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24 AUG - 23 SEP


Burrinja Gallery

Mater Christi College Arts Show
Mater Christi College students in Years 7-12

Mater Christi College is proud to present exemplar work created by students in Years 7 -12. The wide range of work on display is representative of their studies in Art, Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design. The variety of skill on show varies between drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, digital media, textile and collage pieces.

Image "Change" - Caitlin De Chalain-May, Year 11


25 AUG - 23 SEPT

Opening & Award Ceremony

26 AUG 2PM 

Artist Talk 


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

Artist talk with Stephen Powell & Janet Matthews in the Burrinja Gallery on Sun 16 Sep 2pm.

Come and here two wildlife artists speak about their work and inspiration with some tales of wildlife adventures. 

WASA's Janet Matthews, Steve Powell and President Kris Peter  will be delighted to take you on a tour of the  Wildlife Art Society of Australasia's artworks on show. 


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






15 AUG - 7 OCT



Burrinja Foyer Gallery

Texture & Line - Part 2: Figurative Abstraction1980s 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 2 include James Gleeson, Victor Majzner, Paul Partos, David Rankin, Stanislaus Rapotec, Michael Taylor, Jan Senbergs, Aida Tomescu, John Walker. 

Image: Stanislaus Rapotec, Storm at Mount Olympus, 1983, PVA on board, 138 x 220cm Copyright The Estate of the Artist, courtesy Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne



25 AUG - 16 SEP


Growing Pains Initiative
Burrinja Level 1

Express Yourself - In 50cm or Less

Growing Pains Initiative

We're all inspired by something or someone, with influences on our art coming from a wide range of sources. While some draw from multiple sources to inform their work, the artists in "Under the Influence" have strong influences that are clear to see.

Join us for the opening 25th August at 1pm

Exhibiting Artists

Tara Denny

Jordyn White

Paul Prato

Jackson Howell

Sophie Lesin

Stephanie Anne Reynolds

More Growing Pains Initiative

This project is supported by Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council.



SEP 22 - OCT 14 


Growing Pains Initiative
Burrinja Level 1

“Let’s Talk About Text”

Growing Pains Initiative

Bring your reading glasses because "Let's Talk About Text" might have you feeling like you're reading a novel. By the end though all these artists will have you thinking differently about text, type, and words. Whether it is the main feature or a subtle element in a composition, text brings another dimension to artwork and we're excited to showcase artists utilising this graphic element.

Join us for the opening Sept 22, 1-3pm

More Growing Pains Initiative

This project is supported by Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council.





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





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.


More about Burrinja Kids - Stay and Play



Launch event 11am Sat 13 Oct
Exhibition Oct 13 – Nov 13
Artwork collection Nov 16  – 19


Upwey Main Street

Registration has been
extended until
26th August

Adult $10 (includes board)
14 & Under $5 (includes board)

The Upwey Archies

Bringing together the creative voices and vision of our community, this project is a celebration of the people of Upwey.

Inspired by the Archibald Prize and ‘Not The Archies’, the Upwey Archies is a community portrait project.

This is your chance to create an original artwork celebrating someone special to you or to the hills, and be in the running for six awards with mystery prizes like theatre tickets and meals in Upwey. 

The Upwey Township Group, in partnership with Burrinja, are thrilled to present The Upwey Archies 2018. 


The Upwey Archies is an exhibition of portraits featured in the windows of Upwey Traders until 13 November.

For more information email Toni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Burrinja on 9754 8723


2016 artwork highlights


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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