March General Meeting

Next BCAG general meeting is on Thursday 9th March at 6.30pm at the Community Health Centre

Painters Group

Anyone interested in joining an ongoing informal painters group for the purpose of  sharing know-how,  benefiting from mutual creative support and  enjoying casual interactive learning from fellow artists can contact Natalie Newton at or  phone 52362562

The objective of the group is not to be a workshop but to be a continuing, regularly planned get-together of painters in any medium (watercolour, acrylics, oil, pastels or pencils) for the opportunity to create paintings in a group setting which can offer constructive encouragement, or just the chance to work alongside other likeminded artists.

Whilst no venue or times have been arranged if enough interest is generated a venue and times (the majority preferred from an offered range) will be organized. A small weekly fee will be applicable to support payment of the venue and for morning or afternoon tea.

This fee will be slightly higher for non-BCAG members.

 ALL artists of any skill level from beginners to experts are welcome 

Learn how to fundraise in the Creative Partnerships ART CLINIC

MATCH Lab is the new iteration of Creative Partnerships Australia's matched funding program for independent artists and groups.
 Many artists and groups have said that while the matched funding opportunity in previous programs was great for helping them secure donors, they also wanted to benefit from a more hands-on experience with Creative Partnerships Australia to boost their skills in arts fundraising, and learn how to maintain the momentum they’d built in their fundraising campaigns. So an extra component has been added to the program in the Raising Money for Art clinic. The clinic will help participants develop a deeper understanding of what support is out there and how to go about making the approaches they need.

 Successful applicants will build their fundraising skills and knowledge at the clinic, and then can put those skills into practice with a fundraising campaign for a nominated project. Their campaigns will be boosted by Creative Partnerships Australia matching funds raised, dollar-for-dollar.

 As part of MATCH Lab we’ll fund your attendance at the Raising Money For Art clinic, your return airfares, two-nights’ accommodation and meals; plus, we’ll match, dollar-for-dollar, money raised through that fundraising campaign up to $10,000 per participant, to help you leverage support for your new project.

 MATCH Lab can help artists really understand more about their potential to build private sector support and fund their art in a sustainable way. It’s not a straight-up grants program; it’s designed to be a professional development opportunity.

 Full guidelines for the program, FAQs and fundraising resources are available here:


Applications close on 17 February 2017.

Yarn in the Yards

Come along and enjoy a Yarn in the Yards @ Birregurra Hall - Saturday 4th Feb 1-4pm

Come along and enjoy a FREE arvo of yarns about yarn with Tarndwarncoort Homestead—from growing wool, to processing it, to selling it, to using it.
Bring along a woolcraft project to work away at while you listen or try your hand at wool grading, wool spinning or have the kids make you a felt ball key ring.
It's the last event in The Yards for 2017 and what a summer it's been!! If you haven't had a chance to check out The Yards yet, now's your chance to visit before it's dismantled in preparation for permanent landscaping.

The Yards has been an fun temporarIly activated space set up as part of the Birregurra enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation. From the end of February, the space will be dismantled in preparation for permanent landscaping that will reflect the spirit and functionality of The Yards. All the materials used in The Yards Pop Up will either be returned, re-purposed or recycled within the community. 
We'd love to hear your feedback on the space so we can pass on to the landscape designer who is preparing a master-plan for the space as well as the front of Birregurra Hall. Your voice will help shape and create the permanent space for our community. Click here to participate in the short feedback survey.
NOTE: Filming and photography will be taking place during this event for publicity and reporting purposes for Birregurra Community Arts Group and Regional Arts Victoria. Please inform the team at the gate if you do not wish to have your images recorded.

Birregurra Community Arts Group is a key partner in the Birregurra enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation. For more information about the project, visit or follow the Facebook page HERE.

Free KIDS Drama Workshop this Sunday 22 Jan and 29 Jan

Registrations required. Only 12 places.



Farewell the summer holidays with a family picnic in The Yards.

Kids arts play and open microphone/talent show for kids & adults. BYO backing track, instrument or props. Show off your best magic tricks, dance routines or sing your favourite songs. It's all about family so dad & daughter/mum & son routines are very welcome. BYO picnic, rugs and drinks. It's all about family fun, community and enjoying The Yards @ Birregurra Hall.

Coming up in January at The Yards

Announcing the fantabulous flamingolicious Mighty Duke & the Lords as the live music entertainment at the Otway Harvest Trail Festa at The Yards on Friday 27th January. Calypso fever at the Festa!! It's shaping up to be a cracker event!
Mighty Duke & the Lords

Birregurra Rocks For Refugees!

