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Wollongong City Council

Explore Aboriginal Art and Culture

Wollongong is rich in artwork and other cultural items that tell the stories of local Aboriginal communities.

Some of the opportunities to experience Aboriginal art and culture in our city are listed below.

Wollongong Art Gallery's collection includes hundreds of works by Aboriginal artists from the local area, and across Australia.

The Gallery's temporary exhibition program also often features work by contemporary Aboriginal artists.

To find out more, visit the Gallery's website.

Our Botanic Garden has a Towri Bushtucker Garden and education centre.

These are dedicated spaces for people to learn about the use of plants for food, medicine and shelter in Aboriginal culture.

Public Art

Our city's public art collection features many murals, sculptures and mosaic works by talented Aboriginal artists.

Visit our Public Art page to explore this collection.

Coomaditchie Co-operative

Artists from the Coomaditchie Co-operative, based in Warrawong, are some of the premier Aboriginal artists in the Illawarra region. Their art captures the spirit, colours and stories of their cultural heritage as coastal people.

Visit the Coomaditchie website to find out more.

Wollongong City Libraries has several resources and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including adults and children.

The library collection includes Dharawal language books that can be used in the reference section or borrowed. Please ask library staff for help finding Aboriginal collection items.

Sandon Point Aboriginal Place is a significant heritage and cultural site, and home to the Sandon Point Tent Embassy. Council works with local Aboriginal communities to make sure this place continues to be valued and protected.

Council has a Sandon Point and McCauleys Beach Plan of Management PDF, 3453.5 KB which covers the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place.

Make sure you also check our Aboriginal Community Events page for more activities you can join in.