from late 2020 to NOW

Each of these digital, hybrid & live experiences represent the ways that Burrinja has created opportunities to bring art and culture to our community while continuing to support artists during the ebbs and flows of government restrictions on visitation to the centre.


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

30 Oct 2020 – 27 Feb 2021 | Burrinja Gallery & Online

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.

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


Women Paining Women is a major exhibition of portraiture in traditional oil painting.

6 Mar – 11 Apr 2021 | Burrinja Gallery

Presenting award winning realist painters from Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT, this exhibition takes its inspiration from the Women Painting Women exhibitions in the United States, this is the third 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


WABI SABI is the 2021 group exhibition of the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios participating artists.

16 APR – 9 MAY  2021 | Burrinja Gallery

2021’s theme WABI SABI is 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.


Holding Pattern curated a series of newly commissioned artworks, delivered directly to audience’s mobile phones.

Every Monday in May, 2021 | SMS to audience

Five contemporary artists are commissioned by Burrinja to make new digital works.
Artists include Gretel Taylor, Roderick Price, Julien Macandili, Rhys Kiekegaard, and Edwina Green.

Responding to the idea of ‘the anthropause’ (a considerable global slowing of modern human activities, notably travel, due to COVID-19 restrictions affecting the flow of human movement globally), the artists have created a suite of new visual, video and interactive art experiences for you.

New ideas and new works from the new world.

The project turns our hand held screens into the stages of our future.

A new work was delivered to audiences each Monday throughout May, 2021.


Be captured by the unique majesty of the ranges, seen through the eyes of these brilliant Australian landscape painters.

15 May – 24 July, 2021 | Burrinja Gallery

Drawing from the vivid and lush landscape of the Dandenong Ranges, a place each artist once called home, the works in this exhibition showcase three distinctly different perspectives.

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

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

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


Conceived in 2021’s first snap lockdown in Melbourne, Burrinja’s “Saturday Night In” experience is a way to connect with our audience’ through a unique offering that directly reflects works, art, performances and exhibitions that have been a part of our program.

We began by revisiting “the body as is place” program which was a one night screening of dance films that explore the complex relationships between body, place and environment.  Featuring new work by a range of local dance film makers and guests, these screenings are less ‘dancing in situ’ and more about poetry in motion en plein air.  The body and place share a complex and symbiotic relationship. From green valleys, to rolling vistas, to celestial skies, this curation of contemporary dance films places the body and environment in an intimate conversation.

With the permission of the film makers we hosted a one off online screening of the works for free.

Thus the Saturday Night In with Burrinja made its debut, and has formed an important part of our pivot to digital experiences for audiences.