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Andy Warhol
American 1928–87
Campbell's Soup II: Tomato-Beef Noodle O's 1969
screen print on paper
88.9 x 58.4 cm



From 16 January 2016


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Burrinja Kids Stay and Play
NGV Kids on Tour 2016

Celebrating its third year, the 2016 NGV Kids on Tour program shares with children contemporary art and summer exhibitions on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, including Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids and the 2015 Summer Architecture Commission: John Wardle Architects.

From artists Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei’s shared love of cats to the local landscapes of the Hermannsburg Potters, children will be inspired to unleash their creativity in this range of FREE activities available for children at Burrinja during NGV Kids on Tour. 

Coinciding with the NGV Kids Summer Festival from Saturday 16 January to Tuesday 26 January, NGV Kids on Tour2016 is an initiative that allows children and families throughout regional Victoria to engage with contemporary art and design through hands-on activities developed with artists and designers.

Children and families can take part in NGV Kids on Tour 2016 at Burrinja this summer with FREE and fun activities including:
Hermannsburg Potters: Footy Pots
Hermannsburg Potters: Draw with the Potters
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei: An Art Book for Kids   
Bottle Brush and Possum
Ai Weiwei’s Clever Cats   
Kat Chadwick’s Draw a Cat with Kat   

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6 February - 6 March


Burrinja Gallery

VCE Creative Showcase 2016

The creative excellence of VCE students from across the Yarra Ranges is celebrated in three fascinating exhibitions, hosted by council's cultural venues.

2015 Art and Studio Arts graduates will be part the ninth annual showcase which delivers a diverse and revealing collection of works by our freshest and most inspiring emerging artists.

Exhibitions will be presented in 2016 supported by Red Earth Gallery at Mooroolbark Community Centre, Jarmbi Gallery at Burrinja Cultural Centre and The Memo Gallery at The Memo.

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Opening Celebration Friday 5 February at 7pm

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Portrait of Lionel Kane by Matilda Cowdery


19 March - 25 April


Burrinja Gallery



The Open Studios weekend, featuring local hills studios, is one of the most anticipated events for the region's cultural calendar, attracting art minded visitors and tourists since 2004. The program provides a unique insight into our artists' work environments as well as their art.

Now in its 13th year, we present the 30 artists taking part in the 2016 Dandenong Ranges Open Studios weekend and exhibition.

Hugo Racz,Eliza Phillips, Jacqueline Grace, Michele Fountain, tbC australia, Dave Thomson, Steven Firman, Lisa Hass, Jacqui Christians, Jenny    Hall, Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan, Katherine Reynolds, Jude Craig, Juet Sculpture, Nik Tardrew, Jenny Rowe, Nadia Turner, Wendy Havard, Mark Westaway, Tracey Roberts, Ches Mills, Yanni Rigos, Leaf Studios, Kirsten Laken, Eva Glac, Emma Jennings, Shelley Krycer and Katherine Herriman

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Open Studios Weekend

Saturday and Sunday
16 + 17 April 2016
Studios are open between 10am and 5pm
Exhibition opening and event launch: Thursday, 17th March @ 7pm

Visit the Open Studios website www.openstudios.org.au

Image: Vicki Sullivan
Into the Night, Oil on Belgian linen, 2015


30 April –  29 May 2016


Burrinja Gallery

Women Painting Women

Women Painting Women is a major exhibition of portraiture in traditional oil painting and bronze sculpture. It presents award winning realist painters from Victoria and New South Wales including Fiona Bilbrough, Jacqui Grantford, Raelene Sharp, Sally Ryan, Vicki Sullivan, Avril Thomas  and sculptor Heather Ellis.

Taking its inspiration from the Women Painting Women exhibitions in the United States, this is the first Australian instalment of the Women Painting Women phenomenon which celebrates traditional realist painting and the talent of female artists.

Featuring well known Australian women such as Nobel Prize Nominee Dr Catherine Hamlin, actors Kerri Armstrong and Jacqui Weaver, opera singer Liane Keegan, and self-portraits of the artists, the exhibition highlights the power and insight of women painting women and situates the artists’ work within the broader art historical context.


Image: Louise Daniels
Unravelling 3, Hand formed aluminium wire sculpture, 32cm high, 2015


4 June - 3 July


Burrinja Gallery

Louise Daniels

Walker Street Gallery SHE 2015 Award winner.

This powerful charcoal drawing and aluminum sculpture series represents women dealing with the burden of change and uncertainty.

Daniel's research engages communities of women and an exploration of mental health. Her imagery represents women under stress and their different responses to severe pressure. Each is fighting strains imposed on them, with varying degrees of success.

Her work highlights the importance of resilience for individuals and families, Daniels says 'women are often a quietly binding force that holds families and communities together'.

Daniels lives in Ulverstone in north-west Tasmania. She is proud to be an Aboriginal Tasmanian with a deep history connecting her to northern Tasmania.





9 July – 7 August


Burrinja Gallery

What Lies Beneath

“There is no dead matter, lifelessness is only a disguise behind which hides unknown forms of life” - Bruno Schultz

Eco-printing engages the pigments in leaves, natural fibres, metal and heat to create prints and imagery that cannot be orchestrated or controlled – as Rebecca Funk describes: 'this is a dance with Nature herself where we follow Her lead…'

Emerging from a series of workshops lead by local artist Jacqui Grace and soul crafter Rebecca Funk, the cohort of makers will exhibit new eco-printing based work developed from an exploration of creative process where artist, matter and cosmos are co-constructors of meaning, beauty, sacredness, art and chaos.

Dynamics between structure and emergence, individual work and collaboration, the stagnant and the ephemeral, process and outcome culminate in an exhibition which will showcase the generative process of eco-printing as we explore what lies beneath the leaf, and these constructs.

Call for participants: your are invited to

- learn the art of eco-printing/botanical dyeing on watercolour paper, silk, wool & leather
- create sacred space together
- engage in group and individual practices
- co-curate a gallery space, and exhibit your journey and work
- follow threads of curiosity and the terrifyingly wonderful lure of the Unknown

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


16 September – 27 November


Burrinja Gallery

Masters of Aboriginal Contemporary Art

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

A survey exhibition of one of the Western 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.

“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

‘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


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