30 JUN - 12 AUG
Burrinja Foyer 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.
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"
Jutta Malnic: Mwaga - A bird at the end of the world
Mwaga is a photographic essay captured by Jutta Malnic on a small island in the East of Papua New Guinea in the 1980s. It shows the near-synergic relationship between the people on the island and the Mwaga gannets, a bird species locally referred to as ‘navigator birds’. Ancient Polynesian seafarers used these birds’ behaviour and movements as a navigation guide.
Jutta Malnic is a Sydney-based photographer born in Berlin to a German father and Australian mother in 1924. After her family move to Australia in 1948, Jutta Malnic soon began to work as a on-board photographer for a shipping line. Between 1950 and 1969, Jutta Malnic sailed on 72 cruises around the South Pacific Islands. She developed deep relationships with the people of the region. Talking to the islands’ Chiefs, shermen, women and children, she was taught about the culture and legends in the Pacific Islands — and captured her impressions through the lens of her camera. Throughout her career she published several books.
Presented in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Australien.
Join us for the exhibition opening at 2pm on Sunday 6 May
Image: Jutta Malnic Photo Series 'Mwaga, A Bird at the End of the World'
The Wonder WigWam, Amy Middleton
MAR, APR AND MAY
Burrinja Kids Stay and Play free family activity by local artistsThe Wonder Wigwam is an interactive visual and sound installation for children and families. Created as a catalyst for imaginary play, The Wonder Wigwam uses books, environment and sensory triggers to evoke imagination and wonder. It brings together elements of an outdoor dwelling that includes a wigwam constructed from wood, fabric and found materials, interactive lighting, a soundscape, and a range of books for children to enjoy that directly engages with theme of imaginary contemplation/play and idea generation. Illustrative books that do not include text will also be included for those who find reading difficult due to age or language barriers. The installation will include a soundscape made in collaboration with local sound artist Dave Thomson. The purpose of the soundscape is to offer our participants sensory triggers that support the idea of an outdoor environment. The natural environment of the Dandenong Ranges plays a large role in the conceptual development of Dave's art practice which compliments the outdoor theme of The Wonder Wigwam.
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14 January, 1 - 3 pm
Growing Pains Initiative
Burrinja Level 1
Shh! Growing Pains Silent Auction & Artist Stalls
Growing Pains InitiativeYou’re invited to silently bid on artwork donated by past Growing Pains exhibitors with the aim to raise funds for the 2018 exhibition and event program. Funds raised will be used to assist with the facilitation of workshops, hiring of speakers for events, and enabling the Growing Pains team to provide support and development opportunities for young artists.
Artworks available come from past exhibitors such as Genevieve Villaflor, Jeremy Swan, Georgia Steele, and Laura Malignaggi amongst others.
Other past exhibitors including Paul Prato, Kell Kitsch, and Emma Woodhams-Bertozzi will have stalls set up on the day, selling artworks and items, allowing event attendees to buy directly from artists, with stall sales going back to the artists themselves.
1pm – Artwork viewing, bidding registrations and artists stalls open
1.20pm – Opening words
1.30pm – Bidding opens
2.45pm – Bidding closes
2.50pm – Winning bidders announced
3pm – Event finishes
Bring a friend or two! There will be nibbles and drinks provided on the day.
Entry is FREE
More Growing Pains Initiative
This project is supported by Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council.
8 - 28 JAN 2018
This summer, here at Burrinja, enjoy our annual NGV Kids on Tour activities. Featured for all of January, new creative opportunities will be offered each week, including:
FIONA HALL: UNEASY SEASONS - COLLAGE ACTIVITY: WHO LIVES HERE? / SEND A MESSAGE!
FIONA HALL: UNEASY SEASONS - WHO LIVES HERE? FOR KIDS and FOR TEENS
NGV TRIENNIAL - MY CONTEMPORARY ART BOOK
NONSENSE - AN EXQUISITE CORPSE ACTIVITY FROM OLGA CHERNYSHEVA
EVERYBODY DRAW - PORTRAIT ACTIVITY
EVERYBODY PLAY - COLLABORATIVE BOARD GAME
Inspired by the current NGV Exhibitions: FIONA HALL: UNEASY SEASONS and NGV TRIENNIAL
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4 NOV 2017 - 4 FEB 2018
Adelaide-born Mandy Martin studied at the South Australian School of Art from 1972-75. Martin has held numerous exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Her works are held in many public and private collections across Australia. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum New York and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Between 1978 – 2003 she was a lecturer at the School of Art, Australian National University in Canberra and a fellow from 2003-06. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at ANU’s Fenner School of Environment and Society.
This exhibition is presented by Burrinja in collaboration with Australian Galleries
More info about Mandy Martin
Image: Mandy Martin 'Power Station 12' 2011, pigment and oil on linen, 51 x 51 cm
Thurs 21 Sept, 7pm - 9pm
The Skylark Room
Skylark Sangria special $5
Burrinja invites you to our first local Artist Event.
Offered as Bi monthly events throughout the year, these regular gatherings propose space for connecting and developing conversation between local creatives. WAM provides a fun and friendly environment to talk shop with other artists, share tips, discuss creative practice, projects and local arts and culture. 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.
As well as connecting with other local practitioners over a drink, each session will touch on a different arts issue or skill. This first session will consider 'Values' and include a fun activity on considering your artistic values – lead by hillsceneLIVE co-directors Justine Walsh and Toni Main. This short and easy activity is great for distilling your values as an artist and solidifying some foundations on why we make art. It offers a fun approach to addressing one of the big questions in the lives of all creatives "what are the core values of your practice?’
Before WAM join us for the 2018 Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Information Session - in the Black Box at 6pm.
AUG, SEPT & NOV
Burrinja Kids Stay and Play free family activity by local artist Julie KondaDisco Inflato invites you to tune out of the world for a short time. Grab a set of headphones, get comfy in a disco chair and enjoy listening to some fun, family friendly pop music and classic tracks. It’s your very own private disco - in between your ears! Of course, sitting can be tricky when listening to catchy, toe tapping pop tunes - so feel free to get up and dance too!
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30 SEPT - 19 NOV
Growing Pains Initiative
Burrinja Level 1
Growing Pains InitiativeReuse, recycle, cut and paste. We're celebrating the wonderful world of collage, whether it be digital or traditional... abstract or type based. 'Paste' will showcase works that get you thinking outside the box and ripped off the page.
Featuring the work of-
Opening 30th September 1-3pm drinks and nibble provided for gold coin.
Catalogues can be purchased on the day.
More Growing Pains Initiative
This project is supported by Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council.
Image: Candice Cooke 'Toilet Mixer'
9 SEPT – 5 NOV
His curiosity with Aboriginal art and culture called him to the Top End for long periods of time throughout since the 1980s. Arnhemland especially made a deep impression on him, and he returned several times to this spirited country.
Hodgkinson subsequently authored ‘Kakadu and the Arnhem Landers’, one of three diaries (‘Paris Sketchbook’ and ‘Sepik Diary’ being the others) in which he illustrated his hand written text with detailed sketches and washes.
