10 Dec - 12 Feb
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
Until Jan 2017
Free family activity by local studio artist Eliza PhillipsThis Summer season get boating - and stay cool at Burrinja with local artist and Burrinja studio resident Eliza Phillip's gorgeous new Kids Stay and Play free family activity!
Each year Burrinja invites 4 local artists to create engaging free activities for families to enjoy at Burrinja.
16 DEC - 5 FEB
Land & Identity
Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown | Queenie McKenzie | Maggie Watson Napangardi | Lin Onus | Rover ThomasThe connection to country is central to Aboriginal life and culture. It is elementary to Aboriginal art. This exquisite and intimate exhibition brings together works by artists with a strong connection to their land - be it the Kimberley, Central Desert, Victoria’s Barmah Forest or Maralinga. Yet Queen McKenzie, Rover Thomas, Maggie Watson Napangardi, Lin Onus and Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown had quite different connections to their country, from integral to removed to unknown. The paintings on display illustrate more than the relationship to country - they ask fundamental questions about the artist's identity.
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Rover Thomas “Wolf Creek Crater”,
90 x 60 cm, acrylic and ochre on canvas, date c1996
From mid January
This summer, here at Burrinja, enjoy our annual NGV Kids on Tour activities.
Featured for all of January, new activities will be offered each week, including:
- Viktor & Rolf: cuff and collar designing
- Drawing Country: inspired by John Olsen
- Viktor & Rolf: Drawing Book for Kids
- Design a Dachshund: Little Swan needs some colour!
Inspired by the current NGV Exhibitions: Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists and John Olsen: The You Beaut County
More about Burrinja Kids - Stay and Play
Image: Andrea Innocent, Giant Birdhouse Installation, 'ALONE, BUT NOT LONELY', 2009
FROM WEDS 8 FEB
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
18 FEB - 19 MAR
VCE Creative Showcase 2017
Join us on for the exhibition opening on Friday 17 February.
VCE Creative Showcase is an annual celebration of the creative talents of senior art and studio art students from across Yarra Ranges. It is an exciting opportunity to see the work of the next generation of artists in a professional gallery setting.
Hosted by Yarra Ranges Council's cultural venues and Burrinja Cultural Centre, the exhibitions deliver a diverse and exciting collection of works by our most inspiring emerging artists.
18 FEB - 19MAR
Students from Upwey High School present their creative interpretations to working with Artist in Residence, Jude Craig.
Indigo is a natural blue dye, which comes from a plant. Through a process of reduction and oxidation, indigo surrenders many shades of heavenly blue hues. With the global awareness for sustainable lifestyles, indigo is once again being considered a precious commodity. The students have gained the knowledge of how to care for this living vat and how to coax natural blue from it. Students also watched the hard-hitting documentary film, The True Cost. This film examines the impact the fashion industry is having on our planet; how ‘fast fashion’ is driving the rights and wages of workers in 3rd world countries to an intolerably low level, whilst selling us the ‘dream’ of fashion affordability.
Substantiated by investigating artists who are manipulating clothing to create works of art, this was the springboard from which students launched themselves into Invoking Indigo. They were encouraged to rip and tear garments destined for landfill and to redefine the clothing’s sculptural form. Some embraced Japanese techniques of shibori, others attempted to create a variety of clean hues on clothing to form large organic works; all conveyed the message to tread more lightly on the planet.
Artists in Schools - A Victorian Government Initiative
This exhibition will launch the 80th birthday celebrations at Upwey high School.
Image: (Detail), Jude Craig
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
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
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 - 23 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