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About Burrinja

At Burrinja, our mission is to foster the Arts in its many forms through our multi-element vision: Arts, Performance, Education and Community.

Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre that encompasses arts activities and events, Indigenous gallery, collection and cultural education, contemporary arts gallery, performing arts, artist studios, live music, workshops and café.

Burrinja is the operational name for the Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre Inc. The cultural centre is a not-for-profit arts organisation, incorporated in 1999. Burrinja is governed by an independent Committee of Management, that includes Yarra Ranges Council representation.

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Burrinja Vision

“Building Community through Arts”

Burrinja Mission Statement

Burrinja is a living, vibrant and welcoming community cultural centre providing opportunities for artistic, cultural and environmental experiences


Burrinja’s function, purpose and programming are built on a multi-element vision that seeks to enable and encourage experiential and extended programs that integrate arts, performance, education and community. It aims to program holistically, engaging multiple art practices and cultural activities within the region.

Burrinja will strengthen existing and emerging cultural practices, as well as identify and actively engage those sectors of the community who do not traditionally engage with the arts. It will establish dialogue and partnerships across a wide range of cross-sector organisations.

Burrinja Gallery & Collection Vision Statement 

 Burrinja will be identified as a significant, national public gallery of excellence for the
             development and presentation of Indigenous (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Oceanic)
             exhibitions, programs, awareness and education (by 2017).

Burrinja will provide programs that stimulate cross-cultural awareness and promote respect for Indigenous and contemporary art and culture. We will provide exhibitions and education programs that offer broad opportunities for learning and research. Burrinja will: facilitate partnerships with the Koorie community and cultural/ educational organisations, promote touring opportunities, and provide community access to the McLeod Gift Collection.

Strategic Goals

  1. Making great arts and culture
  2. Indigenous arts leader
  3. Community engagement
  4. Good governance

In partnership with Yarra Ranges Council

Yarra Ranges Council and Burrinja will work together to encourage opportunities for cultural development and expression, encourage a sense of local identity and community, participation in cultural activities through a range of strategies from project development to training and advocacy. The Shire and Burrinja agree to work to recognise the diverse and unique character of the Shire, and to deliver services in a manner that is sensitive to both indigenous and environmental issues.

Burrinja Awarded Best Small Museum – Victoria 2010 & 2013

Burrinja Cultural Centre is delighted to have been awarded The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums 2013 by Museums Australia (Victoria), for its Exemplary Public Programs as part of Fashion Meets Fiction.

Burrinja has received the award for the second time in three years. ‘The continual recognition from the peak Museums body in Victoria gives us great momentum going into our future programming' Ross Farnell (Executive Officer, Burrinja)

Ross Farnell said everyone at Burrinja was totally ‘over the moon’ about the award: “for an independent cultural organisation to win best small museum in Victoria is no small feat. It is a fabulous peer acknowledgement of the hard work and effort that goes into producing a prodigious output of programs, projects, exhibitions and performances from a very small team with limited resources.”

Museums Australia (Victoria) noted: Burrinja, a public gallery and community Arts Centre in the Dandenong Ranges has demonstrated commitment to excellence and best practice involving people and communities across all areas of public programming. Encouraging the widest access for audiences from all socio-economic, geographic and ability backgrounds is foremost in the planning of a wide diversity of events and activities across key areas of community engagement; arts, performance, education and community.

Burrinja Gains Museums Australia (Victoria) Accreditation

Burrinja Cultural Centre is proud to announce it has been granted Accreditation by Museums Australia (Victoria). Burrinja has worked hard to meet set criteria from the National Standards of best museum practice. To become accredited, museums spend 2–3 years developing procedures, policies and practice to meet recognised museum standards. Burrinja staff and board are delighted to be recognised for their diligent work in developing and maintaining these procedures.

A professional panel of museum experts made a final assessment and compiled a positive report on museum operations.

We are delighted to recognise the hard work and commitment shown by the team at the Burrinja Cultural Centre. Caring for our shared heritage is an important task and by becoming Accredited Burrinja has proven to be a leading museum in Victoria”. Elizabeth Marsden, Manager, Museum Accreditation Program, Museums Australia (Victoria).

“We are incredibly proud to receive the Museums Australia Accreditation; it supports our hard work and gives us confidence as we move forward into the future….”
“JD Mittman, the Burrinja Team and the local community have lots to be proud of through this important recognition”
Ross Farnell, Executive Officer, Burrinja

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Tel: 9754 8723. Burrinja: Tues–Sun 10am – 4pm,
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