Sense of Place will present original sketches and excerpt of this diary together with a selection of larger paintings, which show the artist as an observer exploring the spiritual connections to country and people as Hodgkinson poses on the most central of human questions: Where do we come from?
“Frank Hodgkinson is a prodigy. He is a man so various that he hardly gives you time to focus on any single one talent. He is a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a designer of habitats and ambiences. His creative energy is enormous. His curiosity is at once that of a child and a mature philosopher trying to make sense of the cosmos over which he has ranged with hunger and delight” - Morris West.
Image: Frank Hodgkinson
She Sang Him a Crocodile, Oil on Canvas, 183 x 198 cm, 1989
Exhibition on until 5 NOV
Burrinja Members $5
with Frank Hodgkinson: Sense of Place ExhibitionEnter the draw to win a special Dandenong Ranges Arts and Culture Indulgence Package worth over $500 when you purchase tickets to Frank Hodgkinson: Sense of Place at Burrinja Gallery until 5 November.
Enjoy world class theatre with Burrinja Season 2018 tickets and dinner for two at The Skylark Room plus a special night at Twilight Cottage in Olinda including breakfast hamper, bubbly and chocolates.
Burrinja Season 2018 Theatre show double pass ($72 value)
Dinner for two at The Skylark Room, Burrinja ($100 value)
A night at the stunning Twilight Cottage in Olinda including breakfast hamper, bubbly and chocolates. (value $330) Prize excludes Saturday nights
Terms and Conditions
To enter the draw purchase tickets to Burrinja exhibition Frank Hodgkinson: Sense of Place.
Only people who provide Burrinja with their contact detail will be eligible for this prize
Prize winner will be notified by Thursday 16 November 2017
Theatre tickets valid for Burrinja season shows only (excluded events by external hirers)
Vouchers are only valid for 2018.
Vouchers not transferable for cash.
Tour Arts and Culture in the region with this Visit Yarra Valley Art Lives Here Trail Map
Image: Frank Hodgkinson: Sense of Place exhibition openening
Image: Twilight Cottages, Olinda
July 8 – July 30
Growing Pains Initiative
Burrinja Level 1
Growing Pains Initiative
Gareth Kaluza, Celeste Magee, Sarah Macay, Laura Malignaggi and Dan DraperAbstractify explores the world of abstraction through the work of 6 artists across a range of mediums. It's more than just paint splashed on a canvas. It's images distorted until we barely know what they are, it's pattern, shape and form, it's emotion poured onto canvas and paper.
More Growing Pains Initiative
This project is supported by Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council.
Celeste Magee - Conversation
24 JUN - 23 JUL
Paintbrush, Loom & Hammer
Three variations on a natural history theme
Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan | Michele Fountain | Amy DuncanIn this unusual collaboration, three artists approach a common nature theme with vastly different techniques.
Sculpture artist Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan smashes found pieces of crockery and gives them new life in the form of sculptures, using these man-made shapes and materials to create interpretations of natural forms such as flowers and birds.
Handweaver and printmaker Michele Fountain creates textural objects and images featuring wildflowers and trees, using lovingly hand-crafted textiles and hand-cut linoleum prints.
Tattoo artist and painter Amy Duncan channels her love of botanicals and traditional vanitas themes into finely detailed still life paintings, featuring her own flower arrangements and found natural objects.
This eclectic collection of work is a playful reflection on and celebration of the botanical, the universal language of flowers and natural history.
Exhibition opening: Sat. 24 June, 6:00 – 9:00
24 JUN - 23 JUL
Glenn Loughrey is a Wiradjuri man from NSW and a priest at St. Oswald's Anglican Church, Glen Iris. He is an artist who fuses Indigenous art styles with Western forms of story telling. In this exhibition he presents a collection of acrylic paintings reflecting the diversity of Indigenous identity and its disconnect from the dominant culture. He explores his own journey of discovery to reclaim the sense of country on a personal and community level.
Glenn Loughrey: In Exile form the Edge - A Personal Journey
Artist Talk Sat. 1 July, 2:00– 3:30pmGlenn Loughrey will talk about his personal journey of discovery to reclaim the sense of country on a personal and community level. Rev Loughrey is a Wiradjuri man from New South Wales and priest at St. Oswald's Anglican Church in Glen Iris.
Following the talk light refreshments will be served.
Image: Turning Heaven to Earth, acrylic on canvas
24 JUN - 23 JUL
One Step at a TimeBelgrave artist Susie Parry’s passion for beauty, the intricacies of nature and the vibrancy of light falling on objects have led her to contemplate the intimate connection between nature and humans. In her exhibition One Step at a Time the representation of ground reaches to the literal and to the symbolic - the interplay of time and space in human development, represented by the shoe.
Opening Sunday 2 July, from 2 pm
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Demonstration workshop, Sunday 9 July 2-3 pm
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Image: Susie Parry
MAY, JUN & JUL
Burrinja Kids Stay and Play free family activity by local artist Renate CrowYou are invited to look at some shapes we make with our bodies. Where does that bit go in between when we connect with someone, when we thumb wrestle or Hi five. That bit in between, see inside this hidden place imprinted on silicone pieces, look closely at the textures.
What patterns do our bodies have, match up the pieces, where are they from. See if you can find the belly button!
Capture yourself, what impression will you leave in the sand?
Draw your hand shape on the community canvas and see how many we get in 3 months.
(Parents are encouraged to photograph the impressions in the sand and canvas to take home.)
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20 May - 18 June
Due to unforeseen circumstances the artists are no longer able to visit Burrinja during the exhibition.
Image: Mary James 'Desert Colours', acrylic on canvas (detail)
20 MAY – 18 JUN
Ebony Finck, Jonathan Carmichael and Vicki Moritz
Landscape photography plays a key role in defining who we are as a nation, and how we see ourselves in relation to the environment we inhabit. The landscape can play a key role in both uniting and disconnecting us.
Australia is a vast and unforgiving land, still largely uninhabited. The landscape seems charged with spiritual presence and a stark emptiness that haunts our suburbs and extends across deserts to the deep sea on every side. Across these dusty plains and rocky grounds, flora and fauna astoundingly flourish, from the wildflower to the Australian Brumby. The idea of struggle is deeply entrenched in our national psyche. Even in the harshest environments, life beckons us to understand our history and surroundings.
This exhibition draws together three Victoria-based contemporary photographers to continue this dialogue with the surrounding land. Ebony Finck, Jonathan Carmichael and Vicki Moritz present very different visual interpretations of modern Australia.
Exhibition opening Fri. 19 May, 6:30 – 8:30pm REGISTER HERE
Meet the artists: Landscape interpretations Sat. 10 June 2 – 3 pm
Ebony Finck, Vicki Moritz and Michael Carmichael will discuss their work in the current Burrinja Gallery exhibition Contemporary Australian Landscape and field questions.
