1 August - 14 September
Marita Reynolds: Feathers, Furs and Fins
Marita has created a series of works focusing on native birds, whales, turtles and elephants. Using graphite and coloured pencils, in varying ways, she has re-created the feel and look of feathers, furs and fins. A wonderful selection of works that invite you to reflect on the nature that surrounds you from day-to-day.
DLux Media and University of Sydney
This screen based touring exhibition features ten contemporary Australian video artists, including Angelica Mesiti, John Conomos, Grant Stevens and Deborah Kelly.
Reflecting on two distinctive and opposite visions of the Australian cultural landscape, that of the vast centre to the built up city peripheries, the exhibition explores these contrasts through various techniques such as documentary film, narrative sequence and the use of found footage.
Curated by dLux MediaArts in association with Geoffrey Weary, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
She’ll be right, mate?
An Indigenous History in Australian Cartoons
Drawn from the extensive archive of the Australian Cartoon Museum this exhibition chronicles issues of Indigenous affairs in Australian society, sports and politics in the last 30 years.
Australia’s best cartoonists will surprise, shock and make us laugh. Featured are Nicholson, Jeff, Spooner, Knight, Leunig, OZ and many more, surveying representations of Indigenous issues and snapshots in time that illustrates Australia’s often rocky road towards reconciliation from the Bicentenary to the Apology.
Accompanied by a public and education program of workshops, demonstrations, tours and talks.
Curated by James Bridges - Australian Cartoon Museum, and JD Mittmann, Curator and Manager of Collections, Burrinja.
23 - 29 June 2014
The Best of Belgrave Lantern Parade
The annual Belgrave Lantern Parade is a highlight in the local event calendar, with thousands of hills residents marching their lanterns, small and big, up and down the main street. For those who are not able to attend and those who want to have a closer look at the fantastic creations this exhibition will offer a delightful display.
20 June - 20 July
The Hills Potters
High Tea – The Deconstructed Party
Lynne Lindsay, Juliet Widdows, Rob Knighton, Jenny Rowe, Lee Goller, Glenn England and Babette Bruders present a highly engaging and interactive exhibtion of 2D and 3D works.
A central table setting is to be the focus of this exhibition, with paper napkins, tablecloth and placemats on which conversations between the artists and visitors are recorded. Artists will contribute to the table settings with a variety of ceramic tableware.
Viewers are invited to read, peruse these and respond, while perhaps having ‘a cuppa and a chat’.
13 June - 27 July
Pauline Bailey: As I See It
This exhibition is all about Melbourne as I see it, memories of certain places, feelings, experiences and observations all of which tell a story. I am also very passionate about the local music scene and this too is a recurring theme in my work. The attached images are part of a series I have been working on which explores the city and surrounding suburbs.
The pieces I intend to exhibit depict railway stations, disused buildings, pubs, cafés and other structures; some are well known icons but others that are not so familiar are just as interesting. To me all of these places represent everything that is unique and exciting about Melbourne.
Pauline was born in Oakleigh and has lived in Gippsland since 1990.
23 May – 15 June
Jarmbi Downstairs Gallery
Tabula Rasa - accurately describing both my current outlook, as well as my artistic structure in one concise phrase.
The Latin term tabula rasa translates in English to “clean slate”, which refers to starting again.
Having finished high school last year, I feel as though I have moved onto a new chapter in my life, my routine has totally changed and my mind is fresh, it’s as though I am starting again; a clean slate.
The term also specifically refers to a scraped tablet from which writing has been erased. From a creative perspective this solely relates to most of my art, in which I often scrub out entire sections of the image to either start again or simply cover over with more paint. By removing or crossing out words and lines, they become more meaningful in their absence.
Dandenong Ranges Open Studios
Featuring many hills artists working across a range of mediums, Open Studios provides a unique insight into our artists' work environments as well as their art practice. The Dandenong Ranges has a rich and vibrant artistic heritage which continues today. Open Studios allows local artists to share their artwork and gives visitors the opportunity to get an inside look into the eclectic and often hidden art world of the hills.
