Established in 2002, it is named in honour of William Barak (c. 1824-1903). Barak was an artist, leader, and ambassador for Indigenous people. His powerful drawings focused on Wurundjeri affairs and the business of ceremony. They demonstrated great pride in his culture.
The Barak Gallery is designed to provoke thought and encourage cultural engagement. Exhibiting a range of contemporary Indigenous work, the gallery exists to celebrate artistic expression and exhibit Indigenous art that might challenge accepted stereotypes.
It houses paintings and prints by artists such as:
- Gordon Bennett
- Janangoo Butcher Cherel
- Vicki Couzens
- Lily Karedada
- Raelene Kerinauia
- Jean Baptiste Apuatimi
The space also aims to affirm Indigenous identity and pay homage to the oldest living culture in the world.