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Human Wrongs to Human Rights
UN International Print Portfolio
Saturday 26 November 2016
9:00am ALL ABOARD THE GRAIN TRAIN – Port Melbourne cnr Bertie St & Williamstown Road (close to free public car parking and public transport - bus & tram)
Your Bus Driver/Qualified Coach Captain Gary Wong will welcome you aboard. Gary is a popular & experienced charter driver who will be sure to make your trip a memorable & enjoyable one. Gary is also an accomplished musician/ composer and singer/songwriter. He has sometimes been called the singing bus driver, often bringing his guitar along and sometimes entertaining passengers at scheduled stops. If you ask him nicely he may even play you one of his original tunes!
11:00am MORNING COFFEE/TEA at THE LAST STRAW CAFÉ – Shepparton
Located in a semi-industrial area of Shepparton in a purpose built strawbale building, The Last Straw has become a Shepparton institution for owners and operators John and Yao O’Donoghue. In partnership with zen coffee Master Roaster and barista, Shingo Fujimoto, the Last Straw has become a local cultural icon. Your morning coffee or tea will be accompanied by a coffee and roasting talk with Shingo and/or an insight into designing and building the Last Straw with owner/builder John O’Donoghue.
11:30am A VISIT WITH SAM (SHEPPARTON ART MUSEUM)
Shepparton Art Gallery has been around for 80 years but under the new banner of SAM, it is growing an impressive reputation for presenting cutting edge art in regional Victoria. With one of Australia’s finest collection of ceramics including works by Boyd and Percival, you will be privy to the best of both worlds with 80/80, a showcase of their collection over 80 years plus catch the last weekend of NELL, a survey exhibition by the edgy NSW artist of the same name juxtaposing her Buddhist practice with her love of ACDC in an AMAZING reproduction film clip of Long Way to the Top, as well as an installation by 2010 Toyota Sculpture show exhibitor Andrei Davidoff.
12:30pm LUNCH @ THE LAST STRAW CAFÉ - Shepparton
Having placed your order over morning tea or coffee, you will arrive back to a freshly cooked Thai Lunch! Yao and her friendly staff prepare a simple menu of home style Thai Dishes every day from fresh local ingredients that are sure to tantilise your tastebuds. Yao’s cuisine caters to a wide variety of palettes, from mild to spicy and she can also cater to any special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, dairy or gluten free.
Main Meals range from $15 to $19.
2:00pm THE G.R.A.I.N. STORE NATHALIA – U.N. International Print Portfolio
Half an hour on The Grain Train Bus after lunch, you will arrive at The G.R.A.I.N Store in Nathalia to view Human Wrongs to Human Rights, the U. N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights International Print Portfolio. The exhibition was opened by Hugh De Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Melbourne and includes an historical display profiling the significant roles of 3 Australians in the formation of the United Nations and commission of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Doc Evatt, then Australian Foreign Minister and the first President of the UN General Assembly, signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into existence. William Hodgeson was one of nine individuals on the drafting committee of the UDHR, and Jessie Street, internationally acclaimed Australian feminist, played a critical role in enshrining the rights of women in the UN Charter.
2:30pm ARTIST TALK with WILLIAM KELLY OAM
Fulbright Scholar, former Dean of the VCA School of Art and G.R.A.I.N. Store co-founder with his wife Veronica, Bill Kelly was one of the international artists invited to respond to one of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and attended the inaugural exhibition opened by the Dalai Lama in Durban, South Africa in 1999. Bill will talk about his experiences and involvement with the International Print Portfolio over the years and also his current practice including his major installation at the State Library of Victoria. He has a lot of interesting stories to tell and will be happy to answer any questions and facilitate a discussion around art and humanist values.
3:00 pm AFTERNOON TEA
Country Hospitality will be provided by The G.R.A.I.N. Store Board Members, many of whom will be in attendance. Any dietary requirements can be catered for. This will be followed by free time to allow you to stretch your legs, stroll around and explore the main street of the township of Nathalia.
5:30pm LONGLEAT MURCHISON WINERY
Following a one hour journey from Nathalia you will stopover for a wine tasting including a take home etched tasting glass and a sumptuous and delicious light supper of antipasto and cheese in a gorgeous rural setting among the vines with hosts Guido and Sandra Vazzoler. Dietary Requirements can be catered for.
7:20pm LAKE NAGAMBIE – a HOMAGE to the SPRING
Your final stopover will be a short interlude on the banks of picturesque Lake Nagambie where you can toast an enjoyable day, bid springtime farewell and in a tip of the hat to Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, view the sculpture of world record breaking mare Black Caviar by Melbourne based, Zimbabwean born sculptor Mitch Mitchell.
9:00pm AND NOW THE END IS NEAR - Arrive Port Melbourne