Open Studios Weekend
Saturday and Sunday
3rd and 4th of May 2014
All studios are open between 10am and 5pm
Balance: Open Studios Group Exhibition
22nd April to 18th May 2014
Jarmbi Gallery, Burrinja
Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Drive, Upwey, VIC 3158
For more info on Open Studios visit www.openstudios.org.au
The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Weekend features an eclectic range of artists and media against the backdrop of one of Melbourne's most beautiful and popular tourism destinations.
The Open Studios weekend, featuring 32 local hills studio locations, is one of the most anticipated events for the region's cultural calendar, attracting art minded visitors and tourists since 2004. Featuring Hills artists working across a range of mediums – as varied as painters, potters, wood carvers, digital artists and textile artists – the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios program provides a unique insight into our artists' work environments as well as their art.
Coinciding with the Open Studios weekend is the annual Open Studios Exhibition at Burrinja Gallery. This year’s group exhibition theme of ‘Balance’ was chosen by the artists and is sure to generate some new and interesting work. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see and experience work from each of the artists in one gallery, making Burrinja a great place to start the Open Studios weekend tour.
For more info on Open Studios visit www.openstudios.org.au
15 March - 13 April
VCE Creative Showcase 2014: On the Edge
The VCE Creative Showcase is an exhibition which celebrates the talents of our best and brightest VCE art students from across the Yarra Ranges Council area, providing them with an opportunity to present their work in a professional context as part of a high profile event.
The exhibition is challenging, insightful, beautiful and moving. It offers audiences a unique and creative perspective on life through the eyes of the next generation, often exploring a wide range of media from sculpture to photography, stop motion animation and ceramics.
For further information click here
28 March - 22 June
Rod Moss has been a resident of Alice Springs since 1984. His paintings are a result of his unique and close relationship with the Arrente community of Whitegate, one of several town camps on the outskirts of Alice Springs. In his carefully constructed and referenced paintings he presents the Whitegate families in everyday life situations, with strong connectedness through country and kinship.
Through additional audio stories told by the artist, the exhibition brings to the visitor’s attention the stories behind the carefully constructed paintings. They create an intriguing and intimate portrait of the families of Whitegate and describe the on-going struggle of the Whitegate residents with health issues, alcoholism and violence.
Rod Moss is the author of the recently published book A Thousand Cuts (2013) and The Hard Light of Day which in 2011 won the NT Book Award and the Prime Minister’s Award for Non-fiction.
Rod Moss is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery in Melbourne and Fireworks Gallery in Brisbane.
FREE Exhibition Tours - Thursday and Saturday at 11am
28 March - 22 June
Burrinja Inner Gallery
The Woodhenge Carvings comprise of nine wooden sculptures which have taken Irish woodcarver Ronnie Sexton six years to complete. These extraordinary creations range from 3 to 4 metres in height. Carved from Cedar wood and adorned with hundreds of crystals, stones, rocks and 24 carat gold-leaf gilding, each carries intricate and detailed symbols of cultures from across the planet.
13 February - 9 March
Inspired by 15th century German painter, printmaker and mathematician Albrecht Dürer, Carolyn Henry uses the medium of scratchboard to explore portraiture, expressiveness of hands and the rendering of still life.
The cycle of life, birth and ageing are represented in this body of work in a medium usually known for its illustrative qualities in the printing industry prior to computers. Carolyn has set herself the challenge of taking an unforgiving medium and bending it to her will.
Carolyn Henry is the winner of the 2013 She exhibition award at Walker St Gallery.
17 January - 2 March
Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan: Germination
A collection of Mosaic Artworks by Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan completed over her studio tenancy so far at Burrinja.
The body of work is the result of some creative experimentation (or incubation) in her artist studio in Burrinja during 2013.
Germination refers not only to the process of creating these pieces and the overall organic nature of the subject matter; it also refers to new growth of her practice, new ideas and innovative creative solutions via mosaics.
