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Art at Burrinja

OCT 31 2020 - FEB 27 2021


Digital Experience 
until FEB 27 2021

Burrinja Gallery
from JAN 20, 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.

Burrinja is the only Victorian stop on the exhibitions tour and is hosting a dual delivery of the works. Initially as a digital experience and then from January 20th, 2021 in person in the new Burrinja Gallery.

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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.


OCT 31 2020 - FEB 27 2021


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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo • Public Program

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

In collaboration with Umbrella Studios and Museums & Galleries Queensland, Burrinja has a public program that includes disucssion panels, watch parties, exhibition tours and more.

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


MON 25 JAN 6PM - 7.30PM


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The Mabo Decision: the impact & legacy • Webinar

Part of the Legacy: Reflections on Mabo • Public Program 

Panelists Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC, Prof Henry Reynolds, Dr Shireen Morris and indigenous activist Thomas Mayor will examine the Mabo case, its significance and legacy from a historical, judicial and personal perspective, and place it in the context of the struggle for Indigenous constitutional recognition, the Uluru Statement of the Heart, and the recent Juukan caves destruction. 

Individual presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Panelist Bios

Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen AM QC is a retired barrister. He was junior council for the plaintiffs through the Mabo case (1982-1992). He is author of 'Mabo in the Courts: Islander Tradition to Native Title: a Memoir', and 'A Mabo memoir - Islan Kustom to Native title'.

Prof Henry Reynolds is Honorary Research Professor in Aboriginal Studies, Global Cultures and Languages, University of Tasmania, and author of numerous books including 'The other side of the frontier', 'Why weren't we told'.

Dr Shireen Morris is a senior lecturer at Macquarie University Law School. She was formerly a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School and a senior adviser on constitutional reform at Cape York Institute. Shireen's PhD thesis is now published as a book: A First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution (Hart Publishing, 2020).

Thomas Mayor is the National Indigenous Officer and NT Branch Deputy Secretary at the Maritime Union of Australia and Assistant Secretary of the Northern Territory Trades and Labour Council (Unions NT). He is an official Advocate for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and author of 'Finding the Heart of the Nation'

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

image credit: David Jones, Mabo Confronts Leviathan, 2019, etching print on rag paper, 93.5 x 76.5cm

FEB 13 to 28



VCE Creative Showcase 2021

VCE Creative Showcase is an annual celebration of the creative talents of the graduating art and studio art students from across Yarra Ranges. It is an exciting chance to to see a diverse collection of works ranging from digital media to pottery, from paintings to costumes, by the regions most inspiring emerging artists.

Hosted by Yarra Ranges Council's cultural venues and Burrinja.



Image: Elizabeth Kelly, My Room, 2019, Acrylic 



6 Mar - 11 Apr


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Women Painting Women III   

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. 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.    

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




Image: Liz Gridley, 





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.


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

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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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