium in Mansfield

An exhibition titled ‘Stitches in Time’ will showcase 60 years of artworks by local artist Mary Webster. Mary’s diverse and extensive body or works spans from her schooldays in Aberdeenshire Scotland to her current work in Mansfield. 

After graduating from Aberdeen University with a degree in Mathematics, Mary enjoyed a long career in secondary and tertiary teaching. Always in parallel with her professional career was Mary’s love and continuous learning and teaching in textiles and stitching. 

Mary’s works have been exhibited far and wide including Melbourne, London and Wellington and she continues to teach and exhibit in local and overseas shows.
The exhibition jointly presented by Vintage Traders Emporium and Arts Mansfield will realise a dream of owner Melinda Grant to work collaboratively with the community. ‘I love the idea of business working with the community and have taken inspiration from other businesses in Mansfield who are already doing it well. It is widely accepted that Mansfield has that ‘special something’ and I believe at the core of it is the nature of the inspired and active community’. 

The exhibition will run from Thursday 4 July until Thursday 18 July at Vintage Traders Emporium, 10 Crosbys Lane, Mansfield 


Lantern workshops for kids and grownups

Join us for a lantern workshop at the library to make your very own lanterns!  We’ll provide materials,  ideas and assistance. This is the third year that Arts Mansfield has run lantern workshops and we’re excited to be doing it again!

Limited places, bookings essential. 

We appreciate your gold coin donation on the day.

Book online at TryBooking or call to reserve your place (Mim, 0407 664 202) 

Participants under 12 bring a grownup please!

the brainstorming … Creative Chat next steps

Join us at the Delatite Hotel on 28 February for a follow up to our 2018 Creative Chat workshop. We’re taking the next steps towards a plan for the Arts in Mansfield

Join us at the Delatite Hotel on 28 February for a follow up to our 2018 Creative Chat workshop. We’re taking the next steps towards a plan for the Arts in Mansfield

Arts Mansfield members are invited to attend ‘the brainstorming’ – a session that builds on the Creative Chat workshop held in 2018.

Regional Arts Victoria staff will facilitate the session which will create a vision for the future or Arts Mansfield, prioritise the information gathered previously through Creative Chat and start to develop a future plan for Arts Mansfield.

The brainstorming is your opportunity to influence the future directions for Arts Mansfield and you are encouraged to attend – a diverse group would be ideal!

The brainstorming is being held at the Delatite Hotel starting at 6.30pm on Thursday 28 February. To sign up visit – and for more information, contact Sue Hare on 0407 000 5612.


Workshop – writing a radio play

In collaboration with playwright Sandy Fairthorne, we present a weekend workshop for aspiring, would be, and tried and true writers to have a go at this exciting medium.

Have you ever wanted to tell that story – maybe even the one that’s been hovering in the back of your mind for years? 

Ever wanted to try your hand at writing? 

How about cutting your teeth on a radio play? 

Rochford Productions and Arts Mansfield are putting out a call for short radio plays to inform, move and amuse Mansfield radio listeners. 

In collaboration with playwright Sandy Fairthorne, we present a weekend workshop for aspiring, would be, and tried and true writers to have a go at this exciting medium.

What’s a radio play?

If you’re new to radio plays, tune in to Radio Mansfield at 9 am on Thursday mornings at 9:00 am.  99.7FM in Mansfield and district, 88.7FM in Tolmie, 90.1FM Woods Point
  • In February you can hear The Burgundy Parrot Murder by Carol Lowden. 
  • In March Tarcutta Truckstop by Rick Lindsay

What to expect from the workshop

This workshop will:

  • Provide you with tools to create living, breathing characters we’ll care about
  • Work with you to produce a play with a journey, or 3 act structure, with which to enthral your audience
  • Examine various styles of dialogue and rhythm
  • Give you, the writer, the chance to hear your words read and performed aloud by experienced local actors.
  • Provide you with feedback for moving onto the next draft with confidence, and the chance to have your play produced on radio, by experienced actors, for local listeners.

DATE:  Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, 2019.

TIME:  10am to 4pm each day

VENUE: To be confirmed

Morning and afternoon tea/coffee will be provided. Bring your own cut lunch.

Numbers are limited to 10 participants, so be quick!

Book online

COST: $30.00 per writer.

You will need to bring a photograph of a person (portrait preferred). Pens and a workbook will be provided, but a laptop, tablet or scrap paper for drafting might be useful.

More information

If you have questions or need more information please contact Colin Rochford. Phone 0414 282 647

Love drama? Something for everyone

FOAP Mansfield Festival Of One Act Plays

Entry Form and Conditions of Entry (combined)

Arts Mansfield has been hosting a Festival of One Act Plays since 2015. Theatre groups from all over Victoria, and even southern NSW, put together a small and transportable act to tour the regions and perform for prizes and expert feedback in Victoria’s age-old tradition of a One Act Play season.

These festivals keep thespians fit-for-task during their stage off-season, and help develop new talent.

And more importantly for us the audience, the festival is heaps of fun!

Having them come to Mansfield to perform – all weekend, with up to 20 different short plays from diverse groups – brings a smorgasbord of theatre right to our doorstep.

Keep the weekend free to be part of the appreciative audience! (Sat and Sun 10 and 11 August 2019). Maybe have people up for the weekend to join us, too.

Or better still, talk to Colin Rochford or Kammy Cordner Hunt of Arts Mansfield about how to get your own short play organised so you can be in on the act!

VIDF Victorian Interschools Drama Festival

Arts Mansfield pioneered this new form of Interschools endeavour, and it is starting to build momentum. The date is set for Friday 30 August, and promises to be a spectacular display of youthful enthusiasm and energy! More and more schools are putting this date into the drama curriculum, and Mansfield is becoming the mecca for schools who value their drama programs, and the way these can benefit young people in developing important skills and self-esteem.

If you know anyone involved in school drama, please spread the word.

Who to contact

FOAP – Colin Rochford or 0414 282 647

FOAP and VIDF – Kammy Cordner Hunt or 0409 799 795