The exhibition is an investigation of organic subject matter, colour and texture using recycled crockery and tiles.
Jessie is running a workshop series on Mosaic's from February 15.
More details here.
6 December - 12 January
Tiffany Morris-North, Jacqui Christians & Adriana Alvarez :Three Little Birds
Three local artists share a passion for creating. You're invited to explore a collection of small works that will take you on a journey of nostalgia, cultural heritage and natural beauty.
These mixed media works combine paper cuts, hand stitching, illustration, paint and inks. The three artists Tiffany Morris-North, Jacqui Christians and Adriana Alvarez are friends who have exhibited together before. Their mutual passion for creating textural works means their works beautifully complement each other while still retaining their unique vision and character.
14 December – 16 March
Tues, Thurs and Sat 11am
Isabel Foster: The Challenge of Colour
Isabel’s extensive body of work shows her lifetime’s devotion to needle and thread, colour and the ingenious use of the finest materials.
As a child born between two world wars, Isabel was raised in a time where thrift was given and home furnishings were handmade. This upbringing planted the seeds of resilience, independence and creativity, which have become the hallmarks of this remarkable textile artist.
Isabel’s passionate works highlight the ability to break with conventions and push her creative boundaries.
The exhibition will feature signature pieces from Isabel’s long career spanning 45 years.
8 November - 8 December
Jessica Dib-Newbery and Alan Newbery
The Other Side of the Rock
Father and daughter duo Alan Newbery and Jessica Dib-Newbery’s work is concerned with the remote Australian landscape – specifically the red earth country, far from the green coastal fringe where most of us dwell – its majesty, vastness, colours, textures, spiritual implications and challenges.
Jessica spent time living and working in a remote community in WA. She was inspired to create this series of works based on the expanse of space, the wide open skies, colour, texture and beauty of the Australian landscape. Jessica also explores the effect and challenge of remote living, on her own mental well-being.
Alan, a remote Australian veteran, has lived and worked in distant Australian communities for over 15 years. His paintings capture the beauty, patterns and colours of the Australian desert as well as delving into a spiritual connection with the land and the juxtaposition of man-made refuse and the wonder of the natural environment. This is Alan’s first exhibition and it is the first time Jessica and Alan have exhibited together.
8 November - 8 December
Danuta Bieber & Narelle Tresize-Hardy: Limen
A collaborative exhibition of photographs which explore liminal spaces, places and experiences, created on or from shorelines.
11 October - 24 November
Burrinja Cafe & Studio Galleries
The Arties: Home
This year theArties have tackled the concept of ‘Home’. Defining and finding a home can be a difficult task; for some it is a place of solace, or comfort, for others it is simply a place to sleep. The idea of ‘Home’ for the Arties is a more difficult concept, with many of them being displaced. Their ideas are quite moving and draw from difficulties and stories from a personal place.
4 October - 3 November
Sensory Seekers : Jenny Rowe, Glenn England, Lee Goller, Babette Bruders, John Wynn-Tweg
Colours hum, line and texture seduce, Five local artists present their different approaches to the mediums of clay and paint resulting in works with emphasis on sensory ‘tactile-ness’.
For some sample images click here
25 July - 25 August
Yarra Valley Grammar: Art in Progress
Yarra Valley Grammar presents two and three dimensional art work created by students undertaking the Certificate IV in Design course. These Year 11 and 12 students aspire to a future in Art and Design and are developing their skills and understanding through the exploration of a range of new mediums and techniques. This exhibition provides them with the opportunity to exhibit their work publicly and receive feedback from their peers, family and the general public.
21 June - 21 July 2013
Elisabeth Williams: Narratives
With the emphasis on Design Elements and Principles rather than ‘naturalism’, this exhibition explores a variety of stories. They are based on my observations and involvement with the people and environs of day to day life.
Elisabeth Williams is the 2012 winner of the annual ‘She’ exhibition award at Walker St Gallery in Dandenong.
