Art & Industry Festival

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Launch:  Saturday 24 April, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

The Outside Gallery, Paine Reserve, 1 Market Street, Newport 

Exhibition: April until September 2021

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The biennial Art & Industry Festival, a creative collaboration between Hobsons Bay City Council and Donna Jackson’s Hubcap Productions celebrates local life, art and our ever-changing industrial and manufacturing heartland of Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The Festival profiles local creators and resources in Hobsons Bay, home to boat builders, glass makers, designers, oil tanks and treasured heritage buildings.

The Art & Industry Festival featured stories, songs, film and fashion inspired by Melbourne’s West. Over 10 days the festival offers an explosion of colour and new ideas.


2020 Art & Industry Festival Program

Industrial Fashion – Opening event


Inspired by local industries including Mobil and the Williamstown dockyards, local designers pushed boundaries using unconventional materials such as paper, car parts and even x-rays to create wearable designs that connect art and industry.

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The Song Series Concert

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The Art & Industry Festivals’  ‘ Song Series’ is a film showcasing a captivating collection of original songs inspired by local industries and stories of Melbourne’s western suburbs. Written by Victoria University students and professional musicians, performances were filmed in the artists' homes during the COVID stay home period.

With appearances by Mark Seymour (Hunters and Collectors), Rusty Berther (ex-Scared Weird Little Guys) and Peter Farnan (Boom Crash Opera), the cast of fine musicians provides a glimpse into the secret world of music-making and song writing.

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Art & Industry Film Fest

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Over four nights, the Industrial Film Fest shone a spotlight on fabulous local places, people and artforms through a collection of specially commissioned short films.

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Talking Hands Exhibition

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Talking Hands, an exhibition of beautiful images of worker’s hands by Altona artist, Zoya Martin was shown in outdoor, large-scale installations across five sites. The exhibition featured striking photographs of hands of Hobsons Bay workers from a range of industries including chefs, brewers, health practitioners and Toyota workers.

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Secrets of Being an Artist – Podcast

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This podcast, revealed the individual steps taken on the journey to becoming an artist.

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Welcome to Spotswood

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Spotswood is a small, quirky suburb in Melbourne’s inner-west with a diverse industrial history. It is also an area that is changing.

In acknowledgment of this change and the area’s unique landmarks, local artisan sign writer, Tony Mead, painted a larger-than-life, postcard-style mural ‘Welcome to Spotswood’ on a vintage water tank.

Passers-by can catch a glimpse of the mural e in the vacant lot across from the glassworks on the corner of Booker Street and Hudsons Road, Spotswood.



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Airtime is an outdoor exhibition space that consisting of 7 large flags featuring artworks that celebrate the creative talents of young people. For its 24 rotation, lyrics from songs written by VU music students for the Art & Industry Festival’s ‘Song Series’ Concert event, flew high in the sky on the flagpoles near Queen Street Skate Park in Altona Meadows.

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Our Secret West


The Festival teamed up with seven great takeaway businesses across Hobsons Bay to be part of ‘Our Secret West’. These local businesses served their very best to help celebrate the Art & Industry Festival.


  • Baltyk Deli, Laverton

  • Seabrook Fish & Chips, Seabrook

  • The Pizza Box, Altona

  • Fish & Chips on Civic, Altona

  • Basil and Co, Newport

  • Off the Pier Fish & Chippery, Williamstown

  • 3 GRAINS Pizza, Williamstown

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