ART

ART

WASHES AWAY THE DUST OF EVERYDAY LIFE

PABLO PICASSO

Artist: Cheryl Banon

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An Artist's studio space is where all the magic happens. Some of the Artists on our tours have kindly opened up their often closely guarded spaces of privacy and solitude, so that you can see where the story begins.

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Studio at ILANEL

Studio at ILANEL

Studio at ILANEL

Discover a variety of mediums & styles

INDIGENOUS ART • SCULPTURE • REALISM • MODERN • TRADITIONAL • PAINTING • PHOTOGRAPHY

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St Kilda Art Tours - Teresa Baker

Artist: Maureen Williams • Medium: Hand-blown glass

Artist: Tamar Dolev • Medium: Photograph

Teresa Baker • Tjukurpa Kutjara 2012
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Vivien Anderson Gallery

About Violet Browne
About Violet Browne

Violet has long had a love affair with the Arts in its many forms.  All her life, art has spoken to her.  This passion was initially ignited at an early age when she visited the Kremlin in Moscow whilst escorting a Trans Siberian Railroad tour from Sydney to London.  It was during this tour that she was fortunate to witness the incredible wall-sized Renaissance paintings on display at the Armoury in the Kremlin in Moscow.  This gallery was only ever opened twice per year, and she has always remembered the impact these art works instilled on her memory. And so began her love of the Arts.

In 2018, her love of art was re-ignited through working with a local Indigenous artist, Stan Yarramunua as his Business Manager. It was after this stint and getting involved in the St Kilda Arts Community Art Crawl that she decided she wanted to make a contribution in supporting local artists.  So, with a broad background in tourism and hospitality and a strong desire to go back to her tourism roots, she started St Kilda Art Tours in September 2018 – guided walks of galleries and studios in St Kilda.

Recognising that people connect more with paintings when they hear the stories behind the art, and meet the artists, she could see there was scope to better promote the unique artists in our midst by bringing people to St Kilda through Art Tours.

A returning resident of St Kilda after some 18 years, Violet wants to give local artists the exposure they deserved and are currently not receiving.  Running two tours across 2 precincts, Violet also happily promotes all arts based local events including Live Art (painting workshops) and Art in Motion (performance based events) of all artists and galleries – not just the ones on her tours.

Violet is also the newly appointed Vice President of the St Kilda Arts Community Inc. She has had considerable experience in working with local communities in collaboration with Council and was on the Board of the Bendigo Bank, Seddon, for four years. In 2015-2017 she was Secretary of the Yarraville Traders Association, where she implemented numerous promotional campaigns, managed memberships and completed two comprehensive Community (Traders) Business / Marketing Plans for Yarraville (2016) and Seddon (2017), in collaboration with the City of Maribyrnong.  She also worked tirelessly on the Yarraville Festival two years managing PR, Marketing, Sponsorship and Promotions in 2013-14.

Violet has an extensive background in sales, marketing, PR and tourism and previously ran her own marketing and Public Relations business Viacom Marketing Services for 15 years.

Violet also worked in the hospitality industry for Hyatt International for 5 years dealing with large multi-national corporates in the conference and events space, as well as in the tourism industry for over 20+ years, so is well versed in the Specialised Events and tourism marketing space.

The Mission & Vision

The Mission of St Kilda Art Tours is to ‘unveil’ the arts community of St Kilda and provide additional sources of income for the local artists by bringing visitors and art lovers to St Kilda through a series of escorted, personalised, walking art tours, which offer exclusive access to the Artists in their studios or galleries.

The vision for St Kilda Art Tours is for St Kilda to become recognised domestically and internationally as the area of choice in Melbourne to access a broad range of quality art pieces from affordable to high end, whilst creating awareness of the plethora of talent in the local Arts Community here.

The benefit will mean additional sources of income for local artists, thereby strengthening the arts community and providing an ongoing supply of visitors to the area.