Sydney-based, Indigenous-owned Balarinji is a leading strategy and design practice. Established in 1983, we have been at the forefront of Australian strategy and design for more than 30 years and are best known for conceptualising Aboriginal art on Qantas 747 and 737 aircraft.

Balarinji founders John and Ros Moriarty were inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2014, recognising their unparalleled life’s work in building bridges of understanding and best practice participation between Indigenous communities, business and the broader community.

Working throughout Australia and internationally, Balarinji celebrates Aboriginal Australia through strategic review and planning, design and communications, digital, construction, interiors and public art. We work closely with clients from conceptualisation through to full project delivery.

Balarinji works are held in the collections of the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, the Centre for Contemporary Graphic Design, Fukuoka, Japan, and the Vatican Museum, Rome.

Balarinji’s projects support the company’s not-for-profit initiative, The Nangala Project, delivering early literacy, football and leadership immersion programs in remote NT to create a sustainable environment for change in remote Indigenous communities.

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BALARINJI: A multi-disciplinary practice

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Featured Project: True North

True North, a new music work by Tim Moriarty premiered June 2016 at Dark Mofo, the winter solstice festival of Hobart’s internationally acclaimed MONA.

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True North


Ros Moriarty
Ros Moriarty Managing Director

Ros Moriarty is Managing Director of the Jumbana Group, creative director of Balarinji Studio and founder of The Nangala Project’s Indi Kindi pre-literacy program.

Ros is a graduate of the Australian National University, was formerly a journalist with Radio Australia and has held senior positions with the Federal Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Canberra and Sydney. She was a finalist in the 2012 Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards and has received the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce. Ros’s board positions have included the National Gallery of Australia, Australian Major Events, and the Menzies School of Health Research. Ros is the author of the award-winning memoir Listening to Country (Allen & Unwin 2010).

John Moriarty
John Moriarty Chairman Balarinji

A full member of the Yanyuwa people of his birthplace, Borroloola, Northern Territory, John is a former Chairman of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council, and of the Pacific Region for the World Black and African Festival of Arts & Culture. John's Board representation has included Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, the National Indigenous Council, the Australian International Cultural Committee, and South Australian Museum.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Flinders University, and is a Churchill Fellow. John is an Honorary Doctor of the University of South Australia, and a Convocation Medalist of Flinders University. He is the recipient of the Member of the Order of Australia (AM), the St Peters Citizenship Award, and the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce.

In 2014 John was inducted into the Australian Design Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was inducted into the Football Federation of Australia Hall of Fame.

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