5 July - 1 December
Burrinja Inner Gallery
Aboriginal Bark Paintings in the McLeod Gift Collection
The 2013 National NAIDOC Week is themed We value the vision: The Yirrkala Bark Petitions. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presenting of a pair of bark paintings to the Australian Parliament. Signed by 13 clan leaders of the Yolngu region on Gove Peninsula the bark petitions became an important catalyst for a process of legislative and constitutional reform to recognise the rights of Indigenous Australians.
In line with the NAIDOC theme the Burrinja Gallery is presents an exhibition of bark paintings from the McLeod Gift Collection by Jimmy Mamulunhawuy, Yirrkala, and by Nawakadj 'Bobby' Nganjmirra from Oenpelli
21 June – 11 August
Burrinja Cafe Gallery
Quorum Group: Unconscious Creativity
Quorum is a group of women artists who started 6 years ago. We try not to think too deeply about what we create, but by using many different methods the works appear and demonstrate our joy exploring our own beliefs, spirituality and views on social issues. This exploration has led to a body of work that has become quite abstract and diversified for each artist over time. The artists: Jenny Pring-Morgan, Chris Spokes, Megan Shiel, Yvonne Picot and Bernadette Burke-Reynolds.
21 June - 21 July 2013
Anne King: All That Jazz
The exhibition explores the theme of "The Musician". From the first exploratory drawing from the model in charcoal, the exhibition covers the progression through imaginative and instinctive works in inks to the newer colourful acrylic works incorporating multi-layered backgrounds, drawing and painting.
21 June - 21 July 2013
Juet Sculpture: Treasure Hunting
Michael Hyett and Martin Judd create figurative and abstract sculptures of found, recycled and discarded objects unravelling the stories and histories of people who provide the materials.
"Using found objects from the local area we will tell the stories of local people through sculpture. We will ask friends, family, and acquaintances from the local area to invite us into their sheds and junk piles to unravel the stories and history of those people through their donation of discarded rusty old metal objects. It is these stories that are told by the found objects that we call our treasure!"
24 August - 1 December
MYSTERIOUS STONE CARVINGS AND CEREMONIAL OBJECTS OF THE TOLAI IN PNG
Works from the McLeod Gift Collection
Exhibition | Symposium | Cultural Program
Myths of sorcery and 'black magic' surround mysterious stone carvings of the Ingiet, a secret men's cult of the Tolai society on the Gazelle Peninsula in New Britain, PNG. Despite being outlawed by the German colonial administration before WWI the cult was believed to exist in secrecy for decades after. Occasional finds of these Ingiet sculptures still create fear among local residents. The power of the Ingiets and the fascination with them seems unbroken.
The McLeod Gift Collection, which Burrinja manages on behalf of its owner, the Yarra Ranges Council, is the third largest public collection of Ingiets in the world. This survey exhibition presents the collection for the first time to the public in its entirety. As such this exhibition is also world premiere. Never before have these intriguing and extremely rare secret ingiets been shown in an exhibition of this scale.
On display are also other significant ceremonial items of Tolai culture. These are on loan from the private collections of Neil McLeod, Melbourne and Harold Gallasch, Adelaide, which rank as the most comprehensive in the country.For more information please visit www.burrinja.org.au/secretingiets.
Free tours Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am
21 May - 4 July
Stories from West Arnhem Land
Nimbuwah is a towering rock in the escarpment of West Arnhem Land. It is a sacred site for the local Kunwinjku and features prominently in the rarrk paintings by Nganjmirra family, including Alex, son of famous bark painter Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, and Robin Nganjmirra's children Eva and Lawrence.
On display is also a work by Djawida Nordjorle and Lin Onus, who later in his life acquired the permission by Jack Wunumun to use rarrk style in his paintings.