Jonathan Carmichael, Birch Tree, 2015
FRI 21 APR 12pm - 1.30pm
Burrinja Black Box
Let's Play the ForestMatt Riley and Troy Innocent present recent work exploring experimental outdoor play. They will outline the Epiphyte project - an augmented reality bush walk that uses a game engine to create a new way of experiencing the natural environment. Join the project team and gain insight into the game development process, inviting input in to the playtesting leading up to thegame launch in November 2017.
Image: Matt Riley and Troy Innocent, Epiphyte
18 FEB - 19MAR
Students from Upwey High School present their creative interpretations to working with Artist in Residence, Jude Craig.
Indigo is a natural blue dye, which comes from a plant. Through a process of reduction and oxidation, indigo surrenders many shades of heavenly blue hues. With the global awareness for sustainable lifestyles, indigo is once again being considered a precious commodity. The students have gained the knowledge of how to care for this living vat and how to coax natural blue from it. Students also watched the hard-hitting documentary film, The True Cost. This film examines the impact the fashion industry is having on our planet; how ‘fast fashion’ is driving the rights and wages of workers in 3rd world countries to an intolerably low level, whilst selling us the ‘dream’ of fashion affordability.
Substantiated by investigating artists who are manipulating clothing to create works of art, this was the springboard from which students launched themselves into Invoking Indigo. They were encouraged to rip and tear garments destined for landfill and to redefine the clothing’s sculptural form. Some embraced Japanese techniques of shibori, others attempted to create a variety of clean hues on clothing to form large organic works; all conveyed the message to tread more lightly on the planet.
Artists in Schools - A Victorian Government Initiative
This exhibition will launch the 80th birthday celebrations at Upwey high School.
Image: (Detail), Jude Craig
18 FEB - 19 MAR
VCE Creative Showcase 2017
Join us on for the exhibition opening on Friday 17 February.
VCE Creative Showcase is an annual celebration of the creative talents of senior art and studio art students from across Yarra Ranges. It is an exciting opportunity to see the work of the next generation of artists in a professional gallery setting.
Hosted by Yarra Ranges Council's cultural venues and Burrinja Cultural Centre, the exhibitions deliver a diverse and exciting collection of works by our most inspiring emerging artists.
16 DEC - 5 FEB
Land & Identity
Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown | Queenie McKenzie | Maggie Watson Napangardi | Lin Onus | Rover ThomasThe connection to country is central to Aboriginal life and culture. It is elementary to Aboriginal art. This exquisite and intimate exhibition brings together works by artists with a strong connection to their land - be it the Kimberley, Central Desert, Victoria’s Barmah Forest or Maralinga. Yet Queen McKenzie, Rover Thomas, Maggie Watson Napangardi, Lin Onus and Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown had quite different connections to their country, from integral to removed to unknown. The paintings on display illustrate more than the relationship to country - they ask fundamental questions about the artist's identity.
Special Friends of Burrinja members' celebration THURS 2 FEB 6PM - 8PM
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Rover Thomas “Wolf Creek Crater”,
90 x 60 cm, acrylic and ochre on canvas, date c1996
August - October 2016
Created by Tamara McLeish of ArtTreeCreations
We all love colour & our 3 beautiful animal friends need your help. During the cold winter season they have all lost thier colour, spring is coming & they want to get their colourful bodies back. Colour makes us happy, it can influence our day & can make us creative.
Choose a feather or a scale from the picture (they are attached with velcro) make it as colourful as possible & add a little design to personalise it. Pop it back onto the picture then invite your friends to help out with the rest.
Amy Laker Bruni
Rainbow Rain and Mythical Creatures
Amy Laker Bruni is a Resident Artist at Leaf Studios, Kallista and creator & designer of label Lillbeart.
Amy’s motto is, “Life is all about having FUN…”
And laughing. Dreaming. Exploring. Feeling. Creating. Experimenting. Challenging. Enjoying.
"As adults sometimes those moments are far and few between, and it is not until we have children come into our lives that we remember how to simply be and feel the purity of life again. Those fleeting moments of joy and delight or the capacity to envelope oneself in sensation allows the connection to our inner child, or for the young to express on an emotional level how visually and textually their senses are stimulated.
My leaf rainbow with rainbow rain aims for you to discover the fun of immersing yourself in a hyperreal magical place. Walk through, run through, pause in the middle, close your eyes, run your hands around, feel the ‘rain’ on your face." Amy Laker Bruni
7 July – 7 August
“There is no dead matter, lifelessness is only a disguise behind which hides unknown forms of life” - Bruno Schultz
Eco-printing engages the pigments in leaves, natural fibres, metal and heat to create prints and imagery that cannot be orchestrated or controlled – as Rebecca Funk describes: 'this is a dance with Nature herself where we follow Her lead…'
Emerging from a series of workshops lead by local artist Jacqui Grace and soul crafter Rebecca Funk, the cohort of makers will exhibit new eco-printing based work developed from an exploration of creative process where artist, matter and cosmos are co-constructors of meaning, beauty, sacredness, art and chaos.
Dynamics between structure and emergence, individual work and collaboration, the stagnant and the ephemeral, process and outcome culminate in an exhibition which will showcase the generative process of eco-printing as we explore what lies beneath the leaf, and these constructs.
Exhibition Opening Celebration Thursday 7 July at 6pm
Image: Jacqueline Grace
2 April – 10 July
Burrinja Gallery Upstairs
For many years Jenny has been a strong, persistent and creative campaigner in the Dandenongs. On Australia Day 2015 she was awarded Yarra Ranges Environmentalist of the Year Award.
The exhibition presents a number of projects which Jenny, now in her eighties, has been involved with, and offers insight to her creative process and work with diverse ages to create art.
Burrinja marks the sad passing of Jenifer Ann Saulwick on May 20 this year.
Jenny was not only an inspirational artist and activist within our community, but contributed greatly to the establishment of the Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre - Burrinja. Jenny served on the original council committee in 1997 and was a founding member of the Association's Board in 1998, serving the cultural centre for over 10 years as a Board member until 2009 and contributing actively in many other ways to the region's artistic and cultural life. Jenny lived life to the fullest, and will be sadly missed.
Jenny Saulwick - 26.9.1934 - 20.5.2016
7 July - 7 August
Audiences will be charmed by the eclectic mix of drawing, painting and mixed media works presented in a range of styles. While championing artists at the early beginning of their careers, the exhibition also offers an insight into the interests and concerns facing young emerging artists today.
Local emerging artist Katherine Reynolds has been mentored by Burrinja curator JD Mittmann to present this exhibition. An enthusiastic and passionate part of the Hills community, Katherine has creatively contributed to numerous Hills arts projects including the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios, local exhibitions, festivals and markets.
Opening Celebration Saturday 9 July at 6pm
Image: Katherine Reynolds, Within Without, Acrylic on canvas, 61x91.5cm, 2015
4 Jun - 3 Jul
'Familiar, yet Fantastic,' Icon paintings, stained glass, lino cut prints, and photographic works; all inspired by the medieval era. Works by Betty Lawry, Kirsten Laken, Chris Lawry and Mark Noke.
