• Sapphires

  • Picasso

  • Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Program 2020


  • Magnificent music, fascinating story, and brilliant First Nations talent. See the Sapphires at Burrinja.
  • For anyone who’s ever patted a dog or been moved by an artwork.
  • The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Program 2020 Applications Open September 6
  • Lloyd Spiegel tours The ‘Cut and Run’ Album, final part of an unexpected trilogy...

Burrinja Arties

The Burrinja Arties are a group of local people mostly living in supported residential accommodation who meet weekly with Creative Arts therapist Lynette Forrest to produce unique artworks that tell their story. The program is designed to help expand social support for those who are ‘at risk of homelessness’.

These sessions are the highlight of the artists’ week and their annual exhibition gives the group and the works they create visibility and recognition in the community. It is an arts-based skills and learning program with an emphasis on active cultural participation that enriches understandings of community and culture, while teaching art techniques and socialisation skills.

This year the Arties have tackled the concept of ‘A Whisper and Flutter, and the Butterfly Effect. This has been through both performance and visual art making and exhibiting. The ‘Butterfly Ball’ was a full participatory event held in July 2015 with the Arties hosting many others with songs, performances, dance and most of all, fun! From there, they continued to work with mentor artists toward their exhibition 'A Whisper and a Flutter' in October 2015.

A feature article on the Arties in the Foothills publication clearly made the connection between this program and positive outcomes for mental well-being. The program ‘challenges the participants to take positive risks by trying new activities, learning with artist mentors, exhibiting, performing, and more!
- LYNETTE FORREST | Creative Arts Therapist

Program Funding provided by the Department of Health.



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artist impression of new entrance

Burrinja's metamorphosis is beginning in earnest, to accomodate these works our centre & box office hours are changing.

The new hours will be: 

TUES - SAT, 10AM until 2PM 
Please note our box office will be unattended on Sundays.

Our theatre program and classes will continue as usual whilst the gallery, cafe and studios will all be getting a facelift. 

Find out more about our renovations here


My Brilliant Divorce


My Brilliant Divorce by Geraldine Aron is the radiantly witty and warm personal account of Angela's journey of rediscovery.

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Sherlock Holmes and a Woman's Wit 


Grip the edge of your seat as Lux Radio Theatre brings these wonderful ‘whodunit’ stories to life.

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The Sapphires


The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of Tony Brigg’s mother – the incredible journey of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing Motown hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval.

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39 Forever


An enthralling comedy cabaret about ageing in an image obsessed world

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Burrinja acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we meet, share and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land. 

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