Baluk Arts is an Aboriginal owned and led community arts centre and gallery, the only one of its kind in the southeast of Victoria.  Based in Mount Eliza on Bunurong country, this hub for Aboriginal artists provides a space to come together, to create and to share their culture with the wider community.  

Baluk Arts, 5 Davies Ave, Mount Eliza, VICTORIA 3930

Open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm. Saturdays 10am – 3pm.

0497 004 179

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We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Bunurong People, with deep respect for Elders past, present and emerging.  At Baluk Arts we pay homage to Aboriginal cultural heritage. 

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About Baluk Arts

Baluk Arts is an Aboriginal owned and led community arts centre and gallery, the only of its kind in the southeast of the state. Based in Mount Eliza the gateway to the captivating Mornington Peninsula, we support artistic, career and audience development for our Aboriginal artist members from the southeast and wider Australia. Artworks reflect themes of identity in a contemporary cultural context.

Through Baluk Arts, family groups and members of the stolen generation have reconnected with their culture and express their histories through strong artistic practice to support their cultural and creative wellbeing. Baluk Arts encourages artistic excellence, community development, leadership, participation and interaction through innovative arts practices. Baluk Arts programs foster a deeper understanding of Aboriginal arts.

The range of artworks created by Baluk Artists include paintings, sculpture, kelp works, photography, prints, clap sticks, distinctive handmade jewellery, weavings, cards, books, scarves and bespoke items unique to each artist and their story. These works are available to purchase in our gallery, through our exhibition program, online, at art fairs and throughout the year in partner galleries.

Baluk Arts works on a project basis throughout the country and internationally and is open to collaborations, commissions, murals, programs, workshops and bespoke artworks.

Baluk is a local Bunurong and Boonwurrung word meaning ‘many’ or ‘group of people’ and reflects the diversity of our artists and their work.

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Explore underwater sea life and the healing powers of the ocean at our latest exhibition featuring artwork by N’Dene Riley. The exhibition runs through until the 14th November, 2023.

“Creating a traditional Stringy Bark Canoe”

5-day residency open to the public during the school holidays

Baluk Arts is presenting a 5-day residency on Millowl in which award-winning, Aboriginal artist Mitch Mahoney (Boonwurrung/Barkindji) will create a traditional stringy bark canoe on country.

The public will have the chance to interact with the residency during the school holidays, 10am-2pm daily from the 26th until 30th September. Thanks to Randall at Sheltered Glamping for hosting the residency. Participants will need to park at Phillip Island Village School car park to access the residency site, located at 483 Berrys Beach Road, Phillip Island.

The public is invited to come down to see the artist at work and have a yarn on country. Some lucky visitors may have the chance to assist the artist as he builds a stringy bark canoe using traditional methods that Aboriginal people have used for countless generations. Stringy bark canoes were used by Aboriginal people to access the island in years gone by.

Mitch Mahoney is a proud Aboriginal artist and cultural educator with a passion for sharing culture and teaching the public about Victoria’s rich cultural history. “All of the work I do is about the revitalisation and celebration of South-Eastern Aboriginal Culture and practices. I try to create works that are designed to spark interest and educate people,” the artist said. Mitch’s works are held in the public collections of Melbourne Museum and the Koorie Heritage Trust.

This residency has been supported and is delivered by Baluk Arts in partnership with Bass Coast Shire.

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