The Icons painted by Betty Lawry are based on those images of Christian saints which are popular among Eastern Orthodox Churches. Betty's beautiful versions of this ages old art form are non traditional, in so much that they are painted on archival paper, and framed, rather than on blocks of wood as is more common.
Kirsten Laken's stained glassworks have a clear relationship to the stained glass and lead light church windows which amazed people of the medieval era. Her modern renditions of saints and monsters are created using traditional techniques that are centuries old, and yet with a splash of colour she has bought them into the future.
Printmaker Chris Lawry is fascinated by the gargoyles which were designed as waterspouts to protect medieval and gothic stone walls. Their often monstrous forms were thought to have an ability to ward off evil spirits. She has created a series of lino cuts based on them.
In 2002, Mark Noke walked the entirety of the 'Camino de Santiago', a pilgrimage of about 1,475 kilometres, or roughly 1,000 miles. This particular pilgrimage has been walked for over a 1,000 years. The pilgrimage began in Le Puy, France and finished in Santiago de Compostella, in Spain. These photographs reflect some of his favourite parts of his long walk.
Image: Betty Lawry (detail)
Image: Louise Daniels
Unravelling 3, Hand formed aluminium wire sculpture, 32cm high, 2015
4 June - 3 July
Opening Celebration 2:30pm Sunday 5 June
Walker Street Gallery SHE 2015 Award winner.
This powerful charcoal drawing and aluminum sculpture series represents women dealing with the burden of change and uncertainty.
Daniel's research engages communities of women and an exploration of mental health. Her imagery represents women under stress and their different responses to severe pressure. Each is fighting strains imposed on them, with varying degrees of success.
Her work highlights the importance of resilience for individuals and families, Daniels says 'women are often a quietly binding force that holds families and communities together'.
Daniels lives in Ulverstone in north-west Tasmania. She is proud to be an Aboriginal Tasmanian with a deep history connecting her to northern Tasmania.
Image: Vicki Sullivan
Into the Night, Oil on Belgian linen, 2015
30 April – 29 May 2016
Fiona Bilbrough | Jacqui Grantford | Raelene Sharp | Sally Ryan
Vicki Sullivan | Avril Thomas | Heather Ellis
Women Painting Women is a major exhibition of portraiture in traditional oil painting and bronze sculpture. It presents award winning realist painters from Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales including Fiona Bilbrough, Jacqui Grantford, Raelene Sharp, Sally Ryan, Vicki Sullivan, Avril Thomas and sculptor Heather Ellis.
Taking its inspiration from the Women Painting Women exhibitions in the United States, this is the first Australian instalment of the Women Painting Women phenomenon which celebrates traditional realist painting and the talent of female artists.
Featuring well known Australian women such as Nobel Prize Nominee Dr Catherine Hamlin, actors Kerri Armstrong and Jacki Weaver, opera singer Liane Keegan, and self-portraits of the artists, the exhibition highlights the power and insight of women painting women and situates the artists’ work within the broader art historical context.
Women Painting Women Public ProgramArtist Talks with Raelene Sharp & Jacqui Grantford
Sat 7 May at 2pm | FREE | Book here or call 9754 8723
Painting Demonstrations with Fiona Bilbrough and Vicki Sullivan
Sun 15 May from 11am |FREE | No bookings required
Expert Casting discussion with Heather Ellis and Craig McDonald
Sun 22 May at 2pm | FREE | Book here or call 9754 8723
Artist Talk with Vicki Sullivan
Sat 28 May at 2pm | FREE | Book here or call 9754 8723
More info and full Public Program details here
6 February - 6 March
VCE Creative Showcase 2016
The creative excellence of VCE students from across the Yarra Ranges is celebrated in three fascinating exhibitions, hosted by council's cultural venues.
2015 Art and Studio Arts graduates will be part the ninth annual showcase which delivers a diverse and revealing collection of works by our freshest and most inspiring emerging artists.
Exhibitions will be presented in 2016 supported by Red Earth Gallery at Mooroolbark Community Centre, Jarmbi Gallery at Burrinja Cultural Centre and The Memo Gallery at The Memo.
12 June - 12 July
Helen Pallikaros: Within, without
Burrinja City of Dandenong's Walker St Gallery She…2014 Award winner Helen Pallikaros’ solo exhibition Within, without showcases a body of her work developed over the past five years. From fleeting moments of sculptural encounter to deeper engagements with image, form and materiality, Pallikaros investigates the realm of body and the psychological landscape.
In her practice Pallikaros uses drawing, collage, sculpture, performance and photography to consider the relationship between the human emotive and psychological conditions and our animalistic, primal origins.
12 June - 12 July
Jessie’s sculptural mosaics explore the tensions of the arts of disguise whereby the environment becomes the subject and the subject its environment. While Katherine uses paint to explore the unique qualities of different animals and how they can be camouflaged within an environment.
Through patterns, repetition and colour, anything and everything can be disguised within an artwork. Mimicry is a visual exploration of the ways mimicry and camouflage can be depicted.
Official opening Saturday 13 June, 2:30pm
Meet the artists & Demonstrations Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 June, Burrinja Studio 4
8 May 2015 – 7 June
Jarmbi Gallery Downstairs
While the inspiration from and response to the natural environment informs much of their work, the concept of More than Green extends beyond the visual. These artists are also exploring eco-dyes, zero waste production, sustainable practice and recycling; processes which remain mostly hidden but are an intrinsic part of the artworks.
They produce original, meaningful pieces in a tactile and familiar medium; yet one which can be re-interpreted in a contemporary and expressive way.
Official opening Friday 8 May 7pm
Floor talk with Jill Migliette Sunday 17 May, 12pm & 1pm
Demonstrationswith Heather Walters & Diane Mattiske 11am -3pm
8 May - 7 June
Orly Faya is an Australian born, International artist and traveller of twelve years who has delved deeply into the realm of mimetism within body painting and photography over the last 18 months.
Painting human bodies into the various landscapes around the globe, Orly's message is clear: We came from the earth, are of the earth, and will return to the earth. It is time to remember who we are and recognise the importance of honouring our harmonious existence.
Orly's debut exhibition is a celebration of creation itself, sharing the stories of the artworks, organic collaborations with Mother Earth in all her spontaneous glory and the people who stand to merge, their strength and determination within intensity beyond explanation. You are invited to share this special debut occasion and take the opportunity to connect with Orly's unique pieces, presented to a live audience for the first time ever.
Creation's Calling -Collaborating for Sustainability
Friday 22 May at 7pm
An evening of celebrating humanity's connection to the earth through creative expression.
Kevisato Duncan Sanyü Meyasetsu from The Wilderness Society sharing the amazing work they do and why they do it...
Liana Perillo on the Harp, Bloodwood - Elle Plume Reika Sroyphet & Cassie, + more Local Acts from the Dandenong!
