Melbourne, known as the Kulin Nation to its traditional owners, has many galleries and museums with an Aboriginal or Indigenous focus, including the Koorie Heritage Trust.
Wominjeka! Welcome to Melbourne. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the Kulin Nation, a place now known by its European name of Melbourne.
For the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people who make up the Kulin Nation, Melbourne has always been an important meeting place and location for social, educational, sporting and cultural events and activities.
Aboriginal art forms in Melbourne
Artists from different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia produce work that may be recognisable as Aboriginal. The range of styles and subject matters used in Aboriginal art are diverse, reflecting a vast range of lifestyles, landscapes, cultural experiences and beliefs. Aboriginal art sold in Melbourne may be produced locally, but it may come from anywhere within Australia.
Buying Aboriginal art
City of Melbourne maintains a Code of practice for galleries and retailers of Indigenous art. Galleries and shops that adhere to this code of practice have agreed to ensure Indigenous artists receive fair payment for their work. Purchasing from these shops helps protect the future of Aboriginal arts practice in Melbourne and around Australia, and helps ensure the ethical treatment of Aboriginal artists.
Use the Buyer’s checklist to help ensure you are buying Aboriginal art that is produced and sold in an ethical manner.
These galleries and shops sell ethically produced Aboriginal art.
Flinders Lane Gallery
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art
Aboriginal Art Melbourne
Australian By Design presents the outstanding works of The Miss Emily Aboriginal group. The group are from Robinvale, beside the Murray River in the north west of Victoria, near Mildura. Their roots in this area go back 40,000 years.
An extensive range of other beautiful Aboriginal art and crafts is also in store. Something authentic for everyone’s budget.
At Melbourne Museum, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a meeting place for Koorie people and for visitors interested in Aboriginal culture.
Take a journey through Aboriginal history and experience today’s dynamic culture through objects, images and stories that illuminate connection to land.