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Burrinja Arties

The Burrinja Arties are a group of local people mostly living in supported residential accommodation who meet weekly with Creative Arts therapist Lynette Forrest to produce unique artworks that tell their story. The program is designed to help expand social support for those who are ‘at risk of homelessness’.

These sessions are the highlight of the artists’ week and their annual exhibition gives the group and the works they create visibility and recognition in the community. It is an arts-based skills and learning program with an emphasis on active cultural participation that enriches understandings of community and culture, while teaching art techniques and socialisation skills.

This year the Arties have tackled the concept of ‘A Whisper and Flutter, and the Butterfly Effect. This has been through both performance and visual art making and exhibiting. The ‘Butterfly Ball’ was a full participatory event held in July 2015 with the Arties hosting many others with songs, performances, dance and most of all, fun! From there, they continued to work with mentor artists toward their exhibition 'A Whisper and a Flutter' in October 2015.

A feature article on the Arties in the Foothills publication clearly made the connection between this program and positive outcomes for mental well-being. The program ‘challenges the participants to take positive risks by trying new activities, learning with artist mentors, exhibiting, performing, and more!
- LYNETTE FORREST | Creative Arts Therapist

Program Funding provided by the Department of Health.



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Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone & Jake Berthelot give a  very moving welcome to country for Reconcilliation Week 2020 on behalf of the Burrinja Board and Staff.


In line with current advice regarding COVID-19 upcoming Burrinja performances will be cancelled or rescheduled to the latter half of 2020.

The safety and well-being of our patrons, staff, volunteers, artists and performers and the community is our top priority. As a result some of the more immediate shows have had to be cancelled while many other shows have been rescheduled for later in the year. 

Please see the detailed information here

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Loose Ends
Wed 23 Sep 11am

Step into a magical world of wonders and wacky contraptions

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A Cabaret Star for Hire
Sat 10 Oct 7.30pm

A recently retired showgirl discovering her new life’s purpose ... become a secret agent and uncover a global plot. 

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Lloyd Spiegel returns to Burrinja
Sat 21 Nov 7.30pm

Acoustic Blues trailblazer Lloyd Spiegel is back at Burrinja by popular demand!

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Whitehorse Orchestra Bruch’s Violin Concerto
Sun 8 Nov 2pm 

The Whitehorse Orchestra returns to the Burrinja stage in 2020 to perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto.  

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Burrinja acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we meet, share and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land. 

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