Melbourne with the Muzzbotts…


The Gang jumped into the Dreadnought last week for a quick dash to Melbs to pick up the Muzzbotts/have a pre-xmas fall-about with Granny (…with the sub-plot of Sir Galahad’s Exotica-ca Tour de Banksy) and what a jolly good romp it was. Fast and furious, just the way we likes it (as in get in, get out.) Especially at this time of year, when the city’s at its most frenetic; summed up so perfectly by Banksy’s Christ with Shopping Bags…


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Fabbo. All that and more, but perhaps we’ll put it in some sort of vague order…

First up we hung about the Queen Vic Night Market with the Murray boys, as you do…

Chef Iain


Marky Mark
Ging, Granny and those Murray boys

And then we had our Big Art Fix; Banksy (what else?) Which didn’t disappoint, always so much cooler in the flesh, eh…

Have a nice day

…and, of course, the man himself has the last word…


Heaps more to see (we just chucked in our personal faves) – totally worth the bother.

And then we were off to our Christmas treat with Granny; High Tea at the Windsor followed by our habitual bevie with Chloe…

Granny and Chloe

…one of our favourite, and enduring, cultural observances.

And then we forgot to take our camera with us on our night out with Marky and Cormack…

…but we had it the next day at Din Tai Fung (where, omg, we thought we’d died and gone to heaven – best dumplings EVER)…

Din Tai Fung

And then we caught up with the lovelies at The Warehouse Pizzeria…

Pizza maestro Norm

Anthony and Adele

…and sugar artist extraordinaire Tina at Sugardrops Cake Studio…

Tina and Iain

xmas gingerbreads from the Sugardrop Cake Studio

…before finally Beating the Retreat…to Toora – for a wind-down in Bevie’s gorgeous garden followed by a divine day at Wilson’s Prom (our first ocean swim of the season)…

foraging with Bev



Open studio…

Yesterday marked our first annual Prisoners of the Crown Open Studio day…



prisoners of the crown

prisoners of the crown

prisoners of the crown

prisoners of the crown

prisoners of the crown





prisoners of the crown

And so we had a lovely steady trickling through of ridgy-didge retrogrades for the Mugshot parade…

[Though we did miss a number of you, sorry – couldn’t cover all bases. We’ll make sure we have a dedicated snapper on hand next year. n(Ed)]

Big love to Nicky who drove down from Canberra and back just for the day (sterling effort!) and Meegs for the gladioli and Pimms (fab!)

Next public PoC Open Studio Day: Sunday 12th November 2017


Megan Bottari, Don't fence me in; Yardbird #2 (from the Chevron series)

Megan Bottari, Don’t fence me in: Yardbirds #2 (from the Chevron series), fused glass, vintage police fence paling.


Megan Bottari, Don’t fence me in: Yardbirds #2 (from the Chevron series), fused glass, old police fence paling.

We quite like it lurking in the vicinity of Strap-on Neddy – puts us in mind of his arch nemesis Fitzpatrick (the sleazebag police constable who hit on Kate Kelly, precipitating the whole sorry Kelly Gang saga.)

Gallery biz…

In between cracking on in the workshop, we’ve been having a lovely time quietly progressing the gallery/showroom. Still a work-in-progress obviously(!), but the endgame is to have it ready for our inaugural studio open day – an annual event which this year will fall on the 13th November; being the closest Sunday to our Neddy’s hangin’ day.

[So pencil it into your dance cards, lovies, on the off chance you’re around & footloose on the day. n(Ed)]

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery


Megsie’s hopping into more oyster shell production as we speak…

Please note that we are not opening a commercial gallery as such. To all intents and purposes the gallery space (set up in the courtroom) is an in-house showroom; displaying finished pieces from our own studio workshop. That said, we do anticipate holding pop-up exhibitions from time to time (when the force moves us), featuring the work of selected artists of an empathetic bent.

[Megsie’s quite keen to keep her curatorial wheels oiled…in a very low-key, casual kinda way. Such events will be short and sweet; rather in the (blooming) nature of a cactus flower. n(Ed)]

An Exotica-ca Tour: the Heart of Australia expedition…

Sir Galahad recently rounded up the Gang and led the charge on Uluru for (British artist) Bruce Munro’s acclaimed Field of Light installation. It was hard to resist, eh – the quintessential Great Australian Road Trip Field of Light (aka mandatory art fix) = a seriously marvellous time. And so it was; all 12 days/5,629.4kms of it – a truly fabulous experiential journey…


Exotica-ca Tour


…touching base with our inner ‘Down-Under-psyche’ on what can only be described as The Great Aus-culture Pilgrimage.

From the High Country…

The Kiama Greys, Snowy Mountains High Plains


…to Broken Hill…

The Palace Hotel


…to Coober Pedy…



…to Uluru (our three objectives; the Rock/Field of Light/catching up with Paulie and Mirko)

…the walk…


…the Field of Light…


Field of Light

field of light

Field of Light

Field of Light

…the Olgas…

Kata Tjuta

…Kings Canyon…

Kings Canyon


shy Sturt Desert Pea at Kings Canyon


…and then to the Alice, where we dropped a U-ie for the long haul home…




the great social divide (reversed)

on the road

spook biz

on the road

north of Coober Pedy

infamous Coober Pedy drive-in



Worlds End



All that and so much more, minus the friggin’ P-mates which had arrived after we’d left (oh the tribulations of priority post…)

seaman like precautions


But that notwithstanding we had such a joyful time – best summed up by our gorgeous memento of the trip, Manupa Butler’s basket from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers Gallery, Alice Springs…


Manupa Butler


Yummy – says it all.

We’ve returned to the Hideout entirely reinvigorated. Sir Galahad’s already working on his next cultural foray (looks like it’s gunna be Banksy in Melbs!) The Muzzbotts have taken off for Scotland. The rest of us have work to do. [Oh, yes indeedy. n(Ed)]


The Yorkie…

After a full-on week of social engagement (kicked off by Studio Bitch’s birthday) Megsie finally managed a materials run (plaster, silica, yadda yadda) to Canberra on Friday, swinging past the Glassworks to pick up the Yorkie (and ‘wand’) from the Neon Workshop.

So Studio Bitch wired him up today and mounted him on the wall…


wiring the Yorkie

yorkie plus






Cool with additional black light.



Noice. And there he sits, a constant reminder of…well, of many things. Needless to say Sir Galahad is very pleased to welcome a new crony into his rarefied coterie.

[See Fb page for a wee movie. n(Ed)]