A Moroccan Modernist

a Retrospective of Abdesslam Sakini

25 May – 7 July

Abdesslam Sakini (born 1st Jan 1943) is a Moroccan Artist who was part of the Casablanca Art School during the period it revolutionised modern art in post-colonial Morocco. Sakini’s influences are evident in his paintings. Earlier works reference his teachers and colleagues at the Casablanca School of Art such as Mohamed Melehi and Mohammed Chabâa. Bold use of geometric shapes and abstract patterns create striking compositions on the canvas. Hard edged, architectural forms sit within symmetrical layouts. More recent works take on a less rigid aesthetic inspired by many years in the Australian landscape. These paintings feature flora and fauna recreated with an abstract colour palette that evokes the extremes of the Australian environment.

Join us for the opening & film screening of Si Moh – The Unlucky Man Directed by Moumen Smihi, starring Abdesslam Sakini.

2pm Saturday 25 May

RSVP AERIE opening



by Nikola Manyi

6 Apr – 19 May

‘babyteeth’ is an eclectic collection of works which compile an emerging artist’s exploration and development of practice; it explores the contemporarily fast paced nature of consumerism and the need to stay relevant in order to survive.

Nikola Manyi is an emerging local artist with interest in various practices, her works are meditative, explorative, and instinctual.


The aerie Members Gallery, found on the first floor of Burrinja, is a dedicated exhibition program for aerie members only. There will be six  (6) opportunities to exhibit per year.

Applications are open at all times and will be programmed in 6 month seasons.

The 2025 season 1 program is currently open for applications. Successful applicants will be informed within 2 months of applications being received.

Application process
Please complete the application form including: an exhibition proposal, technical requirements, promotional information and images.


  • Must be a fully paid aerie member or permanent studio artist
  • Can be a solo or group show (no more than 6 artists per group and all paid aerie members)
  • The number of works, installation of 3D works and hanging objects are subject to approval by Burrinja staff.


Applications selected by Burrinja Curator, Cultural Development Producer & emerging curator or peer artist.

We are currently accepting applications for 2025.

Join the mailing list or become a member today to make sure you find out about the next opportunity to apply to exhibit.


What aerie provides:

  • FREE exhibition in ACE Gallery, a professional standard exhibition space on level 1 of Burrinja with quality lighting and museum standard walls.
  • Assistance with the install and deinstall of your show
  • Design of exhibition marketing collateral (in line with the ACE Gallery brand)
  • Promotion of your show via our extensive social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Email advice and support in preparation for your show, including: assistance with writing (for media release & e-invite)
  • Invigilation of your exhibition from ground level foyer
  • Printed artwork labels and price list


What the exhibitor(s) provide:

  • Print and distribution of exhibition marketing collateral
  • It is the exhibitor(s) responsibility to repair walls to return to how you found them.
  • Catering and staffing of any affiliated events such as openings, public programming artist talks etc. must be coordinated by the artist, alcohol may be served at no charge. (Extra charges apply if events are programmed out of Burrinja hours)


Things to note:

  • Artwork can be for sale with a 30% commission to Burrinja.
  • Gallery is public access space to the theatre and Lyre Room, and as such can be a busy thoroughfare. Considerations need to be taken when installing 3D, fragile items (ceramics) etc. subject to approval.
  • If the exhibitor(s) choose to hold an event outside Burrinja hours (or to have an expected attendance exceeding 50 ppl), there is an extra fee of $47 per hour (+GST, minimum 3 hours) to cover the costs of a duty manager on site.
  • Alcohol may be served at no charge in accordance to the Burrinja liquor license during openings and public programs.


Providing your exhibition information

Once you have confirmed your exhibition in the aerie members gallery, please complete the form below with the following:

  • Exhibition details
  • copy for marketing
  • hero image
  • reviews
  • socials links



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