Birregurra’s creative community spirit

 sets out to capture your imagination over the Easter long weekend


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Over the past 18 months, Birregurra Community Arts Group (BCAG) has cultivated a ground swell of creativity in all corners of the community. Locals of all ages from around the district are venturing out to venues around town, eagerly singing for their supper in the local gospel choir as well as lapping up life drawing sessions, ukulele jams, print making weekends, zither workshops and daytrips to exhibitions.


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This hive of community arts activity complements the already established professional artist community—the likes of textile artists Chris West and Pam Fyfe, and potters Rob Mills and Chris Hoggard—who, each Easter, fling their studio doors open, inviting the artistically curious inside to take a look as part Birregurra Open Studio Weekend.

Birregurra Open Studio Weekend has long been a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike; however, for this year, it promises something a little different. Instead of opening up their studios, the artists have teamed up with BCAG and Tarndwarncoort Homestead to celebrate all things art and community as part of heritage listed Tarndwarncoort Homestead’s 175th Anniversary of family farming.

Tarndwarncoort founders, the Dennis Family, are passionate about bridging communities with the arts.

“Where Tarndwarncoort started building a community for the extended family, station workers and their families 175 years ago, we continue to help build community through initiatives like Birregurra’s Easter Arts event”, confirms Tom Dennis, 6th generation owner.

The Homestead became renowned across Australia for developing the fine wool Polwarth sheep breed in 1880—still producing natural yarns for the arts and craft market around the world.

“The pictures on the walls from the early 1800s, the detail in the stonework, the layout of the gardens, and the designs our wool is turned into—all these elements at Tarndwarncoort Homestead are reminders of why creativity is so important.”

As an intriguing and stunning backdrop, the Homestead will host a variety of events and activities on the Easter Saturday and Sunday—April 4 and 5.

The program has been developed by Tom Dennis and BCAG to showcase an exciting blend of artistic mediums including visual, performance, music and community art activities. Birregurra’s Open Studio artists have also set themselves an exciting new challenge—taking inspiration from Tarndwarncoort’s Parlour Room to create works referencing the space and the room’s history—exhibited in situ and for sale across the Easter weekend.



The two-day program is jam packed and includes a very special performance by superb contemporary jazz singer, Rachael Comte and her band, Finding Isla. Also featured:


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  • Performances from Mike Robinson Koss, the Birregurra Ukulele Kollective and Gospel Choir;
  • Roving bush poetry performances;
  • Guided tours of Tarndwarncoort’s historic art collection;
  • Kids poetry workshops and arts activities;
  • Heritage games;
  • Artist demonstrations and sales;
  • Wool felt workshops; and
  • A Saturday evening event featuring great food and music

What? Birregurra Easter Arts at the Homestead

Where? Tarndwarncoort Homestead, 37 Roseneath Road Warncoort VIC

When? Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April 2015 from 11am. Program details updated at



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