The Upwey Archies ‘17

Calling all creatives – now is your time to shine – a light on the people and faces of our community.

2016 Upwey Archies Winner Anette Woodward

2016 winner Annette Woodward

Local creatives of all ages and abilities are invited to celebrate the people of Upwey and be part of the 2017 Upwey Archies community portrait project and exhibition.

Inspired by the Archibald Prize and ‘Not The Archies’, The Upwey Archies portraits will be presented in an exhibition across the shops and businesses of Upwey Township between 15 October – 14 November.  Bringing together the creative voices and vision of our community, this project is a celebration of the people of Upwey.

This August the Upwey Township Group, in partnership with Burrinja Cultural Centre are calling for the people of our region to contribute to this project by creating images of the people who are important to them or to Upwey. Artists can register and collect their art boards from Burrinja between 11 – 27 August and get to work in any medium they choose. Artworks then need to be delivered to Burrinja between 29 Sept and 8 Oct.

Last year the Upwey Archies project saw over 50 portraits in variety of media by a diverse range of young, emerging and established local artists exhibited through Upwey township.

Saturday 14 October at 11am the community is invited to congregate at ‘The Pirate Ship’, Upwey Main St to celebrate the official opening of this important community project. We will also announce the winners of the most outstanding portrait and encouragement awards for both the youth and adult categories. Prizes include Burrinja theatre tickets, meal and book vouchers.

2016 Upwey Archies winner Ava Lind

2016 winner Ava Lind

The Upwey Archies is an initiative of The Upwey Township Group, in partnership with Burrinja. The project is sponsored by the Belgrave Book Barn.

Important dates:

  • Register to be part of the project and pick up your art board between Aug 11-27
  • Deliver artwork to Burrinja Sept 29 – Oct 8
  • Launch event & awards Sat Oct 14, 11am at the Upwey Village Green (near the Pirate Ship).
  • Exhibition display in Upwey township Oct 15 – Nov 14
  • Artwork collection from Burrinja Nov 16  – 19

Cost:   Adult $10 (includes board) 14 & Under $5 (includes board)
Burrinja:   Cnr Glenfern Rd & Matson Dr, Upwey
Open: Tues – Sun 10am – 4pm
Contact:   9754 8723

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Hillscene blog Launch Party


Brent and CJ Dakis.

It’s official! The hillscene blog has been launched and we’ve had a great time getting it all up and running. To help us launch the blog we invited some of our past contributors, advertisers and friends to send in a photo of themselves celebrating this momentous occasion. An online launch party for an online forum. Here’s the people who celebrated with us.


From top: Me (Adriana Alvarez) with Tiffany Morris-North and Amy Bruni, plus the kids, Carolyn Oates and friends, Mike Bruni, Mirakye McCarty, Emma Jennings prints and cards.


Amy Middleton, Zac Exner and friend at Burrinja.


Nadia Turner


Sandi and Kaz Sieger with Oscar, Kathleen Snuball.


Sarah O’Connor, Lisa Zee, Joanna Caterer.



Bendigo Bank, Chris and Caroline Taylor.


Bree Cleal, Samantha Dunn.


Ian Jackson, Kylie Haberl.

So have a drink with us while you read the hillscene blog and celebrate more of our homespun talent going from the hills to the world.


Adriana Alvarez – hillscene editor/designer