The Dining Room Project - Seeking expressions of interest

This year at Birregurra Easter Arts was the "Parlour Room Project". 

Eleven incredibly clever artists created beautiful tailored pieces of work referencing the history of the room at Tarndwarncoort Homestead.

Next.....for Birregurra Easter Arts at the Homestead....the "Dining Room Project"!

Birregurra Community Arts Group is putting the call out to artists to take on the challenge.

Each piece of work will be displayed in the Dining Room at Tarndwarncoort over the course of the Birregurra Easter Arts weekend—held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of March 2016.

If you are interested, email or call Fiona on 5236 2464 and we will send you the guidelines for the project. Expressions of interest by 1st December 2015.

Works must be original and somehow reference the Tarndwarncoort Dining Room. While we suggest you reference the room and homestead’s history, furnishing, past or present use, colour or character associated with the room, this shouldn’t limit your imagination. Artists are allowed full and unfettered expression of their interpretation of the room and its atmosphere as an inspiration. Soundscapes are welcome.

Artists are encouraged to visit the room by arrangement with the owners and spend some time at the homestead to take photographs. The homestead is used as a venue for weddings and hosted weekends,so advanced notice will be appreciated. Contact Tom Dennis on or call (03) 5233 6241.

The wing was designed by Colac based architect, Alexander Hamilton. He was a profilic architect and builder around Colac and the Western District at this time, often rolling out similar designs. In fact, another Dennis famly property near Mortlake, Eeyuek, has a near identical look. Hamilton constructed the former Post Office and Shire Hall in Colac amongst others. The quality of the stonemasonry is credit to the Scottish labourers of the time who worked with in this style in their homeland.

On the walls of the Dining Room are the owners of the property since European settlement in 1840, and also in painted form, parents who stayed behind in Cornwall. The Dining table was made in 1875 out of Australain Cedar and has never left the room. All of the people behind the protraits on the wall have sat around the Dining table at some point, sharing many Christmases and special occasions.

DAYTRIP COMING UP - Ballarat Foto Biennale, Sat 19 Sept

Enjoy a day of exploring the 2015 Ballarat Foto Biennale

Book before Saturday 12th September. Seats strictly limited. 

When: September, the 19th 2015
Cost: $45 includes transport and a scrumptious Tapas lunch at Meija's

Bus will leave from Birregurra General Store at 8.30am. Returning around 6.30pm.
Seats on the bus are limited to 12, so don't miss out and book in quickly


First stop at 10am will be the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E). M.A.D.E presents two Fringe Festival exhibitions as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015 – MAPgroup’s Beyond Borders and Rebecca Hosking’s MANU Transcript for mankind.

After an hour wandering around M.A.D.E, we'll head into the CBD to soak up the main program for a few hours before a wonderful tapas lunch at Cafe Meijas at 1pm. After lunch we'll have another few hours to wander around before jumping back on the bus at 5pm to head home.

Don't forget, our very own Tim Lucas is exhibiting at the Beechworth Bakery, so make sure you put that on your MUST SEE list.

(Photo: Jane Long, Flock) 
Check out the main program here:

For more information, email
Check for regular updates.


A Magical Afternoon of Storytelling - Sunday 6th September

Storytelling online bookings

Birregurra! Small town - BIG heart!

At Tuesday night's Birregurra music makers OxJam, the hearts were big and generous. The total donated to Oxfam on the night was a whopping $787.60. Add this amount to the generous donations already received online, we well and truly over-shot our modest goal with an end-total of a whopping $1150.10 watch out for the updated figure within the next 48hours
This event could not have happened without the help, encouragement and enthusiasm of all Birregurrians and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you to the music makers - The Gospel Choir, The Ukulele Kollective, The Deans Marsh Singers, The Monday Zither Group and all the musicphiles who brought their varying instruments and tuned up their vocal chords for the night.
Thank you to the community members who gave support in practical things needed. Thank you for letting us use the Anglican Church Hall, thank you for the many contributions to our fabulous supper, thank you for your help in setting up and cleaning up and a special thank you to George at the Post Office, who generously counted up the enormous amount of coins and notes even though our deposit slip clearly stated that Australia Post is not obliged to except such a deposit.
The photos show the tune-up and sound check and the the supper afterwards. Everyone was enjoying themselves too much to actually take photos of the gig but the generic music maker cartoon captures the fun had by all.
Well done Birregurra

New exhibition opening at Red Rock Regional Theatre & Art Gallery!