Whilst we're all enjoying a well deserved break, the opportunities to enjoy good music and to get involved in community events does not abate in Birregurra.
Here is an invitation for you to attend an exiting fundraiser concert.


Saturday 28th January 2017At the Birregurra Anglican Church HallDoors open 7:00, music from 7:30 - 10:30

Live music from The Sobs & local musicians. . . . . Bar - Local Beer & Wine, Art raffle

Tickets $20 are now available at  tickets are limited, be quick don't miss out!

All proceeds are for the staging of the Upcoming Songs of Freedom Concert

The ‘Songs of Freedom Concert’ is a local initiative to bring greater awareness of the plight of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in our region. It is hoped that, through music, our community can combine their talents and along with OMM Rock Choir,  lend their voices to promote harmony, acceptance and support for those in need. 

The proposed Freedom concert is all about coming together as a people and taking a stand for those who have no voice! To date, $1500 has been raised to go towards staging this event however much more is required  (P.A/ Stage/Marquee) before any actual date can be set.   Submissions for Grants (from outside sources) are currently underway to help with funding for this project.

At The Yards This Weekend

Coming up at The Yards @ Birregurra Hall
this weekend


Friday 20 to Monday 23 January, 2017

LOCATION: The Yards @ Birregurra Hall, 42 Main St Birregurra

The Yards is part of Birregurra's  enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation.

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Musical Mondays 2017 program!

What a musical year 2017 is shaping up to be, as we enjoy the fabulous opportunities the enLIGHTen Me project has brought to Birregurra! It is this project, as well as Louise Brown's planned Freedom Concert, that has motivated us to tweak the Musical Mondays program for 2017. 
The hope is that the adjusted program will allow everyone to be involved in joyful music making without having to make a choice between Musical Mondays and the opportunities the two worthwhile, above mentioned projects will present.
  • During 2017, Musical Mondays will be held every last Monday of the month, from February through to, and including, November.  
  • Birregurra Community Arts Group has re-committed it's financial support for the Birregurra Singing Circle for the year and it also will run every last Monday of the month @ 7pm as part of Musical Mondays. All are welcome and the sessions are $5 per person and include a cuppa. A perfect opportunity for you OMMers to keep your vocal chords tuned until Louise's rehearsals for the Freedom Concert start. I look forward to sing with all of you.
  • The 2017 Musical Monday timetable is now in place and on offer is the following.
10 am to 11 am  Zither Run -  a zither run is a 1 hour lesson to get the most out of your zither. We cover tuning, care, playing and navigating the tune-sheets. Everything you need to take your zither 'for a run' and just play. Suitable for all skill levels. $10 per session, includes tune-sheets and morning tea.

11:30 am to 12 noon Beyond the Strum - an auto-harp lesson helping you to get the most out of your auto-harp. We cover tuning, care and techniques. The $30 session cost can be divided i.e. 3 players = $10 each and includes sheet music and a cuppa.
Please note that for the above lessons we have instruments available for you to use, should you not yet have your own zither or auto-harp, so why not give it a go? 🎶

1 pm to 2:30 pm - Running with Zithers Ensemble rehearsal - the Running with Zithers Ensemble is a group of zither players who are challenging themselves to take their zither beyond personal play and are practicing to play and harmonize in a group. Membership is voluntary and costs $10 per year  to cover sheet-music copyrights. 

3 pm to 4 pm -  Zither Run -  a zither run is a 1 hour lesson to get the most out of your zither. We cover tuning, care, playing and navigating the tune-sheets. Everything you need to take your zither 'for a run' and just play. Suitable for all skill levels. $10 per session, includes tune-sheets and afternoon tea.

4 pm to 5 pm - Family Music Sessions with John James - These are fun, family music tasters introducing music to children of all ages through an eclectic range of instruments. $5 per session.

5 pm to 6 pm - Harmonica Riffs with Ron Eichler - private or group lessons in playing the Blues Harmonica - $30 per session, can be divided, 3 players = $10 each

7 pm to 8:30 - Birregurra Singing Circle - Birregurra's Community Singing Group, singing for fun because it is sooo good for us. Everyone's welcome $5.

Musical Mondays is a Running with Zithers enterprise with the support of BCAG for the Birregurra Singing Circle.

The Yards Opens THIS FRIDAY!! Check out the program!

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