What’s new at the Manna Gum Community House.


A book on the art of Geraldine Wogan- Browne is due to be launched in November 2016 and a memorial garden to the artist is already underway at the Manna Gum Community House.  This is a very exciting time for the people of Foster, an opportunity to celebrate the life and work of  an amazing women.

Pictures of the Wogan Browne Memorial Garden being constructed.Digital Camera 



Vegetable beds to add to the House Food Bank. In the background the frame for the new sign.

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Digital CameraDigital Camera                                 The new sign and one of our valued volunteer workers.

Digital Camera                                   The frame for the new sign and a glimpse of the old sign.     

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More to come, the garden will look fabulous when it is finished.  Keep watch!!!

The following books can be ordered at the Manna Gum Community House or purchased from Amazon.com

003   IMGTo book a workshop, presentation or other event contact Dr Chris James 0411797396.

Zine Art Gippsland. Mail Art.

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      On the 20th June 2016 the Manna Gum Community House officially launched Zine Art Gippsland by becoming a member of the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA), a collective with more than 4356 members posting envelope to A4 size artworks across the world.  IUOMA was born on August 16th 1988 and has its roots in the Fluxus Art Movement.   Fluxus spanned the globe, but its main centre was in New York City and it boasted a number of already internationally renowned artists such as George Maciunas, John Cage, Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono.  The Fluxus Movement took its inspiration from the Dada and Futurist Movements before them giving rise to George Brecht’s comments that ‘in Fluxus there has never been any attempt to agree on aims or methods, individuals with something unnameable in common have simply naturally coalesced to publish and perform their work. Perhaps this feeling is that the bounds of art are much wider than they have conventionally seemed or that art and certain long established bounds are no longer very useful.’

      Fluxus art was a social movement that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s aimed at changing the balance of power in the world.  It was in many ways a response to two World Wars and the threat of a nuclear holocaust brought about by the conflict between superpowers, primarily Russia and the US.  Fluxus built bridges between the conflicting states and Mail Art continues this tradition of peace and friendship today across all nations, races and creeds.

       Fluxus sought to change the history of the world and to make art a centre of personal pleasure, growth and healing.   The main aim of Fluxus artists was to merge boundaries between art and life.   In a moribund post-War climate Fluxus made humour a central tenet of creativity and this would serve to mock the elitism and conservative ‘high art’ that had kept  mainstream artists out of the fashionable contemporary art markets.  Fluxus brought art to the masses and Mail Art continues in this same tradition.

        In keeping with the 1960s revolutionary temper Fluxus put the element of chance at the centre of art and creativity.  Chance meant that one should embark on a piece of work without having a conception of the eventual end. Art is the process of creating, not the finished product.