Art at Burrinja


Burrinja is being internally redeveloped, the cafe, galleries and studios will reopen in April 2020



APR 23 - MAY 17


Burrinja Gallery


Wabi - Sabi | the Beauty of Imperfection

Each year Dandenong Ranges Open Studios participating artists are asked to create a work based on a collective theme. This year’s theme is WABI-SABI, the Beauty of Imperfection, a Japanese philosophy which encourages us to focus on the blessings hiding in our daily lives and celebrate the way things are rather than how we think they should be. The group exhibition is a unique opportunity to see work from all the artists in one location and select the studios that most intrigue or inspire you to visit during the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios weekend.

Please join us for the exhibition opening on April 23 , 7pm.

This exhibition will be the first exhibition in the new Burrinja Gallery.



Open Studios Weekend
SAT 9 & SUN 10 MAY 2020
Group Exhibition
APR 23 - MAY 17, 2020 


2020 Dandenong Ranges Open Studios

Come and explore the secrets of the Dandenong Range’s with this creative and inspiring cultural experience. The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios takes you down the fern lined lanes of the hills to discover a selection of the most intriguing studios. Explore and connect with artists, ignite your creative imagination and step into the hidden gems, curious constructions and awe inspiring spaces of the artists’ creative environments.

Visit the exhibition at the Burrinja Gallery and select the studios that most intrigue or inspire you. You will have the unique opportunity to purchase artwork and hand crafted items directly from the artists, informed by new insight into their creative world.

Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is the biggest creative 'Open Door' of the region.


SAT 9 & SUN 10 MAY 2020 

Visit studios between 10am and 5pm during the Open Weekend.



JUN 27 - JUL 26


Burrinja Gallery


Ches Mills, Rona Green & Joy Serwylo

3 distinct exhibitions from 3 Hills artists exploring the wonder of nature and humanity.

Ches Mills
As a consequence of global warming our oceans are rising and becoming warmer endangering our current shoreline and reef ecologies. The art captures the beauty, complexities and wonder of the ecosystems and to emphasises the urgent need to protect them.

Rona Green
Some they do and some they don't and some you just can't tell is an exhibition comprising fanciful hand coloured linocut prints of anthropomorphised native and introduced animals exploring ideas about the nature of individuality.

Joy Serwylo
Joy draws and paints and collages and constructs books and dioramas, trying to document the demise of our beautiful world while hoping there is still time to rescue it.

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Image Credits (from left to right)

Ches Mills, Treasured (detail), Acrylic, ink and gouache on linen, 120 cm x 120 cm
Rona Green, Submission Magician (detail), hand coloured linocut, 56 cm x 76 cm
Joy Serwylo, Untitled burnt book (detail), Deconstructed, burnt and rebound book, 20 cm X 14 cm


AUG 8 - SEP 16


Burrinja Gallery


3 Perspectives | Mary Tonkin, Fred Williams & Miles Evergood.

At one time each of the artists was a Dandenong Ranges local.
The works featured draw from the surrounding landscape of the places they called home.

Mary Tonkin 
Contemporary plein air landscape artist whose detailed large scale representations reflect the forest/bush at her family’s farm estate at Kalorama.

Fred Williams 
One of Australian most significant artists who redefined landscape painting during his Upwey years

Miles Evergood
An impressionist whose 1930s Kalorama paintings are characterised by strong colours and expressive brushstrokes and use of palette knife.


Image Credits (from left to right)

Mary Tonkin (1973 - ), SPRITZER (detail) , KALORAMA 2019, oil on linen, 63cm x 81cm
Fred Williams (1927 – 1982), Evening sky (detail) , Upwey 1965, oil on canvas, 135 x 130 cm, Courtesy TarraWarra Museum of Art
Miles Evergood  (1871 - 1939), Silvan Dam (detail) (possibly a study for Kalorama No 2), 1938, oil on board, 41 x 31 cm


SEP 19 - OCT 18


Burrinja Gallery


Wild Awards 2020

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. 

Image Credit: He Says the Funniest Things, pencil by Janet Matthews WASA Artist of the Year 2017.


OCT 27 2020 - JAN 17 2021


Burrinja Gallery


Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams (Director of Umbrella Studio contemporary arts), the exhibition brings together a selection of about 30 works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, twenty-five years after the historic achievement.

Each artist has responded to an aspect of Eddie Mabo that they are drawn to, whether it is his life, politics, activism, or legacy. The works come together in surprising ways with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, celebrating a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is an Umbrella Studio touring exhibition.

Image Credit: Arone Meeks, Mabo 25 & Big Wet Community, 2018. Painting on canvas, diptych, 183 x 62 cm. Photo: Carl Warner.

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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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