Showing posts from 2019

Colac Otway Arts Trail is coming up in October....and Birregurra Community Arts Group is on the map at the Butter Factory!

South Trail -19 & 20 October 2019  North Trail 25, 26 & 27 October 2019 (Birregurra/Warncoort)
Featuring over 36 venues and 60 artists

Save the date Tuesday October 8th @5.30pm Official opening Makers Space & launch of Arts Trail

Special feature Friday 25th October @ RRRTAG
 Follow us on Facebook for artist or Venue of the day all the info and the full program that covers the whole region, head to

WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT: Ceramics & the Human Form with Baiba Lowther

DATE/S:Tues 22 Oct & Tues 29th Oct
TIME: 12 noon to 3pm
VENUE: Birregurra Butter Factory, 452 Birregurra Road, Birregurra
COST: $85.00 (BCAG Member) / $95.00 (non member) ABOUT THE WORKSHOP The workshop will be conducted by Baiba Lowther, a local and talented ceramacist for 20 years, and an art teacher for longer. For this workshop Baiba has developed strategies that encourage and enable others to tap into their creativity. These workshops will encourage freedom and playful exploration of the human form in 3D, using clay and leaving preconceived ideas behind. We will be working with a live model for the first session, and making our own tiny teepee kilns to finish the work in the second session. That’s exciting! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP MATERIAL LIST: Participant to bring 2 medium wooden boards (to carry work home when

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: This Way North & The Tuck Shop Ladies at Birregurra Hall / Sat 26th October

This Way North + Tuck Shop Ladies
Special support guest - Rach Brennan
Tix $25 presale / $28 doorTICKETS ON SALE NOW HERE:
High energy duo THIS WAY NORTH will be taking to the stage at Birregurra Hall on Saturday 26 October, supported by their best mates The Tuck Shop Ladies and special guest Rach Brennan. Three awesome acts on one fantastic night. Genres: Contemporary folk, rhythm & blues
Licenced show / No BYO

This Way North are an amazing band to watch and  listen to - recently taking out Best Regional / Outer Suburban Act in 2018 at The Age Music Victoria Awards - and they are on a steady incline. It’s easy to forget they are just a two-piece band. Drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla create an explosive energy and expansive sound that translates effortlessly from the studio to the stage. The girls are coming back to Birre after headlining Birre Fest last year and having just finished a tour of Canad…

Cookin' on 3 Burners at Birregurra Hall - the house was packed and the joint was jumping!

Birregurra Hall's dancefloor was heaving on Saturday night for the first live music show since the hall's completion and the installation of the permenant sound system and acoustics. It was a full house and the band were on fire! After fabulous vintage rock n roll and soul tunes from guest DJ Lady Blades, Australia's funk-soul darlings hit the stage with two full dancefloor sets featuring a very heavily pregnant but energetic and super sexy Stella Angelico. Her sumptuous gravelly soul vocals seeped deep into the 150 audience's bones as the band's sublime beats, guitar and hammond organ squeals had us jumping up and down with glee - literally. It was like being transported back to the 60s. It was truly a night to remember, and the perfect way to see the new hall and all it's upgrades in action. You could even hear each other talk while the band was at volume, such are the quality of the acoustics and sound.

The night was such a community effort! My many thanks…

Meryl Leppard has fallen in love again! At her age!! A laugh out loud show filled with storytelling and song.

We're very excited to be supporting the fabulous Meryl Leppard with her upcoming show, The Thief. Grab your tickets NOW at COPACC and join us for a rollicking night of storytelling and song. 

Leppard, an acclaimed songwriter for the Off Broadway hit, Cougar the Musical, is a weaver of stories. She performs magic at the piano, drawing us into her world with a voice that is arresting, haunting and utterly authentic. Meryl’s solo shows cross genres. They are a sophisticated hybrid-cabaret of music, humour and performance poetry. Stylistically, her music ranges from jazz-like idiom, through blues and adult pop, to the sweet sounds of country cross-over.

Grab the girls and come along for a night of hilarious fun with Meryl Leppard and The Thief.


LIVE MUSIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Cookin' on 3 Burners at Birregurra Hall - Sat 31 August

WHEN: Saturday 31 August 2019, Doors open at 7.30pm
WHERE: Birregurra Mechanics Hall, 42-44 Main Street Birregurra
TICKETS: $35. Buy tickets here:

We are supremely excited to bring you the magnificent Cookin' on 3 Burners and their 60s soul style funky grooves at the newly refurbed Birregurra Hall. They don't go on the road very often but we've managed to coax them down to The Otways for an incredible night of music and moves. Grab your groove shoes, don your funky frocks and let's get down and dusty with Cookin' on 3 Burners. Featuring special guest...the most fabulous, most delicious, most outta this world queen 'o soul, Ms Stella Angelico....CO3B's funky setlist is squarely placed on the dance floor. and is guaranteed to blow your winter blues away!!

Shane Murphy from Melbourne's The Daily Review described the CO3B Lab Experiments show as "...slick, taut and punchy..." and "...a must see... it feels like we'v…

WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT: Coil Basket Weaving with Lyn Dickson, Sat 1st June

Coil Basket Weaving with Lyn Dickson
WHEN: Saturday 1st June 2019
WHERE: Birregurra Butter Factory at 452 Birregurra Road, Birregurra
WHAT: This coil weaving workshop for beginners will provide you with new skills to weave your own unique piece. You’ll learn how to prepare yarn, start a basket, change yarn, create the walls of a basket and finish it off.
HOW MUCH: $55.00 per person
LUNCH: BYO Lunch. Morning and afternoon tea provided.
TO BOOK: Online HERE, or contact Judy Goddard at with your name, phone, and receipt of payment (payment details below). (Workshop is limited to 8 participants).

