Image: Andrea Innocent, Giant Birdhouse Installation, 'ALONE, BUT NOT LONELY', 2009
Until end April
Burrinja Kids Stay and Play free family activity by local studio artist Andrea Innocent'Who lives here?' is an installation of a giant cardboard house.
Is it the house of a giant bird? Or a possum? Maybe a snake lives here? It's up to you! Come and draw on the giant animal house. It's big enough to walk inside where you can create your own cute character or imagine what sort of furniture they might use in their house. Does a possum need a tv? Or a fridge, or curtains? Or maybe even a toilet!
More about Burrinja Kids - Stay and Play
Exhibition 1 APR - 14 MAY
Weekend 29 & 30 APR, 10am - 5pm
Exhibition opening & event launch event: Friday, 31st March, 7pm
Meet the makers hidden in the HillsYou are invited to step through the threshold and into the personal studios of some of the most inspiring artists in the region.
The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is a unique weekend and exhibition opportunity to experience and meet artists in their working studios; it is in these curious and inspirational environments that the artist’s creative practice truly comes to life.
Each year since 2004 the program showcases around 30 studios including Emerging Artists, Collectives and Individual Artists. We welcome you to visit the studios and artists that most intrigue and excite you. The Open Studios is also a unique opportunity to acquire artwork and hand crafted items directly from the artists and be enriched by the insights of their creative worlds.
Full details at openstudios.org.au
FRI 21 APR 12pm - 1.30pm
Burrinja Black Box
Let's Play the ForestMatt Riley and Troy Innocent present recent work exploring experimental outdoor play. They will outline the Epiphyte project - an augmented reality bush walk that uses a game engine to create a new way of experiencing the natural environment. Join the project team and gain insight into the game development process, inviting input in to the playtesting leading up to thegame launch in November 2017.
Image: Matt Riley and Troy Innocent, Epiphyte
20 MAY – 18 JUN
Ebony Finck, Jonathan Carmichael and Vicki Moritz
Landscape photography plays a key role in defining who we are as a nation, and how we see ourselves in relation to the environment we inhabit. The landscape can play a key role in both uniting and disconnecting us.
Australia is a vast and unforgiving land, still largely uninhabited. The landscape seems charged with spiritual presence and a stark emptiness that haunts our suburbs and extends across deserts to the deep sea on every side. Across these dusty plains and rocky grounds, flora and fauna astoundingly flourish, from the wildflower to the Australian Brumby. The idea of struggle is deeply entrenched in our national psyche. Even in the harshest environments, life beckons us to understand our history and surroundings.
This exhibition draws together three Victoria-based contemporary photographers to continue this dialogue with the surrounding land. Ebony Finck, Jonathan Carmichael and Vicki Moritz present very different visual interpretations of modern Australia.
Jonathan Carmichael, Birch Tree, 2015
20 May - 18 June
Arlpwe Arts - The Colours of the DesertBurrinja looks forward to welcoming artists from Arlpwe Arts in Ali Curung, NorthernTerritory, back to Burrinja. For the third time after 2013 and 2014, the artists will visit Burrinja to exhibit new paintings, pottery and their trademark life-size dog sculptures. Dog Dreaming is central to Kaiditch country where ancestral dogs traveled in ancient times. Ali Curung is located in the spinifex country four hours north of Alice Springs.
Accompanied by arts workers Judith and Ian Grieve members of the four language groups who reside in Ali Curung (Warlpiri, Warumungu, Kaiditch and Alyawarra) will visit Burrinja for a week presenting painting workshops and demonstrations of traditional objects and boomerangs to schools and visitors to Burrinja.
Stay tuned for details of opening celebration with artists, Indigenous Welcome to Country and other events.
Image: Mary James 'Desert Colours', acrylic on canvas (detail)
24 JUN - 23 JUL
One Step at a TimeBelgrave artist Susie Parry’s passion for beauty, the intricacies of nature and the vibrancy of light falling on objects have led her to contemplate the intimate connection between nature and humans. In her exhibition One Step at a Time the representation of ground reaches to the literal an to the symbolic - the interplay of time and space in human development, represented by the shoe.
Image: Susie Parry
24 JUN - 23 JUL
Paintbrush, Loom & Hammer
Three variations on a natural history theme
Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan | Michele Fountain | Amy DuncanIn this unusual collaboration, three artists approach a common nature theme with vastly different techniques.
Sculpture artist Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan smashes found pieces of crockery and gives them new life in the form of sculptures, using these man-made shapes and materials to create interpretations of natural forms such as flowers and birds.
Handweaver and printmaker Michele Fountain creates textural objects and images featuring wildflowers and trees, using lovingly hand-crafted textiles and hand-cut linoleum prints.
Tattoo artist and painter Amy Duncan channels her love of botanicals and traditional vanitas themes into finely detailed still life paintings, featuring her own flower arrangements and found natural objects.
This eclectic collection of work is a playful reflection on and celebration of the botanical, the universal language of flowers and natural history.
24 JUN - 23 JUL
Glenn Loughrey is a Wiradjuri man from NSW and a priest at St. Oswald's Anglican Church, Glen Iris. He is an artist who fuses Indigenous art styles with Western forms of story telling. In this exhibition he presents a collection of acrylic paintings reflecting the diversity of Indigenous identity and its disconnect from the dominant culture. He explores his own journey of discovery to reclaim the sense of country on a personal and community level.
Glenn Loughrey: In Exile form the Edge
Image: Turning Heaven to Earth, acrylic on canvas
29 JUL - 3 SEP
9 SEPT – 5 NOV
His curiosity with Aboriginal art and culture called him to the Top End for long periods of time throughout since the 1980s. Arnhemland especially made a deep impression on him, and he returned several times to this spirited country.
Hodgkinson subsequently authored ‘Kakadu and the Arnhem Landers’, one of three diaries (‘Paris Sketchbook’ and ‘Sepik Diary’ being the others) in which he illustrated his hand written text with detailed sketches and washes.
Sense of Place will present original sketches and excerpt of this diary together with a selection of larger paintings, which show the artist as an observer exploring the spiritual connections to country and people as Hodgkinson poses on the most central of human questions: Where do we come from?
“Frank Hodgkinson is a prodigy. He is a man so various that he hardly gives you time to focus on any single one talent. He is a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a designer of habitats and ambiences. His creative energy is enormous. His curiosity is at once that of a child and a mature philosopher trying to make sense of the cosmos over which he has ranged with hunger and delight” - Morris West.
Portrait of Nipper Kaparigi- Landscape of the Indigenous Mind (detail)
11NOV 2017 – 28 JAN 2018
Committed to artwork engaging the challenges of climate change, the second Burrinja Climate Change Biennale invites artists of diverse disciplines from all over Australia to submit artwork for this important exhibition and major acquisitive art award.
Audiences are invited to be part of the conversation with ongoing interactive social media and art-making activities in the gallery. A focus of the biennale is tracking critical discussion and cultural conversation around the issues of climate change today and into our future. By revisiting the theme via a biennial acquisitive award exhibition, Burrinja is building a valuable historic archive of artists’ reflections on the shifting cultural responses to climate change. #BurrinjaClimateChangeBiennale
“ I've never seen vulnerability depicted so well. Without an expression or words… The message comes through so clearly!” - Melissa Wells (Biennale Patron)
2015 BCCB winner Joy Serwylo,
'At this point of time, it appears that we have not yet established a plan "B" '
mixed media, 2015