Language group: Dja Dja
Region: Wathaurong – Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh, Hepburn, Geelong,
Totems: Turtle, Goanna, Platypus, Barramundi
The Turtle for love, Goanna for the Journey, Platypus for Wisdom and the Barramundi for Freedom.
Stan Yarramunua is the founder of Art Yarramunua Galleries in Melbourne and Daylesford.
Yarramunua started painting over 20 years ago. He began by selling paintings, didgeridoos and clap sticks at markets and galleries. Soon after he began representing other family members – from Mildura and Robinvale with didgeridoos, boomerangs, clap sticks, and some paintings. He would bring them down on a Friday to the Queen Victoria Market, and sell them Saturday and Sunday. This led him to building relationships and representing Victorian Aboriginal Artists. Over many years, Yarramunua worked in the desert and had the opportunity to build stronger relationships with Aboriginal Desert Artists, so he began representing those Aboriginal Artists in Melbourne too.
Considerable Exhibitions and More Aboriginal Artists Meant Yarramunua Required a Permanent Gallery.
After years of doing markets and setting up and being part of exhibitions, it became apparent that he really needed a gallery to house and exhibit this fine art work. And so in 2008, Yarramunua was proud to open among the first Aboriginial privately owned and managed galleries in the world, at 500 Collins St, in the heart of Melbourne CBD. Soon after, in 2011, he opened a country cousin gallery in Daylesford. In 2016 Yarramunua opened a gallery in the hip and busy in the heart of St.Kilda located at 149 Acland Street St.Kilda.
Commissioned Artwork, Welcome to Country and Representation of Aboriginal Artists from Across Australia.
Yarramunua has graced the stage of MCG, done several commissioned works for private companies and charities and continues to paint and represent artists in Art Yarramunua Gallery from across Australia.
Stan Yarramunua is an entrepreneur, gallery owner, inventor of Ezedoo (electronic didgeridoo), Yarramunua is very proud to announce the creation of the Yarramunua Foundation for young Aboriginal Childen - an idea which Yarra has worked on for a very long time and now its finally coming to fruition.
Many young aboriginal people grow up suffering in an environment that was never our culture — our family have been affected by alcohol, gambling and drugs all of which were introduced to us. This is affecting our children in many way, they may feel resentful and this may lead them to make poor choices in life such as alcohol, drugs and self harm.
Our Foundation aims to provide positive role models of an alternative path while educating these aboriginal children and their mothers on the traditional aboriginal ways, these young people can develop pride and gain strength in themselves and their culture.
This is precisely what Stan Yarramunua’s personal journey has been about.
The Foundation’s activities have been developed to intervene early with young people so that they get to develop this pride and experience success that shows them what it truly means to be Aboriginal. This puts them in a position to make healthier life choices, learn their traditions and take pride in them, while becoming part of a network to come back to that heals them when poor choices have been made.
We have come up with some great activity choices – this is a small selection:
Didgeridoo and craft making
and basic language learning