Blak Side Story

A multi-media exhibition exploring contemporary Aboriginal Identity and stories from Indigenous community members from Melbourne's West.

Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre in association with Moondani Balluk and Boon Wurrung Cultural Foundation, the exhibition features photography and interactive digital displays produced by local visual media production company Singing Bowl Media.

As part of the development of Blak Side Story, Traditional Owners, Elders and community members from Melbourne's West were invited to share a story of significance, and the question ‘What does it mean to you to be Aboriginal?’ was answered with eloquence, pride and strength. These stories were then filmed on high definition cameras and sewn together, resulting in a ‘digital quilt’ that is viewed on interactive display screens as well as online at

Local artist Paola Balla worked with artists Tamsin Sharp and John Sones (Singing Bowl Media) to develop the exhibition in collaboration with Traditional Owners and Elders and members of the broader Indigenous community living in the West.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday 30 June, 6pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday 1 July - Sunday 28 August
Venue: Roslyn Smorgon Gallery @ Footscray Community Arts Centre
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 9.30am - 5pm (Closed Mondays and Public Holidays)

Digital Quilt Concept / Video Editing - Tamsin Sharp
Photography / Cinematography - John Sones
Singing Bowl Media

Web and Android App Design / Build - Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen - Cake Industries

Music for Blak Side Story ‘Before Winter Sets In’ Composer / Musician - Ian Moorhead

This project is generously funded by:
Public Record Office Victoria - Local History Grants Program
Arts Victoria - Community Partnerships (Residencies) Program
Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit - Victoria University
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (Office for the Arts) - Indigenous Cultural Support Program