Image: Andrea Innocent, Giant Birdhouse Installation, 'ALONE, BUT NOT LONELY', 2009
Until end April
Burrinja Kids Stay and Play free family activity by local studio artist Andrea Innocent'Who lives here?' is an installation of a giant cardboard house.
Is it the house of a giant bird? Or a possum? Maybe a snake lives here? It's up to you! Come and draw on the giant animal house. It's big enough to walk inside where you can create your own cute character or imagine what sort of furniture they might use in their house. Does a possum need a tv? Or a fridge, or curtains? Or maybe even a toilet!
More about Burrinja Kids - Stay and Play
Exhibition 1 APR - 14 MAY
Weekend 29 & 30 APR, 10am - 5pm
Exhibition opening & event launch event: Friday, 31st March, 7pm
Meet the makers hidden in the HillsYou are invited to step through the threshold and into the personal studios of some of the most inspiring artists in the region.
The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is a unique weekend and exhibition opportunity to experience and meet artists in their working studios; it is in these curious and inspirational environments that the artist’s creative practice truly comes to life.
Each year since 2004 the program showcases around 30 studios including Emerging Artists, Collectives and Individual Artists. We welcome you to visit the studios and artists that most intrigue and excite you. The Open Studios is also a unique opportunity to acquire artwork and hand crafted items directly from the artists and be enriched by the insights of their creative worlds.
Full details at openstudios.org.au
FRI 21 APR 12pm - 1.30pm
Burrinja Black Box
Let's Play the ForestMatt Riley and Troy Innocent present recent work exploring experimental outdoor play. They will outline the Epiphyte project - an augmented reality bush walk that uses a game engine to create a new way of experiencing the natural environment. Join the project team and gain insight into the game development process, inviting input in to the playtesting leading up to thegame launch in November 2017.
Image: Matt Riley and Troy Innocent, Epiphyte
20 MAY – 18 JUN
Ebony Finck, Jonathan Carmichael and Vicki Moritz
Landscape photography plays a key role in defining who we are as a nation, and how we see ourselves in relation to the environment we inhabit. Landscape affects how we relate to each other and plays a key role in separating us from one another.
Australia is a vast and unforgiving land, formed in ancient times and still largely uninhabited. The Australian landscape seems charged with spiritual presence and a stark emptiness that haunts our suburbs and extends across deserts to the sea on every side. However across the dusty plains and rocky grounds, flowers grow and animals flourish, revealing a beauty beneath the surface that calls out to us to better understand our history and surroundings.
This exhibition draws together three Victorian based contemporary photographers to continue this dialogue with the surrounding land. Ebony Finck, Jonathan Carmichael and Vicki Moritz present very different visual interpretations of modern Australia.
Jonathan Carmichael, Birch Tree, 2015
20 May - 18 June
Arlpwe Arts - The Colours of the DesertBurrinja looks forward to welcoming artists from Arlpwe Arts in Ali Curung, NorthernTerritory, back to Burrinja. For the third time after 2013 and 2014, the artists will visit Burrinja to exhibit new paintings, pottery and their trademark life-size dog sculptures. Dog Dreaming is central to Kaiditch country where ancestral dogs traveled in ancient times. Ali Curung is located in the spinifex country four hours north of Alice Springs.
Accompanied by arts workers Judith and Ian Grieve members of the four language groups who reside in Ali Curung (Warlpiri, Warumungu, Kaiditch and Alyawarra) will visit Burrinja for a week presenting painting workshops and demonstrations of traditional objects and boomerangs to schools and visitors to Burrinja.
Stay tuned for details of opening celebration with artists, Indigenous Welcome to Country and other events.
Image: Mary James 'Desert Colours', acrylic on canvas (detail)
24 JUN - 23 JUL
One Step at a TimeBelgrave artist Susie Parry’s passion for beauty, the intricacies of nature and the vibrancy of light falling on objects have led her to contemplate the intimate connection between nature and humans. In her exhibition One Step at a Time the representation of ground reaches to the literal an to the symbolic - the interplay of time and space in human development, represented by the shoe.
Image: Susie Parry
24 JUN - 23 JUL
The Language of Flowers:
A Common Thread
Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan | Michele Fountain | Amy DuncanDelve into the wonderful world of the floral with this beautiful exhibition of work by local artists Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan, Michele Fountain and Amy Duncan. The exhibition celebrates flowers and botanical forms through a range of mediums including sculpture, oil painting, textile and printmaking. As a collection, the works weave a playful reflection on the language of flowers, the result of experimentation and collaboration between the artists and their different individual techniques.
29 JUL - 3 SEP
9 SEPT – 5 NOV
His curiosity with Aboriginal art and culture called him to the Top End for long periods of time throughout since the 1980s. Arnhemland especially made a deep impression on him, and he returned several times to this spirited country.
Hodgkinson subsequently authored ‘Kakadu and the Arnhem Landers’, one of three diaries (‘Paris Sketchbook’ and ‘Sepik Diary’ being the others) in which he illustrated his hand written text with detailed sketches and washes.
Sense of Place will present original sketches and excerpt of this diary together with a selection of larger paintings, which show the artist as an observer exploring the spiritual connections to country and people as Hodgkinson poses on the most central of human questions: Where do we come from?
“Frank Hodgkinson is a prodigy. He is a man so various that he hardly gives you time to focus on any single one talent. He is a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a designer of habitats and ambiences. His creative energy is enormous. His curiosity is at once that of a child and a mature philosopher trying to make sense of the cosmos over which he has ranged with hunger and delight” - Morris West.
Portrait of Nipper Kaparigi- Landscape of the Indigenous Mind (detail)
11NOV 2017 – 28 JAN 2018
Committed to artwork engaging the challenges of climate change, the second Burrinja Climate Change Biennale invites artists of diverse disciplines from all over Australia to submit artwork for this important exhibition and major acquisitive art award.
Audiences are invited to be part of the conversation with ongoing interactive social media and art-making activities in the gallery. A focus of the biennale is tracking critical discussion and cultural conversation around the issues of climate change today and into our future. By revisiting the theme via a biennial acquisitive award exhibition, Burrinja is building a valuable historic archive of artists’ reflections on the shifting cultural responses to climate change. #BurrinjaClimateChangeBiennale
“ I've never seen vulnerability depicted so well. Without an expression or words… The message comes through so clearly!” - Melissa Wells (Biennale Patron)
2015 BCCB winner Joy Serwylo,
'At this point of time, it appears that we have not yet established a plan "B" '
mixed media, 2015