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Expression of Interest

Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre is seeking expressions of interest from SCULPTORS to vision and execute a piece of art, of and for our time.

Are you a mind-expanding artist who has community (he)art and local history at your core?

Are you adept at creating art_to be at home in the outdoors, by the seaside?

Are you fond of repurposing and upcycling industrial materials?

The sculpture will be an intriguing and provocative attraction to be displayed at the front of the Joel Gallery, in Sargood Street Altona.

The shortlist of successful submissions will be treated to a private tour of the remains of the Mobil refinery in Altona - an iconic landmark which many local residents have identified as a workplace across generations. Scrap materials from this tour will form the basis of this sculpture.

We have a moderate budget and want to hear from you. Download Flyer

Please email or call us on 9398 2511 and we will send you further information.


Porcelain Hand Building Workshop

If you've ever wanted to make an artwork with porcelain clay but don't know where to start, this is the workshop for you!

For the first half of the session you will learn the fundamentals of ceramic hand building techniques through demonstrations and making your own test pieces.

In the second half of the day you will make your own sculpture. Sculptures will be fired and then participants can choose to display their artworks in a mini foyer exhibition before taking them home.

A delicious lunch and all materials supplied | $30pp. Tickets limited. Bookings at

Sunday 17 July, 9.30am to 4.30pm


Centre Manager 

Karen Ingram (she/her) is delighted to take on the role of Manager at the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre (LJACC), based in the bayside suburb of Altona, Melbourne, on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung people.

Throughout her career Karen has worked within the collaborative and interconnected fields of community, not-for-profit, arts, music, health, and education sectors. A published author, performer and civil celebrant, Karen arrives at LJACC following her previous role as Prevention Coordinator at cohealth where she led programs and teams promoting racial and gender equity. She is a passionate practitioner in community development and committed to strength-based approaches to advance social justice and wellbeing.

“What a wonderful first week in the Manager’s role – an exhibition bumped out, another bumped in, cheerful volunteers in the garden, committed and helpful staff and interns, visits from supportive members of the Board, the sounds of children and people attending a myriad of classes – while surrounded by stunning creations by local artists. The Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre is brimming with possibilities! I am thrilled to be here and cannot wait to collaborate with our partners and community.” Karen Ingram.




HBCAC Board Members Opportunity

Position Description  
Expressions of interest are sought for two volunteer Board members with substantial experience and knowledge in either (1) Marketing & Business Development or (2) Community Development and / or Arts Management or (3) Architecture and/ or Town Planning or (4) Accounting and/or Law. Applicants eligible to apply for appointment as a Board member must have no less than five years in their relevant field of expertise. Our aim is for our Board members to possess personal qualities such as integrity, fairness, maturity, sound temperament and commitment to community service.  
Appointees also need to be aware of, and sensitive to, the diversity of backgrounds and life experiences, and the need to communicate effectively and courteously with all stakeholders. A commitment to the use of technology and to participation in ongoing professional education relevant to this Board position, an interest in the Arts and experience in property management and not-for-profit organisations will also be viewed favourably. Appointees are preferably located in the Hobsons Bay municipality or nearby. 

We are looking for people who can make a minimum commitment of 3 years. 

About The Organisation 
The Hobsons Bay Community Advancement Co-operative is a community owned and operated not-for-profit organisation and owns the site located at 5 Sargood Street in the heart of Altona. It has operated the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre (LJACC) there for 20+ years. LJACC is a dynamic and multi-functional meeting place that provides diverse community programs supporting arts and cultural services and community wellbeing, including the Joel Gallery. In addition, the Hobsons Bay Endoscopy Centre is our major tenant.  

What’s in it for you 
This is a unique opportunity for you to meet and network with like-minded individuals who share the belief in the restorative benefit of participation in the Arts. This is also a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in strategy, corporate governance or finance. Board members work with you to ensure you make an impact and truly care about your professional and personal development. 

Selection Criteria 
Extensive experience in Marketing & Business Development, Partnerships or Community & Arts Management or Architecture and/ or Town Planning or Accounting and/or Law 
Ability to commit a minimum of 3 hours on a weekly basis 

How To Apply 
Please forward your resume and the completed Expression of Interest form to the Board Chair Catherine Curtain at 
For more information on the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, please refer to our website: 


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Joel Gallery Shop

We are looking for artists, designers, crafters & makers of unique creative work interested in selling artworks and handmade items through our gallery shop in Altona.

