Boomalli 1987

Founding members of Boomalli in 1987: Michael Riley, Tracey Moffatt, Euphemia Bostock, Brenda Croft, Fiona Foley, Fernanda Martens, Arone Meeks, Avril Quail, Michael Riley, Jeffrey Samuels and Bronwyn Bancroft (photograph by Margaret Olah, courtesy Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative)

Location: 14 Meagher Street, Chippendale

Boomalli is an artist-run cooperative which was formed in 1987 by a group of 10 urban Aboriginal artists working across a range of media from painting and photography to sculpture and print making. The word boomalli means ‘to strike’ or ‘make a mark’ in at least three Aboriginal languages: Bandjalung, Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay and Wiradjuri.

The cooperative was originally based in a rented warehouse at 18 Meagher Street in Chippendale. In 1993, Boomalli moved to larger premises on nearby Abercrombie Street which provided an exhibition space and artist studios, and it was later relocated to Annandale. After almost a quarter century, the Boomalli cooperative was finally given its first permanent home at 55-57 Flood Street, Leichhardt in 2011.

Further reading: Zoe Pollock, ‘Boomalli Aboriginal Artists’ Cooperative’, Dictionary of Sydney, 2008,, viewed 24 September 2013