Welcome to Meeanjin Aboriginal Cultural Alliance.
Where do you go to see and experience Aboriginal Arts & Culture in Brisbane? The time has come for the cosmopolitan heart of Queensland, ‘Meeanjin’ (Brisbane CBD), to publicly share and celebrate our rich Murri heritage and culture.
Historically, the first solely First Nation option for visitors to Meeanjin to view, experience, and access our culture and buy arts and crafts was Queensland Aboriginal Creations. QAC was a retail outlet established in 1959 to market Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and craft in Queensland by the then Department of Native Affairs which closed its doors in the late 90s.
The opportunities to engage in Murri (Queensland Aboriginal) peoples and culture have been via the events surrounding significant calendared national events and celebrations for example, NAIDOC Week, Invasion Day, and Sorry Day. A few permanent and rotating exhibits and spaces exist within government arts institutions. Independent entities exist but by majority non-Indigenous ownership and management. However, exciting to see is the growth of Aboriginal own and controlled enterprise in South East Queensland.
A dedicated Aboriginal Cultural Centre located on Maiwar (the Brisbane River), will be a defining feature of significance and a key destination like no other. Queensland has the opportunity to stand out and align itself internationally by doing as renowned cities do and place First Nations history and culture at the fore.
It will inspire creativity, strengthen relationships and celebrate the success of our Murri peoples. It will provide visitors to experience an immersive and stimulating environment that showcases Queensland’s First Nations arts and heritage in a multipurpose gallery/ museum and First Nations gathering space.
The Meeanjin Aboriginal Cultural Alliance (MACA) is dedicated to the advocacy, promotion and development of this centre. At Meeanjin the dreaming of our First Nations peoples will be told by Traditional Owners with bloodlines to Country in Brisbane and throughout South East Queensland (SEQ).
This story – as much about the present and future as it is about the past – deserves to be heard by everyone: locals and visitors alike.