Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative was established in 1987 and continues to survive over thirty years later. Boomalli was founded by Euphemia Bostock, Fiona Foley, Michael Riley (dec.), Tracey Moffatt, Jeffrey Samuels, Bronwyn Bancroft, Avril Quaill, Fern Martens, Arone Meeks and Brenda L. Croft.
These ten Artists were striving for recognition from the mainstream art society and their diversity was unparalleled. They challenged preconceptions around urban-based Aboriginal Artists and created a unique space for themselves within the art world.
The Co-operative's existence and continued longevity has been an enabler for hundreds of Aboriginal Artists. The ripple effect of their art has been profound, with many of our past members and present members having enduring and successful careers.
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative's primary goal is to promote Aboriginal Artists whose language groups exist within the NSW state boundaries. We support, promote, educate and protect copyright for our members. Boomalli strives to improve access for Aboriginal Artists from both regional and metropolitan NSW. Boomalli has a current membership base of 50 Artists. Approximately a third are emerging Artists and over half of our membership consists of regional Artists.
Our core philosophy is to enhance and embrace new opportunities for NSW language group Artist members. We work diligently to support our regional Artists specifically to assist in supporting them in the social equity space.
Our aim is to assist NSW Aboriginal Artists to develop a divergent and professional skill set by providing them with first hand experience. The installation, promotion and delivery of artwork to the Co-operative is a fundamental foundation for the success not only of the individual Artists, but for the Co-operative as a whole.
Boomalli assists our regional members and their families to gain parity of equity through participating in exhibitions at the Co-operative that would not be possible if we did not survive. Our successful exhibitions in the last 4 years are testimony to the dedication of our Artists, staff and volunteers. Our continued objective as an Aboriginal run Artists Co-operative is to support our members. Our unique position, as the longest running Co-operative for Aboriginal Artists in New South Wales, offers our members a niche Art market position. Our high level of professionalism and passion has assisted our Artists to achieve a stronger level of excellence in their Artistic practice.
Boomalli has key partnerships with The Euraba Paper Company and ACE North Coast.
Boomalli is located at 55-59 Flood St Leichhardt. We have a main gallery for major exhibitions and smaller front room galleries, which are used by Boomalli’s Artist members to mount and curate their own solo exhibitions.
Image Credit: Boomalli Au Go Go 1987 Poster. Design: Avril Quaill.
Download the PDF of Bancroft's Essay on Boomalli.