Burrinja Climate Change Biennale

2017 Exhibition
Award Finalists

Elizabeth Banfield
Jessie Boylan
Kiera Brew Kurec
Carolyn Cardinet
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
Book Club artists


WINNER Burrinja Climate Change Biennale $7,500 Award Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan

Burrinja Climate Change Biennale
Jessie Yvette Journaud-Ryan with her winning work 'Nowhere is a Destination too' with judges from left Suzannah Davies, David O'Halloran, Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan and Debbie Symons)

HIGHLY COMMENDED $500 - Jessie Boylan

Burrinja Climate Change Biennale
Jessie Boylan 'Aurum', Lightbox, 2017

Young Artist Eastern Regional Libraries $1000 Award Samantha Sommariva

Burrinja Climate Change Biennale
Samantha Sommariva with her work 'Beauty and Decay'


Burrinja Climate Change Biennale
Brian Looker 'Climate Change Cynic', Oil on Canvas 2017


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Expanding our perceptions, knowledge, networks,
and our future options

acquisitive and inquisitive

activated and engaged
local and global
on the fringes and at the core
now and long-term
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sharing and learning

2017: climate change on the fringes
11 November 2017 to 11 February 2018

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.

Uniquely situated in the temperate rainforest micro-climate of the Dandenong Ranges on Melbourne’s eastern fringes, its location offers the perfect backdrop for local and global community knowledge networks to share, learn and expand through the Biennale’s wide-ranging public program and macro-themes.

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 practise.

By tackling the theme every two years, Burrinja’s Biennale is building a valuable archive that documents creative responses , attitudes and intentions. In doing so it provokes and investigates long-term critical and cultural conversations around environmental, political, scientific, social and cultural aspects of climate change.

Observing how local and global perceptions, representations and actions around climate change shift over time, it tracks our choices and actions in the ranges and beyond, as we work towards a more sustainable planet.


The award exhibition will be on display at Burrinja Gallery from 11 November 2017 to 11 February 2018. Three awards will be offered:

$7,500 Acquisitive Award
$1,000 Young Artist Award (artist under 26)
$500 People’s Choice Award


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

Official Opening & Award Ceremony

Sunday 12 November, 2 pm

Climate Change Biennale Day of Action

Included in a broad range of public programs showcasing projects, and products, and fostering the exchange of ideas in the community in positive action.
Saturday, 11 November, 10 am - 3pm
Download the program HERE

Venue information

Burrinja Gallery, Glenfern Road, Upwey, Victoria



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