Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo Highlights - What a night!

Highlights from Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo - a one night only live art spectacular.

Part of Birregurra's enLIGHTen Me: I Have a Hall in my Heart Small Town Transformation.

Music: The Acfields "Dr Jeckyl & Mr Hyde" (
Video: Farmwalker Films (
More information about the project at

2-session Collage Workshop with David Lancashire - Sat 21st July & Sun 28th July

This exciting workshop runs over 2 sessions. Sat. 21st July & Sat. 28th July.

David will guide you in constructing your own stunning silhouetted collage by using your own collected ephemera and graphic forms.

When: Sat 21st July 10am-4pm & Sat 28th July 10am-1pm
Where: Birregurra Primary School - The Art Room.
Fee: $50 (for both sessions)


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. 


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.

See more of David's collage work here:

Photo from Nishi Gallery Website

COPACC is bringing Circus Oz to Birregurra Hall this Monday 4th June with 3 Speed Crunch Box Rebooted - tix still available

Dislocate presents

Tickets $20

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.

Date: Monday, June 4 (Birregurra) at 1.30pm

Location: Birregurra Hall

Duration: 45 minutes

Tickets: all $20

Suits ages 4-104 years

Join us this coming Sunday 3rd June at 10am for a planning day - laying down plans for the next few years and answering the question, "Where to from here?"

Where: Birregurra Hall Seniors Room
When: Sunday 3 June 2018 - 10am to 1pm

Please RSVP to so we can cater accordingly.

Come along and have your say, find out whats going on while you catch up with each other, laugh and get inspired about ART & our COMMUNITY!

Morning tea will be provided and the session will be independently faciliated.

BYO lunch. We aim to be finished by 1pm, so you will still have time to enjoy your Sunday.

This day is about planning for the future, planning to do stuff that YOU would like to do, that is wanted, needed & RELEVANT to our town.

Members and non-members are welcome. If your membership has lapsed, jump on the BCAG website to sort that out -

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible!

My Place, Your Place. A mural....local artists interview by Pam Fyfe

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. 

It is 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 Newton
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

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

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 dotting. 

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.

For more info about the mural and the enLIGHTen Me project, head to 

Birregurra Music Salon presents.....Bob Evans - 5pm Sun 8th July

Tickets are now on sale

An intimate arvo with Bob Evans

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
Tickets $35+ online booking fee

Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo Wrap Up – Saturday 28th April 2018

It’s been a long time coming but the Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo came and went last Saturday with a spectacular bang. 
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. 
And 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 stretch.
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 yet.
  • 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)
  • Volunteers – Debbie McIntyre, Pam Fyfe, Jane Dennis, Anna Hoedeman, Anne Wood, Mary Fielding, Susie Coulson, Judy Goddard, Gwen Koop & Heather MacFarlane.
  • Photography – Lindy Fullarton, Stuart Fry
  • 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.
Fiona Brandscheid