Located on the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s Annexe Wall, ‘Here’ is the work of proud Bibbulmun Noongar and Chilean transmasculine brotherboy Jay Kulbardi Art.

“I made this design to encapsulate all the memories I have been fortunate to make throughout my childhood growing up here in Ballarat,” Jay said.

“I’ve touched on some key memories in my upbringing – visiting the Ballarat Botanical Gardens and Lake Wendouree with my nature-obsessed family, falling in love with my fiance, spending time bird watching with my late grandpa, and following the lizard footprints down the art gallery’s alley alongside my Abuelita as a kid.”

“The design pays homage to the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people who welcomed me and my Noongar family into the community, my Chilean mother who is the reason we are here, and the beautiful location, nature and art community in Ballarat.”

Check out ‘Here’ for yourself in Alfred Deakin Place (behind the gallery).

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.

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