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Art at Burrinja

FEB 13 to MAR 13



Gallery Visit

Wed - Sat, 10.30am or 1.30pm

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Closing Night Festivities

Fri 12 March 6pm - 8pm

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VCE Creative Showcase 2021 - exhibition now on!

VCE Creative Showcase is the largest showcase of emerging artists from across the Yarra Ranges region, featuring students who have completed VCE Art or Studio Art. This dynamic exhibition and project is an insight into the artistic minds of our youngest and brightest creatives.

After a challenging year, these students are displaying their hard work for the community to enjoy. Engage with a diverse range of artworks, from photography to sculpture.

Hosted at Burrinja Cultural Centre in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council, the exhibition is professionally curated, featuring students who were successful in the application process. Celebrate another year of creativity at the VCE Creative Showcase Exhibition. 

“2020 was a challenging year for most so it has been particularly incredible to witness the insight, creativity and talent coming from our community’s emerging artists, who endured the challenges of VCE through COVID-19. I am proud we can offer these opportunities, provide a platform for the emerging artists of the region and showcase their incredible work.” – Mayor Cr Fiona McAllister

Join us for the closing night festivities on Fri 12th March 6pm - 8pm ~ Bookings Essential


Image: ‘Solitude’ Abbey Clerke (Mt Evelyn Christian College), 2020



6 Mar - 11 Apr


Burrinja Gallery


Sat 13 Mar 2 - 4pm

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Gallery Visit

Wed - Sat, 10.30am or 1.30pm

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Women Painting Women III   

Women Painting Women is a major exhibition of portraiture in traditional oil painting. It presents award winning realist painters from Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. Taking its inspiration from the Women Painting Women exhibitions in the United States, this is the third Australian instalment of the Women Painting Women phenomenon which celebrates traditional realist painting and the talent of female artists.    

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

Some of this years artists include: 

From Victoria: Lisa Axiotis, Dagmar Cyrulla, Jacqui Grantford, Liz Gridley, Vicki Sullivan

From NSW: Kim Leutwyler, Colleen Stapleton, Sally Ryan

From South Australia: Tsering Hannaford

From Queensland: Elizabeth Barden, Anne-Marie Zanetti

From ACT: Narelle Zeller

Join us for the opening on Saturday 13 March at 2pm - Bookings essential




Image: Liz Gridley, After Anguish (2019) Oil on Aluminium 65x65cm





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Holding Pattern


New work, new ideas, from the new world. Responding to the idea of ‘the anthropause’ (a considerable global slowing of modern human activities, notably travel, due to COVID-19 restrictions affecting the flow of human movement globally), five contemporary artists are commissioned by Burrinja to make new digital works.

The project will be delivered to audiences via their own mobile phones, turning our hand held screens into the stages of our future.

A new work delivered to audiences each Thursday throughout April.

Artists include Gretel Taylor, Roderick Price, Julien Macandili, Rhys Kiekegaard, and Edwina Green.

"Over the past few months, many countries around the world went into lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19. Brought about by the most tragic circumstances, this period of unusually reduced human mobility — which we suggest be coined ‘anthropause’ — may provide important insights into human–wildlife interactions in the twenty-first century. Anecdotal observations indicate that many animal species are enjoying the newly afforded peace and quiet, while others, surprisingly, seem to have come under increased pressure." - www.nature.com





18 APR - 9 MAY


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.



Open Studios Weekend
Sat & Sun, May 8 + 9
Group Exhibition
18 APR - 9 MAY


2021 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.

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

For more details about the Artists & the Studios click here



15 May - 4 Jul 


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The Ranges | 3 Perspectives

At one time each of the artists was a Dandenong ranges resident. 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 at her family’s property in Kalorama.

Fred Williams: Australia’s most iconic landscape artist redefined painting in the Australian bush during his ‘Upwey years’ from 1963-68.

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

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Image Credit: (left to right): Mary Tonkin, Ramble, Kalorama 2017-19 (detail) oil on linen,Fred Williams (1927 - 1982), UPWEY LANDSCAPE, oil on canvas, , Miles Evergood (1871 - 1939) c. 1935 – 1938, oil on canvas

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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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