Great Day at MakerX Burnie, 18th August!

UTAS hosted the inaugural Makerx Expo at the Burnie Arts and Function centre on Sunday the 18th August.

Burnie Arts Council had a stall promoting paper on skin, demonstrating paper art and sharing some materials about Burnie City Council’s Community Paper Clothing Challenge.

The family-friendly day, with the themes of MAKE, CREATE, LEARN and INNOVATE, attracted large crowds.

We look forward to participating again - and seeing what people have created with their newfound paper string making techniques!


Expressions of Interest Call Out - 'Intimate Epics' - Ten Days on the Island

Ten Days on the Island invites submissions from Tasmanian artists interested in participating in Intimate Epics, a series of site-responsive works in built-environment locations across Tasmania. We seek expressions of interest from experienced Tasmanian artists and creative teams to be included alongside other Australian and international works in an expanded Intimate Epics series within Ten Days on the Island 2021. 

It is intended that selected projects will engage with Festival audiences around Tasmania through intriguing small-scale performance, installation, visual art, music, sound, video/digital events or other hybrid forms.

Artists can submit an EOI by completing a simple online form, visit

 Submissions close: 9am on Monday 9 September 2019


Fahrenheit 451 - presented by DoMaur Productions. Opens 23rd August

Another wonderful production by DoMaour Productions Inc is about to hit the stage at the Uniting Church Hall in Burnie.

Written by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 takes us to a world where books are burned, ideas are criminal, and firemen start fires.

This powerful drama tells the story of the protagonist Guy Montag, living in a world where the population get all their information from their screens, drive very fast, watch excessive amounts of television on wall-size sets, and listen to the voices of the government on “Seashell Radio” sets attached to their ears.

 Director: Douglass Doherty       Assistant Director: Peter Winskill       Musical Director: Colin Reed

Show dates: Aug 23 and 24. Aug 25 (matinee). Aug 28, 29, 30 and 31. Bookings via . Tickets $25. Concession $22. Full time student $17.


Burnie Regional Art Gallery - Weekend Closures

It is sad to report that, due to resource re-allocation, the Burnie City Council has decided to close the Burnie Regional Art Gallery and Burnie Regional Museum on weekends during winter. There are some events occurring which had been booked at the Gallery prior to this decision being made, however. Sunday 11th August will be a family friendly opening from 1-4pm to officially launch ArtRage. The Gallery will be closed Sat Aug 10. Also - Aug 17 and 18, 24 and 25, 31st and Sept 1.


News! TSO came to Burnie - but to listen, not play!

This is such a welcome initiative! The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra executive team were in Burnie on Wed 24th and Thursday 25th conducting (😉) workshops with the community in order to develop a strategy to grow their presence and share their skills with regional Tas. They spent time with music educators, band and orchestra leaders and an audience focus group. Contact Shaunagh on 6232 4411 for more information or follow-up input.


‘Art in the Dark’ workshop with artist Katrin Terton. Oct 25. Burnie Reg Art Gallery

This 3-hour workshop is an exclusive pre-launch event, providing an encounter with the works of the multi-sensory exhibition Beyond Sight together with the artist in an intimate setting, affording a unique art experience that is not primarily based on sight.
Participants will also experience creative processes such as blind contour drawing and sculpting without sight that highlight the use of other senses than vision to inspire self-exploration and develop a deeper understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of individual perception.

Places are strictly limited. $40 PP. Payment and bookings can be made in person at the gallery or by phone 64 30 5875.

9.30 am - 12.30 pm. Fri Oct 25, Burnie Regional Art Gallery


Burnie Arts Council AGM - Feb 17th - Committee Re-elected

On the 17th February the Burnie Arts Council Inc held our AGM. Our Executive Committee members were re-elected as a block unopposed. Lynne Price, President; Lyndal Thorne, Vice President; Lyn Smith, Treasurer; Pam Thorne, Secretary.  We were entertained by Stringalong student Ryan Smith. Meeting image taken by Janine Morris. Photographic exhibition providing stunning backdrop by Con Rhee. Annual membership fees: single - $30, family - $45, student - $10. Enquiries Pam Thorne 0429 029 671.

Helen Denise Jones OAM Arts Bursary Recipient for 2019 Announced

At the Helen Denise Jones OAM Art Bursary fundraiser Christmas Concert on Sunday 25th November, the Arts Bursary recipient for 2019 was announced. Katelyn Geard - Visual Artist. Katelyn has just completed year 12 at Don College and is intending to undertake a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors at UTAS in Hobart next year. She already has a number of awards and exhibition credits to her name AND has completed a number of paid commissions. All the signs point to a strong future ahead for Katelyn. The $1000 Bursary will assist with Katelyn’s living expenses when she makes the move to Hobart in the new year. Bursary page on this website to be updated with this news soon!


The Place of Art initiative - follow up

To celebrate Burnie Arts Council Inc’s 70th Birthday, on the 22nd October a forum titled The Place of Art in the Art of Place was held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre. Guest speakers included Saul Eslake (independent economist), Professor Kate Darian-Smith (Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania), Lindy Hume (Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island) and Vic McEwan (contemporary artist and Artistic Director of The Cad Factory). The forum was designed to be a provocation, the beginning of a process that will lead toward building a plan for the future direction of arts and culture in our region. Follow up consultation sessions have taken place since to hear feedback from the community. As an arts practitioner, arts administrator, or art lover residing in this area, what are your burning issues? Please email - we are still accepting feedback. If you would like to be included on the email list send a message to The Place of Art in the Art of Place was generously supported by Ten Days on the Island, Burnie City Council, Burnie Regional Art Gallery and the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.


'paper on skin' Award Winners Announced

The paper on skin Gala Parade and Award evening was a stunning display of colour, creativity and masterful use of Burnie's signature element, paper. Awards are as follows: $5000 Betta Milk Major Award: Svenja 'Lichen Morphology'. $1500 Friends of the Regional Gallery Runner Up Award: Polly Crowden 'Adira of Aberlone'. $500 Cocoon Design Public Vote Award, Cynthia Hawkins, 'Empress at Forbidden City'. Image: Grant Wells Photo. Svenja - 'Lichen Morphology'


Diary Contributions Welcome

Burnie Arts Council Inc are happy to share upcoming arts events on this page. If you have an image or web-link they can also be included in the post. Send items to or call Lyndal Thorne on 0438 313 045. Selected items can also be shared on our Facebook page, with the contributors permission.