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Layers of Blak

Layers of Blak celebrates the creative outcome of the Koorie Heritage Trust’s second year of the Blak Design program, showcasing jewellery from eleven Victorian First Peoples artists.

The Blak Design program is the first of its kind nationally, marking a crucial step in recognising and reclaiming space for First Peoples design in the wider Australian design landscape. Presented by the KHT in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT University, with generous support from the Ian Potter Foundation, Blak Design aims to foster First Peoples cultural innovation within the Victorian design sector and provide a platform for nurturing sustainable, collaborative First Peoples design practices.

Participating First Nations artists featured in the exhibition are Thelma Austin (Gunditjmara), Mandi Barton (Yorta Yorta/Barapa Barapa/Wemba Wemba), Lorraine Brigdale (Yorta Yorta), Nikki Browne (Bidjara), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Tammy Gilson (Wadawurrung), Elijah Money (Wiradjuri), Yasmin Silveira (Palawa), Sammy Trist (Taungurung), Dominic White (Palawa) and Tracy Wise (Barkindji Ngiyampaa Maligundidj).

Koorie Heritage Trust’s Blak Design Program is proudly supported by The Ian Potter Foundation, and has been developed in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, and RMIT University.

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09 Dec 2023 - 10 Mar 2024

10:00 - 17:00

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Art Gallery of Ballarat40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central, VIC 3350Get directions

Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.