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......and we're looking for artists to exhibit and sell their works.

BCAG Members and non members from the district are welcome.

With many thanks to the Birregurra Mechanics Hall committee, Birregurra Community Arts Group are opening our own community art & craft gallery which will tun over the next three months.

The gallery will be setting up between Christmas and New Years and hope to open on New Year’s Day if we have enough of your work to display!

We’re looking for all sorts of works, from paintings to sculptures and we will also have a small range handmade products made locally.

Non BCAG members are welcome to display their work as well, however there will be differing commission rates on sold works for members, non-members and a special rate for those volunteering as well.

The gallery will be staffed by ‘volunteers’ and the more volunteers we have, the more days we can be open to promote the talents of our membe…

Grab your partner and head on Down - to Barwon Downs Hall that is!


Lorne Easter Art Show!


There's heaps to look forward to in 2016!

Well, with 2015 nearing its end, we may as well take this opportunity to whet your appetite for what's in store next year!

EventsAustralia Day in Birregurra featuring James Blundell with the Birregurra Ukulele Kollective as well as lots of arts activities (Tues Jan 26)Birregurra Easter Arts at the Homestead (26/27 Mar)Dinner, show & dancing with Shirazz: A Six Piece Dixieland Jazz Band at Birregurra Hall
(April 9)Birregurra Festival Arts Expo (8/9 Oct)Birregurra Arts Open Gardens (Nov - TBC)
MusicParlour Gigs (house gigs and community gigs all year round - stay tuned)Birregurra Ukulele Kollective (1st & 3rd Tuesday at Birre Health Centre 7pm - performing whenever and whereever we can)Monday Zither Group (every second Monday)Birregurra Singing Circle (formerly Birregurra Gospel Choir - every 'other' second Monday)
Workshops (all dates TBC)WEAVE a garden tee pee with Veronica PhillipsPAINTING with renowned artist Marion EastPHOTOGRAPHY with Tim Lucas (adults and kids…

What's coming up at COPACC?

Coming to COPACC in December...

The Other Film Festival
Tuesday, December 1, 7:30pm
2 hrs (including interval)
Box office: 5232 2077
Tickets $12 Concession & Arts Access Victoria members $8

New cinema by, with, and about people with a disability.

The Other Film Festival is an artistically vibrant, accessible, international disability film festival.

The festival is particularly relevant and accessible for people with a disability while also providing a meaningful and entertaining screen and cultural experience for a broader audience.

The Other Film Festival is recognised internationally for its commitment to screening the world’s best contemporary cinema concerned with the experience of disability, and for its leadership in applying best practice in meeting access requirements of patrons and filmmakers with a disability.

Warning- People under 15 need to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Proudly supported by Arts Access Victoria

Morning Music - Denis Walter
Wednesday, Dec…

Our 2016 Community Singing Program!

In the new year,Birregurra’s Singing Circle
former Gospel Choir, will meet every 2nd Monday (except school & public holidays)
at 7pm, Anglican Church Hall
The Singing Circle is open to all ages and aims to find the instrument we all have – our voice.
Attendance is on a casual basis – no terms - $5 per session
1st session – Monday Feb 1st 2016, 7pm

Join us for a celebration of 2015! Tues 15th Dec at 7pm

BCAG Members & Friends of BCAG (that's YOU!)  are invited to our end of year Chrissy celebration at the  Royal Mail Hotel on Tuesday 15th December at 7pm. 
Fabulous entertainment and light supper provided (food only). 
We hope to see you there!!


MEMBERS BENEFITS! ..... ARTISTS WANTED Birregurra's new Royal Mail Hotel publicans have invited YOU to show and sell YOUR work at their pub. What a match!!!!....our members are looking for exhibition space.....our new publicans, Ambrose and Melissa, want to fill up their walls. Serendipity at the grass roots level!!

Register your interest ASAP by emailing and we will organise a site visit to help you select your piece of wall. Or register your interest at the BCAG Christmas party on Tues 15th Dec at 7pm.

This is exclusive for Birregurra Community Arts Group Members only.  Not a member? Easy! Sign up here

Conditions? Just a few.Artists must hang their own pieces in consultation with RMH publicans. All pieces must be displayed with title, artist, price and contact details. Any sales must be negotiated and finalised by the artist (not RMH publican). All artists must take liability for their own works. Any changes of wall space allocated to artists ar…

We've got ourselves a job - A BIG JOB!

Wednesday night saw a unanimous vote, from over 35 attendees to the Small Towns Transformations information session, to proceed with the application for $350 000 arts funding for our community.

