Baluk Arts is an urban Aboriginal community arts centre based in Mornington, Victoria. Baluk supports artistic, career and audience development for visual artists of the Bayside, Peninsula and greater Melbourne. Baluk is a local Boonwurrung word meaning many or group of people and this reflects the diversity of their artists and their work. Emerging and established Baluk artists hail from all over Australia and their art expresses their identity and cultural heritage in a contemporary context.
Baluk Arts was founded almost 10 years ago by a group of Aboriginal artists in Frankston, Victoria. Through Baluk Arts, family groups and members of the stolen generation have reconnected with their culture and express their histories thorough strong artistic practices to support their cultural and creative wellbeing. Baluk arts encourages community developments, youth leadership, participation and interaction and Indigenous governance though innovative arts practice.
Image: Lisa Waup, Bottle top brooches. Photo: Courtesy of Baluk Arts