The Koorie Heritage Trust has celebrated its 30th anniversary by moving to a new location at Federation Square, allowing it to put more of its collection on public display than ever before.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins and Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined artists and Trust representatives to celebrate the anniversary and officially open the new premises, funded with a grant of $2.1 million by the Victorian Government.
At the heart of one of Victoria’s busiest meeting places, locals and visitors will be able to view more of the Trust’s art and cultural collection as well as browse a gift shop selling south east Australian Aboriginal art, craft and design.
Minister Foley also announced a $111,000 grant to support the Trust’s annual art showcase - the Koorie Art Show - for the next three years.
The grant was provided under the Andrews Labor Government’s Indigenous Partnerships Program and will support the exhibition program held each December to showcase and promote the diversity and talent of Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
The grant builds on the Labor Government’s annual support for the Trust of more than $550,000.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
"The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support the work of the Koorie Heritage Trust and to celebrate its 30th anniversary by announcing support for the Koorie Art Show."
"Over the last 30 years, the Koorie Heritage Trust has grown from a small community organisation to a cultural icon for both locals and tourists – this new location will mean Victorians get even better access to the Trust’s remarkable collection."
Quotes attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins
"Funded with $2.1 million from the Victorian Government, the Koorie Heritage Trust’s new home in the heart of the city will bring in people from across our state, and the world."
"Celebrating and increasing understanding of 60,000 years of history and heritage, the Koorie Heritage Trust truly is a Victorian treasure."
Reviewed 10 February 2021