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Shapes in Space

Burrinja Kids Stay and Play free family activity by local artist Kiera Brew Kurec

Shapes in Space is a multi functional activity allowing the child to explore modalities of creativity. The activity provides a space for the child to engage with objects and people in responsive and creative ways.  The props are tactile and multi sensory allowing children and people of all ages and abilities and levels of mobility to engage with the activity.

Shapes in Space responds to the climate change biennale by exposing children to the possibilities of creativity with out outcome, exploring the ephemeral. The activity has no set outcome allowing for conversation around objects and possessions and issues surrounding waste and consumption. By creating an activity where children can explore creativity with out creating a drawing, painting, college or other document and with out documentation the child will be encouraged to use their own imagination to create shapes in space.

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4 NOV 2017 - 4 FEB 2018


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Mandy Martin: Triggers in the Landscape

Mandy Martin is a practising artist with a national and international reputation for her concern about environmental issues, landscape conservation and land management. This exhibition draws on a range of paintings produced by the artist in recent years which focus on relationship between climate change, CO2 emissions and cool-burn fire management by Indigenous land owners.

Adelaide-born Mandy Martin studied at the South Australian School of Art from 1972-75. Martin has held numerous exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Her works are held in many public and private collections across Australia. In the USA she is represented in the Guggenheim Museum New York and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Between 1978 – 2003 she was a lecturer at the School of Art, Australian National University in Canberra and a fellow from 2003-06. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at ANU’s Fenner School of Environment and Society.

This exhibition is presented by Burrinja in collaboration with Australian Galleries

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Image: Mandy Martin 'Power Station 12' 2011, pigment and oil on linen, 51 x 51 cm


Exhibition of Finalists
11 NOV 2017 - 11 FEB 2018

Climate Change Day of Action
SAT, 11 NOV, 10AM - 3PM
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Opening & Award Ceremony

Prize Judges

Suzannah Davies (RMIT Gallery)
Debbie Symons (artist)
David O'Halloran (Walker St Gallery)


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Burrinja Climate Change Biennale
2017: climate change on the fringes

Acquisitive art prize, exhibition and day of action, critically engaging issues of climate change.

WINNER Burrinja Climate Change Biennale $7,500 Award Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan
HIGHLY COMMENDED $500 - Jessie Boylan’s lightbox work ‘Aurum’
YOUNG ARTIST Eastern Regional Libraries $1000 Award Samantha Sommariva

Global in nature, national in scope and local in action, the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale provides a platform for events addressing one of the most pressing topics of our time.

At the centre of the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale is its Award Exhibition, which provides a space for artists to engage creatively and imaginatively with aspects of climate change. The exhibition invites and encourages the collaboration of science and arts, of critical thought and creative practice.

Exhibition of Finalists 11 November 2017 - 11 February 2018

Adi, Elizabeth Banfield, Jessie Boylan, Kiera Brew Kurec, CarolynCardinet, Neville Cichon, Dorota Connellan, Selena de Carvalho, Susan Durham, Kim Flatman, Ali Griffin, Brenda Haas, Andrea Innocent, Clare James, Suzannah Jones, Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan, John Krzywokulski, Ted Krzywokulski, Chris Lawry, Brian Looker, Carmel Louise, Chris Mason, Ches Mills, Rachael Ness, Flossie Peitsch, Sean Peoples, Eliza Phillips, Shayla Rance, Gerard Russo, Janita Ryan, Marta Salamon, Luna Sea, Joy Serwylo, Samantha Sommariva, Ian Tully, Hartmut Veit, Liz Walker, Rain White, Megan Williamson, Laura Wills and the Book Club artists.

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25 NOV - 17 DEC

Opening Celebration 25 NOV, 1PM


Growing Pains Initiative
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Growing Pains Initiative

Featuring Kell Kitsch, Alex Childs and Jess Gannaway

Our final exhibition for the year is 'Preface', taking place November 25th to December 17th. Opening November 25th 1-3pm
Storytelling is something that we humans have been doing for thousands of years. "Preface" showcases modern day storytellers, across a wide range of mediums. Their stories share their concerns, trials and successes of modern day life.

Opening Celebration Saturday 25 November 1-3pm drinks and nibble provided for gold coin.
Catalogues can be purchased on the day.

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This project is supported by Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council.

Image: 'Camping Out' by Kell Kitsch



11am - 2:30pm


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Thinking and talking deeply about Climate

Part of the Burrinja Climate Change Biennale

Want to build bridges between the generations and confront the climate crisis at the same time? Join Upwey High School Year 7, 8 and 9 students in an exploration of the big questions we face with respect to our treatment of the environment and Climate Change. Students will engage you with their concerns and questions through philosophical dialogue with the view of sharing knowledge to turn things around.

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