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Image: Andrea Innocent, Giant Birdhouse Installation, 'ALONE, BUT NOT LONELY', 2009

Date

Until end April

Venue

Burrinja Foyer

Who lives here?

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

 

Dates

Exhibition 1 APR - 14 MAY
Weekend 29 & 30 APR, 10am - 5pm
Exhibition opening & event launch event: Friday, 31st March, 7pm

Dandenong Ranges Open Studios 2017

Meet the makers hidden in the Hills

You 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

 

Dates

FRI 21 APR 12pm - 1.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Black Box

Let's Play the Forest

Matt 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.

Please RSVP as there is a limit of 30 people: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Image: Matt Riley and Troy Innocent, Epiphyte

 

Date

20 MAY – 18 JUN

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Contemporary Australian Landscape

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


Dates

20 May - 18 June

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Arlpwe Arts - The Colours of the Desert

Burrinja 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)

 

Dates

24 JUN - 23 JUL

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

One Step at a Time

Belgrave 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

 

Dates

24 JUN - 23 JUL

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Paintbrush, Loom & Hammer
Three variations on a natural history theme

Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan | Michele Fountain | Amy Duncan 

In 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.


Michele Fountain

 

Dates


24 JUN - 23 JUL

Venue

Burrinja Gallery


Glenn Loughrey: In Exile form the Edge

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.


Image: Turning Heaven to Earth, acrylic on canvas

 

Date

29 JUL - 3 SEP

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Mater Christi College Arts Show

The annual showcase of artwork produced by students of Mater Christi College in Belgrave during Semester 1. The variety of techniques and skills on display reflects personal interests and stages of development in drawing, painting, printing, digital media, photography and model making. These artworks come from a range of Visual Arts subjects including: Years 7 - 10 Art, Years 9 & 10 Graphic Design, Year 11 Studio Arts and Years 11 & 12 Visual Communication Design.



Date

9 SEPT – 5 NOV

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Frank Hodgkinson: Sense of Place

Frank Hodgkinson (1919-2001) was one of Australia’s foremost abstract painters and artists. He was drawn to the Australian landscape in general and Aboriginal culture in particular in all its manifestations.

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.   






Frank Hodgkinson
Portrait of Nipper Kaparigi- Landscape of the Indigenous Mind  (detail)


Date

11NOV 2017  – 28 JAN 2018   

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Burrinja Climate Change Biennale #2   

Be moved by the artwork and be part of the conversation with the second Burrinja Climate Change Biennale.

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



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