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NAIDOC17: Our Languages Matter


Tarnuk Biik - Coolamon Earth, courtesy of Baluk Arts, 2017.

about naidoc week

Each year, Kingston Arts presents a dynamic month-long program of visual arts and public programs to recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in celebration of NAIDOC Week: 2 - 9 July. Previous NAIDOC alumni include artist, curator and Wemba Wemba/Gunditjmara woman Paola Balla and young artist and Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man Josh Muir.

opening event & exhibition

naidoc17 opening night

Friday 7 July, 6pm - 8pm 

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by Boon Wurrung Foundation at 6pm.

Drinks and light freshments to be provided - all welcome to attend.


G3 Artspace, Shirley Burke Theatre (64 Parkers Road, Parkdale)


Kingston Arts is proud to present 'Tarnuk Biik – Earth Bowls' an exhibition of over 30 hand-built ceramic works by more than 15 Indigenous artists associated with Baluk Arts for NAIDOC17: Our Languages Matter.

'Tarnuk Biik' translates into Boonwurrung as ‘Coolamon Earth’.Tarnuks or coolamons are based on Indigenous carrying bowls traditionally carved of wood. The Indigenous artists in the Baluk Arts program have experimented with ceramics as a new material for building coolamons; visiting Clayworks in Dandenong to learn about the origins of the clay used to build a greater sense of place and connection to culture.

Participating artists

Beverley Meldrum, Kirsty Bell, Tallara Gray, Dominic Bramall-White, Lynette Pitt, Sharee Harper, Lisa Waup and Daniel Kelly

'On Country' a video work exploring cultural revitalisation and its expression via art by contemporary artist Steven Rhall will be screening in the Projection Window of G3 Artspace after dark.


Lenny Pitt, ceramic coolamon with ochre, 2017.

outdoor projections

Kingston Arts will once again light up the sky in July with nightly art projections to be held in Moorabbin and Parkdale across three outdoor projection spaces, including the iconic Clocktower.

Projections debut: Sunday 2 July, 6pm

Clocktower Projections conclude: Sunday 9 July

The Bridge and G3 Projections conclude: Wednesday 9 August

Dates and times:

Mon - Sat, 6pm - 10pm (Moorabbin)

Wed - Sat, 6pm - 10pm (Parkdale) 


steven rhall

Steven Rhall is visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice responds to the ‘cultural landscape’ of our contemporary world. He interrogates modes of cultural representation and using performance, carrying out public/private space interventions, process lead methodologies and installation. Rhall has exhibited at the NGV and lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts.

'Balim Waring' by Steven Rhall will be shown on the Clocktower Projection Space, Kingston Arts Centre & City Hall, 979-986 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin

'On Country' by Steven Rhall will be shown on the Projection Window of G3 Artspace, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale

Both works explore the relationship between cultural revitalisation and its expression via art.


Charmaine mumbulla

Charmaine Mumbulla is a lawyer, educator, presentation designer and digital artist based in Sydney. She is a descendant of the Kaurna/Narungga peoples and runs a small creative agency called Mumbulla Creative. Charmaine explores the junction between art and education in her work. She is passionate about making Indigenous history and culture accessible to a broader audience through a variety of mediums. 

'Hello' by Charmaine Mumbulla will be shown on the Bridge Projection Space, Kingston Arts Centre & City Hall, 979-986 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin

The work seeks to demonstrate the diversity of Indigenous languages across Australia through the form of greetings. Languages include: 'Gumbaynggirr’, NSW: ‘Giinagay’ - Pitjantjatjara, SA/NT: ‘Palya’ - Noongar, WA: ‘Kaya’ - Wurundjeri, VIC: ‘Ki’ - Ngunawal, ACT: ‘Yumalundi’ - Gurang, QLD - 'Gau'.

The artist wishes to thank all the elders, linguists, language centres and community groups who gave their permission for their language to be used in this NAIDOC art project.


 more info

Visual Arts Coordinator

PH (03) 9556 4468


Visit Kingston Arts Centre Office, 979 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin | Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm, Sat: 12pm to 5pm



Opening Night: Friday 7 July, 6pm - 8pm

Exhibition: Saturday 8 July - Saturday 12 August

Hours: Wed - Fri, 9am - 5pm & Sat, 12pm - 5pm


Shirley Burke Theatre, G3 Artspace, Parkdale

64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale


Admission free

FREE Workshops with Baluk arts - Bookings essential

Be inspired by the Indigenous artists of Baluk Arts as they guide you through the process of building and decorating your very own clay coolamon.

*Kids Coolamons (age 6+)


When: Saturday 8 July, 10 - 11am

Venue: Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale

*Children must be accompanied by an adult, ticket required for child attending workshop only

Adults Coolamons


When: Saturday 22 July, 10 - 11.45am

Venue: Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale