We would like to Introduce you to another member of IITOQ, Birrunga Gallery and Dining! Birrunga Gallery is the only indigenous-owned and operated commercial Cultural hub in Meanjin (Brisbane) CBD. Birrunga Gallery is a Wiradyuri business operating with the permission of Uncle Eddie Ruska on the Traditional Lands of the Jagera, Yugerra & Turrbal People. Birrunga Gallery has been through the ceremony of being danced onto Country and gift exchange – retaining the valued message stick they were bestowed. The Gallery has it’s own charity, the Wayne Weaver Foundation which provides pro bono pre & post release support for Indigenous prisoners, their families & communities. Birrunga Gallery is a recognised & awarded Indigenous Cultural Tourism destination & provider operating under the 2 core principals specified by WINTA (World Indigenous Tourism Alliance) that in all aspects, the First Nations People are the value proposition, on their own cultural terms & that they hold the stories from which astute truth telling leads to education, engagement, empathy, awareness & healing.
Wiradyuri man, Birrunga Wiradyuri, is the founder and principal artist of the multi award winning Birrunga Gallery situated in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. He is also a Co Founder and Patron of IITOQ. Birrunga is dedicated to fulfilling his cultural responsibilities, following and practicing the central Wiradyuri law of Yindyamarra, Birrunga is a cultural practitioner and visual artist whose narrative works explore the spirituality of the Wiradyuri people, in historical and contemporary contexts.
Birrunga attended Buderim Primary School from 1969, moving onto Maroochy High where he survived until his expulsion in early Grade 10. From there, moved to Nambour High where he successfully completed his junior certificate under duress. Noted artist, Archibald and Wynne Prize winner, Sam Fullbrook, awarded Birrunga 1st prize in the Buderim Primary School’s art competition in 1969, in the self portrait category. He noted at the time that Birrunga showed talent worthy of support and development. Birrunga is committed to supporting, developing and promoting emerging Indigenous talent.