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Studio Artists at Burrinja
Burrinja is home to a diverse and vibrant network of studio artists working in a creative atmosphere, at the region's cultural hub. Our aim is to foster an inclusive, flexible and accommodating environment where artists can nurture and expand their practice.

About the Burrinja Studios

Current Studio Vacancies

Sorry, but we have no studio vacancies currently. Do feel free to get in touch about future possibilities

How to apply

Matthew Riley - Studio 2

Matthew Riley is a designer, researcher and lecturer in animation, games and interactivity at RMIT University who has received international and national recognition for his practice. He is currently completing a PhD in the Games and Animation department at Swinburne University where he is developing a pervasive mixed reality artwork situated within the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

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Eliza Phillips - Studio 3

Eliza works with found objects and mixed media. She is heavily influenced by literature, fairy tales in particular. Mostly working in 3D, but also drawing and painting.

Jacqueline Grace, Beautiful Wasteland - Studio 3

Jacqueline is an eco-printing textile artist. She explores the inexhaustible vitality that bursts as botanical matter, metal, cloth and water dance. Her artworks are imbued with these moments of meeting. In her studio you will chance upon a fire pit with simmering dye pots, leaves, weathered bones, silken threads and fragments of poems..

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Website: www.beautifulwasteland.com.au

Michele Fountain and Metafour Studio - Studio 4

Michele is a practicing local artist who works with textiles. She is primarily a handweaver, working mostly with rigid heddle looms. She also explores stitch and sculptural work, incorporating textile techniques and industrial materials.

Michele enjoys working with natural, primarily locally sourced materials in her handwoven textiles, and in exploring the possibilities of weaving with non-traditional materials.

Metafour Studio also offers textile supplies and weaving equipment, and carries White Gum Wool and Schacht Spindle Company products.

tbC australia- Studio 5

Image: First week as a Studio 5 tenant at Burrinja. (We will share more photos as the studio space develops).

tbC engages young artists in a variety of professional art making processes, mediums, and collaborative practices. Young artists claim professional recognition via highly ‘visible’ contemporary creative activity and the arts model attracts a broad and sustained youth membership. The program also connects young artists to a range of art industry projects and a developing client base, training and employing young members as creative programmers, public speakers, designers, art administrators, curators and project managers. tbC’s artistic practice is gaining national and international recognition with creative commissions, research and partnership projects across Australia, the UK and the US.

You can find out more about tbC and its youth membership program at tbcaustralia.org.

Dave Thomson: Lost Few - Studio 6

Dave Thomson (Lost Few) is a sound artist focusing on the translation of spatiality in both natural and urban landscapes by means of physical and sonic transformation.

The solo project of Dave Thomson (Melbourne, Australia), Lost Few serves as an exploration of sound design, video installation and audial journeys that seamlessly provoke and push audiences.

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Justine Walsh - entwineArts

A fresh addition the hills arts community, entwineArts is a new creative enterprise run by local poet, musician and performance artist Justine Walsh.

Running workshops, events and specialized tuition largely for youth (12-26 years), entwineArts provides engaging experiences in a dynamic, fun & nourishing environment. Our aim is to collaboratively weave ideas, skills and expression, building a richer & stronger community through creativity.

About the Director
Justine Walsh is a multi-disciplinary artist and event facilitator who is continuously developing her practise through performance, collaboration, community engagement and research.

Hailing originally from the hills of Perth, Justine has been living and working in Melbourne since 2009. She founded the spoken word event To the Ends of the ‘Verse in 2012 and has been running & growing it since. She has performed locally and around the country as a solo musician and poet, and as a band member.

Passionate about arts, community, culture and the environment, Justine has been involved with Burrinja Cultural Centre since 2012 and has worked on many community arts events in various capacities, such as End of the Line Festival, Belgrave Lantern Parade, hillsceneLIVE Festival, Belgrave Busker’s Festival and Dandenong Ranges Open Studios.

Justine has been an artist, workshop facilitator and mentor at youth arts collective tbC since 2012 also, which has provided many opportunities & experiences to work with artists of various ages, disciplines and levels of expertise.

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For more info visit entwinearts.com.au


Rain White - The Workshop

My art is an exploration and development of a deeply personal symbolic language. These symbols reflect and explore a deep connection to land and earth. These artworks have emerged, inspired by the eternal presence of nature. Each artwork is an autobiographical narrative, a response to events and emotions that arise along life’s journey.


Steven Firman - The Workshop

Steven immersed himself in German culture, whilst living there for three years with his family (2011-2014). During this time she travelled widely throughout Europe. Since returning to the Dandenong Ranges, he has begun a new series of painting, under the working title, Tree Change. Inspired by the natural world, with a nod to Escher and Magritte, Steven's paintings seek to capture the irrational world of a child where real places become the setting for magical things to happen.

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Sue McQueen - The Workshop

Local jeweler Sue McQueen works with glass and ceramics to fine create forest inspired pieces.

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