18 May to 11 August
$5 Full Price, $4 Concession
Free for Jarmbi Members
Kati Thanda - Green Desert
Aerial Photography of Lake Eyre by Peter Elfes
This multimedia exhibition is a journey through time into the ancient world of Australia's desert interior, featuring stunning low level aerial images by award winning photographer Peter Elfes. Peter has spent the last five years documenting the beauty of this rare climatic event, the flooding of Lake Eyre, Kati Thanda, in Arabunna country in South Australia.
Burrinja is excited to host the complete exhibition for the first time in a Victoria exclusive.
10 May - 16 June 2013
Karyn Mitchell: Beauty is in the Detail
Local photographer, Karyn Mitchell, invites us into the intimate world of flowers through her macro art collection, The Beauty is in the Detail. Big, bold and bright the images encourage the viewer to take the time to notice the beauty that surrounds us every day. Her passion for both photography and the subject inspires a sense of wonder.
A mum to 2 young boys, Karyn lives at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges and has done her whole life. The images have all be taken locally from public and private gardens.
The exhibition opening Tues 14th May 6-9pm.
10 May - 16 June 2013
Paul Smits: Myths and Fashion
Paul Smits presents three bronze sculptures inspired by themes, old world cultures and mythology from Oceania, Asia and Mesoamerica.
10 May - 16 June 2013
Ben Phillips: Something Monocular
Self-taught and blind in one eye, Ben has had a number of solo exhibitions in Melbourne and NSW and recently in Dusseldorf, Germany.
'Something monocular' is a cross section of the way which is 'auto-didact'. Complex, simple and patient. A collection of abstract time and nature.
April 6 - May 5
Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Exhibition
This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see and experience work from each of the artists in one gallery, making Burrinja a great place to start your studio tour.
Burrinja and the Open Studios artists are donating 20% of all exhibition sales to the DRERS, a not-for-profit charitable organisation that assists people in the Dandenong Ranges facing difficulties, hardship and crisis.
Photos from the opening on Friday 5 April here.
For more information visit openstudios.org.au
22 March - 5 May 2013
Janet Flinn: Birds of the Yarra Ranges
An exhibition of original paintings of native birds.
19 - 31 March 2013
Arlpwe: Spinifex Country
A group of artists from Arlpwe Artists in Ali Curung, north of Tennant Creek, N.T., is coming to Melbourne to present paintings, demonstrate artefacts and talk about their country: Arlpwe, the spinifex country.
Article on the visit by the group of artists avaliable here
28 Feburary - 12 May
Lajamanu: Early Paintings
This exhibition of rarely seen paintings by Warlpiri men and women takes the visitor back to the beginnings of the acrylic movement in Central Australia.
After initial resistance painting was taken up in Lajamanu with great enthusiasm and the on-going relationship with country and Dreamings presented as a sign of cultural strength. Drawn from private collections from across Australia.
Free Tours Thursdays and Saturdays @ 11am
45 minutes in duration, Bookings recommended via 9754 8723
15 February - 17 March 2013
VCE Creative Showcase
The VCE Creative Showcase was established to exhibit and celebrate outstanding work from top graduating visual art students across the Yarra Ranges Shire. The 2013 exhibition presents work by art students from eight local schools. It promises a challenging and rewarding visual art experience and a unique opportunity to see the world interpreted by young emerging artists.
8 February - 17 March 2013
Barbara Oehring: Stop Time: Ferntree Gully
Barbara Oehring's photographs of Ferntree Gully have been enjoyed by readers of the Ferntree Gully News since 2009, and now many of these images have been included in this exhibition.
A Year in Ferntree Gully was originally a community project auspiced by Mountain District Learning Centre in collaboration with Ferntree Gully Library supported by Knox Council’s Community Development Fund.
These photographs were shared with the community at Ferntree Gully Library, U3A Knox, Glengollan Nursing Home and The Hut Gallery in Ferntree Gully in 2012. In 2013 a selection of framed prints from the series will be available for sale for the first time.
29 December 2012 - 10 February 2013
Bernadette Burke-Reynolds: Freewheeling
This exhibition is about the use of texture and how it pervades every aspect of our lives.
