Mia Mia Aboriginal Art Gallery
The word Mia Mia means shelter. The Mia Mia art gallery located at Waterfolds park in Melbourne gives visitors the opportunity to discover the meaning, expression and passion of notable and up and coming aboriginal artists . The English style building that houses the gallery was built as a part of a diary farm in 1936.
Mia Mia Art gallery is 100% aboriginal owned and is committed to returning the revenue back to the aboriginal communities from where they are sourced. The philosophy of Mia Mia Aboriginal Art Gallery is to express through art , the richness of the culture of aboriginal Australia.
In this gallery a visitor will find highest quality of art works and products for viewing and purchase . Photography is prohibited inside the gallery and that is one reason I am not able reproduce those beautiful artworks here . But those interested my visit their website at http://www.miamiagallery.com.
Apart from selling artwork and aboriginal art inspired rugs the gallery also hold a range of events such as car club exhibitions , didgeridoo festivals and performances of musicians and dancers.
Parks Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of greater Melbourne Area , the Wurundjeri.
How to reach Mia Mia Gallery
Location: The Mannor, Westerfolds Park, Fitzsimons Lane, Templestowe
From the City take the Eastern Freeway. Exit at Doncaster Road. Turn left into Manningham Road followed by a right onto Williamson Road. Follow the signs to Westerfolds Park & Mia Mia Gallery along Fitzsimons Lane.
Bus routes to Waterfolds park
The Route 301 bus towards The Pines SC, getting off at stop Williamsons Rd/Porter St
The Route 293 bus towards Box Hill, getting off at stop Templestowe Village Home/Fitzsimons Lan
The Route 293 bus towards Greensborough, getting off at stop Parkwood Pl/Fitzsimons Lane
The Route 281 bus towards Eltham, getting off at stop Parkwood Pl/Fitzsimons Lane
Contact Information for Mia Mia Galllery
eMail: ……………. firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone (Australia): ………… (03) 9846 4636
Phone (Overseas): ………. +61 3 9846 4636
Address:…… The Manor – Westerfolds Park
P.O. Box 725 – Templestowe
Fitzsimons Lane – Templestowe
Victoria – Australia 3106
Melways Reference: Map 33 F2
Open 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday
Open at other times by appointment only. Melway ref. 33 E2
Waterfold Park attractions
Water folds Park , where Mia Mia Gallery is located offers over 12 hectares of recreational and environmental parkland. There is a canoe launching are with disabled parking access and toilet.
Activities at Mia Mia Gallery
Every Saturday, Mia Mia Gallery runs Indigenous Cultural Walking Tours. This tour features walking through the park covering aboriginal life , boomerang throwing , Didgeridoo playing etc. The timings are : Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:30 and the price is around $25 for adult . For current details visit their website.
The didgeridoo circle meets once a month at the gallery. There are many didgeridoos of different sizes and shapes are for sale at the Gallery. The word didgeridoo is not an aboriginal term as one would expect. The name is given by Europeans and is believed to have come from the Irish word dudaire meaning constant smoker. But many disagree with this theory. This aboriginal instrument has at least 45 regional names like ngarriralkpwina , yirtakki , artawirr , gunbarrk etc. etc. Didgeridoos are usually made from hardwood from eucalyptus species and also from native bamboo. Aboriginals used to make it from trees that have become hollow because of termite activity.