It was an exciting and optimistic session which led to a unanimous vote to proceed with this grant application.

Whilst many wheels are already turning, there's still time to have your say and share your vision for arts in our community. All ideas are valuable and worthwhile. Fill out your surveys (available at the Birregurra General Store and GPO) and submit by 1st Dec.

Birregurra - Let's Dance!


Good things come in small packages!

Don’t miss this fabulous Community Exhibition of small, unframed works on canvas in our beautiful gallery space. All works are for sale. Minuscule small works exhibition
Saturday Dec 5th 2015 – Sunday Jan 31st 2016 Red Rock Regional Gallery
520 Corangamite Lake Road, Cororooke 3254

Over 300 entries from students, emerging and professional artists will be on display with prizes awarded in various categories.

Entry to Exhibition by Donation
Gallery open on weekends 11am – 4pm Closing for Christmas break at 4pm Sunday 13th Dec and re-opening at 11am Saturday 2nd January 2016

WANTED! A transformative Art project for Birregurra!


Birregurra Artist enchants at 'Skewed Views' exhibition opening!

Birregurra artist resident, Christine West, along with artists Carole Redlich, Pam Morgan and Ingra Polic opened the exhibition 'Skewed Views' at Red Rock Regional Gallery this Saturday.
The exhibition is an exploration of each artist's differing perspective, using the textile medium, and will run until November, the 29th.
It represents, above all, a vision of joy and a glimpse into the life of each of the the participating artists, with many of the exhibits touching one personally, but Christine West's Magic Carpet series takes you on a magical trip around the world.
Below are but a few images of the opening and some of the works, but they are no substitute for the experience of visiting the exhibition in person - don't miss it!

Skewed Views - an exhibition of textile works!

You are invited to attend an exhibition by local artists, exploring the textile medium.
The official opening is tomorrow, November the 7th, at 2 pm and will run until the 29th of November at the Red Rock Regional Gallery

Clay + Water + Fire = Ceramics!

See Australia's finest in Shepparton! More details HERE

How about a movie?


The Arts Group Expo Wrap in words and images!

The Arts Expo @ the Masonic Lodge another festival success It was only the second year that BCAG has taken over the abandoned Masonic Lodge to bring you a collection of arts demonstrations, sales, music and displays of what the arts groups has being doing and contributing throughout the past year. We had well over 500 people through the Lodge, all of who were gobsmacked that such a small town could be doing so much in the arts. Well done to all those who contributed including all the artists and BCAG volunteers for making the Expo so warm, welcoming and interesting. Special thanks also to Birregurra Primary School and the very clever Ron Eichler for their fabulous contributions which made the entrance and walls of the old Masonic Lodge even more beautiful. The Lodge wasn’t the only place you could see arts group members. At 10.30amSaturday, the Ukulele Kollective strutted their stuff on the street stage – blowing passers by with their high energy and fun songs. It’s amazing to see and he…

Relive our 2nd Arts Expo...

...with this wonderful video highlight, created by Fiona Brandscheid -well done all!

Join us for Christmas Carols in Birre Park with the CFA on Christmas Eve

Join the Birregurra Ukulele Kollective and Community Choir for some carols on Christmas Eve in Birregurra Park. Joining forces with the CFA who bring us our annual Santa visit, the Ukes and Choir will entertain for an hour or two in the early evening while everyone enjoys the CFA BBQ.

Come along and bring the whole family to get primed for Christmas Day. Times and more details will follow. Stay tuned!!

Snapshots of Birregurra Photography WINNERS

Snapshots of Birregurra is a community arts engagement project developed by Birregurra Community Arts Group, Birre Mail and Birre Historical Society—using creativity to swell community pride while also providing a catalogue of images which will be archived at the Historical Society – a gift for our whole community.
This year’s 59 PORTRAIT entries were very strong with many familiar faces captured with honesty and warmth. Judges chose the winners, not just based on their technical appeal but also for their sense of place and the image’s story.

OPEN CATEGORY WINNERS WINNER ($100): Sue Coulson with “Men at Work”, a beautiful image of the workers in a Birre shearing shed portraying a story of hard work and friendship.

RUNNER UP ($50): Rebecca Diamond with her captivating image “Reflecting” with her young son and whippet taking in the views of Birre golf course. Rebecca is the grand daughter of Lenn Robb who Snapshots was created in memorium for.

Commendations also go to Ian Taylor fo…

Coming to COPACC in November & December ...

Tuesday, November 17, 2:30pm & 8pm
65 minutes (no interval)
Box Office: 5232 2077
Adults $41 Concessions $36 Students $25

Based on his two best-selling books, Flak and Fly, well-known writer and performer Michael Veitch presents Flak – true stories from the men who flew in World War Two.