As a product of the 1950s the artist found herself drawn to the music of Bob Dylan and others. Jeans became the uniform of the day and of her youth.
“In this exhibition I have tried to integrate the use of texture and clothes and small pieces of nature one might overlook. I also found myself working in the new realism of Photoshop and looking again at the old masters and how they worked the formality of ‘light and dark’ and then are changing it to become more informal.”
MEET THE ARTIST: Come meet Bernadette and hear her talk about the inspiration for her art - Sunday 10 February, 12-3pm.
9 November 2012 to 17 February 2013
Fashion meets Fiction: The Darnell Collection
Fashion meets Fiction is an exciting exhibition that brings together our love of popular fiction and its many famous colourful characters with high-end fashion.
In partnership with Eastern Regional Libraries and celebrating the National Year of Reading, this exhibition travels through time and the popular culture and fiction of the periods, drawing together the threads of character, period, fashion and finery.
29 August – 28 October 2012
Andrew Chapman: Nearly A Retrospective
This exhibition features documentary work, spanning over 40 years, by Victorian photographer Andrew Chapman. Crossing a wide range of subjects and periods the exhibition offers a fascinating insight into Australian social and political life through the lens of one of Australia’s most-prominent documentary photographers.
A long time Dandenong Ranges resident, Andrew worked as a newspaper and freelance photographer for over 20 years on numerous assignments for Time, Business Review Weekly and The Bulletin. With more than a dozen Time covers to his credit, he has covered subjects as diverse as heroin dealers, presidents and celebrities.
5 July - 5 August 2012
The Arties now have their own portrait exhibition!
The Burrinja Arties are a group of people who live in two locally supported residential homes. Their age ranges from 25 to 70. The program is funded by DHS, as a planned activity group.
Lynette Forrest has been working as a creative arts therapist with the Burrinja Arties since 2006. They have become an integral part of Burrinja, and give faces and personalities to Burrinja’s brief of Building Community through Arts
The ArtieBalds are inspired by The Archibald, the national prize for portraiture painting and Yarra Valley’s community art response, Not The Archies.
30 June - 26 August 2012
Jus' Drawn : proppaNOW Collective
Jus’ Drawn is a touring exhibition of works on paper by eight of Australia’s most important urban Indigenous artists.
Known collectively as ‘Proppa NOW’ this Queensland-based group consists of urban Aboriginal artists who have already won individual acclaim, Richard Bell, Vernon Ah Kee, Gordon Hookey and Laurie Nilsen, as well as formidable emerging artists such as Jennifer Herd, Andrea Fisher, and Tony Albert. This group dispels the notion that indigenous art needs to be from a remote area to be ‘authentic’.
4 May - 24 June 2012
Memories - Contact with White People
Based on Patsy Lulpanda’s canvas painting with the same title comes an exhibition of artworks from the Burrinja Collection that explores the theme of contact with white colonisers from the Aboriginal perspective. Depictions of policemen, cattle, prison trees, massacre sites and nuclear test sites tell stories of dispossession, disempowerment and destruction, and yet their telling provides future hope.
10 March - 29 April 2012
The 60th Blake Prize
The Blake Prize was established 60 years ago as an incentive to raise the standard of contemporary religious art away from out-dated or imitative styles. This exhibition will feature 30-35 finalist artworks from the 60th Blake Prize, including the winning artworks.
The Blake Society, named after the visionary artist and poet, William Blake, implements and manages the annual prize and exhibition program for contemporary art and poetry exploring the themes of spirituality, religion and human justice.
19 November 2011 – 26 February 2012
Mary Tonkin: Home 2000-2010
Mary Tonkin paints and draws the lush forest near Kalorama in the Dandenong Ranges, where she was born and raised. Her work, colourfully exploring what it is to be present and pay attention in place, is produced through a plein-air process in the forest, and sings with vibrant colour and sensuous gestural paint. Mary Tonkin, born 1973, won the prestigious Dobell Drawing Prize in 2002. This exhibition will bring together a body of paintings produced since 2000.
