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AUG 4 - SEP 3


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Ches Mills, Rona Green & Joy Serwylo

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

Ches Mills
AUG 4 - SEP 2 | Gallery 01
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
AUG 4 - AUG 30 | Gallery 02
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
AUG 4 - AUG 30 | Gallery 03
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


SEP 5 - SEP 27


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Mary Tonkin | Ramble

An inspiring exhibition of art by a notable practitioner of en plein air painting. Ramble brings together three images from Mary Tonkin.

Plunge in, Kalorama 2019 is a sensuous response to the memory of swimming while Madre, Kalorama 2008 is the embracing form of a single monumental tree. Ramble, Kalorama 2017-19 is an immersive wall painting that is the culmination of ten years of working around the problem of how to convey the somewhat episodic nature of looking, the manner in which the nature of the spaces experienced unfolds over time. All three images were created en plein air in the bush.

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Image Credit: Mary Tonkin, Ramble, Kalorama 2017-2019 (detail)  © The artist and courtesy Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney


SEP 5 - SEP 28


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New Acquisitions | Burrinja Collection

This exhibition celebrates new acquisitions to the Collection, many of which have been generously donated by artists and collectors.

Highlights include donations of Lin Onus prints from the Snir family, Patsy Lilpunda paintings by Anton McMurray and a Woodblock Print from Burrinja Climate Change Biennale Award Winner Chris Lawry.


Image Credit: LIN ONUS (1948-1996), Pawns-Yellow 2000 screenprint, (detail) ed.2/20, 40 x 60cm (image); 56 x 76cm (paper) Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program in memory of Lin Onus.


OCT 3 - OCT 25


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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: Fading Away, by Patrick Hedges.


OCT 31 2020 - FEB 7 2021


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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.


Registrations for Entry 
TUE 3 MAR 10.30AM
WED 22 APRIL 11.59PM
Update: Postponed to Season 2021

MAY 9 - JUL 19
Update: Postponed to Season 2021


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Entry fees

One work $25 
Two works $35
Three works $45
Four works $55


Burrinja Small Works Award

The best things come in small packages. 

To celebrate the relaunch of Burrinja after redevelopment we are launching a new annual opportunity for budding or established artists to participate in a non-acquisitive art prize celebrating small works of art. 

The exhibition will take place in the Aerie Members Gallery on the first floor.

Who can enter?

• Professional, amateur, young and old and everyone in between

How many works can be entered? 

Up to 4 works can be entered by an individual. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to hang a series of works together. 

Entries will be accepted that comply with the following: 

• Does not exceed the maximum size of 10” x 10” (25.4cm x 25.4cm) including any framing

• Can be hung on a wall – it can be 2 or 3 dimensional as long as it can be hung on the wall and doesn’t pose a safety risk. No free standing sculpture, projection or video work can be accepted

In line with current advice regarding COVID-19 Burrinja has postponed the Small Works Award until 2021 


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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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