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).
Building on their passion for jewellery, the participating artists have undergone a series of intensive jewellery-making workshops at RMIT’s jewellery studios, guided by renowned jewellers Blanche Tilden and Laura Deakin, with technical assistance from Lindy McSwan.
Each artist has created a stunning array of contemporary jewellery, characterised by its complexity and deep-rooted connections to culture, country, family, and the rich legacy of adornment. These works draw on cultural connections through materials and design, all while embracing innovative and creative approaches to reimagining jewellery.
The Layers of Blak exhibition is a remarkable and culturally enriching experience, showcasing the extraordinary talent and creativity of First Peoples artists from Victoria, and celebrates the significance of Indigenous artistry in the heart of Ballarat.
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.
WHEN: 9 December 2023 – 10 March 2024
WHERE: Art Gallery of Ballarat, Wadawarrung Country, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350
ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair accessible
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Image credit: Elijah Money (Wiradjuri), Namesake, Photograph: Fred Kroh
For more information visit https://www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au/explore/exhibitions/layers-of-blak