Birregurra Community Arts Group is your community creative hub—a cooperative of artists, creative people and community members, in and around Birregurra, who are keen on learning and doing something a little bit different.
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BCAG is a subcommittee of the Birregurra Community Group.
Melbourne singer/songwriter Jess Fairlie is heading to Birregurra Church with her delicious blend of soul with a funky vocal rhythm. With a voice likened to Alicia Keys, Jess's style is a sultry nod to the soul funk that legends Stevie Wonder and Ricki Lee Jones have embraced through their music artistry. Grab your tickets ASAP - this is definitely a show not to miss.
Pottery classes run for two hours and are available Mondays and Tuesdays with sessions in the morning, afternoon and evening.
Students pay an “up front” fee for a six week period which covers all material costs including use of tools, clay, glazes, and firings. A wide range of hand building, glazing and decorating techniques are offered as an introduction.
Generally, after several weeks students choose to create individual works with assistance, resulting a large range of projects happening at any one time. As classes are small (no more than six students per class) plenty of assistance is available.
Many of my students have had minimal experience with clay and it is so gratifying to watch them become more confident with each project they attempt.
I have loved meeting many lovely new people who have joined my classes and look forward to seeing what the future brings.
The 2018 Surf Coast Arts Trail will be held over Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August. The popular annual event is an opportunity to discover art and meet the artists in their studios and creative venues from the coast to the hinterland.
Come along and learn mosaic techniques and use your imagination to make a unique mosaic.
WHEN: The workshop will run for 6 weeks . They will be held on a Thursday from 1pm till around 4pm. Beginning on the 19th July and ending on 23rd August. COST: The cost is $250 (cash) for the six weeks payable on the first lesson.
I have a warm comfortable studio in which to enhance your creativity!!
I will supply a 40 x 40 cm piece of cement sheet, which is suitable for hanging indoors and outdoors. Flat surfaces are easier to mosaic as a beginner.
Cost includes the cement sheet, glue, tiles and grout and tools to share. Everything you need!You will learn the basics of how to create a mosaic - suitable for different items and different conditions such as outdoors.
You will also learn which tools are used and how to employ them with unique results.
You will get knowledge and skills that I have learned from 18 years experience.
Small group tuition - classes are limited to 6 students.
A finished mosaic of your making.
Includes tea and coffee
You do not need to bring any materials unless you want to. You may wish to bring along old sentimental broken crockery, old jewellery, cutlery, shells etc. (Maybe from the Op Shop) to add individuality to your work . Alternatively, just turn up and I can guide you.
I do insist that you have some sort of design in mind. Could be a flower for instance, a house number, anything that takes your fancy! If you don’t have any idea this takes the first whole session for you to
decide! Would be great if you could roughly draw up your design on a piece of paper 40 x 40 cm. Don’t stress, all this can be worked out on the day if this is not possible!
Wear comfy clothes. You may want to wear an apron.
I’m very versatile so if a class is missed you can make it up another time in consultation with me.
Last of all it’s a time to meet new people and enjoy the process!!!!!! 😆
WHAT TO BRING Scalpel, Cutting mat, PVA glue, Brush, Scissors, Collection of inspiring paper images (Japanese , scrap book, any magazine images etc), Acrylic paint and brushes ( if you wish to include this medium in your collage). David will have a collection of various papers and images on the day.
There are only 10 places available. REGISTRATION ONLY CONFIRMED WHEN PAYMENT MADE.
Direct Payment and Cash Payment available: Pay CASH to Anna Hoedeman at Birregurra Community Health Centre or Direct Payment online to:
BSB. 633000 AC. NO. 1543077892 AC. NAME. Birregurra Community Arts Group Please text Deb McIntyre on 0416205556 with receipt number as confirmation of payment. ABOUT DAVID David Lancashire is a world-recognised graphic designer who has maintained a career as an artist. He has a wealth of experience in the interpretation of environmental,cultural and natural values, and his long standing collaboration with Indigenous cultures has resulted in world class visitor centres in remote parts of Australia.
