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Louis Joel is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) pandemic and our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of staff, volunteers, and the wider community.

To try to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the community, the Centre is temporarily closed.



While the Centre is closed to the community, staff will remain working and we can be contacted by phone or via email. During this time, we encourage you to get in touch if you need assistance or would just like to chat! 

If you or someone you know is feeling isolated and would like a call from a staff member or volunteer, please call or email the Centre to speak with staff and register. 

We encourage you to regularly check in on those who are vulnerable, particularly those most at risk from coronavirus including the elderly, those with suppressed immune systems or chronic health conditions.


We are brimming with plans to help you stay connected and busy while the Centre is closed to the public. Please keep checking our Facebook page and emails, we will be updating these regularly.

We have a new page set to go for our Joel Garden Gurus group, who will be sharing gardening info, tips and tricks over the next few weeks. Everything from mulching, installing watering systems and general plant advice. The page can be found HERE

And while Joel Gallery will be closed, Hobsons Bay Arts Society's 5x7 Prize exhibition is going to be accessible online. Stay tuned for details on how to view entries and vote in the People's Choice Award.


Below is a list of services that can provide support for those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to update this list, if you can't find what you are looking for, please get in touch and we will can help you via phone or email. 

Emergency Relief

Laverton Community Integrated Services (LCIS)
Food hampers
p: 8386 0177
Enquire online:

St Vincent’s de Paul
1800 305 330
Home assessment Monday – Friday

Salvation Army
p: 1800 266 686
Phone support

Coronavirus Hotline
p: 1800 020 080

Coronavirus Hotline 
Languages other than English
p: 131 450


For Renters

Justice Connect
Resource for Victoria renters who are at risk of falling behind on their rent
Renters Resource


Other Support Services

p: 13 11 14

Safe Steps Family Violence Support Centre
p: 1800 015 188
24 hours

p: 1800 650 890

Beyond Blue
p: 1300 22 4636

Women's Health West
p: 9689 9588


Landscapes Real & Imagined

Creativity Cluster

Exhibition of works by Creativity Cluster including water colour, acrylics, oils and alcohol ink, as well as working with oil and cold wax, mixed media, mosaic, polymer clay, ceramics, textiles, photography and found object assemblage.

Launch: Friday 28 February at 7pm | Exhibition runs:29 February to 12 March 2020


Workshops & Events

Artist Talk and Tour – Landscapes Real and Imagined

Join the artists from Creativity Cluster on a tour of their exhibition Landscapes Real and Imagined. Each artist will talk about their works, what inspired them and how the mediums used have influenced their creations.

Saturday 29 February, 1.30pm-3pm | No Charge


Make a Miniature Cityscape Workshop

Construct a miniature cityscape on a colourful 10x10cm tile using found objects from Melbourne’s streets and beaches. Nancy Lane will show you how to create your unique design. Select from hundreds of nails, bolts and other metal she has collected. All materials supplied including display stand.

Friday 6 March, 10am-12noon | Cost: $20 | BOOKINGS


Fabric and Stitch Collage – Artist Talk

Lindsay Hussey’s contemporary textile collages draw on her training and background in traditional embroidery techniques. Lindsay will outline her technique which involves layering textiles and stitch to create a complex whole. Lindsay’s current work is inspired by the urban environment.

Saturday 7 March, 1pm-2pm | No Charge | BOOKINGS


Creating Art from Trash: The Trials and the Treasures – Artist Talk

Nancy D Lane (NancyDee Sculptures) describes how she got started in the unusual niche of found object assemblage sculpture, what has inspired her experimentation and how her practice has evolved. She illustrates the processes, challenges and joys of working in size from miniature brooches to large 3-dimensional sculptural installations.

Tuesday 10 March, 2pm-3pm | No Charge | BOOKINGS


Mixed Media Mosaic & Sculpture – Artist Talk

Luna Cameron-Parrish (Amethyst Moon) will talk about her transition from painting to her current practice of mixed media 3-dimensional work. Luna has worked with mosaic for 15 years but her evolution into more sculptural work has encouraged the use of a diverse range of materials, including polymer clay.
Wednesday 11 March, 11am-12pm | No Charge | BOOKINGS



Taste of Vietnam - ÁO DÁI Exhibition

Vietnamese Association of Hobsons Bay

The áo dài is the traditional long dress worn by Vietnamese men and women and the other fifty-three ethnic minorities people in Vietnam.

This exhibition includes a collection of áo dài made of “Tho Cam” (a type of brocade manually woven by ethnic women in Vietnam) and designed by Minh Hanh the first Vietnamese fashion designer to be awarded the title of "Knight" in art and literature by the French Government.

The exhibition also includes a collection of áo dài made with Bao Loc silk, a famous local product of Lam Dong, and the brocade of the several ethnic groups in Lam Dong such as Chau Ma, Chu Ru, and K'Ho.

Five free sessions on food, travel, arts & literature and music will be held during this exhibition with Vietnamese street food provided at each event.

Community launch: Saturday 15 February at 2pm