He takes on the roles of five former airmen, recounting their extraordinary, compelling and largely untold stories of combat.

We meet Australian bomber pilot Bruce Clifton whose Lancaster was shot down over neutral Norway, Englishman James
Coward who flew a Spitfire shot down by a German gunner in the Battle of Britain, a Welshman, and a former Nazi pilot. The stories are interwoven with insights from Michael Veitch’s lifelong obsession with air warfare and humorous anecdotes shared by the 50-plus pilots, air gunners and bomb aimers Veitch has interviewed. Join Michael Veitch for a post-show Q&A,
plus afternoon tea, after the 2:30pm show.

Proudly sponsored by Cape Otway Lightstation


Birregurra Choir and Ukulele Kollective join EVERYONE at COPAAC for Rock Across the Ages - Come along and enjoy!!

Tickets available at COPAAC for just $7.50. Get in quick. They are sure to sell out.

Enjoy lots of opportunities to see BCAG Music Makers over Birregurra Festival Weekend

Festival weekend is hotting up and we're getting thoroughly involved this year in more ways than one.
Our Birregurra Music Makers are busy rehearsing for their multiple performances across the weekend so make sure you slot some time to check them out.

Birregurra Ukulele Kollective10.30am Saturday 10th Oct: Festival Street Stage (opposite Birre General Store)
1.30pm Saturday 10th Oct: Fringe Arts Expo at Birregurra Masonic Lodge (Strachan St, Opp Health Centre)
1.30pm Sunday 11th Oct: Fringe Arts Expo at Birregurra Masonic Lodge (Strachan St, Opp Health Centre)

Birregurra Choir12 Noon Sunday 11th Oct: Main Stage (in the park) with OMM

Live Zither Group12.30pm Saturday 10th Oct: Fringe Arts Expo at Birregurra Masonic Lodge (Strachan St, Opp
Health Centre)
12.30pm Sunday 11th Oct: Fringe Arts Expo at Birregurra Masonic Lodge (Strachan St, Opp Health Centre)

Also on at the Fringe Arts Expo at the Masonic Lodge are:
Deans Marsh Singers: 10am Saturday 10th Oct
Angelic Stains: 4pm Saturday…

See, Hear & Play at BCAG's Fringe Arts Expo at Birregurra Masonic Lodge

Where: Birregurra Masonic Hall, Strachan Street Birregurra
When: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October 2015 from 10am to 5pm during Birregurra Festival
Come and see, hear and play with the Birregurra Community Arts Group at this year's festival Fringe Arts Expo.

At the Expo there will be an exhibition of current work, demonstrations and opportunities to flex your artistic muscle at some of the interactive displays.

Snap your favourite Birregurrian to win the 2015 Snapshots of Birregurra Competition and cash prizes up to $250.

This year’s theme is
BE CREATIVE, BE FUN, BE IMAGINATIVE! Every day we witness vignettes of our favourite Birregurrians—whether it’s your grandad whiling away time on the lathe in his shed, Aunty June rounding up the sheep for shearing, your favourite trader in Main Street smiling cheekily through the window….you get the idea!

This year, we want YOU and your family to take candid or even fun or moving ‘set up’ portraits of our community members. Photos will be hung in traders windows from Fri 9th Oct to 18th Oct.

Entry forms and photo printing available at Birre General Store. Entry forms also available at Birre Community Health Centre.

PHOTO PRINTING AVAILABLE AT BIRRE GENERAL STORE FOR $1.00. Just bring USB or email your photo to
Entries close on 3rd Oct – drop off at Birre General Store. There are 1st & 2nd prizes for Open Category and 13yrs and Under Category as well as a People Choice Award.

Winning photos will be framed an…

DAYTRIP ANNOUNCEMENT: Masterpieces from the Hermitage, Saturday 17th October

WHEN: Saturday 17th October. Departing 7.22am train from Birregurra. Returning 7pm train.
HOW MUCH: Ticket price only (Proof of Concession is required for entry/attendance) then pay as you go for train and lunch.

Exhibition ticket prices are:
NGV Member Adult $21Adult $26Concession $22.50 To register, fill out the registration form and drop off with payment to Judy Goddard (4 Birregurra Yoedene Rd, Birregurra).
For further information, email
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION Spectacular works from art masters including Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian are going on show at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in the latest exhibition Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great.

Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, the Hermitage is among the largest and oldest museums in the world and is regarded as having one of the world’s biggest and finest collections of paintings.
The works featured in the exhibition were personally collected by Catherine the …