Burnside  Painting  Group

Community Art Group

Who are we?

We are a not-for-profit group, run for the benefit of our members.

We have been part of the community for over 50 years.   Our group is open to both beginners and more experienced artists.  All are welcome to join.

The Burnside Painting Group holds regular sessions of painting, drawing and multi-media art classes for members.  We also have regular social events, competitions, exhibitions and art demonstrations.

An annual membership fee entitles members to a range of benefits, including the opportunity to learn new art techniques and styles, attend social events, and participate in the Group's exhibitions. 

Our group is run by a committee, which meets once a month to plan classes, workshops, social events and exhibitions.  Members are welcome to nominate for a committee position and have a say in relation to the Group's activities. 

Our Story

The Burnside Painting Group started in 1963.

An enthusiastic group of painters first met in the Burnside Town Hall supper room. The instigator was Colonel Geoff Matthews, who invited residents to the meeting through an advertisement in the local newspaper.  

The vision was to form a group of artists of all stages of proficiency and talent, who would help each other to improve their standards, under Mr Matthews' guidance. This was the beginning of a very successful group.  It quickly grew in numbers. 

Other founders of the group included Gordon Samstag, who was the first president, Mrs Marjorie Hann and Mrs Louise Chappell.

Tutors who have taught students over the years include John Dowie, John Goodchild, Malcolm Barbins, Marjorie Hann, Gary Gaston, Margaret Hooper and Virginia Jay.

The Burnside Painting Group continues to provide an enjoyable recreational activity within the community, with members socialising, sharing and achieving, selling their work and winning awards.


Art exhibitions have always been part of the annual calendar of activities of the Burnside Painting Group, allowing members to show and sell their works.

Our exhibitions have been held at a variety of venues.  Open air displays of art along the footpaths of North Terrace were popular with our Group in the 1960s and 1970s,  We also displayed work at David Jones, the Burnside Civic Centre, community centres and halls, banks, libraries and hospitals.

Annual Exhibition during SALA

We have participated in SALA for the past 5 years or so, with our Annual Exhibition held at the Burnside Civic Centre in August.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening night and all works are for sale.

All members have the opportunity to submit works for exhibition.

More details are available on our Exhibitions page.