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29 SEP - 25 NOV

Masters 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.

Join us for the official opening Friday Oct 12 at 6.30pm with bubbles and a talk from the Collector, Hank Ebes. 
"Paintings of striking expressionistic quality.” – Burrinja Curator JD Mittmann

Image: Minnie Pwele






16 OCT - 1 FEB



Burrinja Foyer Gallery

New Works from the Neil McLeod Gift Collection

Aboriginal art from Arnhem Land and the Kimberley

It is with great excitement that we present a number of large scale works from Neil McLeod Gift Collection in the Foyer Gallery, including many previously unseen.  These works were gifted to the Collection in 2001, however as they were unstretched they were unable to be displayed until now.


/WandjinasImage: Ashley Oobagooma (b.1965) Worrora, Wandjinas, Ochres on Belgium linen, c.1997, 156 x 313 cm



Launch event 11am Sat 13 Oct
Exhibition Oct 13 – Nov 13
Artwork collection Nov 16  – 19


Upwey Main Street

Registration has been
extended until
26th August

Adult $10 (includes board)
14 & Under $5 (includes board)

The Upwey Archies

Bringing together the creative voices and vision of our community, this project is a celebration of the people of Upwey.

Inspired by the Archibald Prize and ‘Not The Archies’, the Upwey Archies is a community portrait project.

This is your chance to create an original artwork celebrating someone special to you or to the hills, and be in the running for six awards with mystery prizes like theatre tickets and meals in Upwey. 

The Upwey Township Group, in partnership with Burrinja, are thrilled to present The Upwey Archies 2018. 


The Upwey Archies is an exhibition of portraits featured in the windows of Upwey Traders until 13 November.

For more information email Toni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Burrinja on 9754 8723


2016 artwork highlights




Black Box Theatre


Artist talk with Chris Lawry | Printmaker

Chris Lawry will be talking about her recent Lino cut print series based on ‘Walking to Sassafras’. She will be discussing her own recent work, and a little about the history and techniques used in this art form. If you have ever considered trying Lino cutting, come along and have a chat.

 All  welcome.




1 DEC 2018 - 10 FEB 2019

Black Mist Burnt Country

Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art

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: Adam Norton 'Prohibited Area' ,acrylic on board, wooden poles and bolts, 240 x 120 x 7 cm, 2010, copyright: the artist





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