FMPRG Committee

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join the committee of one of the largest membership groups on the Mornington Peninsula, the Friends of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (FMPRG).

FMPRG is an incorporated association that supports the MPRG’s exhibitions as well as acquisitions for its significant permanent collection. Through its events and activities the FMPRG annually donates $30,000 to our gallery plus acquisitions of $10,000 every two years through the National Works on Paper exhibition.

We are delighted that Barry Humphries, AO CBE and Susan McCulloch, OAM are patrons of FMPRG.

Benefits of joining the FMPRG Committee:

  1. Work alongside people who are passionate about the arts and broaden your social circle

  2.  Organise events with artists, curators and leading figures in the arts. Recent FMPRG-organised events have included talks with artist Jon Cattapan, Director of the National Gallery of Australia Gerard Vaughan and the Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister.

  3. Support the proposal for a redevelopment of the major cultural destination on the Mornington Peninsula and be involved in decisions that impact the local community

  4. Raise the profile of the MPRG through developing relationships with key stakeholders e.g. councillors, chambers of commerce, retailers, libraries and other arts and culture organisations

  5. Work with local schools to promote the MPRG by delivering the annual Friends Art Award 

  6. Leadership opportunities available for active members

  7. Develop a greater understanding of how a gallery operates

Schools art award

About the Committee of the Friends of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (FMPRG)

The committee meets once a month (except January) for up to 2 hours.

Committee members are expected to attend the gallery exhibition openings (5 or 6 a year) and FMPRG-organised events (8-10 a year) 

We are seeking people who have any of the following skills:

  1. Good oral and written communication skills 

  2. Sound organisational skills

  3. Event management and event support (setting up and packing up)

  4. Project management

  5. Database administration

  6. IT skills

  7. Administrative skills (including minute-taking)

  8. Graphic design

So what do we do?

Walks and Talks

 We organise the following events:

  1. Monthly Monday talks with leading artists, curators and arts figures

  2. Excursions (Peninsula and state-wide)

  3. Art Bar and Twilight Talks (held at local hotels/restaurants)

  4. Art-related films at Mornington Cinemas

  5. Bespoke events such as Antiques Roadshow

Friends Art Award

This award commenced in 2013 to coincide with the Archibald Prize and has been held every year since 2013 to encourage school children to get involved in art and raise awareness of the MPRG.

All primary and secondary schools within the Mornington Peninsula Shire are invited to participate each year. Significant liaison with the schools, chambers of commerce, retailers, libraries, sponsors and volunteers are needed to run this successful competition. 

Winners are announced at the annual award ceremony.

schools art award ceremony

Membership

Friends of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery has Family/Duo, Single and Concession memberships.

The membership sub-committee:

  1. Maintains the membership database

  2. Processes financial transactions 

  3. Dispatches membership packs

  4. Recruits new members 

  5. Manages retention of existing members

  6. Arranges membership discounts

MPRG Redevelopment

The Friends have been very active in supporting this exciting initiative to establish plans and a business case for a redeveloped MPRG. To date, we have invested $55K (matched by the Shire) in this project.

As well as the financial investment, significant time and effort has been given by the FMPRG title bearers and will continue in the future.

Support MPRG

Other support the FMPRG provides:

  1. A mailout committee assists with preparing the What’s On brochure for distribution to members

  2. Assistance with openings as requested

  3. Delivery of What’s On brochures and posters to Mornington, Mount Eliza and Mount Martha outlets

If you are interested please contact Colin on 0477 499 187 or email: FMPRG1@gmail.com