Balarinji is a full-service strategy and design agency. Our work includes public art and curatorial in Australia and overseas, branding, digital and Aboriginal engagement advisory for public and private sectors. We deliver cultural design principles, Aboriginal stakeholder management and integrated design to major infrastructure developments.
Working throughout Australia, Balarinji engages with local Aboriginal stakeholders to foster location-specific relationships and outcomes, and build local capacity. We deliver a vision and methodology for authentic storytelling that moves beyond compliance or mitigation, to enriched interpretation and a unique legacy of place. Balarinji’s management team, designers, project managers and business development professionals' work to deeply embed Aboriginal sensibility within Australia’s national identity.
The company was founded in 1983 in Adelaide by its current Chair, Yanyuwa man John Moriarty, and current Managing Director, Ros Moriarty. In 1997, the company moved its operations to Sydney. As dual inductees to the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2014, Balarinji’s founders were recognised for their unparalleled contribution to building bridges of best practice participation between Aboriginal communities, business and the broader community.
The National Museum of Australia, Canberra, holds the company’s design archive, its original works on paper and The John Moriarty Collection. Balarinji is also represented in the collections of Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, and the Centre for Contemporary Graphic Design, Fukuoka, Japan.
Balarinji’s affiliated not-for-profit, Moriarty Foundation, enables Aboriginal families and communities to unlock the potential of their children, to radically shift intergenerational disadvantage.