Art at Burrinja

Image credit: Bluzal Field, Archiving the Future, 2023, Digital Collage


burrinja presents


An exhibition, installation and public program in celebration of Burrinja's 25th year birthday

03 Dec – Late Feb, 2024 | Burrinja, Foyer & AERIE Galleries

Looking back whilst also walking forward: this special project brings together a suite of objects and artefacts found in the depths of the Burrinja archive – from the mundane to the dazzling, the everyday to the extraordinary. What stories of people and place are hidden within the objects that we keep?

These objects are brought together for this special exhibition that reflects on 25 years of community leadership through the arts. Simultaneously, Archiving The Future will commission a new installation in our aerie gallery, a piece of speculative art that proposes a future as yet unknown to us.

Keep your eyes peeled for a calendar full of activity and activation over summer, and join us in archiving the future. If that’s even possible.



Image credit: Aimee McCallum

aerie creative ecology presents

An Unconscious Voice | Aimee McCallum

Sat 24 Feb - Sun 31 Mar | aerie gallery

Step into "An Unconscious Voice," an unfolding narrative of the ever-changing seasons, life, decay, and the interconnected roots of our existence. Soft lines and the geometry of nature converge in a poetic artscape that beckons you to explore the depths of Mother Nature's emotional spectrum.

The artist merges two mediums – paper and nature – forging a delicate alliance that transcends the boundaries of conventional art. Creating a montage of Mother Nature's feelings, inviting you to meander through a cocooned environment, contemplating the everyday magic ‘She’ bestows upon us. As you gaze upon the intricate collaboration of paper and pressed nature, the lines of perspective blur, inviting a childlike innocence to take the wheel. Much like staring at clouds and rediscovering the world through whimsical eyes, this work seeks to capture the essence of navigating a mysterious and wondrous sea. We invite you to get lost, walk through, and immerse yourself in the magic of nature's ever-evolving story.

Please join us for the Exhibition Launch: 1pm Sunday 25 Feb – everyone welcome

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burrinja presents

Where Artists Meet (W.A.M.)

Thu 29 Feb @ 7.00pm | Fat Goat

Here’s your chance to get out, have some fun and talk shop with other local artists and have a cheeky drink.

These regular gatherings propose space for connecting and developing conversation between local creatives. WAM provides a fun and friendly environment to talk shop with other artists, share tips, discuss creative practice, projects and local arts and culture. With the Dandenong Ranges rich and abundant cultural landscape Burrinja’s WAM events are a great opportunity to develop new creative networks, find out about potential opportunities and connect with your local arts community.

Join us on the last Thursday of every month @ 7pm at the Fat Goat (2 Morris Road, Upwey)

Put W.A.M. In your calendar!
Up coming dates: 28 March, 25 April, 30 May, 27 June, 25 July, 29 August, 26 September, 31 October, 28 November


Image credit:  Cathy Ronalds

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Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Group Exhibition

Fri 15 March to Sun 28 Apr | Burrinja Gallery

Glimpse, Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Group Exhibition, is an immersive exhibition featuring works from each of the 44 participating studios. This collective display of local talent highlights their individual approaches to art-making whilst exploring a shared theme...Glimpse, inviting viewers into their fleeting moments of inspiration, insight, and beauty captured by these exceptional visionaries.

Embark on a journey through the realm of artistic expression by exploring an array of works encompassing diverse mediums. Through the lens of paint, print, sculpture, textile, photography, and graphic design, these artists offer tantalizing glimpses into their inner worlds, challenging perceptions and inspiring contemplation. This exhibition is a great way to explore the studios and plan your Open Studios weekends adventures.

Glimpse beckons you to explore the collective imagination of these artists, where creativity knows no bounds. Be captivated by this multifaceted exhibition and let the myriad perspectives transport you to a realm where every Glimpse tells a story.

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Choice Award.


Please join us for the Exhibition Launch: 7pm Thursday 14 March – everyone welcome

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Image credit: N Manyi, I'm Being Sarcastic (2023) acrylic (detail)

aerie creative ecology presents

babyteeth | Nikola Manyi

Sat 6 Apr - Sun 19 May | aerie gallery

'babyteeth' is an eclectic collection of works which compile an emerging artist's exploration and development of practice; it explores the contemporarily fast paced nature of consumerism and the need to stay relevant in order to survive.

Please join us for the Exhibition Launch: 2pm Saturday 6 April – everyone welcome

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Image credit: Abdesslam Sakini, acrylic on canvas, circa 2022, 300 x 300mm

aerie creative ecology presents

A Moroccan Modernist Retrospective | Abdesslam Sakini

Sat 25 May - Sun 7 Jul | aerie gallery

Abdesslam Sakini (born 1st Jan 1943) is a Moroccan Artist who was part of the Casablanca Art School during the period it revolutionised modern art in post-colonial Morocco. Sakini’s influences are evident in his paintings. Earlier works reference his teachers and colleagues at the Casablanca School of Art such as Mohamed Melehi and Mohammed Chabâa. Bold use of geometric shapes and abstract patterns create striking compositions on the canvas. Hard edged, architectural forms sit within symmetrical layouts. More recent works take on a less rigid aesthetic inspired by many years in the Australian landscape. These paintings feature flora and fauna recreated with an abstract colour palette that evokes the extremes of the Australian environment.

Please join us for the Exhibition Launch: 2pm Saturday 25 May – everyone welcome


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Burrinja presents

The Puppetry of Paper Workshop

Scrunch, rip, twist, tear! 

Wed 10 Apr 12pm | Lyre Room


This fun workshop is based on Bunraku, a Japanese form of puppetry. In this workshop, participants will learn to make a puppet out of paper and the skill of bringing it to life, as a team.

Recommended ages: 3 - 8 years 


Tickets - $11.25 ~ $15

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Tickets on sale Tuesday 12th Dec 10.00am

Burrinja presents


Sat 11 May - Sun 21 July | Burrinja Gallery


Image credit: Rona Green, Lucky LeVon, 2022, hand coloured, linocut, 57 x 76 cm (detail)


Galleries 01 & 02

Not Your Kitchen Lino

Burrinja Gallery presents a show case of contemporary print-making with a special focus on lino print applications.

Featured are limited edition prints, artists books, scrolls and sculptures. The artists are:

Chris Lawry (Dandenong Ranges) • David Frazer (Goldfields) • Elizabeth Banfield (Dandenong Ranges) • Gwen Scott (Mornington Peninsula) • Jan Liesfield (Yarra Valley) • Karen Neal (Metropolitan) • Kat Parker (Goulburn region) • Kylie Watson (Dandenong Ranges) • Bronwyn Rees (Metropolitan) • Carolyn Vickers (Goldfields) • Peter Ward (Bellarine) • Rona Green (Dandenong Ranges)



Gallery 03

The Captain's Catch | Rew Hanks

In a series of intriguing complex and detailed compositions renown Sydney-based printmaker and teacher Rew Hanks delivers a satirical take on colonial characters such as Captain James Cook, botanist Joseph Banks, explorer Major Thomas Mitchell, French emperor Napoleon and his wife Josephine.


Please join us for the Exhibition Launch: 2pm Sunday 12 May – everyone welcome.

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Image credit: Rew Hanks, Fish between the flags, 2023, hand coloured linocut, edition of 8 + 2AP, 75 x 106 cm.