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Art at Burrinja

Jun 30 – Jul 22


Growing Pains Initiative
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Express Yourself - In 50cm or Less

Growing Pains Initiative

Growing Pains recently put out the call out to their community for entries into “Express Yourself - In 50cm or Less”. This exhibition will be comprised of works that are all 50cm or less in dimension with a judging panel awarding a range of prizes.

Our judging panel includes artist Jeremy Swan, another previous exhibitor with Growing Pains, JD Mittmann, curator at Burrinja Cultural Centre, with one more judge to be announced.

Entries have been received from past exhibitors including Micaela Bumpstead and Sabrina Fraser as well as new exhibitors Lydia Walton who has sent her work from the United States of America, and Jason McIlroy, who will be the youngest ever exhibitor with Growing Pains.

Prizes include donations from Dodgy Paper and the Cameo Cinemas, art supply shop gift cards and places in the final Growing Pains Initiative exhibition for the year.

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This project is supported by Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council.



30 JUN - 16 SEP




Burrinja Foyer Gallery

Texture & Line - Part 1: 1980s Abstraction from Charles Nodrum Gallery

Burrinja proudly presents a suit of abstract paintings from the collection of Charles Nodrum Gallery in Richmond. Charles Nodrum begun collecting Australian art in the 1970s when he worked at Joseph Brown Gallery in Melbourne. In 1984 he opened his own gallery, and through careful trading over the next 30 years, it has grown significantly in number and breadth. 

A special focus of the collection is abstract painting, from which this exhibition stems. Of the 1980s works in Charles Nodrum's collection, a stylistic line can be drawn between flat, precise geometric work and textured, painterly expressionistic work. This exhibition will present significant paintings in both styles and in two parts in order to explore these two divergent types of abstraction. Featured artists in Part 1 include Alun Leach Jones, Mike Brown, George Johnson, Michael Johnson, Liz Coats, Robert Hunter, Stieg Persson, Debra Dawes, John Nixon, and Stephen Bambury.

Join us for the official opening on Sun 1st July 2pm - Charles Nodrum will open the exhibition himself, bringing his depth of knowledge of the artists and the works being presented in Line & Texture - Part 1.

Join us for the Artist talk with David Rankin (from New York) will talk about his work and career at Burrinja on Sun 9 Sep 2pm

Image: Alun Leach-Jones, Romance of Death, No. 1, 1981, acrylic, glitter, sand and ground glass on canvas, 234 x 269.5cm Copyright The Estate of the Artist, courtesy Charles Nodrum Gallery"



16 JUN - 15 JULY


Burrinja Gallery



Gerard Russo

Diode is an exhibition of illuminated copper works by Belgrave artist Gerard Russo. Using a unique copper plate composite his art practise involves traditional woodworking, painting and copper etching. ‘Diode’ explores nature, the industrial, the conscious and temporality. With each artefact the original artwork is destroyed to reveal the copper plate.  Illuminated from within; the art speaks with lux. The self-illuminating works create ambience, detaching the observer from the space in an immersive experience of light, questioning linear perceptions of time and journey. 

Join us for the Artist Talk Sun 1st Jul at 2pm

Image: Gerard Russo 'Closure'; Copper Etching, 2016



16 JUN - 15 JULY


Burrinja Gallery

Love, Thieves and Fear make Ghosts

Andrea Innocent

Ghost stories and mythology are present in both Western and Eastern cultures, however the history of these tales in Japan date back thousands of years through to the present day, as can be seen in the new medium known as J-horror; highlighting a vibrant continuous narrative.

The folklore surrounding these is well ingrained in the Japanese psyche and presents an opportunity for them to be shared across cultures to both surprise and challenge commonly held views and assumptions.

The prints featured in 'Love, Thieves and Fear make ghosts' utilize recurring Japanese motifs and the stylized imagery of block prints with a strong emphasis on shape, contrasting the ephemeral and nebulous `ghost’ subject matter with the dramatic physical presence of the visual works. 

Join us for an Artist's Talk and Ghost Stories at 1pm on Saturday 16 June

Image: Andrea Innocent 'Rokuro Kubi"



16 JUN - 15 JULY



Burrinja Gallery


Manfred Krautschneider and Janine Good

Pareidolia is the human tendency of seeing objects or patterns in unrelated imagery, such as a face on the moon. This phenomenon blurs the distinction between recognition and abstraction. Pareidolia comes into play when viewing the works of two artists whose imagery stimulates the imagination to construct a narrative, sometimes obscure and sometimes made more obvious by the occasional glimpse of figuration. Despite the common thread the sources of reference for these two artists are vastly different - one derives from a macro human construct while the other from micro biological observance. The abstract works of photography by Manfred Krautschneider and paintings by Janine Good, both based in the the Latrobe Valley, are engaging due to the inherent mystery within the imagery. 

