The Koorie Heritage Trust celebrates Indigenous art and culture of the south-eastern region of Australia with three gallery spaces. Works in the collection are a combination of acquired and commissioned works, gathered since the early 1980s. The Trust aims to raise awareness and appreciation for Koorie culture. In doing so they hope to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
For those interested in the Indigenous history of Melbourne the Trust runs several walking tours throughout the CBD. The Trust also assists people or family members of the Stolen Generation with its Family History Service – an initiative that you can help support through the activities they run and by donating online.
Can't visit in person? The Koorie Heritage Trust also has an online store where you can shop for art, jewellery, clothes, homewares and accessories made by Koorie artists. It's a great source if you're looking for a heartfelt, ethical gift (for yourself or someone else) and has everything from tote bags, tea towels and artist designed journals, to fancy soap, children's books and earrings. Purchases help directly support these artists and designers, as well as aid the Trust in its endeavour to educate on the cultures of South East Australian Aboriginal peoples.