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August - October 2016


Burrinja Foyer

Burrinja Kids Stay and Play

Created by Tamara McLeish of ArtTreeCreations

We all love colour & our 3 beautiful animal friends need your help. During the cold winter season they have all lost thier colour, spring is coming & they want to get their colourful bodies back. Colour makes us happy, it can influence our day & can make us creative.

Choose a feather or a scale from the picture (they are attached with velcro) make it as colourful as possible & add a little design to personalise it. Pop it back onto the picture then invite your friends to help out with the rest.


Image: Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Bush Yam Dreaming, Acrylic on canvas 183 x 152, 1995 (detail)


16 September – 27 November


Burrinja Gallery

Masters of Aboriginal Contemporary Art

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

A survey exhibition of one of the Western Desert art movement’s most important artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Credited with taking Australian indigenous art to the world ‘Emily’ is one of our most iconic and collectable painters. An Anmatyerre elder, keeper of the Alhalkere Women's Dreaming stories, she was in in her 70’s before she began capturing this deeply significant cultural heritage on canvas.

This exhibition is part of Burrinja's Masters of Aboriginal Contemporary Art series which presents an intriguing portrait of Australia’s most revered Aboriginal and contemporary artists.

“Kngwarreye's prominence is no overnight sensation; it finds its roots in a lifetime of ritual and artistic activity. Her energetic paintings are a response to the land of her birth, Alhalkere, north of Alice Springs …  the contours of the landscape, the cycles of seasons, the parched land, the flow of flooding waters and sweeping rains, the patterns of seeds and the shape of plants, and the spiritual forces which imbue the country. Kngwarreye's vision of the land is unique; her paintings challenge the way we look at art by Aboriginal Australians” Wally Caruana, National Gallery of Australia

‘Few artists have painted the country like she has, with an ability to penetrate its very soul'. -Margo Neale, curator of her 1998 retrospective exhibition

Understanding Emily – from a state of ignorance.
Blog by Paul O'Halloran



Thursday 29 September




Burrinja Theatre



'My Neighbour is a Fairy' story time at Burrinja

Written by Jody Stokes and Illustrated by Margaret Krajnc

'My Neighbour is a Fairy' is gentle and fun story about autism, encouraging children to be inclusive of people who see the world in ‘different ways’.

When Tom moves next door, Meg is excited to have a new neighbour. But she soon realises that Tom is different to the other kids she knows. He doesn’t talk in recognisable words and sees him doing the same things over and over again. Meg decides that Tom must be a fairy.

Join us for an inclusive story time with illustrator Margaret Krajnc

Any fairies welcome.



Applications due 2 October


Be part of the 2017 Dandenong Ranges Open Studios

Artists, Makers, Creators and Dreamers - we want to hear from you!
Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is the biggest creative 'Open Door' of the region

With almost 7000 studio visits in 2016, Creative Culture Vultures from local haunts and further afield ascend into the hills to meet the creative folk that make this region so creatively vibrant.
And right now, until the end of September, is your chance to take part.

OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND Sat & Sun 29 + 30 April, 10am and 5pm
Exhibition opening and event launch event: Friday, 31st March @ 7pm

Full details and applications at openstudios.org.au



10 Dec - 12 Feb


Burrinja Gallery

Wominjeka: A New Beginning

Wominjeka: A New Beginning celebrates 30 years of the Koorie Heritage Trust. This project highlights cultural continuities alongside new modes of creative practice in the work of five cross-generational early career artists; Georgia MacGuire, Aunty Marlene Gilson, Mitch Mahoney, Josh Muir and Raymond Young.

Each of the participating artists has developed new work in dialogue with the Trust’s significant collections of objects, artworks, archives and oral histories – each identifying objects and artifacts that share or spark a connection with their own artistic practice, personal or cultural enquiry. Over a three-month period the artists worked alongside senior mentors; Maree Clarke, Lee Darroch, Ray Thomas and Peter Waples-Crowe to explore the Trust’s Collections and to develop new works in dialogue with the past.

The exhibition presents this new work alongside the objects of inspiration from the Trust’s collection. Exhibited works utilise a broad array of media, materials and techniques including; painting, animal skin cloaks and textiles, bark and feather flowers, clay shields and digital prints.

Exhibition coordinator: Jan Duffy,  Koorie Heritage Trust

Image: Aunty Marlene Gilson
(Wathaurung / Wadawurrung) (detail)
Marngrook Football, 2015
acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist

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