19 September 2015
The Koorie Heritage Trust has celebrated its 30th anniversary by ushering in new era – at a new location at Federation Square.
Trust representatives today celebrated the anniversary and officially launch the new premises. The new location, at the heart of one of Victoria's busiest meeting places, is set to become a beacon for locals and visitors.
Adding to the celebrations, a $111,000 Victorian Government grant was announced to support the Trust's annual art showcase - the Koorie Art Show - for the next three years. The grant, through Creative Victoria's Indigenous Partnerships Program, will support the exhibition program, which is held each December to showcase and promote the diversity and talent of Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
The grant, which builds on Creative Victoria's annual support for the Trust of more than $320,000 each year, will also support the employment of an Aboriginal Arts Engagement Officer to promote the Koorie Art Show and engage with the community to uncover new artistic talent across the state.
The Koorie Heritage Trust is an Aboriginal owned cultural institution that works to promote, support and celebrate the Aboriginal culture of south eastern Australia. It runs a public gallery and exhibitions program and holds an extensive collection of more than 60,000 items ranging from artwork by William Barak, through to contemporary works by established and emerging Victorian artists.
The Trust also runs a range of programs, including cultural walking tours of the city, a Koorie Oral History program to preserve and share stories and knowledge for the Koorie community, and a Koorie Family History Service which assists members of the Stolen Generations and the broader Koorie community to access personal records and trace their family histories.
The new premises, which also includes a gift shop selling south east Australian Aboriginal art, craft and design, will allow even more of the Trust's collection to be publicly displayed than ever before.
Entries for the 2015 Koorie Art Show are now open.
Visit the Koorie Heritage Trust for details