About the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery

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The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery is located in Toyota Australia's corporate headquarters in Port Melbourne at 155 Bertie Street.

The gallery aims to provide space for artists, especially emerging artists to show their work. The gallery opened in July 2004 and runs a continuous program of exhibitions. The program is focused on local artists but also includes works by regional and interstate artists. Currently the works of more than 935 artists have been exhibitied. The space is provided free of charge to exhibiting artists, no commission is charged on sales and Toyota provides an exhibition launch and develops a catalogue for each exhibition.

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Toyota is working with the Hobsons Bay City Council, City of Port Phillip on the Toyota Community Spirit project.

The Community Spirit Gallery is open to the public at Toyota Australia's Corporate Headquarters, 155 Bertie St, Port Melbourne Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (closed on public holidays).

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Mimi Dennett

Mimi Dennett appeared in the MORWELL AND CHURCHILL ADVERTISER – Monday, 17 December, 2012 with her work that was in the Sculpture 2012 - Brave New World exhibition at Toyota. Read full article

The Winged Collectivea glimpse through the trees by The Winged Collective from the 2011 sculpture exhibition Flourish

Red Cupid with Fern & Yellow Cupid with pink dots by Augustus Firestone from the 2011 sculpture exhibition Flourish

Strange News from Another Star # 6 by Mina Young from the 2008 exhibition Money Myth

Sue Manski

Sue Manski with her work, Completeness
Acrylic on antique mirror, 56 x 56 x 56cm, 2011 from the 2012 Emerging Artist exhibition Urban Creatures

Geoffrey Ricardo sculpture, Longer truths, longer lies (detail) painted & patinated copper from the 2008 Sculpture exhibition, Cryptozoology

Kathy Holowko's work "Searching for the Evidence of the Evolution of Beauty"

Kathy Holowko's work "Searching for Evidence of the Evolution of Beauty", from 2011 The Undergraduate Exhition & Awards

Julie Stevens

Julie Stevens work Half Life from Sculpture 2011 Flourish exhibition

Kon Dimopoulous

Kon Dimopoulos work Firebird from the inaugural sculpture exhibition Metaphysics

Ruth Allen & John Thwaites

John Thwaites with Ruth Allen, winner of the 2006 Toyota Artist Travel Award

Young & Free

for we are young and free exhibition & awards

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To view more from the for we are young and free exhibition awards

Congratulations to the following winners

$3000 First Prize: Sophie Curzon-Siggers

$2000 Second Prize: Sally Walshe

$1000 Third Prize: Daniel Savage

Highly Commended: Mr. Wright, The Winged Collective & Anna McGrath

all creatures great and smallSculpture 2013

all creatures great and small

the ninth annual Toyota Community Spirit Gallery indoor outdoor sculpture exhibition showcasing the diversity and excellence of Victorian sculpture practice

Now showing until March 17, 2014


The exhibition was officially opened by
Lesley Alway, Director Asialink Arts.

Congratulations to Kim McKechnie, winner of the 2013 Toyota Emerging Artist Award sponsored by cherrycake studios, Penang.

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Daniel Armstrong, Natalia Auguste, Natasha Avila, Terry Barclay, Helen Bodycomb, Katy Bowman, Rachel Boymal, Lucinda Brash, Melinda Capp, Michael Carolan, Katrina Carter, Deb Casey, James Cattell, Bruce Cleal, Betty Collier, Melissa Skirton-Cussell, Véronique Derville, Sean Diamond, Sharyn Dingeldei, David Doyle, Graham Duell, Thanh Duong, William Eicholtz, Alexander Esenarro, Aimee Fairman, Avis Gardner, Kate Geck, Darren Gilbert, Bambi Gordon, Mojgan Habibi, Craig Haire, Owen Hammond, Karen Hopkins, Carly Housiaux, Catherine Johnstone, Aaron Jones, Viktor Kalinowski, Nathan King, Anne-Marie Kuter, Julee Latimer, Joanne Linsdell, Salvatori Lolicato, Angela Macdougall, David Marshall, Rob Miller, Trudy Moore, Jesus Moreta, Joanne Mott, Amanda Nelson, Gael O’Leary, Clare O’Shannessy, Luciana Perin, Anna Maria Plescia, Anna Prifti, Loretta Quinn, Anna Robertson, Anne Ronjat, Maria Simonelli, Adrian Spurr, Benjamin Storch, Todd Stuart, Tul Suwannakit, James Tapscott, Christopher Taylor, Sholto Turner, Mary van den Broek, Christopher Vassallo, Hartmut Veit, Carmel Wallace, Remy Wong, Daniel Worth, Vaidas Zvirblis, Curator Ken Wong

Toyota Australia 155 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria. [Mel Ref 2E B11] 109 Tram, Stop 127, North Port Station/Lightrail Port Melbourne. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Exhibition continues until March 17 2014. Inquiries Ken Wong 0419 570 846.

Hartmut Veit

Hartmut Veit with his work Untitled - (Beyond the expressive fallacy and Adorno’s nature boy) and Chris Harrod, Executive Director Manufacturing & Purchasing, Toyota

Image left: Some of the atrium works. Right: Luminous by Melissa Skirton-Cussell

Detail of Orgy of Carnage - Katrina’s Chairs by William Eicholtz

Chris Harrod, Executive Director Manufacturing & Purchasing, Toyota with artist Alexander Esenarro

L-R Eliza Roberts, Asialink Arts Residencies Manager; Chris Harrod, Executive Director Manufacturing & Purchasing, Toyota; Lesley Alway, Director Asialink Arts and Ken Wong, Curator Toyota Community Spirit Gallery. Work featured, Urban Huntress by Remy Wong.

