Aboriginal Melbourne articles

Harnessing the healing power of the sea

Harnessing the healing power of the sea

By Katie Johnson In her art and in her life, Wirangu artist Aunty Beverly Meldrum has always stayed close to the sea.  Inspired by her upbringing on the South Australian coast and her current home on the Mornington Peninsula, she wanted to showcase the healing properties of the ocean through her work.  So, when she

Changing direction: Koorie artist turns road signs into jewellery

By Katie Johnson  As part of the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Blak Design initiative, 11 First Nations artists will present their handmade jewellery at a contemporary exhibition celebrating indigenous design.  Blak Jewellery: Finding Past, Linking Present will run from September 4 to November 14 at the Koorie Heritage Trust Yarra building, if COVID restrictions allow.  

Seen and unseen: Koorie artists tell their stories through art

By Spencer Fowler Steen A new exhibition showcasing the work of trailblazing First Nations artists from southeast Australia is heading to Melbourne. Seen and Unseen: Expressions of Koorie Identity is an exhibition run by Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT) bringing together artwork from several exhibitions from the 1990s, at a time when many indigenous artists struggled

Delivering on the services Stolen Generations people say they need most

By Emma Hartley The state government dedicated $300,000 to cover the funeral costs of Stolen Generations people thanks to advice from the Stolen Generations Reparations Steering Committee. Ian Hamm is a Yorta Yorta man who is chairperson of the Stolen Generations Reparations Steering Committee, as well as chairperson of the Koorie Heritage Trust and has

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week

By Ellen Blake The Koorie Heritage Trust is marking this year’s National Reconciliation Week by partnering with the National Gallery of Victoria.  Koorie Heritage Trust chief executive Tom Mosby said National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27 May to 3 June, offered an opportunity for the broader community to reconcile with Indigenous Australians and the

More than a walk

By Spencer Fowler Steen For many of us, the walk from the city to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) usually signifies one thing. Bright lights, colourful scarves, meat pies and butterflies running rampant. But for indigenous man Rob Hyatt, the walk to Melbourne’s cultural home of footy means much more. “There was a ceremony camp

Road trains and paintings: Indigenous artist Cameron Benson launches first exhibition

By Spencer Fowler Steen For indigenous artist Cameron Benson, driving trucks and painting are two things he does well. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through his Facebook feed on breaks between Geelong and Melbourne, Mr Benson uses his time to paint. And now, after years of roadside painting, Mr Benson has launched his first ever exhibition

Cultural competency on the rise

By Ellen Blake Where the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift online upended many organisations last year, Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT) manager of education and visitor experience Rob Hyatt said the trust’s Building Aboriginal Cultural Competency workshops had soared in popularity. “There’s been a massive return from moving online. We now do about 25 to 30

Landfill tops Koorie Art Show

By Meg Hill “I’ve always used art in a political way,” artist Clinton Naina told CBD News. In December, Clinton was awarded the Koorie Art Show’s top prize for his work Landfill.  The work is on exhibition at the Koorie Heritage Trust until February 21. “It’s a way of telling a story or exposing things

A very merry virtual Koorie Krismas

By Katie Johnson Although there’ll be no sweaty crowds packed into Federation Square this year, the Koorie Heritage Trust’s (KHT’s) Koorie Krismas will go ahead as a one-of-a-kind online event. From dance performances by Djirri Djirri Dancers, to a special appearance by Koorie Klaus, the online show will take place on December 12 and will

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