His work has been recognised with many awards, and has appeared in numerous Australian and International design publications. David has built an enviable reputation designing everything from a postage stamp to 3 dimensional exhibition spaces. It is David's recent work that has been particularly awarded and praised by his peers, which has resulted in sell out painting exhibitions.
His work is in private collections around the world, as well as Victoria & Albert Museum, Powerhouse Museum and more.
Using wind energy, solar energy, positivity and stupidity, the 3 Speed Crunch Box stunt team are powering up their new show without the use of fossil fuels. This Absurd Acrobatic stunt team will be bringing their unique brand of acrobatic stupidity to Birregurra and Cororooke, travelling by bike, train, electric vehicle, or whatever method they can find which doesn’t require burning up old dinosaurs.
In this hilarious story of a family of ridiculous stunt people, expect even more impressive stunts, spectacular circus tricks and - you won’t believe it - even more stupid characters in this absurd, sidesplitting slapstick comedy.
3 Speed Crunch Box – Rebooted was commissioned by Circus Oz for their educational program in 2016.
The enLIGHTen Me: I Have a Hall in my Heart mural has been completed at the Old Butter
factory, thanks to Anne Sanders generously allowing the space to be used.
difficult to think of another space that would have been large enough for the
task of creating a 7.5 metre mural. The mural tells the story of Birregurra and
its relationship to the Birregurra Mechanics Hall and is part of the
EnLightenMe project. The concept was to have a designing artist and have
community participation to complete the mural.
Gunditjmara artist Joey Chatfield, the designing artist,
presided over the local community participant’s efforts. Joey attended meetings with the community to
hear the stories of local history of farming families, landmarks, the land uses
and local flora and fauna.
Joey then came up with a wonderful design to
incorporate as many of these ideas as he could. He ran workshops to assist
participants to acquire knowledge about the dreaming, kinship systems,
traditional ways of living, painting techniques, the meaning in paintings,
symbols and stories.
After the initial meetings with the community the design was created and local
artist Natalie Newton was asked to paint some of the circles representing the
districts important icons and/or symbols. She agreed and asked two other
artists from her painting group to join her.
Natalie was good at drawing when she was young and practised
regularly. She developed her painting through workshops and classes; she also has
been a member of groups where the members enjoy painting alongside others of
like mind. Family and work commitments stalled her painting at various times.
After she retired she undertook a Diploma of Graphic Arts.
Natalie is known,
among other things, for her entries in the Annual Festival Art Show, the Pop-Up
Gallery and the amazing cow that graced The Yards last summer. She is a member
of the Birregurra Community Arts Group and has spent time on the committee.
Natalie’s paintings on the mural feature cows and the
stockyards, sheep, a shearer, a platypus and fruit, representing some of the
major influences of the town and the surrounding district.
Natalie was also Joey’s right hand being onsite during the
work, understanding the intricacies of the story and the work as well as the
importance of the colours and the accuracy of the dots. She also assisted and
guided the many volunteers working on the mural.
Barry Gill, a member of Natalie’s painting group, has also painted focus circles for the mural. His contribution has been the buildings of the Native Youth/ old Cob and Co building, now the 1865 Bed and Breakfast, and the Anglican Christ Church in Sladen Street. These buildings are both highly significant in the history of the town of Birregurra.
As a child Barry’s mother had encouraged him to draw. While he was still at school a teacher encouraged him to keep up his painting. He enjoyed painting and so it was not too difficult. Although there were breaks due to work commitments, he continued to paint.
In 70/80’s Barry attended classes and joined a group of painters and has continued to do so. Now living in Birregurra he sought out others who might be interested in setting up a similar group and that was when he found out about the group Natalie had started. He joined. “The sharing aspect of being a member of a group helps to keep you interested in continuing your work,” said Barry.
Allison McClaren is the painting group’s member chosen to
paint some aspects of the flora and fauna of the district. Her paintings which feature
circles of a blue wren and a kookaburra and kangaroo demonstrate her abilities
as a wildlife painter. Allison also painted the gypsy wagon.