Erika Gofton, Recipient of the 2012 Toyota Artist Travel Award, presented an insight into her practice and outcomes from her travel project prior to the opening of the sculpture exhibition.

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The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery project is mounted in consultation with
Hobsons Bay City Council and the City of Port Phillip. The Toyota Emerging
Artist Award is sponsored by cherrycake studios, Penang.

2013 Toyota Emerging Artist Award sponsored by cherrycake studios

Congratulations to Kim McKechnie, winner of the 2013 Toyota Emerging Artist Award sponsored by cherrycake studios, Penang.

The other finalists were Anna Maria Plescia and Naomi Wang. This award will provide Kim a one-month studio residency including studio space and accommodation at cherrycake studios in George Town, Penang, Malaysia plus $1000 from Toyota to assist in funding their travel and/or other expenses.

Toyota Community Spirit Gallery


50 emerging artists from the cities of Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip & Beyond: 27 March to 27 June 2013


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Download Invitation (pdf 328kb)

Exhibition concluded 27 June 2013

EXHIBITORS Stuart Amos, Kim Anderson, Alana Aphoy, Garry Arnephy, Colin Bennison, Gayle Bodsworth, Iris Bonello, Emily Boyle, Laura Carthew, Andrew Clarke, Julian Clavijo, Virginia Coghill, Maree Coote, Alexander Dathe, Rhys Davis, Peter Georgakis, Sharon Greenaway, Rachael Hallinan, Lily Halton, Rebecca Hillis, Amaya Iturri, Vicky Kanellopoulos, Roz Kennedy, linke, Frances Loriente, Carmel Louise, Larissa MacFarlane, Leah Mariani, Kim McKechnie, Mark Daniel McLaughlin, Tatiana Mezin, Monique Morter, Keiko Murakami, Gervaise Netherway, Peter Newton, Kim Preston, Alun Rhys Jones, Tanya Salter, Ann Spitzer, Adam Stone, Jim Tatlis, Mitch Walder, Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang, Charlotte Wensley, Vanessa White, Jodi Wiley, Bernii Wood, Daniel Worth, Yeok, 23rd Key CURATOR Ken Wong

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The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery project is mounted in consultation with Hobsons Bay City Council and the City of Port Phillip.

Toyota Australia congratulates Erika Gofton, recipient of the $10,000 Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award 2012

Erica Gofton & Max Yasuda

Erica Gofton Erica Gofton

Erika plans to partake in a residency at Point B Worklodge in New York City along with research and development of new works for exhibition in 2014 including visits to galleries in New York and London. She will also attend mentoring sessions with artist Alyssa Monks and participate in the Drawing Marathon at The New York Studio School which will form the basis of future drawing workshops at The Substation in Hobson’s Bay in 2013.

Also congratulations to Sabina Maselli who recieved the $2000 Highly Commended Award and to our other finalists Santina Amato, Mimi Dennett and Melanie Irwin. Learn more about each artists projects.

Image above: Erika is congratulated by Toyota Australia President, Max Yasuda



Past Exhibitions

Take a look at our past exhibition catalogues here



Brave New World

Toyota Community Spirit Gallery presents


November 27 2012 to March 13, 2013

the eighth annual exhibition showcasing the diversity and excellence of sculpture practice in Victoria

This exhibition was opened on 27 November by Professor Callum Morton, Head of Fine Art, MADA (Monash Art Design & Architecture).

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Exhibitors: George Alamidis, Anne Anderson, Emma Anna, Alan Annells, Marynes Avila, Mohd Khairi Baharom, Rob Ball, Don Barrett, Drasko Boljevic, Carolyn Cardinet, Albert Yi-Fu Chen, Bruce Cleal, Mark Cowie, Mimi Dennett, Paul Dew, Sean Diamond, Andy Dudok, Frank Duyker, Sai-Wai Foo. Sione Francis, Avis Gardner,, Kate Gorman, Mandy Gunn, Tegan Hamilton, Owen Hammond, Rowena Hannan, Matthew Harding, Dana Harris, Anton Hasell, Brian Helmkamp, Liz Henderson, Mark Henry, Nick Ilton, Melanie Irwin, Amelia Johannes, Cath Johnston, Stephanie Karavasilis, Andrew Kimpton, Jennifer Leggett, Sally Lie, Joanne Linsdell, Georgia MacGuire, Katherine Marmaras, David Marshall, Sheena Mathieson, Andrew McPherson, Samantha Menzies, Martin Moore, Mutsumi Nozaki, John Owe Young, Sherry Paddon, Norian Paicu, Anuradha Patel, Kirsten Perry, Jackie Ralph, Geoffrey Ricardo, Robyn Rich, Anna Robertson, Shoso Shimbo, Jeremy Shub, Adrian Spurr, Jenny Steiner, Kerry Strauss, Tul Suwannakit, Ronak Taher, Kim Tarpey, Brendon Taylor, Christopher Taylor, Pimpisa Tinpalit, Liz Walker, Carmel Wallace, Brook Winfield, Keren Zamir

Curator: Ken Wong

Image Above & bottom right: The end The beginning by Geoffrey Ricardo, painted & patinated copper 2012. Top left: After Linnaeus II, Mild steel, 2012 by Andrew Kimpton. Top right: View of the outdoor works, bottom left, Forest Angels, salvaged cypress 2012 by Jeremy Shub.

Above and below: Sean Diamond's work Solar System, recycled industrial steel 2012.

The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery project is mounted in consultation with Hobsons Bay City Council and the City of Port Phillip.

Hobsons Bay & COPP

The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery project is mounted in consultation with Hobsons Bay City Council and the City of Port Phillip.


Urban Creatures

The 2012 Urban Creatures emerging artists from the cities of Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip & beyond was a great success. See more from the opening night and download the catalogue here


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