The Birrarung runs through the heart of Melbourne, and in Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre our Birrarung Gallery is the magnificent river-inspired space dedicated to Aboriginal art from South Eastern Australia.
The Birrarung Gallery is an area dedicated to creating understanding and public awareness of Victorian Aboriginal art and expression, celebrating the living and vibrant Aboriginal culture that we have in Victoria today. The Birrarung Gallery hosts three exhibitions a year as part of the Community Art Program which range from photography, sculpture and works on canvas to digital media and installation. Birrarung is a thriving space where you can see both new and emerging artists along with established artists showcasing the talent, stories and immense cultural pride of Victorian Aboriginal Art.
Image: Birrarung Gallery: Ritual and Ceremony exhibition
Source: Museums Victoria / Artist: Maree Clarke / Photographer: Rodney Start
ngulu wurneet, galada-al wurrung-u, parniwaru tyalingi, waran woorroong-ee, barringgi dyaling
River of Language
‘Language embodies all that we know, all that we do. It is the voice of the land.’
—Vicki Couzens, 2019
ngulu wurneet, galada-al wurrung-u, parniwaru tyalingi, waran woorroong-ee, barringgi dyaling | River of Language virtual tour brings to life the languages of south-eastern Australia through our voices, artwork and animations.
Past Birrarung Gallery exhibitions
My People, Culture and Country
Koorie youth exploring their culture, connection to land and community
A pivotal figure in the reclamation of south-east Australian Aboriginal art practices
Aunty Barb Egan
Muthi Muthi Elder and artist shares her journey and connection to the Murray River of northwest Victoria and Lake Mungo
Collaboration between Gunai/Kurnai Elder Uncle Albert Mullett, artist Steaphan Paton and photographer Cam Cope
Trevor 'Turbo' Brown
Turbo is a Latje Latje man from Mildura and winner of the 2012 Deadly Art Award.
Naghlingah Boorais: Beautiful Children
Young Koorie people explore their culture, identity and traditions in possum skin cloak workshops.
A Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist whose work in Wuregwurung: Speaking Together goes beyond traditional methods of using possum fur and draws on satirical humour and historical narrative
From Where I Stand group exhibition
Representing land, culture and politics in Victoria
Aunty Marlene and Deanne Gilson
The past, the present and the continuation of cultural knowledge are woven through the Wadawurrung: Past, Present, Future exhibition by Wadawurrung Mother and Daughter.
Artworks by Koorie artists from across Kaiela Dungala country
Pitcha Makin Fellas
Open Your Eyes exhibition, artworks by the Pitcha Makin Fellas