tbC Mural project

tiffaney bishop Collective mural projsct

The first of tbC’s mural project walls completed.

tbc mural project

A work in progress, Blacksmiths Way in Belgrave home to tbC’s mural project.

Post by Adriana Alvarez.

Tiffaney Bishop Collective (tbC) has some great initiatives and their mural project is no exception. Their aim is to paint murals along Blacksmiths Way on the back walls of the Belgrave shops and to encourage young artists to express themselves in a creative and positive way.

But to paint on peoples walls you need their permission so with the help of Yarra Ranges councillor Samantha Dunn and the Yarra Ranges Youth Services department a letter was sent out to building owners asking them if they would be happy to engage in the project which would be managed responsibly by tbc. If everyone agreed they hope that the works would then morph into the whole laneway. An ambitious project which would see an otherwise boring back lane be transformed into an arts precinct.

To encourage people to get on board tbc have started by painting their own walls and the ones adjacent to them. It will be more street art than graffiti with older more seasoned artists being used as role models for younger artists. Emma Jennings is the first of these artist, “I think part of the objective is to discourage tagging and the illegal work that’s going on and encourage young people to think about the design and different styles and that’s why I’m here” says Emma. It’s also partly about exposing the project to a different group of people and getting different styles of art on the walls. “We’re trying to get the other shop owners to agree to it as well, and not everyone wants graffiti on their back wall legal or otherwise. So if we can get a range of styles going then it’s a collaborative project, with lots of interesting artwork going on,” explains Emma.

One of tbC’s young artists interviewing Emma Jennings about the creative process.

But Tiffaney Bishop is quick to point out that the project is more for the young artists. “The main reason for doing it was to engage young people in productive and positive ways, and deter them from their negative stuff so you have to accept a degree of youth aesthetics in the work. I’m really happy about the role modelling but it’s not about just giving adults the exposure it’s more geared to young people and letting them have the creative freedom to make the space their own,” says Tiffaney.

The plan is to find a budget for it eventually so that artists get a nominal fee to do it but at his stage it will be a slow roll out. tbC will be paying for all the expenses so there’s a limit to how fast it can be done. “Some of the works may not be to everyone’s liking or even be great works but that’s all part of the process of learning. So people have to suspend their judgement a bit and allow young people to express themselves,” adds Tiffaney.

Two shop owners are on board out of the 13 and two more are in negotiations. The idea is to live paint it at the End of the Line festival either on the existing walls or the new walls and to do all the mini skips as well since they have permission to paint all those.

Asher, one of the young artists involved in the project sums it up nicely, “It’s a good motivation to come down and paint the walls. It adds a bit of colour to a boring space and makes them look good. You look at the walls and picture what you can do there but you don’t want to paint them without permission, because that just leads to trouble. If we can get them all commissioned that would be good.”


Emma Jennings working on the mural at tbC.

Any artists interested in participating or being a role model in this space should contact tbC.

Emerge Where You Are: the creative process

Post by Sue Guzick.

When considering a response to the ‘End of the Line’ Burrinja stage concept and site, I felt a truer gesture would come from within the experience. What does it feel like, and what emerges through the movement to the end of the line? What are ways to mark and describe the discoveries?

For those of us who have spent time traveling by train we recall the ebb, stream, repetition, anticipation, and out-flow into the destination. The Belgrave line has its own characteristics, feelings, and lush explosion of nature and community at the end. Initial studies were created to sense, mark, and reflect.

Guided imaging is one of the methods I used to capture the experience of the Belgrave Line. It gave me a starting point for the creative process.

The Burrnja Stage will be located in Belgrave at Earthly Pleasures Café. Earthly Pleasures Café has a distinct aspect of place, another out-flow: food, warm people, and a nurtured historic building and garden. Stage placement responds to the site with glimpses from the street, views from the café, and a relationship to a great old tree. The installation further emerges from ideas of line, culmination, heightened awareness, colour contrast, and the form of gum tree barks. Community making, and their personal experience will broaden it.

The empowering thing about arts, place, and being human is that we all have access to the experience. We each have different discoveries and ways of marking them. Significant and unexpected things emerge when we uninhibitedly look at any environment we are in.


Tim Smith: A local lens


Tim Smith, a Hills based filmmaker who lives in Upwey, graduated from RMIT’s Film & Television course in 1999. He has been working in the industry as a camera operator and editor for over 13 years with a passion for telling engaging and dynamic stories through the lens of a camera.

Many of Tim’s films document everyday life with such sensitivity, that even simple landscapes transcend to dreamlike environments.  His ability to highlight understated beauty is refreshing, and his attention to detail brings those things that are easily missed to the viewers’ attention. Whilst his films are diverse, each one seems to be rooted in an authentic passion for the subject and belief in the story being told.

Tim’s portfolio is diverse, and as you might expect from his line of work, he has had the opportunity to join forces with a wide range of exciting clients. He has just finished working on a series of adverts for the Melbourne Heart soccer team and he is currently working on an RACV video campaign, as well as a collection of TV commercials with Arc Films. Very soon he will be heading to Sydney to film Ferrari’s for a few days. Amongst all this, he still finds time to document local life in the Hills. In his spare time Tim has been filming the McDonalds in Tecoma story as it unfolds and hopes to produce a documentary about it in the near future.

We are really proud to feature Tim’s work on the Hillscene Blog and look forward to showcasing more of his films early in the new year. For now, we leave you with one of Tim’s most recent documentary films featuring music by local artists Lilly and King.



Post by Amy Middleton from Burrinja.

Hillscene blog Launch Party


Brent and CJ Dakis.

It’s official! The hillscene blog has been launched and we’ve had a great time getting it all up and running. To help us launch the blog we invited some of our past contributors, advertisers and friends to send in a photo of themselves celebrating this momentous occasion. An online launch party for an online forum. Here’s the people who celebrated with us.


From top: Me (Adriana Alvarez) with Tiffany Morris-North and Amy Bruni, plus the kids, Carolyn Oates and friends, Mike Bruni, Mirakye McCarty, Emma Jennings prints and cards.


Amy Middleton, Zac Exner and friend at Burrinja.


Nadia Turner


Sandi and Kaz Sieger with Oscar, Kathleen Snuball.


Sarah O’Connor, Lisa Zee, Joanna Caterer.



Bendigo Bank, Chris and Caroline Taylor.


Bree Cleal, Samantha Dunn.


Ian Jackson, Kylie Haberl.

So have a drink with us while you read the hillscene blog and celebrate more of our homespun talent going from the hills to the world.


Adriana Alvarez – hillscene editor/designer