LIVE BODY PAINTING - Orly Faya Snir and Serra Stone
SPOKEN WORD POETRY
Marija Heart ♥, Shoshana Sadia, Justine Walsh, Orly Faya, AND MORE...!
Chick here for more info on The Gaia project
16 May - 28 June
The last decade saw the rise of a new art form as thousands of aerosol based stencil paintings appeared in Melbourne’s laneways. Melbourne became known as ‘stencil capital’. Before long stencil art evolved and moved from the street into the gallery.
Showcasing over 200 works from private collections by key artists including Psalm, Phibs, Haha, Meek, Meggs, Rone, Ghostpatrol, Satta among others this exhibition presents the formative period of one of Australia’s most dynamic art movements.
Curated by JD Mittmann, director of the Melbourne Stencil Festival 2004 - 2008.
During the exhibition come along to Guided Tours with Melbourne Stencil Festival director JD Mittmann, join local artists Hugo Racz, Amy Middleton and Brit Westaway creating murals and stencils in Burrinja's Studio 5 and engage with Jacqui Grace's Kids Corner activities.
Stencil Poster CompetitionBurrinja invites everyone to create their own stencils posters - print out the poster template here or pick one up at the show, photocopy it, enlarge it, reduce it and repeat it however you like, put your stencil on it and post it up!
Share photos of your finished poster on Instagram with the hashtag #burrinjastencilexhibition
5 December - 18 January 2015
Jarmbi Upstairs Gallery
A truly remarkable exhibition by two of the real innovators in the international art scene: Felice Cipriani and Neil McLeod are about to launch a series of abstract paintings into the art world with exhibitions in China, Russia and France in 2015/16. Felice Cipriani was once described by Salvador Dali as "a true artist". This exhibition is the result of the collaboration of the two artists and long-time companions.
31 October - 30 November
Jarmbi Downstairs Gallery
Our world can cover the personal to the political, the microcosm to the macrocosm. The cross roads the Arties have had in their life, with all their ups and downs, To what is precious to us in our world environment and what we stand to loose forever , If we don't act now!
Official Opening: Friday 31 October, 10:30am
1 August - 14 September
Marita Reynolds: Feathers, Furs and Fins
Marita has created a series of works focusing on native birds, whales, turtles and elephants. Using graphite and coloured pencils, in varying ways, she has re-created the feel and look of feathers, furs and fins. A wonderful selection of works that invite you to reflect on the nature that surrounds you from day-to-day.
5 September - 16 November
Yarra Ranges Residents and Jarmbi Members are Free.
Pictorial Letter from Arlpwe at Ali Curung
Artists from Ali Curung, visit Burrinja for a week of demonstrations, cultural education and to present a showcase exhibition of works from the region’s artists.
For the second consecutive year, the exhibition showcases new paintings featuring Kaiditch (Kaytetye) country in a traditional and modern style as well as traditional artefacts.
Gallery Tours: Thursday and Saturday at 11am
Included in Gallery Entrance.
DLux Media and University of Sydney
This screen based touring exhibition features ten contemporary Australian video artists, including Angelica Mesiti, John Conomos, Grant Stevens and Deborah Kelly.
Reflecting on two distinctive and opposite visions of the Australian cultural landscape, that of the vast centre to the built up city peripheries, the exhibition explores these contrasts through various techniques such as documentary film, narrative sequence and the use of found footage.
Curated by dLux MediaArts in association with Geoffrey Weary, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
She’ll be right, mate?
An Indigenous History in Australian Cartoons
Drawn from the extensive archive of the Australian Cartoon Museum this exhibition chronicles issues of Indigenous affairs in Australian society, sports and politics in the last 30 years.
Australia’s best cartoonists will surprise, shock and make us laugh. Featured are Nicholson, Jeff, Spooner, Knight, Leunig, OZ and many more, surveying representations of Indigenous issues and snapshots in time that illustrates Australia’s often rocky road towards reconciliation from the Bicentenary to the Apology.
Accompanied by a public and education program of workshops, demonstrations, tours and talks.
Curated by James Bridges - Australian Cartoon Museum, and JD Mittmann, Curator and Manager of Collections, Burrinja.
23 - 29 June 2014
The Best of Belgrave Lantern Parade
The annual Belgrave Lantern Parade is a highlight in the local event calendar, with thousands of hills residents marching their lanterns, small and big, up and down the main street. For those who are not able to attend and those who want to have a closer look at the fantastic creations this exhibition will offer a delightful display.
20 June - 20 July
The Hills Potters
High Tea – The Deconstructed Party
Lynne Lindsay, Juliet Widdows, Rob Knighton, Jenny Rowe, Lee Goller, Glenn England and Babette Bruders present a highly engaging and interactive exhibtion of 2D and 3D works.
A central table setting is to be the focus of this exhibition, with paper napkins, tablecloth and placemats on which conversations between the artists and visitors are recorded. Artists will contribute to the table settings with a variety of ceramic tableware.
Viewers are invited to read, peruse these and respond, while perhaps having ‘a cuppa and a chat’.
13 June - 27 July
Pauline Bailey: As I See It
This exhibition is all about Melbourne as I see it, memories of certain places, feelings, experiences and observations all of which tell a story. I am also very passionate about the local music scene and this too is a recurring theme in my work. The attached images are part of a series I have been working on which explores the city and surrounding suburbs.
The pieces I intend to exhibit depict railway stations, disused buildings, pubs, cafés and other structures; some are well known icons but others that are not so familiar are just as interesting. To me all of these places represent everything that is unique and exciting about Melbourne.
Pauline was born in Oakleigh and has lived in Gippsland since 1990.
23 May – 15 June
Jarmbi Downstairs Gallery
Tabula Rasa - accurately describing both my current outlook, as well as my artistic structure in one concise phrase.
The Latin term tabula rasa translates in English to “clean slate”, which refers to starting again.
Having finished high school last year, I feel as though I have moved onto a new chapter in my life, my routine has totally changed and my mind is fresh, it’s as though I am starting again; a clean slate.
The term also specifically refers to a scraped tablet from which writing has been erased. From a creative perspective this solely relates to most of my art, in which I often scrub out entire sections of the image to either start again or simply cover over with more paint. By removing or crossing out words and lines, they become more meaningful in their absence.
28 March - 22 June
Rod Moss has been a resident of Alice Springs since 1984. His paintings are a result of his unique and close relationship with the Arrente community of Whitegate, one of several town camps on the outskirts of Alice Springs. In his carefully constructed and referenced paintings he presents the Whitegate families in everyday life situations, with strong connectedness through country and kinship.
Through additional audio stories told by the artist, the exhibition brings to the visitor’s attention the stories behind the carefully constructed paintings. They create an intriguing and intimate portrait of the families of Whitegate and describe the on-going struggle of the Whitegate residents with health issues, alcoholism and violence.
Rod Moss is the author of the recently published book A Thousand Cuts (2013) and The Hard Light of Day which in 2011 won the NT Book Award and the Prime Minister’s Award for Non-fiction.
Rod Moss is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery in Melbourne and Fireworks Gallery in Brisbane.
