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Kiera Brew Kurec, Shapes in Space,
Calico and Steel, 2017




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Shapes in Space

Burrinja Kids Stay and Play free family activity by local artist Kiera Brew Kurec

Shapes in Space is a multi functional activity allowing the child to explore modalities of creativity. The activity provides a space for the child to engage with objects and people in responsive and creative ways.  The props are tactile and multi sensory allowing children and people of all ages and abilities and levels of mobility to engage with the activity.

Shapes in Space responds to the climate change biennale by exposing children to the possibilities of creativity with out outcome, exploring the ephemeral. The activity has no set outcome allowing for conversation around objects and possessions and issues surrounding waste and consumption. By creating an activity where children can explore creativity with out creating a drawing, painting, college or other document and with out documentation the child will be encouraged to use their own imagination to create shapes in space.

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4 NOV 2017 - 4 FEB 2018


Burrinja Foyer

Mandy Martin: Triggers in the Landscape

Mandy Martin is a practising artist with a national and international reputation for her concern about environmental issues, landscape conservation and land management. This exhibition draws on a range of paintings produced by the artist in recent years which focus on relationship between climate change, CO2 emissions and cool-burn fire management by Indigenous land owners.

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


Exhibition of Finalists
11 NOV 2017 - 11 FEB 2018

Climate Change Day of Action
SAT, 11 NOV, 10AM - 3PM
Download the program HERE

Opening & Award Ceremony

Prize Judges

Suzannah Davies (RMIT Gallery)
Debbie Symons (artist)
David O'Halloran (Walker St Gallery)


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Burrinja Climate Change Biennale
2017: climate change on the fringes

Acquisitive art prize, exhibition and day of action, critically engaging issues of climate change.

WINNER Burrinja Climate Change Biennale $7,500 Award Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan
HIGHLY COMMENDED $500 - Jessie Boylan’s lightbox work ‘Aurum’
YOUNG ARTIST Eastern Regional Libraries $1000 Award Samantha Sommariva

Global in nature, national in scope and local in action, the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale provides a platform for events addressing one of the most pressing topics of our time.

At the centre of the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale is its Award Exhibition, which provides a space for artists to engage creatively and imaginatively with aspects of climate change. The exhibition invites and encourages the collaboration of science and arts, of critical thought and creative practice.

Exhibition of Finalists 11 November 2017 - 11 February 2018

Adi, Elizabeth Banfield, Jessie Boylan, Kiera Brew Kurec, CarolynCardinet, Neville Cichon, Dorota Connellan, Selena de Carvalho, Susan Durham, Kim Flatman, Ali Griffin, Brenda Haas, Andrea Innocent, Clare James, Suzannah Jones, Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan, John Krzywokulski, Ted Krzywokulski, Chris Lawry, Brian Looker, Carmel Louise, Chris Mason, Ches Mills, Rachael Ness, Flossie Peitsch, Sean Peoples, Eliza Phillips, Shayla Rance, Gerard Russo, Janita Ryan, Marta Salamon, Luna Sea, Joy Serwylo, Samantha Sommariva, Ian Tully, Hartmut Veit, Liz Walker, Rain White, Megan Williamson, Laura Wills and the Book Club artists.

More Info about the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale

In collaboration with the National Sustainable Living Festival 2018



8 - 28 JAN 2018


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Burrinja Kids Stay and Play
NGV Kids on Tour 2018

Take part in a range of free activities at Burrinja and discover the fun of contemporary art and design.

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:







Inspired by the current NGV Exhibitions: FIONA HALL: UNEASY SEASONS and NGV TRIENNIAL

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14 January, 1 - 3 pm


Growing Pains Initiative
Burrinja Level 1

Shh! Growing Pains Silent Auction & Artist Stalls

Growing Pains Initiative

You’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

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This project is supported by Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council.





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VCE Creative Showcase 2018

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.

FEATURING: Aidan Burgess, Oscar Cousins, Maddison Cox, Hayley Curtis, Shaylee de Bolster, Aleasha Garnham, Nathan Graham, Suzanna Hagen, Tash Hansell, Emily Horan, Catherine Jewell, Joel Lewis James, Caitlin Liston, Ciara McGregor, Stacey Nesnas, Olivia Peele, Juzzlyn Perry Dubbel, Brianna Pettenuzzo, Tearnha Porteous, Benjamin Racz, Jessica Ready, Patricia Summers, Shaelie Thurlow, Shania Turner, Samantha Walters, Grace Watson and Savannah Westgate

For more information go to www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/vceshowcase and check out the catalogue.

Join us on for the exhibition opening at 6pm on Friday 16 February

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Image: Catherine Jewell, Gouache on paper, Isolation, 2017



Open Studios weekend
SAT & SUN 5 & 6 MAY, 10AM - 5PM

Group Exhibition
30 MAR to 6 MAY - Burrinja Gallery

Launch event
28 MAR, 7PM - Burrinja Gallery

2018 Dandenong Ranges Open Studios

One of the Dandenong Ranges most creative and inspiring cultural experiences.

Featuring 30 participating artists and collectives, the 15th Dandenong Ranges Open Studios offers visitors a unique exhibition and open studio weekend. 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.
Ascend into the hills to meet the creative folk that make this region so creatively vibrant. Visit 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.

Be ready to explore, enjoy and be inspired!

FEATURING Growing Pains Synapse, Andrea Innocent, Stephen Glover, Rain White, Jacqueline Grace, Michele Fountain, Cameron Semmens, Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan, Jacqui Christians, Juet Sculpture, Glenn England, Lee Goller, Jenny Rowe, Brian Baker, Leonie Macredie, Chris Lawry, Wendy Havard, Megan Williamson, Gerard Russo, Susie Parry, Mark Westaway, Yola & Daria, Tracey Roberts, Ches Mills, Leaf Studios, Marta Salamon, Melchior Martin and Heather Bradbury

2018 Dates announced!
OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND Sat & Sun 5 & 6 May 2018

Visit studios between 10am and 5pm
Exhibition opening and event launch event: 28 March 2018, 7pm - Burrinja Gallery

Full details  at



21 JUL - 19 AUG

Women Painting Women   

Realist portrait painting by Australian female artists.   

Women Painting Women is a major exhibition of portraiture in traditional oil painting and bronze sculpture.
This exhibition features works by a number of Archibald, Doug Moran Prize finalists from Victoria and interstate including Vicki Sullivan, Fiona Bilbrough, Raelene Sharp, Heather Ellis and others. Taking its inspiration from the realist female portrait painting movement in the United States, this is the second instalment of the ‘Women Painting Women’ at Burrinja.

Celebrating the talent of female realist portrait painters, this exhibition reveals personal and intriguing stories and relationships between the artist, sitter and subject.    

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

Image: Sally Ryan, Yassmin Abdel Magied, Oil on linen 115.2 x 80.3cm






25 AUG - 23 SEPT

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

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






29 SEP - 25 NOV

Master 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






1 DEC 2018 - 10 FEB 2019

Black Mist Burnt Country

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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