Self taught artist Rhonda Goodall-Kirk, has been actively exhibiting since 1996.
Rhonda is a thematic painter, telling a story through pictures is very important to her. She paints humanity at its most vulnerable, attempting to capture, on each canvas, one pure moment of emotion.
“My love affair is with oils and canvas, the way the oil paints move across the canvas and the smell that fills the room. The passion I have for painting is insatiable, it oozes from my flesh”.

New Workshop from Theresa Lawrence - Solarplate Printmaking!

'Just letting you know that I will be holding a Solar Plate Etching Workshop on October 31st. I will send a flyer out presently, so think of this as a 'save the date' post!

Solarplate Printmaking is a method of Printmaking where solar radiation (the sun or a UV light) hardens a photopolymer layer to make a plate with all the similarities of traditional etching. With Solarplate, a film is produced onto acetate to create the image. The film and the Solarplate are exposed to UV radiation and the plate with the image on is developed in water. It can then be inked as would a metal plate and printed onto dampened printmaking paper.

Best Wishes,
Teresa Lawrence.' 

EMAIL us for more information.

Below is an example of a Solarplate print...
Winter Branches by Kathleen Westkaemper 

The Mae Trio - An exclusive members gig on Sat 5th Sept 2015

Birregurra Community Arts Group has teamed up with the very clever folk at Parlour Gigs to bring an exclusive members and friends gig featuring the stunning Mae Trio.

The Mae Trio are a multi-award winning band of three of the Australian folk scene’s most talented young songwriters, singers and performers. 

Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby (The Rainmakers) are joined by cellist Anita Hillman (Evelyn’s Secret). They perform an insightful collection of original songs arranged for ukulele, banjo, guitar, fiddle, cello, bass and superb three part vocal harmony. 

Winners of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award 2013 and the Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence 2011. 

There are only 35 tickets available so get in while you can. Set in a woolshed just outside of Birre, ticket holders will be able to enjoy live music from some of Australia's finest upcoming artists.


This is Birregurra Community Arts Group event exclusively for BCAG members and friends
Tickets are $20. BYO wine, plate of goodies and chair. Doors open at 7pm.
Woolshed located at 4325 Cape Otway Rd, Birregurra. Click HERE for online tickets or contact Fiona on  5236 2464 to pay direct.

Taxi home to Birre township can be arranged - just let us know if you require a ride on

Stay tuned for more Parlour Gigs coming up. If you would like to host a Parlour Gig, please let us know at

NGV Masterpieces from the Hermitage.... exhibition not to be missed by any Artphile!


Click on the image below to explore this fabulous exhibition

Once upon an time.......a member's recommendation!

This magical invitation comes to you from Birregurra Arts Group member - Judy Goddard.

For more go to Hearth Tales
You’re warmly invited to -

A Magical Afternoon of Storytelling
Saturday September 5th,
1.30 pm for a 2 pm start at
Di & Stuart's, 
Countrywide Cottages, 
1205 Winch Deans Marsh Rd

Professional storyteller, Niki na Meadhra, will transport you to other times & places, with stories from legend & folklore.

Niki has 30 years’ experience, as an actor, storyteller and theatre maker. Her warm style engages audiences, young and old, skilfully taking them into the realms of the imagination and meeting all kinds of characters.  She has prepared stories especially for the season, offering adventure, wisdom and joy.

BOOKINGS:             5288 7399 or trybooking link (TBA)
Tickets: $25 (includes glass of Dinny Goonan wine and afternoon tea.
Wine also available for sale by the glass)