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Art at Burrinja

OCT 31 2020 - FEB 27 2021


Digital Experience 
until FEB 27 2021

Burrinja Gallery
from JAN 20, 2021

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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams (Director of Umbrella Studio contemporary arts), the exhibition brings together a selection of about 30 works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, twenty-five years after the historic achievement.

Each artist has responded to an aspect of Eddie Mabo that they are drawn to, whether it is his life, politics, activism, or legacy. The works come together in surprising ways with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, celebrating a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.

Burrinja is the only Victorian stop on the exhibitions tour and is hosting a dual delivery of the works. Initially as a digital experience and then from January 20th, 2021 in person in the new Burrinja Gallery.

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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is an Umbrella Studio touring exhibition.

Image Credit: Arone Meeks, Mabo 25 & Big Wet Community, 2018. Painting on canvas, diptych, 183 x 62 cm. Photo: Carl Warner.


FEB 13 to 28



Opening Night

Sat 13 Feb 6 - 8pm

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Gallery Visit

Wed - Sat, 11am or 1pm

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VCE Creative Showcase 2021

VCE Creative Showcase is the largest showcase of emerging artists from across the Yarra Ranges region, featuring students who have completed VCE Art or Studio Art. This dynamic exhibition and project is an insight into the artistic minds of our youngest and brightest creatives.

After a challenging year, these students are displaying their hard work for the community to enjoy. Engage with a diverse range of artworks, from photography to sculpture.

Hosted at Burrinja Cultural Centre in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council, the exhibition is professionally curated, featuring students who were successful in the application process. Celebrate another year of creativity at the VCE Creative Showcase Exhibition. 

“2020 was a challenging year for most so it has been particularly incredible to witness the insight, creativity and talent coming from our community’s emerging artists, who endured the challenges of VCE through COVID-19. I am proud we can offer these opportunities, provide a platform for the emerging artists of the region and showcase their incredible work.” – Mayor Cr Fiona McAllister

Join us for the opening event on Saturday 13th Feb 6 - 8pm ~ Bookings Essential


Image: ‘Solitude’ Abbey Clerke (Mt Evelyn Christian College), 2020



6 Mar - 11 Apr


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Women Painting Women III   

Women Painting Women is a major exhibition of portraiture in traditional oil painting and bronze sculpture. It presents award winning realist painters from Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. 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.    

"This exhibition uniquely honours the female spirit - of realist painters and their sitters” - artist Vicki Sullivan




Image: Liz Gridley, 





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Holding Pattern


New work, new ideas, from the new world. Responding to the idea of ‘the anthropause’ (a considerable global slowing of modern human activities, notably travel), five contemporary artists are commissioned to make new digital works. The project will be delivered to audiences via their own mobile phones, turning our hand held screens into the stages of our future.





18 APR - 9 MAY


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Wabi - Sabi | the Beauty of Imperfection

Each year Dandenong Ranges Open Studios participating artists are asked to create a work based on a collective theme. This year’s theme is WABI-SABI, the Beauty of Imperfection, a Japanese philosophy which encourages us to focus on the blessings hiding in our daily lives and celebrate the way things are rather than how we think they should be. The group exhibition is a unique opportunity to see work from all the artists in one location and select the studios that most intrigue or inspire you to visit during the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios weekend.



Open Studios Weekend
Sat & Sun, May 8 + 9
Group Exhibition
18 APR - 9 MAY


2021 Dandenong Ranges Open Studios

Come and explore the secrets of the Dandenong Range’s with this creative and inspiring cultural experience. The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios takes you down the fern lined lanes of the hills to discover a selection of the most intriguing studios. Explore and connect with artists, ignite your creative imagination and step into the hidden gems, curious constructions and awe inspiring spaces of the artists’ creative environments.

Visit the exhibition at the Burrinja Gallery and select the studios that most intrigue or inspire you. You will have the unique opportunity to purchase artwork and hand crafted items directly from the artists, informed by new insight into their creative world.

Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is the biggest creative 'Open Door' of the region.

Visit studios between 10am and 5pm during the Open Weekend.

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15 May - 4 Jul 


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The Ranges | 3 Perspectives

At one time each of the artists was a Dandenong ranges resident. The works featured draw from the surrounding landscape of the places they called home.

Mary Tonkin: Contemporary plein air landscape artist whose detailed large scale representations reflect the forest at her family’s property in Kalorama.

Fred Williams: Australia’s most iconic landscape artist redefined painting in the Australian bush during his ‘Upwey years’ from 1963-68.

Miles Evergood: An impressionist whose 1930’s Kalorama paintings are characterised by strong colours and expressive brushstrokes and use of palette knife.

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Image Credit: (left to right): Mary Tonkin, Ramble, Kalorama 2017-19 (detail) oil on linen,Fred Williams (1927 - 1982), UPWEY LANDSCAPE, oil on canvas, , Miles Evergood (1871 - 1939) c. 1935 – 1938, oil on canvas

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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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