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Burrinja Cultural Centre

Name: Burrinja Cultural Centre
Address:351 Glenfern Road, Upwey, VIC, 3158
Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri (Kulin Nation)
Website: www.burrinja.org.au

About Burrinja Cultural Centre

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 is the creative heart of the Dandenong Ranges. Working to provide outcomes that contribute to the cultural vibrancy of the region, Burrinja enables the development of new, experiential and distinctive arts practice, whilst providing continued support for existing art forms in the Hills.

The centre encompasses multiple gallery spaces, 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 on site cafe & bar.

Burrinja’s vision is a thriving, contemporary art and performance culture, that invites participation, tells important narratives and champions creative expression.

We are obsessed with art. Focused on community. Seeking Impact. Steered in partnership. Interested in tomorrow. Informed by history. Driven by ethics. Continuously learning.

On Residence Overview Document

Space Information

The Burrinja Theatre

  • large sprung floor (painted black)
  • Stage size: 14m x 9.4m
  • 400 seat auditorium
  • Overhead worker lights, plus professional lighting rig (if required)
  • No natural light

Accompanied by a dedicated desk in our ‘Aerie Creative Ecology’ — shared studio space, for desktop or visual art work. Wifi, kitchen, bathrooms, showers available.


Available January — March 2022 (exact dates TBC with On Residence recipient)

Residence may be a block of time, or spread across a longer period.
Other times available by negotiation


All areas of Burrinja are fully wheelchair accessible. A hearing loop is available in the Theatre. Accessible parking directly outside front door.


Not available on site.

Accommodation provided by On Residency if required.

Getting there and around

Burrinja is nestled into the side of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Upwey is reachable via train (Belgrave line, approx 1hr 10mins from Flinders street). Burrinja is a 25 minute walk from the Upwey train station, via footpaths and a slight incline.

What’s On?

Burrinja has a year round calendar of live performance, art workshops, artists in residence and community festivals. We host 6 visual artists in permanent residence (private studios), a co-working space, three galleries and offices. A thriving community art centre. Current opening hours when the public may access the building are Wednesday—Saturday, 10—3pm.

Priority Areas

Development of:

  • Live performance
  • Stage-based works
  • Dance film (stunning natural environment out here!)
  • Burrinja is open to supporting early stage idea development, creative development, or work approaching presentation stage

Burrinja is interested to connect directly with artists, who may be developing work that would fit our future programming.

Burrinja is fortunate to have a strong creative community around us. A number of independent contemporary dance artists and contemporary sound artists are active members of our community.

Host Offerings

  • Public program and community engagement – workshops, presentations, sharing at end of residency
  • Connections with local community groups, artists, networks
  • Informal assistance / advice on technical production, marketing, touring

Resident Requirements

  • Delivery of some piece of community engagement (workshop / presentation / meet & greet)
  • Short acquittal at end of project (what worked or didn’t / impact of residency)

Key Contact

Gareth Hart, Creative Director / CEO


Read more about On Residence and apply

What will the space be used for?

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