FREE Exhibition Tours - Thursday and Saturday at 11am
28 March - 22 June
Burrinja Inner Gallery
The Woodhenge Carvings comprise of nine wooden sculptures which have taken Irish woodcarver Ronnie Sexton six years to complete. These extraordinary creations range from 3 to 4 metres in height. Carved from Cedar wood and adorned with hundreds of crystals, stones, rocks and 24 carat gold-leaf gilding, each carries intricate and detailed symbols of cultures from across the planet.
13 February - 9 March
Inspired by 15th century German painter, printmaker and mathematician Albrecht Dürer, Carolyn Henry uses the medium of scratchboard to explore portraiture, expressiveness of hands and the rendering of still life.
The cycle of life, birth and ageing are represented in this body of work in a medium usually known for its illustrative qualities in the printing industry prior to computers. Carolyn has set herself the challenge of taking an unforgiving medium and bending it to her will.
Carolyn Henry is the winner of the 2013 She exhibition award at Walker St Gallery.
17 January - 2 March
Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan: Germination
A collection of Mosaic Artworks by Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan completed over her studio tenancy so far at Burrinja.
The body of work is the result of some creative experimentation (or incubation) in her artist studio in Burrinja during 2013.
Germination refers not only to the process of creating these pieces and the overall organic nature of the subject matter; it also refers to new growth of her practice, new ideas and innovative creative solutions via mosaics.
The exhibition is an investigation of organic subject matter, colour and texture using recycled crockery and tiles.
Jessie is running a workshop series on Mosaic's from February 15.
More details here.
6 December - 12 January
Tiffany Morris-North, Jacqui Christians & Adriana Alvarez :Three Little Birds
Three local artists share a passion for creating. You're invited to explore a collection of small works that will take you on a journey of nostalgia, cultural heritage and natural beauty.
These mixed media works combine paper cuts, hand stitching, illustration, paint and inks. The three artists Tiffany Morris-North, Jacqui Christians and Adriana Alvarez are friends who have exhibited together before. Their mutual passion for creating textural works means their works beautifully complement each other while still retaining their unique vision and character.
14 December – 16 March
Tues, Thurs and Sat 11am
Isabel Foster: The Challenge of Colour
Isabel’s extensive body of work shows her lifetime’s devotion to needle and thread, colour and the ingenious use of the finest materials.
As a child born between two world wars, Isabel was raised in a time where thrift was given and home furnishings were handmade. This upbringing planted the seeds of resilience, independence and creativity, which have become the hallmarks of this remarkable textile artist.
Isabel’s passionate works highlight the ability to break with conventions and push her creative boundaries.
The exhibition will feature signature pieces from Isabel’s long career spanning 45 years.
8 November - 8 December
Jessica Dib-Newbery and Alan Newbery
The Other Side of the Rock
Father and daughter duo Alan Newbery and Jessica Dib-Newbery’s work is concerned with the remote Australian landscape – specifically the red earth country, far from the green coastal fringe where most of us dwell – its majesty, vastness, colours, textures, spiritual implications and challenges.
Jessica spent time living and working in a remote community in WA. She was inspired to create this series of works based on the expanse of space, the wide open skies, colour, texture and beauty of the Australian landscape. Jessica also explores the effect and challenge of remote living, on her own mental well-being.
Alan, a remote Australian veteran, has lived and worked in distant Australian communities for over 15 years. His paintings capture the beauty, patterns and colours of the Australian desert as well as delving into a spiritual connection with the land and the juxtaposition of man-made refuse and the wonder of the natural environment. This is Alan’s first exhibition and it is the first time Jessica and Alan have exhibited together.
8 November - 8 December
Danuta Bieber & Narelle Tresize-Hardy: Limen
A collaborative exhibition of photographs which explore liminal spaces, places and experiences, created on or from shorelines.
11 October - 24 November
Burrinja Cafe & Studio Galleries
The Arties: Home
This year theArties have tackled the concept of ‘Home’. Defining and finding a home can be a difficult task; for some it is a place of solace, or comfort, for others it is simply a place to sleep. The idea of ‘Home’ for the Arties is a more difficult concept, with many of them being displaced. Their ideas are quite moving and draw from difficulties and stories from a personal place.
4 October - 3 November
Sensory Seekers : Jenny Rowe, Glenn England, Lee Goller, Babette Bruders, John Wynn-Tweg
Colours hum, line and texture seduce, Five local artists present their different approaches to the mediums of clay and paint resulting in works with emphasis on sensory ‘tactile-ness’.
For some sample images click here
25 July - 25 August
Yarra Valley Grammar: Art in Progress
Yarra Valley Grammar presents two and three dimensional art work created by students undertaking the Certificate IV in Design course. These Year 11 and 12 students aspire to a future in Art and Design and are developing their skills and understanding through the exploration of a range of new mediums and techniques. This exhibition provides them with the opportunity to exhibit their work publicly and receive feedback from their peers, family and the general public.
5 July - 1 December
Burrinja Inner Gallery
Aboriginal Bark Paintings in the McLeod Gift Collection
The 2013 National NAIDOC Week is themed We value the vision: The Yirrkala Bark Petitions. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presenting of a pair of bark paintings to the Australian Parliament. Signed by 13 clan leaders of the Yolngu region on Gove Peninsula the bark petitions became an important catalyst for a process of legislative and constitutional reform to recognise the rights of Indigenous Australians.
In line with the NAIDOC theme the Burrinja Gallery is presents an exhibition of bark paintings from the McLeod Gift Collection by Jimmy Mamulunhawuy, Yirrkala, and by Nawakadj 'Bobby' Nganjmirra from Oenpelli
21 June – 11 August
Burrinja Cafe Gallery
Quorum Group: Unconscious Creativity
Quorum is a group of women artists who started 6 years ago. We try not to think too deeply about what we create, but by using many different methods the works appear and demonstrate our joy exploring our own beliefs, spirituality and views on social issues. This exploration has led to a body of work that has become quite abstract and diversified for each artist over time. The artists: Jenny Pring-Morgan, Chris Spokes, Megan Shiel, Yvonne Picot and Bernadette Burke-Reynolds.
24 August - 1 December
MYSTERIOUS STONE CARVINGS AND CEREMONIAL OBJECTS OF THE TOLAI IN PNG
Works from the McLeod Gift Collection
Exhibition | Symposium | Cultural Program
Myths of sorcery and 'black magic' surround mysterious stone carvings of the Ingiet, a secret men's cult of the Tolai society on the Gazelle Peninsula in New Britain, PNG. Despite being outlawed by the German colonial administration before WWI the cult was believed to exist in secrecy for decades after. Occasional finds of these Ingiet sculptures still create fear among local residents. The power of the Ingiets and the fascination with them seems unbroken.
The McLeod Gift Collection, which Burrinja manages on behalf of its owner, the Yarra Ranges Council, is the third largest public collection of Ingiets in the world. This survey exhibition presents the collection for the first time to the public in its entirety. As such this exhibition is also world premiere. Never before have these intriguing and extremely rare secret ingiets been shown in an exhibition of this scale.
