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.

Five Key female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from Baluk Arts showcase a rich quality and diverse range of works made entirely from natural materials. Exquisite works made from materials such as bull kelp, shells, bones, clay, wool, wood, assorted fibres, river reed and feathers honour mother earth and evoke memories of personal history. Each artist has a strong connection to the material they have utilised in their work, whether it be from the sea or the land.

These art works emanate strong cultural ties to individual stories and complexed interconnections. Through the collecting of materials from places lived or travelled to, examining them, and finding considered new uses, these strong Indigenous women identify with their heritage and reclaim and reignite their innate cultural expression.  This collection of works explores both the protective and nurturing role of nature, and the ancient practice of using elements from the natural world to create diverse works as a rich expression of culture, identity and place that links generations together.

Fractured Ground 135-18
air dried clay, ochre, lomandra and emu feathers
37cm x 39cm
Miniature Kelp Basket 66-17
kelp, tea tree
17cm x 7cm
The Seed 627-17
lomandra, emu feathers, air dry clay, ochre, wire and wool
35cm x 28cm
Washed Up 151-18
Ghost net, Bailing Twine, shark vertebrae, fishing line and kelp
19cm x 17cm

Healing Mat 978-19
native grasses, assorted feathers
120cm x 120cm
Echidna Dish 193-18
abalone shell, echidna quill, pipe clay
16cm x 15cm
Unearthed 62-19
shell, bone midden and clay
16cm x 11cm
Weaved Coolamon with Digging Stick 119-18
Flax, lomandra, natural raffia, raw raffia, ochre, wattle sap glue
45cm x 21cm

Because of Them I Can 187-18
alpaca wool, cotton, flax and wood
23cm x 22cm
Flood 124-18
flax, alpaca, wool, paper bark wood
22cm x 22cm
Home 113-18
human hair, string, alpaca wool, lomandra, flax, cotton, emu and crow feathers
10cm x 9cm
Woven Vessel 950-19
mixed media
12cm x 4cm
Community, 1121-19
alpaca, stones, cotton thread
110cm x 70cm

Mixed Bag 65-19
mixed media
22cm x 18cm
Past, Present and Future 1020-19
False hair, hand dyed cotton thread, emu, hen, peacock, parrot and guinea fowl feathers, aloe vera, pandanas, possum skin, fabric, echidna quill
11cm x 13cm
Seaing Land 165-17
emu and parrot feather, kelp leaf, pandanas and cotton
7cm x 32cm
Passing Down 1122-19
mixed media
20cm x 10cm

Bull Kelp Water Carrier 329-18
bull kelp, tea tree, river reed
13cm x 13cm
Bull Kelp Water Carrier 335-18
bull kelp, tea tree, river reed
12cm x 9cm
Bull Kelp Water Carrier 186-18
bull kelp, tea tree, river reed
12cm x 13cm
Bull Kelp Water Carrier 979-19
bull kelp, tea tree, river reed
11cm x 18cm