Burrinja Cultural Centre - Art Collector

Installation view of Andrew Chapman: Nearly A Retrospective, 2012. Courtesy: the artist and Burrinja Cultural Centre, Melbourne

Burrinja is a multifaceted art centre in the Dandenong Ranges on the outskirts of Melbourne. Named after Indigenous artist Lin Onus, whose Yorta Yorta name Burrinja means star, the centre was established in 1999 and has since built a reputation for creative innovation and excellence, with a vision for building community through arts.

Burrinja Gallery was developed to showcase the stunning Indigenous and oceanic McLeod Gift Collection and to present international, national and local exhibitions both to the Dandenong Ranges community and to the many visitors to this unique and beautiful region on Melbourne’s eastern fringe.

The collection

Burrinja manages a rare public collection of over 600 items of Aboriginal and oceanic art from Papua New Guinea. The collection was donated to Yarra Ranges Council in 2001 by Neil McLeod, a local resident and renowned photographer, book author and field collector.

The McLeod Gift Collection includes Aboriginal artworks as well as one of the most significant Australian collections of post-colonial oceanic artefacts from New Ireland and New Britain. McLeod accumulated these during a lifetime's experience gained through his involvement with Indigenous people from various parts of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The collection includes paintings by Rover Thomas, Queenie McKenzie, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Jack Dale as well rare malangan carvings from New Ireland, Baining kavat masks and Tolai Ingiet carvings from New Britain.

Exhibition highlights

Burrinja Gallery offers a changing program of significant touring exhibitions, self-curated exhibitions with an Indigenous focus and collection exhibitions. The Jarmbi foyer galleries present predominantly mid-career and professional local artists from the Dandenong Ranges while the cafe and studio galleries exhibit community and emerging artists across various mediums.


Burrinja offers a Jarmbi Membership program which provides free entry to exhibitions, 10 percent discount on all gallery shop purchases, discounts on theatre performances and invitations to exhibition openings and other special events. For more details click here.

Visitor information

Burrinja has multiple galleries and artist studios, a 400 seat theatre with a national performing arts program, workshop areas, cultural education programs and an adjacent children’s playground.

Burrinja is just a 45 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 4pm. Entry is free. Some feature exhibitions have a small cover charge from time to time - check the web site for details.

Burrinja offers visitors the following facilities:
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Free onsite parking
  • Cafe
  • Gallery shop

Burrinja Cultural Centre
Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Drive
Upwey VIC 3185

Phone: 03 9754 8723
Email: events@burrinja.org.au
Web: burrinja.org.au
Web: facebook.com/burrinja
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 4pm.