According to the awards organiser, “The 2022 INDE.Awards Gala was indeed a reminder that the Indo-Pacific region is a design force to be reckoned with, and an exciting and vibrant community of talent that takes the lead on the global stage.”
Balarinji Co-Founder and Managing Director, Ros Moriarty, said, “We’re very proud to receive this industry recognition. The honour belongs to our team, the Aboriginal artists, knowledge holders and communities we co-design with, and our clients and partners who are with us on this journey to give voice to Australia’s rich Aboriginal narrative to challenge us all about Australian design.”
“Thank you to Indesign Media and the jury for recognising Balarinji with this award. Congratulations to our fellow award winners, it is an honour to be among such an exciting cohort of design contributions,” Ros added.
In 2023 Balarinji marks 40 years of celebrating Australia’s Indigenous narrative through design excellence. From the Balarinji-Qantas Flying Art Aircraft collection spanning three decades to Connecting with Country projects on major infrastructure projects nationally, Balarinji has honoured culture, community and Country with its award-winning design products, projects and campaigns.
Balarinji Co-Founder, Cultural Director and Chair, John Moriarty AM, said, “Australia’s foundational Aboriginal narrative offers an original frame of thinking that has largely been missing from Australian design, particularly in terms of our public places. We are immensely proud to be bringing visibility to Aboriginal culture, sustainability and ways of connecting with Country through design in ways that all of us can acknowledge, and be inspired by, as Australians.”
Balarinji and its design projects have been awarded many honours. Balarinji founders have been awarded the 2022 President’s Award from the Design Institute of Australia, the 2021 Australian Design Prize from Good Design Australian as well as a UNESCO Achievement Award in 2021.
Balarinji was awarded a 2022 iF Design Award, a 2022 Iron A’ Design Award and a 2020 Good Design Award for the Aboriginal artwork project for Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre, a Silver in the 2020 Sydney Design Awards for an Aboriginal art installation in Redfern, a Gold in the 2019 Sydney Design Awards for the Balarinji-Qantas Emily Kame Kngwarreye Dreamliner.
John Moriarty and Ros Moriarty are also dual inductees of the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame and the Australian Graphic Design Association Hall of Fame.