To the colonial world he was William Barak, to his people he is Beruk.
Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung artist and the last Ngurungaeta, activist, leader, trailblazer – Beruk remains a source of knowledge for Wurundjeri people through his works and continues to influence generations worldwide.
The beruk exhibition, curated by descendants of Beruk, for the first time welcomes home two artworks, Corroborree (Women in Possum Skin Cloaks) and a Parrying Shield, back to Wurundjeri Country and community where they belong.
Honouring Beruk’s cultural legacy, this exhibition explores objects, paintings and portraits Beruk and other residents of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve created during the post-colonial era of the mission station.
Come celebrate, connect and explore.
South Rotunda gallery
Exhibition open daily, 10am–6pm
beruk is the first exhibition in the Library’s newly established gallery dedicated to presenting Victoria’s Indigenous voices. Led by the Library’s Victorian Indigenous Research Centre (VIRC), the gallery will host a changing program of exhibitions and events that celebrate the stories of Indigenous Victorians and provide meaningful experiences for visitors to connect with material held in the Victorian State Collection.
This exhibition was created on behalf of Wurundjeri people and the community by the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation in collaboration with the Victorian Indigenous Research Centre and a Wurundjeri working group.
The new gallery is supported by an endowment from the Hansen Little Foundation.