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August - October 2016


Burrinja Foyer

Burrinja Kids Stay and Play

Created by Tamara McLeish of ArtTreeCreations

We all love colour & our 3 beautiful animal friends need your help. During the cold winter season they have all lost thier colour, spring is coming & they want to get their colourful bodies back. Colour makes us happy, it can influence our day & can make us creative.

Choose a feather or a scale from the picture (they are attached with velcro) make it as colourful as possible & add a little design to personalise it. Pop it back onto the picture then invite your friends to help out with the rest.


Image: Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Bush Yam Dreaming, Acrylic on canvas 183 x 152, 1995 (detail)

“Kngwarreye's prominence is no overnight sensation; it finds its roots in a lifetime of ritual and artistic activity. Her energetic paintings are a response to the land of her birth, Alhalkere, north of Alice Springs …  the contours of the landscape, the cycles of seasons, the parched land, the flow of flooding waters and sweeping rains, the patterns of seeds and the shape of plants, and the spiritual forces which imbue the country. Kngwarreye's vision of the land is unique; her paintings challenge the way we look at art by Aboriginal Australians”. - Wally Caruana, National Gallery of Australia

16 September – 27 November


Burrinja Gallery

Masters of Aboriginal Contemporary Art

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

A survey exhibition of one of the Central Desert art movement’s most important artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Credited with taking Australian indigenous art to the world ‘Emily’ is one of our most iconic and collectable painters. An Anmatyerre elder, keeper of the Alhalkere Women's Dreaming stories, she was in in her 70’s before she began capturing this deeply significant cultural heritage on canvas.

This exhibition is part of Burrinja's Masters of Aboriginal Contemporary Art series which presents an intriguing portrait of Australia’s most revered Aboriginal and contemporary artists.

‘Few artists have painted the country like she has, with an ability to penetrate its very soul'. -Margo Neale, curator of her 1998 retrospective exhibition

Free Public Program

Understanding Emily | SUN 30 OCT at 1:30PM

Paul O'Halloran, asks how can we come to love an artwork but not really understand why. Do we ever really understand the artist’s intentions?  Paul is asking lots of questions about the relationship between one of Australia's most significant artists and the viewer through an examination of language, gender, place and culture. Follow Paul on a road-trip to Utopia to explore the question how to understand Aboriginal art, how to understand Emily. Also see Paul's blog  Understanding Emily
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Collecting Emily |SUN 20 NOV at 2PM

Join collector Hank Ebes and curator JD Mittmann in conversation about the current exhibition of Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Masters of Aboriginal Contemporary Art, the art of collecting and the genius of the artist. Hear stories and anecdotes from Hank Ebes’ 25-year- long career and the gallerist’s fascination with one of Australia’s most successful contemporary artists.
Join us for the unveiling of the first work by Emily that Hank Ebes bought and sold, and recently re-acquired. On display in Australia for the first time and for one week only.
Celebrate the exhibition with refreshments afterwards. 
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27 OCT- 27 NOV


Burrinja Gallery Upstairs



The Burrinja Arties
Edges& Echoes

Celebrating 10 years of the Burrinja Arties Creative Arts Therapy program.

Edges & Echoes An exploration of the thresholds of Imagination, Space and Time.

You are invited to come and support the official opening and silent auction of the Burrinja Arties group exhibition Edges & Echoes. Exhibition Launch and opening celebration in the Black Box and Upstairs Gallery Friday 4 November at 10:30am, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via 9754 8723 by 28 October.

The Arties, adults living in challenging circumstances, receive all monies from sales of their art and donations during the exhibition.

Craig Ferguson, 'Cooee', 2016


Sunday 6 November




Burrinja Gallery

The Burrinja story continues…

Burrinja Annual General Meeting
& Friends of Burrinja get-together!

You are warmly invited to join us for the Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre (Burrinja) 2015-16 AGM.

Come and join us for a short AGM followed by our insightful guest speaker, refreshments and a sneak preview of Program 2017. We are again holding the AGM in the Burrinja Gallery, surrounded this year by the inspirational works of Emily Kame Kngwarreye – ‘Masters of Aboriginal Contemporary Art’ 2016 exhibition.

The 2015-16 Annual Report will be presented, with Board and staff happy to talk with you about the year in review and future plans.

Friends of Burrinja are encouraged to come along and be a part of the ongoing story that is Burrinja.  Paid-up ‘Association Members’ have voting rights.
Annual General Meeting: 1.00pm to 1.30pm
       Confirmation of previous year’s Minutes
       Presentation of reports: (Annual Report Tabled)
       Election of 2016-17 Board of Management

Nominations from Members of the Association for election to the 3 available positions on the Board close on Sunday October 30, 2016.  Forms available from Burrinja’s Executive Director. 

Guest Speaker: JD Mittmann – Burrinja Curator and Manager of Collections
JD will be sharing the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the development of Burrinja’s national touring exhibition – Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb, Maralinga and Australian Art. This nationally significant exhibition opened at the SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney in September and will now tour nationally for 3 years before concluding at Burrinja in 2018-19.
Jan Dirk (JD) Mittmann is Curator and Manager of Collections at Burrinja. He oversees the exhibition program and manages the McLeod Gift Collection of Aboriginal and Pacific art. JD has worked in the public and commercial arts sector for over fifteen years, as a documentary film-maker, curator, gallery director and event organizer.
Members, guests, friends and arts supporters are all invited to join us for a celebration of the year past and those ahead with music and refreshments after the AGM

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10 Dec - 12 Feb


Burrinja Gallery

Wominjeka: A New Beginning

Wominjeka: A New Beginning celebrates 30 years of the Koorie Heritage Trust. This project highlights cultural continuities alongside new modes of creative practice in the work of five cross-generational early career artists; Georgia MacGuire, Aunty Marlene Gilson, Mitch Mahoney, Josh Muir and Raymond Young.

Each of the participating artists has developed new work in dialogue with the Trust’s significant collections of objects, artworks, archives and oral histories – each identifying objects and artifacts that share or spark a connection with their own artistic practice, personal or cultural enquiry. Over a three-month period the artists worked alongside senior mentors; Maree Clarke, Lee Darroch, Ray Thomas and Peter Waples-Crowe to explore the Trust’s Collections and to develop new works in dialogue with the past.

The exhibition presents this new work alongside the objects of inspiration from the Trust’s collection. Exhibited works utilise a broad array of media, materials and techniques including; painting, animal skin cloaks and textiles, bark and feather flowers, clay shields and digital prints.

Exhibition coordinator: Jan Duffy,  Koorie Heritage Trust

Image: Aunty Marlene Gilson
(Wathaurung / Wadawurrung) (detail)
Marngrook Football, 2015
acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist


Exhibition 1 APR - 14 MAY
Weekend 29 & 30 APR

Dandenong Ranges Open Studios 2017

Meet the makers hidden in the Hills

You 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.

OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND Sat & Sun 29 + 30 April, 10am and 5pm
Exhibition opening and event launch event: Friday, 31st March @ 7pm

Full details and applications at openstudios.org.au


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