News & Events

Rainbow Pride in Altona

Walk with pride as you join us in Logan Reserve for a Rainbow Pride Tea Party and Rainbow inspired art. All manner of delicious rainbow-inspired foods will grace the tables under a rainbow marquee. There will be music for everyone to enjoy and rainbow bubbles to blow.

From 11am, there will be rainbow art activities for the kids. Make rainbow decorations and colour chalk rainbows outside the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre to create our own rainbow crossing.

See the rainbow appearing on the shipping containers in the Louis Joel carpark. Visit the Joel Gallery for an LGBITQ+ exhibition to complete a day filled with rainbow pride.



Christmas Renovations 

Louis Joel Arts & Community centre will be having a bit of a makeover during the Christmas period. A fresh coat of paint, replacement of tired floors and a few other exciting improvements thrown in!

The renovations have been made possible through support from the Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation & Science with funding through the Stronger Communities Program.

Joel Gallery will be open until Friday 21 December with Hobsons Bay Arts Society's Learning Curve & Little Gems exhibition offering original handcrafted works  perfect for wrapping and popping under the Christmas tree! However, there is no access to the Centre's other facilities. 

The Centre will be closed from Friday 21 December to Wednesday 16 January.

Our Board, Staff and Volunteers wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.  



Christmas Food Collection

Latitude Directions for Young People is collecting pantry items to support young people experiencing homelessness over Christmas.

Items can be dropped off at LJAC or at Altona Homestead on Sunday 2 December where you can also enjoy a Devonshire tea, with all proceeds going to support the work of Latitude.


Beyond the Surface

Beyond the Surface celebrates creative exploration, artistic expression, community connectedness and friendship. The paintings and drawings were produced by participants of ‘Visual Arts Together’, a visual arts program for older, socially isolated Hobsons Bay residents.

Launch: Mon 26 Nov at 10.30am followed by a Pop Up Art Workshop

Exhibition: Sat 24  to Thu 29 Nov




For the Love of Egypt - Travel to Egypt 

As part of our Egyptian Cultural Event 'For the Love of Egypt', join On the Go Tours for an armchair travel experience to Egypt. 

Home to one of the world’s first great civilisations and many of the world's ancient wonders, Egypt has attracted travellers since classical times. World famous pyramids, the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings and the mighty temples of Abu Simbel, as well the longest river in the world, the Nile.

Sunday 14 October 1pm-3pm & Wednesday 17 October 10am-12pm

Free Event | Bookings essential
For more information please phone 9398 2511




Book Swap

It's Book Swap time again!

This September Louis Joel will be hosting a Great Book Swap to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and support people living in remote communities.

Pop into the Centre from September 5 to swap a book for a gold coin donation and help provide much needed books to those living in remote Indigenous communities.

Cleaning out your book shelves? Drop them into the centre to support the ILF and give them a second life. We'd love donations of books in good condition to support the event.





Afternoon Tea with Caroline Jane Knight



NAIDOC Week 2018 - Indigenous Plant Talk with Newport Lakes Native Nursery

Join us for an introduction to the Indigenous plants of the western basalt plains to celebrate NAIDOC week.

Newport Lakes Native Nursery will join us to talk about native plants, how to get them thriving in your garden and some of the ways local plants were used by Indigenous Australians.

Session will be followed by a bushfoods inspired morning tea.

Friday 13 July — 10.30am-12.30pm

Cost: FREE  To book: email or phone 9398 2511



Neighbourhood House Week 2018

There lots happening at Hobsons Bay Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres during Neighbourhood House Week! Download flyer




Meet the Artists: Lorraine Rogers & Enid Marshall

As part of their Textile Art Inspired by Nature exhibition, Lorraine Rogers and Enid Marshall will be in Joel Gallery each day to discuss and demonstrate their techniques for visitors.

Lorraine Rogers began quilting in 2005 and combines her passion for quilt making with her love of photography. The inspiration for her designs is drawn from the local scenery and the landscapes she has seen while travelling. She uses a variety of techniques depending on the subject matter, including working with her own dyed fabrics, Tsukineko inks and oil paintstiks.

Enid Marshall completed a Diploma of Creative Arts at Deakin in the early 1990s. She has been working with textiles for 40 years and appreciates their tactile nature and versatility. The core of Enid's work centres on nature and she collects fabric from a variety of sources — often finding interesting fabric in unexpected places.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 28 October to Monday 6 November.