Baluk Arts is the result of a highly successful Indigenous arts workshop program called the Stepping Stones Indigenous Art Project funded by VicHealth during 2008 and 2009. The Aboriginal artists involved in the project incorporated in July 2009 as the Aboriginal Corporation for Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Indigenous Artists to grow the concept into a viable enterprise.ACFAMPIA’s trading name is Baluk Arts. Baluk Arts was initiated and is driven by Aboriginal artists of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Baluk is a local Boonwurrung word meaning a great many or group of.
OUR PURPOSE - To build capacity, maintain culture and achieve economic advancement through the production, preservation, promotion and sale of Indigenous art from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.
Baluk Arts has attracted over 200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples from Mordiallac and St. Kilda to Dandenong and right along the coast to Wonthaggi to connect through art practice with our Frankston and Mornington Peninsula community. We are currently extending our artist and member base from a population of over 1,388 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Of this total, over two thirds are 24 and under. (ABS Statistics,2006)
The group is comprised of experienced and emerging Aboriginal artists. The presentation and promotion of the diversity of Indigenous emerging artists from Frankston/Mornington Peninsula enhances Melbourne's cultural diversity and increases the ability for the wider public to reflect on the complexity of Aboriginal culture in south east Melbourne.
Baluk Arts artists, members and staff at our official opening in November 2012.
● Increasing the presence of Indigenous artistic culture in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region
● Providing facilities, resources and assistance to Aboriginal artists
● Assisting. promoting and encouraging the development of contemporary Aboriginal arts and artists and the maintenance of traditional cultural practices
● Providing training to Aboriginal artists
● Assisting Aboriginal artists and communities to develop cultural products to a marketable standard
● Recruiting and training Indigenous employees in business management
● Providing arts and cultural information to the broader community
● Respecting and acknowledging local Indigenous customs and protocols