30 July - 16 October 2011
Stories of Song and Dance
Performance and the Burrinja Collection
Showcasing selected items from the Burrinja / Neil McLeod Gift Collection, this exhibition presents unique Malangan artefacts from New Ireland and New Britain in Papua New Guinea. These stunning objects were produced by master carvers Hosea Linge, Ben Sisia and Edward Sali and give an insight into local ceremonies and performances. On display are also rare Iniet stone carvings from the secret Tolai society on the Gazelle Peninsula and Aboriginal dance boards and paintings from the Kimberley by Jack Dale Mengenen and Rover Thomas Joolama.
16 October 2008 - 11 January 2009
Ronnie Sexton: Aisling Gheal (Bright Dream)
Award winning Irish born sculptor Veronica "Ronnie" Sexton trained at London College of Furniture, and obtained her Graduateship and Higher Diploma in Woodcarving and Gold Leaf Gilding at City and Guilds of London Art School. On completing art school, Ronnie worked for several years in restoration, including extensive work on Windsor Castle. She has also worked on commissions in the USA, Malaysia and Ireland. Ronnie's strict classical training in Gothic, Baroque and Rocco woodcarving has evolved into a more relaxed and freer flowing style event in her work in this exhibition.
1 February - 14 March 2009
Station Rats & other Scum Pups
The Scum Pups project began in late 2008, when Burrinja offered a group of local young people the opportunity to take part in a one-off art project that supported them in expressing their opinions and experiences about daily life in their community.
Burrinja invited Tiffaney Bishop, a local photographic artist, to facilitate the project, which resulted in a photographic exhibition called We’re Afraid of the Daylight. The exhibition attracted widespread praise and community support, inspiring the group to devise an ongoing interactive art program that embraces young people and adults and makes vital social, cultural and community connections between the two.
13 January - 11 April 2004
Footprint of the Spirits
Selected Aboriginal paintings of the McLeod Gift Collection formed backbone of the Footprint of the Spirits exhibition which toured to seven galleries in New Zealand during 2002/03 and attracted over 60,000 visitors. It was presented at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Christchurch, Otago Museum in Dunedin and galleries in Invercargill, Oamaru, Blenheim, Ashburton and Timaru. Two artists, Heather Umbagai and Petersen Nganjmirra accompanied the tour.
15 January - 27 February 2011
Stories of Ancestors
Western Arnhem Land works by the Nganjmirra family from the Burrinja Collection
This exhibition draws on works from the McLeod Gift Collection to explore and celebrate the unique artwork produced by Kunwinjku people in the Oenpelli community of the western Arnhem Land region.
9 October 2010 - 9 January 2011
The Melbourne Reef Exhibition
A satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles.
This unique global community art project fused higher mathematics, crochet, environmental awareness and marine biology. Capturing the imagination of people all over the world, ‘Satellite Reefs’ have now being made on almost every continent. The Melbourne Reef is one such satellite reef.
11 April – 12 July 2008
Maggie Diaz: Into the Light
A Retrospective curated by Gwendolen De Lacy.
American born photographer Maggie Diaz arrived in Melbourne in 1961, on a one-way ticket, and soon established herself has one of the city's leading commercial photographers. An award-winning photographer in Chicago and resident photographer of the famous Tavern Club, Diaz used her flair for night photography and use of available light to capture the essence of Melbourne's arts and wider community over four decades.
6 February – 3 May 2009
This retrospective exhibition presented significant works by Utopian artist Kudditji Kngwarreye from the Hank Ebes Collection.
Kudditji Kngwarreye was born circa 1928. For the majority of his life he worked as a stockman, like many other Aboriginal men, and resided on pastoral leases throughout Central Australia. Kudditji (pronounced Kubbitji) was one of the first established male artists in Utopia and is the younger brother of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
9 May – 12 July 2009
A collection of old metal objects found at a country tip became the starting point for the abstract paintings and drawings in this exhibition. Inspired by the form and essence of these found objects, Kilderry's ghostly, meditative artworks create space for the viewer to move past the literal world to the subjective space beyond.
Local Belgrave artist Diane Kilderry has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for the past 20 years. Her work is held in many collections including the Australian National Gallery, G J Coles, and the Lefebvre Collection.
Aboriginal Art Across Australia
An exhibition of key works from the McLeod Gift Collection.
Aboriginal art has its roots in a very ancient culture, but artists today are also expressing issues of social justice, cultural practices and spirituality born from the last two hundred years of colonisation. Curated by Tiriki Onus, son of local artist and activist Lin Onus, this exhibition highlighted the vast diversity in Aboriginal cultural and artistic practice across Australia.
18 July – 27 September 2009
Heather Fairnie: Mapping - Territories and Landscape
This exhibition explored the intersections of mapping across Western and Indigenous art traditions, including the contrasts and synchronicities with 'mapping country' works from the McLeod Gift Collection and new work created by contemporary artist Heather Fairnie. The exhibition aimed to foster engagement with the process of mapping across cultural divides, enhancing the way audiences and artists perceive the place of Aboriginal art in a contemporary context.
30 July – 26 September 2010
Bill Henson: Early Works from the MGA Collection
This exhibition provided audiences with the opportunity to view some of the most powerful and beautiful photographs made by one of Australia’s best-known contemporary photographers. It featured twenty-nine exquisitely printed examples from many of Henson’s major series from the 1970s through to the early 1990s, all drawn from the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) Collection.
23 July – 27 September 2009
Kathleen Boyle: Leitmotif
This exhibition profiled key drawings and monoprints from Kathleen Boyle. While Kathleen's broader body of work ranges across media from printing and drawing, to painting, collage and most recently wooden construction, this exhibition offers a short review of her more figurative drawings and prints. Even within this framework, however, Kathleen's adventurous approach to experimenting with various media and materials is evident in the various papers and surfaces she works on and the techniques she employs to express her vision.
23 April – 5 July 2009
Apmer Mwerrangker: Beautiful Country...Ever Present Past
Apmer Mwerrangker (pronounced: ‘ab mirrah’ ‘ma rung gara’) was the premier exhibition of the complete collection of 23 etchings produced at Ampiliwatja Aboriginal community in 1999-2000. The etchings were produced under supervision of Basil Hall of Northern Editions at the Northern Territory.
The exhibition features iconic works by some of the most highly regarded Aboriginal artists of the Sandover region, 200 knm North-East of Alice Springs, the Urapuntja Artists of Utopia
Kathleen Boyle Leitmotif. 23rd July – 27th September 2009. Read more …
Heather Fairnie Mapping - Territories and Landscape. 18 July – 27 September 2009. Read more …
Diane Kilderry 9 May – 12 July 2009. Read more …
Kudditji Kngwarreye 6 February – 3rd May 2009. Read more …
Lloyd Godman enLIGHTen, February 8 to March 30 2008. Read more …
Maggie Diaz - Into the Light. A Retrospective curated by Gwendolen De Lacy. April 11 – July 12 2008. Read more …
The Melbourne Reef Exhibition. A satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles. 9 October 2010 - 9 January 2011. Read more …
Ronnie Sexton Aisling Gheal (bright dream). Read more …
Station Rats and other Scum Bags. Tiffaney Bishop and the SCUM PUPS. 1 February - 14 March. Read more …
Stories of Ancestors. Western Arnhem Land works by the Nganjmirra family from the Burrinja Collection. 15 January - 27 February 2011. Read more …
Aboriginal Art Across Australia. An exhibition of key works from the Burrinja / Neil McLeod Gift Collection. January 2009. Read more …
Bill Henson: Early Works from the MGA Collection. 30 July - 26 September 2010. Read more …
Apmer Mwerrangker Beautiful Country ... Ever Present Past.
Footprint of the Spirits Touring Exhibition. Read more …