Artists working in any artform are eligible to apply. This includes but is not limited to: textiles; ceramics; jewellery; papercraft; woodwork; painting; drawing and books.

For more info, go to GALLERY SHOP


Arts & Community Internships

We're launching at new Internship Program for young people aged 18 to 25 looking for a career in the creative industries and/or the community development sector.

This program is designed to help you get the skills and experience you need to find work in the areas of the arts and/or community development. Internships are project-based, with each intern supported to develop and deliver an arts and/or community development project. Interns will have access to a project budget to enable them to bring their project idea to life.

For more info, go to INTERNSHIPS


Culture in Cafes

Join us for this series of informal workshops and gatherings in cafés across Hobsons Bay. Sessions coming up in August include doodle art, author talks, social chat, crochet, photography, creative writing and cafe book club.

Sessions are free — You buy your first drink and we'll get your second.
We are also running a series of social media for small business workshops.

To see what's on, go to ljac_cultureincafe

Download a copy of the August Culture in Cafes Program.





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Rainbow Pride in Altona

Walk with pride as you join us in Logan Reserve for a Rainbow Pride Tea Party and Rainbow inspired art. All manner of delicious rainbow-inspired foods will grace the tables under a rainbow marquee. There will be music for everyone to enjoy and rainbow bubbles to blow.

From 11am, there will be rainbow art activities for the kids. Make rainbow decorations and colour chalk rainbows outside the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre to create our own rainbow crossing.

See the rainbow appearing on the shipping containers in the Louis Joel carpark. Visit the Joel Gallery for an LGBITQ+ exhibition to complete a day filled with rainbow pride.




Beyond the Surface

Beyond the Surface celebrates creative exploration, artistic expression, community connectedness and friendship. The paintings and drawings were produced by participants of ‘Visual Arts Together’, a visual arts program for older, socially isolated Hobsons Bay residents.

Launch: Mon 26 Nov at 10.30am followed by a Pop Up Art Workshop

Exhibition: Sat 24  to Thu 29 Nov




For the Love of Egypt - Travel to Egypt 

As part of our Egyptian Cultural Event 'For the Love of Egypt', join On the Go Tours for an armchair travel experience to Egypt. 

Home to one of the world’s first great civilisations and many of the world's ancient wonders, Egypt has attracted travellers since classical times. World famous pyramids, the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings and the mighty temples of Abu Simbel, as well the longest river in the world, the Nile.

Sunday 14 October 1pm-3pm & Wednesday 17 October 10am-12pm

Free Event | Bookings essential
For more information please phone 9398 2511




Book Swap

It's Book Swap time again!

This September Louis Joel will be hosting a Great Book Swap to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and support people living in remote communities.

Pop into the Centre from September 5 to swap a book for a gold coin donation and help provide much needed books to those living in remote Indigenous communities.

Cleaning out your book shelves? Drop them into the centre to support the ILF and give them a second life. We'd love donations of books in good condition to support the event.





 NAIDOC Week 2018 - Indigenous Plant Talk with Newport Lakes Native Nursery

Join us for an introduction to the Indigenous plants of the western basalt plains to celebrate NAIDOC week.

Newport Lakes Native Nursery will join us to talk about native plants, how to get them thriving in your garden and some of the ways local plants were used by Indigenous Australians.

Session will be followed by a bushfoods inspired morning tea.

Friday 13 July — 10.30am-12.30pm

Cost: FREE  To book: email or phone 9398 2511




Meet the Artists: Lorraine Rogers & Enid Marshall

As part of their Textile Art Inspired by Nature exhibition, Lorraine Rogers and Enid Marshall will be in Joel Gallery each day to discuss and demonstrate their techniques for visitors.

Lorraine Rogers began quilting in 2005 and combines her passion for quilt making with her love of photography. The inspiration for her designs is drawn from the local scenery and the landscapes she has seen while travelling. She uses a variety of techniques depending on the subject matter, including working with her own dyed fabrics, Tsukineko inks and oil paintstiks.

Enid Marshall completed a Diploma of Creative Arts at Deakin in the early 1990s. She has been working with textiles for 40 years and appreciates their tactile nature and versatility. The core of Enid's work centres on nature and she collects fabric from a variety of sources — often finding interesting fabric in unexpected places.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 28 October to Monday 6 November.