The thing I’m proudest of is the opportunities Balarinji creates, with our partners and clients, to give voice to Australia’s rich Aboriginal narrative. Whether we’re illuminating the work of a globally significant Aboriginal artist on the latest Qantas 787 Dreamliner, deeply embedding local Aboriginal story in major public infrastructure, or inspiring the dreams of young creative professionals who work with us in the city, the country or the bush, these are voices who enrich us all as Australians, and create a different legacy of place for the future.
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Tasmanian-born Ros Moriarty co-founded Balarinji and is the company’s Managing and Creative Director. In 2015, Ros was named Winner, Business Enterprise, in the Financial Review/Westpac Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards.
An alumnus of The Australian National University, Ros was formerly an ABC journalist with Radio Australia, and held senior positions with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Canberra and Sydney. Her Board appointments have included the Council of the National Gallery of Australia, Australian Major Events, the Australian Academy of Design, and the Board of Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin. She has been awarded South Australian Business Woman of the Year, the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce, and the St Peter’s Citizenship Award.
Ros’ memoir Listening to Country (Allen & Unwin 2010) was shortlisted for The Age 2010 Book of the Year. She has also written eight awarded picture books for children (Allen & Unwin 2012-2017), illustrated by Balarinji.
Ros is an inductee of both the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, and the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame.
She is Co-founder and Co-chair of the not-for-profit Moriarty Foundation, which enables Aboriginal families and communities to unlock the potential of their children.
Balarinji’s work is about a strong connection between Aboriginal people and all Australians. Hopefully presenting our work to national and international audiences has brought Australia along with us. Excellence has always been important to us, so that our work speaks for itself and ordinary Australians can identify with it, bringing the nation closer together. As Aboriginal Australians, we have so much knowledge to share and celebrate. It is important for me that Balarinji brings together Aboriginal people from all over Australia to present their culture in a way that is meaningful to them.
John Moriarty AM belongs to the Yanyuwa people of his birthplace, Borroloola NT and is Balarinji’s Chair and Co-Founder. He is the recipient of the Order of Australia (AM), the St Peters Citizenship Award, the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Flinders University, is a Churchill Fellow, has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia, and is an Honorary Doctor and Convocation Medalist of Flinders University.
In a long career of advocacy for Aboriginal equality, reconciliation and cultural engagement, John formerly held executive positions in Federal and State Departments of Aboriginal Affairs. John’s autobiography, Saltwater Fella, (Penguin 2000) was Highly Commended in the Australian Human Rights Commission Literary Awards.
His Board appointments have included Chair of The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council, Deputy Chair of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and Member of the Boards of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, the South Australian Museum and Northern Territory Tourist Commission.
John is an inductee of both the Australian Design Hall of Fame and the Football Federation of Australia Hall of Fame.
He is Co-founder and Co-chair of the not-for-profit Moriarty Foundation, which enables Aboriginal families and communities to unlock the potential of their children.