Lyn has exhibited extensively including at Geelong's Winter Garden, the Art Is Gallery ,COPACC, Lorne Bienalle (Small Sculpture), and from 2013 - 2015 she was an artist in residence at Geelong College's Middle School.

Payment Details:

Online HERE or by direct payment as per below

Birregurra Community Arts Group
BSB 633000 / Acct 154307789
Reference: …

WORKSHOP ALERT: Drawing workshop with Natalie Newton, 4th May 2019

Learn about perspective and dimension, shading, hatching, texturing and gradation, lines and mark-making, negative space, tonal values, and contrast. Using viewfinders, masks and grids, blind contour drawing. $60 per person.

Paper, support boards, blending tools and reference photos supplied. BYO lunch. Morning/afternoon tea supplied.

Participants to bring HB, 2B, 4B pencils, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener and reference photos if desired.

To enrol, email Judy Goddard at
Payments to BCAG BSB 633000 / act 154307789
Ref. Drawing WS_(last name)

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: The Maes are returning to Birregurra on Sunday 26 May 2019

We are super excited to announce Multi-award-winning Melbourne contemporary folk outfit, The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) are returning to Birregurra on Sunday 26th May as part of their upcoming album tour.

TIX on sale NOW:

The Maes’ latest, self-titled record set for release in April 2019 is a return to the sisters’ folk music roots. Gentle, intimate and conversational, the album is an unadorned showcase of Maggie and Elsie’s superb songwriting as well as honest, relaxed and stunning vocal and instrumental performances.

The band’s touring history includes a list of some of the worlds largest and most prestigious music festivals such as the Woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals in Australia, The Edmonton and Vancouver Folk Festivals in Canada, Cambridge Folk and Celtic Connections festivals in the UK and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the USA.

This show is part of the Birregurra Music Salon Singer Songwriter Series and is brought to you by the good folk…

WORKSHOP ALERT: Natural Dyeing with Plants (Irene Pagram), Sat 16th March

Natural Dyeing with Plants with Irene Pagram Learn about suitable plants to use for easy dyeing, substantive and fugitive colours, the use of mordants and cellulose and protein fibres. This workshop will cover many forms of natural dyeing including eco, solar, hapazone, ice flower and dyebath.

DATE: Saturday 16th March
TIME: 10.00am to 4.00pm
VENUE: Birregurra Butter Factory, 452 Roadknight St Birregurra
COST: $65.00 which includes some materials eg special paper and fibres.

The list of materials to bring and share includes flowers, leaves, foil and other easily obtainable items.

BYO lunch. Morning and Afternoon Tea supplied.

Payment Details: Transfer payment to
Birregurra Community Arts Group
BSB 633 000 Account No. 1543 07789
Ref: DyeWkp_(your surname)

Once paid, email receipt to Pam Fyfe at, or contact Pam for more details about the workshop.

Limited spaces.

The latest news from Birregurra Community Arts Group - Catch up on all the goss!

Greetings and Happy New Year from Birregurra Community Arts Group


2019 Arts in Birregurra has got off to a great start! And there's a stack of great activities, shows and workshops lined up for the year ahead including Natural Dying, Drawing, Basket Making, Ceramics, and Collage from David Lancashire. Check out the latest newsletter for the latest, read about the Birre Ball wrap up and find out about "The Thief" a wonderful show that BCAG is supporting in partnership with COPACC. We've also attached some extra info from Pam Fyfe who has a terrific scarf felting workshop coming up at the old butter factory in Birre on March 2. 
Speaking of the old butter factory, there's some exciting news to share in the newsletter about the old girl and join us there for our first social catch up for 2019 this coming Thursday 14th February at 6.30pm (details in the newsletter). Come along to find out more about what's …

WORKSHOP ALERT: Acting Up - Birregurra Drama Skills (8wk Program)

A terrific drama program for teens and adults who love to ‘act up’ on stage.  Facilitated by writer and performer Linnet Hunter, these drama classes use improvisation, theatre games and performance to bring out your confidence, performance and team building skills. 

A fun and social way to give you the creative freedom to express yourself through the art of theatre. 

$90 / $70 (BCAG members) for 8 session term. Suitable for ages 12+.
For inquiries and info, please contact Linnet Hunter on
Register at 8 week program consists of the following dates:
Mon 4th Feb / Mon 11th Feb / Mon 18th Feb / Mon 25th Feb / Mon 4th March / Mon 18th March / Mon 25th March
Note: No session on 11th March (Labour Day)

Proudly supported by Colac Otway Shire & Birregurra Community Arts Group.

WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT: Felting a Scarf or Bring Your Own Felting Project

Join textile artist, Pam Fyfe, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am til 4pm for some felting fun at the lovely old Birregurra Butter Factory. Make a beautiful handcrafted scarf workshop or BYO felting project.
Bounce off others while you work, share skills and get inspired. Just starting to dip your toe into the medium? No problem. Beginners and experienced felters welcome. And if the feelings mutual, this may become a regular monthly thing so you can create all sorts of fabulously felted ephemera under expert guidance!

WHEN: Saturday 2nd February from 10am til 4pm

WHERE: Birregurra Butter Factory, 452 Roadknight Street Birregurra

TO BOOK: Contact Pam at or phone 0409 029 684 for a materials list for the workshop. 
WORKSHOP FEES: First time felters $50 / experienced felters $35 (plus materials - approx $25-50 depending on project, Pam will clarify). Morning and afternoon tea supplied. BYO lunch.
Picture supplied by the artist, Pam Fyfe, from a previous 'vessels' w…