As a child Allison had a passion for drawing and in fact
would draw over everything including walls, tables etc. She is self- taught and
her styles and areas of expertise are continually evolving. When her children
were young she started painting with oils. Today she prefers acrylics as they
dry quicker enabling her to continue her painting at a faster rate.
Allison has, in the past, created caricature dolls using
hand painted calico and making all the clothes. These she sold at markets.
Later she used polymer clay to create daringly different “little people”
caricatures, again exhibiting them and selling them at markets.
Over the last 10-12 years Allison has turned more towards
painting. She found out about Natalie’s painting group and joined. She enjoys
regularly attending the group and swapping ideas, working alongside others but
doing her “own thing”.
Some of the Dotters
Although many people demonstrated enthusiasm for the
project, numbers were reduced. Regular days of Wednesday and Sunday made it
difficult for some people to attend and to develop the skills necessary for the
As the time went on regular “dotters” included Beryl Bush, Deb
McSephany, Christine Smith, Gail Maddern, Deb McIntyre, Subi Leeson, Judy
Goddard, Pam Fyfe and Barry Gill. Sunday the 4th February saw the
placing of the final dot by Natalie, with Joey Chatfield and the other
“dotters” looking on.
There were still some restorative touch-ups and then the
graffiti proof final coats were applied. There “dotters” were then able to
place their handprints on the reverse side of the mural.The final placing of the work of art will be in
the area next to the hall.
Tickets for Bob Evans are now on sale - $35 + bf - Sun 8th July at Birregurra Christchurch. Limited tickets are available for this very intimate performance from the ARIA winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell so don't muck about. Excited...much!!!
Sunday 8th July 2018
Doors open at 5pm
Venue: Birregurra Christ Church - 7 Sladen Street Birregurra
It’s been a long time coming but
the Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo came and went last Saturday with a spectacular
The event was huge, complex but oh so much fun. The show was a
collaboration of so many people – artists, community members, local trades, and
many more. Almost everyone played some small or large part.
(Photo of The Illuminates b Eloise (Elle) Woods and Wild Honey Peforming Arts. Photo taken by Tony Long)
BCAG, an official partner on the
project, was a key contributor to the event and the development of the
landscape and while it may not have been overly obvious, so many of our members
whiled away making the magic happen.
From the bottom of my heart – I thank
every single one of you who was involved for making this show and the project
as a whole as real success and also for making my job much easier and pleasant,
and saving me from a brain explosion. It was my first foray as a producer and
production manager and while it was enormously hard work, I loved working with
everyone to achieve this crazy thing that so many said was too ambitious.
on behalf of the enLIGHTen Me Oversight Team – we ALL thank you all for your
ongoing support, hard work, enthusiasm and advocacy for this project. There is
so much momentum and energy that has come out of it thus far, and while we
aren’t quite finished, particularly with building works, we are on the home
The production along had a cast
of 76, a crew of 34, over 30 additional artist contributors, hands on support
from over 60 community members, an audience of 405 ticket holders and around 200
bystanders. Not bad for a tiny town like ours!!
Here is a brief rundown
(although not comprehensive because that would take days to write) of our BCAG
member’s contribution. Apologies if I have forgotten anyone – you are
definitely appreciated, it’s just my brain isn’t working again at full swing
Landscape Mural – Nat Newton, Beryl Bush, Deb
McSephney, Chris Smith, Judy Goddard, Deb McIntyre, Barry Gill, Allison
McClaren (I know there are many more here!)
