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Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre in the Dandenong Ranges with a clear, creative and community-based vision for the region: Building Community through Arts.
Burrinja’s function and purpose are built on a multi-element vision and program across diverse art forms and cultural activities. The centre is a cultural hub for the Dandenong Ranges that supports existing and enables the development of new, experiential and distinctive arts practice, providing outcomes that contribute to the cultural vibrancy of the region.
The centre encompasses multiple gallery spaces and artists’ studios, a world-class collection of Indigenous and oceanic art, 400 seat theatre, black box space, kids ‘stay and play’ art activities, rehearsal, making and meeting spaces, community cultural development projects, museum collection management, live music, Indigenous cultural garden and The Skylark Room Café & Bar.
Open Tuesday to Sunday Burrinja is fabulous place to experience great art; from theatre to exhibitions and studios.
Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Burrinja presents a changing program of exhibitions throughout the year. From solo and groups shows of local Dandenong Ranges artists to touring exhibitions Burrinja galleries feature a wide range of artworks.
Supporting community projects and nurturing local arts is integral to Burrinja’s mission of Building Community through Arts’, a mantra that was born out of community arts and protest in the late 1990’s that led to the foundation of Burrinja as a cultural centre. Independent, yet with support of Yarra Ranges Council, the organisation draws on this tradition of community activism and supports a wide range of local community cultural events and annual festivals including Belgrave Lantern Parade, Belgrave Survival Day, and the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios to name a few.
While Burrinja Gallery presents a changing program of exhibitions by local artists, curated and touring exhibitions, Indigenous art and culture feature strongly in its program. This is in part due to Burrinja’s heritage, which was given its name in homage to Koorie artist and local resident Lin Onus, a strong supporter of an arts centre in the ranges. ‘Burrinja’ means ‘star’ and was Lin’s Yorta Yorta name. It is reflected in Burrinja’s logo.What's On
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