Join us for the Artist Talk at 3pm on Sun July 1st at 3pm


Image: Manfred Krautschneider and Janine Good "Listening to the Landscape (detail)"


Faces & Forms, Alyson May




Burrinja Foyer

Faces & Forms - Alyson May

Burrinja Kids Stay and Play free family activity by local artists 

Faces and Forms aims to engage audiences of all ages in the observation of shape and structure of contemporary art.  In a society of increased visual language, it is important for the human eye to perceive and the brain to connote meaning from abstract forms.

In the Faces and Forms interactive installation children, and adults, can draw their own self-portrait or that of a friend on the perspex picture frames. Portraiture conveys humanities role in the world.  Visitors will experience the excitement of observing and drawing the lines and shapes that make up a portrait.

Each activity provides the opportunity to observe and reconstruct portraiture and amazing local art work.


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WAM (Where Artists Meet)

Are you spending hours alone in the studio…?

Do you want to meet other artists? Discuss creative ideas? Develop new artistic networks?

Here’s your chance to get out, have some fun and talk shop with other local artists with Friday night drinks!

Burrinja invites you to our local Artist Social.

The theme for this happening is ‘Celebrating Female Artists’ with special guests willing to share their insights in feminism and stories of gender. With the Dandenong Ranges rich and abundant cultural landscape Burrinja’s WAM events are a great opportunity to develop new creative networks, find out about potential opportunities and connect with your local arts community.

You will also get a sneak preview of the Women Painting Women Exhibition.

Artists of all art forms are invited



21 JUL - 19 AUG


Burrinja Gallery



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Women Painting Women   

Realist portrait painting by Australian female artists.   

Women Painting Women is a major exhibition of portraiture oil painting and features recent works by Sally Ryan (NSW), Megan Roodenrys (SA), Dagmar Cyrulla, Vicki Sullivan, Fiona Bilbrough, Raelene Sharp and Heather Ellis (all VIC).

Giving insights into the relationships between the artists and their sitters (among these Yorta-Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham, actress Sigrid Thornton, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty and labour senator Penny Wong), the works touch on a variety of contemporary themes while revealing personal stories of reward and loss.

Taking its inspiration from the realist painting movement in the United States, the exhibition celebrates the talent of female portrait artists and the women who sit for them, and is the second instalment at Burrinja after its successful show in 2016.    

"This exhibition uniquely honours the female spirit - of realist painters and their sitters” - artist Vicki Sullivan

Join us for the official opening of the exhibition on Sunday, 22 July, at 3pm. The exhibition will be opened by Carmel O’Connor, President, Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors.


Image: Sally Ryan, Yassmin Abdel Magied, Oil on linen 115.2 x 80.3cm






25 AUG - 23 SEPT

Wild Awards 2018

The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia presents their major biennial exhibition ‘The Wild Awards’ in the Burrinja Gallery.

Be moved by this unique exhibition and the passion and talent of a diverse range of artists from the Australasian region. The exhibition features an exquisite array of different animal species and habitats in sculpture, painting and works on paper.

‘The Wild Awards’ encapsulates art excellence and this fine display proudly demonstrates the Society members’ strong passion and respect for wildlife and its habitat. Be delighted and inspired by this stunning collection of beautiful wildlife imagery by The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia.

“Intriguing and inspiring artwork. It’s always a joy to see a WASA exhibition.”- Kris Peter President Wildlife Art Society of Australasia

Image: Grand Elder Statesman by Steve Morvell gold prize winner 2016 Wild Awards






29 SEP - 25 NOV

Masters of Aboriginal Contemporary Art #2    
Minnie Pwerle : Beginnings 

Celebrating the work of one of the world’s great painters. 

Minnie Pwerle (1919-2006) grew up at Utopia, a former cattle station 300 km northeast from Alice Springs (also known as Urupuntja), home to the Anmatjerre language group. The story of her life was one of struggle and endurance. In 1999, at the age of 80, she took up painting and soon gained national recognition. The use of bold brushstrokes and bold, vibrant colours became her trademark, as did paintings of small bush melons and women’s body-painting designs.  
The exhibition surveys Minnie’s Pwerle’s oeuvre and features a series of unseen paintings including the very first ones she produced in 1999.
"Paintings of striking expressionistic quality.” – Burrinja Curator JD Mittmann

Image: Minnie Pwele






1 DEC 2018 - 10 FEB 2019

Black Mist Burnt Country

Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art

In the 1950s Australia became the nuclear testing ground for the British Government. A total of 12 atomic tests were conducted. Sixty years after the events Black Mist Burnt Country revisits the history of the test program at Maralinga, Emu Field and Monte Bello Island, through works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists across the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, music and new media spanning seven decades.  An award winning Burrinja national touring exhibition.    

“Powerful, though-provoking, moving - a must-see.” - 2017 Audience member

Image: ROSEMARY LAING, 'One Dozen Considerations - Emu -Totem I', c-type photograph, 49 x 76 cm, 2013, copyright: the artist





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