Dr. Ross Farnell

Burrinja (Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre Inc), Executive Director Upwey, Australia


Ross Farnell has been Executive Director, Burrinja (Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre Inc) since 1999.
He has taught both Arts Management at Deakin and Cultural Studies at Monash Universities, is a board member of Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centres and previous board member of Aboriginal Tourism Victoria and Dandenong Ranges Tourism. A professional musician prior to a career in arts management, Dr Farnell continues to play and compose music, along with writing articles related to comparative literature and cultural studies.
Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre in the Dandenong Ranges that encompasses visual and performing arts activities and events, 400 seat theatre, black box space, multiple gallery spaces, studios, music, CCD projects, rehearsal, making and meeting spaces, and Burrinja Cafe + Bar. 50mins travel time from Melbourne CBD.
Burrinja was awarded Best Small Museum by Museums Australia (Vic) in 2010 & 2013.

Curatorial Statement

Burrinja programs a diverse range of performing arts from professional touring to community across a wide-range of art-forms. We are developing a Yarra Ranges region wide four year ‘Dance Strategy’ to develop new audiences and participation in dance. AusDance (Vic) is a partner in our ‘Dance Tracks’ program.
Working to develop a broader, younger audience via programming dance, fringe, live art (Hillscene LIVE), cabaret and other types of performances from festivals, independent theatre and etc.