Saturday, August 14, 2010

henson, hall and hoorahs

It was great news to learn that Burrinja was awarded the Archival Survival Award for Small Museums, 2010 by Museums Australia (Vic), for its Exemplary Public Programs.

The award is a tremendous peer acknowledgement of the amazing depth and diversity of programs, projects, exhibitions and performances on offer at the centre.

The current exhibition in the Burrinja Gallery, Bill Henson: early works from the MGA collection, is a stunning exhibition, well worth attending. The local community are lucky to have a gallery so close at hand to experience such a quality exhibition.

Me and Jenny Hall, in front of her work Jesus went to Upwey High.

The exhibition on show in the Burrinja Cafe, Jenny Mai Hall: Going Downtown, is another great example of local work by a local artist. Burrinja is a great venue for local artists to display their work, giving them valuable exhibition experience and a public venue to sell their works.

Burrinja also provides a terrific venue for live music, local performing artist Alex Legg, has been working hard to hold a monthly Blues and Roots night and last Friday saw the very talented Phil Manning play to a packed house.

Pictured left to right: Phil Manning, Samantha Dunn and Alex Legg at the Burrinja Cafe.

It is wonderful to see the Performing Arts Space start to take shape as the construction leaps ahead. The shell of the space is clearly visible now and it is exciting to see the site transform into what will be a truly wonderful community cultural arts space.

Bill Henson runs through to 26 September. Jenny Mai Hall runs through to 22 August.

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