What would you see if you could look into your mind on any given day? Does a ‘good’ day look different from a day when you are not feeling so great? What is neuroplasticity, how do you get it (if you want it) and how does a positive environment affect your brain and boost your mood?

On Thursday 17th November, as part of our Contemplating Art lunch series, in partnership with MPRG and Front Beach, Back Beach, we welcome Hiromi Tango, a Japanese Australian artist whose art practice intersects with arts, health, nature and neuroscientific research and Dr Emma Burrows, neuroscientist at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Learn about ‘mood medicine’, how an inspiring environment impacts your mental health and why, when you surround yourself with things you love, such as your garden, food, colour and creativity, you are protecting your mental health and helping you live longer.

With this in mind, we invite you to join us for a pre-event estate garden tour with our Produce Manager Julie Bennett. Research indicates that time spent in nature is connected to cognitive and mental health benefits, as well as improvements in mood and emotional well-being. The perfect way to connect with our surrounds before enjoying a scintillating presentation over a 2-course seasonal menu in The Restaurant at Montalto.

Date:  Thursday 17th November 2022

Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm (optional pre-event garden tour with our Produce Manager Julie Bennett from 11am)

Cost: $120 (Inclusive of two-course shared lunch, wine charged on consumption.)





Hiromi Tango is a Tweed Heads based (Japanese Australian) artist whose art practice intersects with arts, health, nature and neuroscientific research. She wraps and weaves thread, string and wool to create dense webs of clashing colours and textures in her sculptures and costumes. Drawing on her own experiences of anxiety her elaborate installations and performances allow audiences to consider the embodied self, the emotional terrain of our relationships with others and how the art making process can contribute to positive wellbeing and healing with colour.

Her works have been exhibited at major national art museums and regional galleries across Australia. She has also featured at international exhibitions in the United States, Belgium, Dubai and throughout Asia Pacific including Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand. Her work is held in major Australian public collections as well as private collections across Australia and overseas.


Dr Emma Burrows is a neuroscientist (PhD) and currently leads a multidisciplinary team of people from engineering, psychology and neuroscience backgrounds at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the largest brain research centre in the southern hemisphere. Dr Burrows explores how environments can impact our mental health and memory and how genetic mutations found in complex brain conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and dementia can lead to altered brain connectivity and behaviour across the lifespan. Emma champions change in the research sector by implementing wide-reaching strategies that increase diversity and inclusion. She is a board director of Women in STEMM Australia, co-founding member of Women in Science Parkville Precinct and past chair of The Florey Equality in Science committee. Emma tweets all things science @embws.

Hiromi and Emma have collaborated on a number of exhibitions and/or performances, the most recent being Wheel which is on display as part of the University of Melbourne’s Science Gallery MENTAL exhibition. Part installation, part living lab, this human sized, rainbow hamster wheel explores how physical exercise can benefit our brain and shield us against mental health conditions. Hiromi and Emma also worked together on Wrapped a site-responsive collaborative project inspired by the landscape of the Queen Victoria Market where artist and neuroscientist explored the relationship between the ‘wrapped’ market landscape, brain health and development.


Hiromi Tango is one of fifteen artists/collectives commissioned by Front Beach, Back Beach (FBBB) to produce work responding to key sites and stories that have shaped the Mornington Peninsula. Presented by Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and Deakin University’s Public Art Commission, FBBB will run from November 4 – 27, with Hiromi’s work presented at Beleura House and Garden. For more information see


We are thrilled to partner with the team at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery to present a beautiful series of lunchtime events that deeply explore artists, and their art, in a relaxed environment overlooking the Montalto Sculpture Trail.

Each event will showcase a renowned artist in conversation as they discuss the artist’s background, inspiration, techniques and work (both completed and upcoming) over a long lunch in The Restaurant at Montalto.

Places are strictly limited so ensure you act fast to avoid disappointment.




We look forward to welcoming you to Montalto for Contemplating Art.

~ John & Wendy Mitchell, Heidi Williams

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