On display are also other significant ceremonial items of Tolai culture. These are on loan from the private collections of Neil McLeod, Melbourne and Harold Gallasch, Adelaide, which rank as the most comprehensive in the country.For more information please visit www.burrinja.org.au/secretingiets.
Free tours Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am
18 May to 11 August
$5 Full Price, $4 Concession
Free for Jarmbi Members
Kati Thanda - Green Desert
Aerial Photography of Lake Eyre by Peter Elfes
This multimedia exhibition is a journey through time into the ancient world of Australia's desert interior, featuring stunning low level aerial images by award winning photographer Peter Elfes. Peter has spent the last five years documenting the beauty of this rare climatic event, the flooding of Lake Eyre, Kati Thanda, in Arabunna country in South Australia.
Burrinja is excited to host the complete exhibition for the first time in a Victoria exclusive.
10 May - 16 June 2013
Karyn Mitchell: Beauty is in the Detail
Local photographer, Karyn Mitchell, invites us into the intimate world of flowers through her macro art collection, The Beauty is in the Detail. Big, bold and bright the images encourage the viewer to take the time to notice the beauty that surrounds us every day. Her passion for both photography and the subject inspires a sense of wonder.
A mum to 2 young boys, Karyn lives at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges and has done her whole life. The images have all be taken locally from public and private gardens.
The exhibition opening Tues 14th May 6-9pm.
10 May - 16 June 2013
Paul Smits: Myths and Fashion
Paul Smits presents three bronze sculptures inspired by themes, old world cultures and mythology from Oceania, Asia and Mesoamerica.
10 May - 16 June 2013
Ben Phillips: Something Monocular
Self-taught and blind in one eye, Ben has had a number of solo exhibitions in Melbourne and NSW and recently in Dusseldorf, Germany.
'Something monocular' is a cross section of the way which is 'auto-didact'. Complex, simple and patient. A collection of abstract time and nature.
22 March - 5 May 2013
Janet Flinn: Birds of the Yarra Ranges
An exhibition of original paintings of native birds.
19 - 31 March 2013
Arlpwe: Spinifex Country
A group of artists from Arlpwe Artists in Ali Curung, north of Tennant Creek, N.T., is coming to Melbourne to present paintings, demonstrate artefacts and talk about their country: Arlpwe, the spinifex country.
Article on the visit by the group of artists avaliable here
28 Feburary - 12 May
Lajamanu: Early Paintings
This exhibition of rarely seen paintings by Warlpiri men and women takes the visitor back to the beginnings of the acrylic movement in Central Australia.
After initial resistance painting was taken up in Lajamanu with great enthusiasm and the on-going relationship with country and Dreamings presented as a sign of cultural strength. Drawn from private collections from across Australia.
Free Tours Thursdays and Saturdays @ 11am
45 minutes in duration, Bookings recommended via 9754 8723
15 February - 17 March 2013
VCE Creative Showcase
The VCE Creative Showcase was established to exhibit and celebrate outstanding work from top graduating visual art students across the Yarra Ranges Shire. The 2013 exhibition presents work by art students from eight local schools. It promises a challenging and rewarding visual art experience and a unique opportunity to see the world interpreted by young emerging artists.
9 November 2012 to 17 February 2013
Fashion meets Fiction: The Darnell Collection
Fashion meets Fiction is an exciting exhibition that brings together our love of popular fiction and its many famous colourful characters with high-end fashion.
In partnership with Eastern Regional Libraries and celebrating the National Year of Reading, this exhibition travels through time and the popular culture and fiction of the periods, drawing together the threads of character, period, fashion and finery.
29 August – 28 October 2012
Andrew Chapman: Nearly A Retrospective
This exhibition features documentary work, spanning over 40 years, by Victorian photographer Andrew Chapman. Crossing a wide range of subjects and periods the exhibition offers a fascinating insight into Australian social and political life through the lens of one of Australia’s most-prominent documentary photographers.
A long time Dandenong Ranges resident, Andrew worked as a newspaper and freelance photographer for over 20 years on numerous assignments for Time, Business Review Weekly and The Bulletin. With more than a dozen Time covers to his credit, he has covered subjects as diverse as heroin dealers, presidents and celebrities.
30 June - 26 August 2012
Jus' Drawn : proppaNOW Collective
Jus’ Drawn is a touring exhibition of works on paper by eight of Australia’s most important urban Indigenous artists.
Known collectively as ‘Proppa NOW’ this Queensland-based group consists of urban Aboriginal artists who have already won individual acclaim, Richard Bell, Vernon Ah Kee, Gordon Hookey and Laurie Nilsen, as well as formidable emerging artists such as Jennifer Herd, Andrea Fisher, and Tony Albert. This group dispels the notion that indigenous art needs to be from a remote area to be ‘authentic’.
4 May - 24 June 2012
Memories - Contact with White People
Based on Patsy Lulpanda’s canvas painting with the same title comes an exhibition of artworks from the Burrinja Collection that explores the theme of contact with white colonisers from the Aboriginal perspective. Depictions of policemen, cattle, prison trees, massacre sites and nuclear test sites tell stories of dispossession, disempowerment and destruction, and yet their telling provides future hope.
10 March - 29 April 2012
The 60th Blake Prize
The Blake Prize was established 60 years ago as an incentive to raise the standard of contemporary religious art away from out-dated or imitative styles. This exhibition will feature 30-35 finalist artworks from the 60th Blake Prize, including the winning artworks.
The Blake Society, named after the visionary artist and poet, William Blake, implements and manages the annual prize and exhibition program for contemporary art and poetry exploring the themes of spirituality, religion and human justice.
19 November 2011 – 26 February 2012
Mary Tonkin: Home 2000-2010
Mary Tonkin paints and draws the lush forest near Kalorama in the Dandenong Ranges, where she was born and raised. Her work, colourfully exploring what it is to be present and pay attention in place, is produced through a plein-air process in the forest, and sings with vibrant colour and sensuous gestural paint. Mary Tonkin, born 1973, won the prestigious Dobell Drawing Prize in 2002. This exhibition will bring together a body of paintings produced since 2000.
30 July - 16 October 2011
Stories of Song and Dance
Performance and the Burrinja Collection
Showcasing selected items from the Burrinja / Neil McLeod Gift Collection, this exhibition presents unique Malangan artefacts from New Ireland and New Britain in Papua New Guinea. These stunning objects were produced by master carvers Hosea Linge, Ben Sisia and Edward Sali and give an insight into local ceremonies and performances. On display are also rare Iniet stone carvings from the secret Tolai society on the Gazelle Peninsula and Aboriginal dance boards and paintings from the Kimberley by Jack Dale Mengenen and Rover Thomas Joolama.