Performing Artists – Linnet Hunter (producer of
Whispers of a Building), Chris West (Whispers of a Building), Claire Coulson
(vocalist), Susan Coulson (usher), Leisa Gittings & Rosie Gittings (ushers)
Musicians – Clive Brooker, Ron Eichler, Julie
Payne (music director), Geoff Payne, Simon Oldfield, Mike and Vicki Fenton, Tom Gittings
Props & artist resources – Anne Brandscheid
(Jacket puppet), Angie Smales (dance hall band bow ties), Susan Coulson
(costumes), Gwen Koop (deb dresses)
Landscape – oh boy, too many to count but I know
Julie Payne, Anna Hoedeman, Susie Coulson, Pam Fyfe, Catriona Holyoake, John
James, Jane Dennis, Dee Barter, Ian Court & Sue Walpole, Susan & Claire
Coulson and likely many more have all contributed.
Oversight Team and project leaders – Chris
Barter, Vicki Jeffrey, Fiona Brandscheid (me) and Susan Coulson
Accommodation providers – Chris & Dee
Barter, Judy Goddard
The massive benefit of this
project has been the arts connections made, the mentoring and skill development
that took place, and the strengthening within community. Different groups,
usually disparate, came together on Saturday and left in awe of the project and
the show. Feedback has been incredibly positive with lots of great ideas now
being thrown back and forth by people I would not have expected earlier –
cinema, more drama, fundraising events and more.
The key goal for this project
has been to unite community with the common thread of the arts and music. I am
happy to report, we are well on our way.
Come and listen to the artists talk about SALT and the collaboration
Saturday 14 April 2pm at WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC 79 Main Street, Beeac
In the meantime, drive by look through the window both day and night and see the story, the glistening salt, lights and shadows and imagine.
lights on 31 March
1-29 April 2018
SALT, April (2018)
SALT plays with the dream world.
This is a dream of another time and place-
A place where the impossible to possible and the improbable is likely
What you will see........
When you look in the window of WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC, you will see, illuminated, a debutante dress. This dress is hovering, floating above a bed of glittering, sparkling salt. This dress is not static though. As if inhabited by the ghost of a long forgotten dancer, the dress rotates, slowly around and around. The dancer - the imagined young woman in the dress, is changeling: transforming from human to Brolga - or is it the other way round? Within the dress itself appear shadows. These tell a cyclical tale of a young woman transforming to a brolga and back again, alluding to the local Dreamtime story. Scattered throughout the salt are left over things, forgotten and abandoned things - forgotten and abandoned from a woman's story that has never been told. These objects themselves are being repossessed by nature, by lichens and flowers, by bugs and birds, and by rot and decay. Some of these things though, float, hover - sometimes spin, above the salt, with minds of their own.
This is the universe where a woman is centre - a changeling.
The artists are Penelope Bartlau and Jason Lehane, who are new to the area, having bought a small property in Cundare North in 2015. The farm - Red Barn Farm, has a big old barn, and this is the artistic engine room for the artists, and for Barking Spider Visual Theatre - their company. Penelope and Jason were joined by artistKyoko Imazu, another stable Barking Spider artist.
The artists trialled leaving objects-including Penelope's mother's wedding dress, a cow skull, macramé shell plant holders, pearls, feathers and bones, in highly salted baths. Following the "how to salt crystals" method, they hoped to grow salt crystals on these objects - but the crystals wouldn't take. So they went to Plan B-still using salt crystals as a main feature of the installation, but with objects buried/submerged in the salt, and the dress embellished with feathers from local birds.
Kyoko worked on the shadow puppets, Jason was responsible for the lighting, and Penelope pulled together the other elements for the installation.
About the artists
Penelope and Jason each have multiple art-form practices, which combined encompass theatre creation, performance and design, puppetry, installation creation, writing, lighting and set design and story telling. Penelope is the artistic director of Barking Spider Visual Theatre and Jason is one of the company's core artists: they have been artistic collaborators for 15 years. For SALT Jason created the lighting design and collaborated with Penelope on the overall installation design. Penelope worked on the detailing within their installation.
Kyoko is a Japanese artist whose practice encompasses paper-cuts, printmaking, bookbinding and ceramics. Kyoko made the shadow puppets for the installation. Barking Spider Visual Theatre works across museums, galleries, theatres, communities, schools, festivals, residencies, workshops for radio and for site -specific projects. Please look us up on social media or our website.