16 October 2008 - 11 January 2009
Ronnie Sexton: Aisling Gheal (Bright Dream)
Award winning Irish born sculptor Veronica "Ronnie" Sexton trained at London College of Furniture, and obtained her Graduateship and Higher Diploma in Woodcarving and Gold Leaf Gilding at City and Guilds of London Art School. On completing art school, Ronnie worked for several years in restoration, including extensive work on Windsor Castle. She has also worked on commissions in the USA, Malaysia and Ireland. Ronnie's strict classical training in Gothic, Baroque and Rocco woodcarving has evolved into a more relaxed and freer flowing style event in her work in this exhibition.
1 February - 14 March 2009
Station Rats & other Scum Pups
The Scum Pups project began in late 2008, when Burrinja offered a group of local young people the opportunity to take part in a one-off art project that supported them in expressing their opinions and experiences about daily life in their community.
Burrinja invited Tiffaney Bishop, a local photographic artist, to facilitate the project, which resulted in a photographic exhibition called We’re Afraid of the Daylight. The exhibition attracted widespread praise and community support, inspiring the group to devise an ongoing interactive art program that embraces young people and adults and makes vital social, cultural and community connections between the two.
13 January - 11 April 2004
Footprint of the Spirits
Selected Aboriginal paintings of the McLeod Gift Collection formed backbone of the Footprint of the Spirits exhibition which toured to seven galleries in New Zealand during 2002/03 and attracted over 60,000 visitors. It was presented at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Christchurch, Otago Museum in Dunedin and galleries in Invercargill, Oamaru, Blenheim, Ashburton and Timaru. Two artists, Heather Umbagai and Petersen Nganjmirra accompanied the tour.
15 January - 27 February 2011
Stories of Ancestors
Western Arnhem Land works by the Nganjmirra family from the Burrinja Collection
This exhibition draws on works from the McLeod Gift Collection to explore and celebrate the unique artwork produced by Kunwinjku people in the Oenpelli community of the western Arnhem Land region.
9 October 2010 - 9 January 2011
The Melbourne Reef Exhibition
A satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles.
This unique global community art project fused higher mathematics, crochet, environmental awareness and marine biology. Capturing the imagination of people all over the world, ‘Satellite Reefs’ have now being made on almost every continent. The Melbourne Reef is one such satellite reef.
11 April – 12 July 2008
Maggie Diaz: Into the Light
A Retrospective curated by Gwendolen De Lacy.
American born photographer Maggie Diaz arrived in Melbourne in 1961, on a one-way ticket, and soon established herself has one of the city's leading commercial photographers. An award-winning photographer in Chicago and resident photographer of the famous Tavern Club, Diaz used her flair for night photography and use of available light to capture the essence of Melbourne's arts and wider community over four decades.
6 February – 3 May 2009
This retrospective exhibition presented significant works by Utopian artist Kudditji Kngwarreye from the Hank Ebes Collection.
Kudditji Kngwarreye was born circa 1928. For the majority of his life he worked as a stockman, like many other Aboriginal men, and resided on pastoral leases throughout Central Australia. Kudditji (pronounced Kubbitji) was one of the first established male artists in Utopia and is the younger brother of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
9 May – 12 July 2009
A collection of old metal objects found at a country tip became the starting point for the abstract paintings and drawings in this exhibition. Inspired by the form and essence of these found objects, Kilderry's ghostly, meditative artworks create space for the viewer to move past the literal world to the subjective space beyond.
Local Belgrave artist Diane Kilderry has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for the past 20 years. Her work is held in many collections including the Australian National Gallery, G J Coles, and the Lefebvre Collection.
Aboriginal Art Across Australia
An exhibition of key works from the McLeod Gift Collection.
Aboriginal art has its roots in a very ancient culture, but artists today are also expressing issues of social justice, cultural practices and spirituality born from the last two hundred years of colonisation. Curated by Tiriki Onus, son of local artist and activist Lin Onus, this exhibition highlighted the vast diversity in Aboriginal cultural and artistic practice across Australia.
18 July – 27 September 2009
Heather Fairnie: Mapping - Territories and Landscape
This exhibition explored the intersections of mapping across Western and Indigenous art traditions, including the contrasts and synchronicities with 'mapping country' works from the McLeod Gift Collection and new work created by contemporary artist Heather Fairnie. The exhibition aimed to foster engagement with the process of mapping across cultural divides, enhancing the way audiences and artists perceive the place of Aboriginal art in a contemporary context.
23 July – 27 September 2009
Kathleen Boyle: Leitmotif
This exhibition profiled key drawings and monoprints from Kathleen Boyle. While Kathleen's broader body of work ranges across media from printing and drawing, to painting, collage and most recently wooden construction, this exhibition offers a short review of her more figurative drawings and prints. Even within this framework, however, Kathleen's adventurous approach to experimenting with various media and materials is evident in the various papers and surfaces she works on and the techniques she employs to express her vision.
30 July – 26 September 2010
Bill Henson: Early Works from the MGA Collection
This exhibition provided audiences with the opportunity to view some of the most powerful and beautiful photographs made by one of Australia’s best-known contemporary photographers. It featured twenty-nine exquisitely printed examples from many of Henson’s major series from the 1970s through to the early 1990s, all drawn from the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) Collection.
23 April – 5 July 2009
Apmer Mwerrangker: Beautiful Country...Ever Present Past
Apmer Mwerrangker (pronounced: ‘ab mirrah’ ‘ma rung gara’) was the premier exhibition of the complete collection of 23 etchings produced at Ampiliwatja Aboriginal community in 1999-2000. The etchings were produced under supervision of Basil Hall of Northern Editions at the Northern Territory.
The exhibition features iconic works by some of the most highly regarded Aboriginal artists of the Sandover region, 200 knm North-East of Alice Springs, the Urapuntja Artists of Utopia
Kathleen Boyle Leitmotif. 23rd July – 27th September 2009. Read more …
Heather Fairnie Mapping - Territories and Landscape. 18 July – 27 September 2009. Read more …
Diane Kilderry 9 May – 12 July 2009. Read more …
Kudditji Kngwarreye 6 February – 3rd May 2009. Read more …
Lloyd Godman enLIGHTen, February 8 to March 30 2008. Read more …
Maggie Diaz - Into the Light. A Retrospective curated by Gwendolen De Lacy. April 11 – July 12 2008. Read more …
The Melbourne Reef Exhibition. A satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles. 9 October 2010 - 9 January 2011. Read more …
Ronnie Sexton Aisling Gheal (bright dream). Read more …
Station Rats and other Scum Bags. Tiffaney Bishop and the SCUM PUPS. 1 February - 14 March. Read more …
Stories of Ancestors. Western Arnhem Land works by the Nganjmirra family from the Burrinja Collection. 15 January - 27 February 2011. Read more …
Aboriginal Art Across Australia. An exhibition of key works from the Burrinja / Neil McLeod Gift Collection. January 2009. Read more …
Bill Henson: Early Works from the MGA Collection. 30 July - 26 September 2010. Read more …
Apmer Mwerrangker Beautiful Country ... Ever Present Past.
Footprint of the Spirits Touring Exhibition. Read more …