Caroline Martin | Boonwurrung
Caroline Martin was appointed the Creative Director of YIRRAMBOI in late 2018. Caroline is a direct descendant of the Briggs family and Custodian of Boonwurrung Country; her Ancestral lands extend from the Werribee River inland Melbourne, Port Phillip and Westernport Bays and along the Mornington Peninsula coast to Wilson’s Promontory.
Caroline is an experienced Senior Manager and Senior Policy Adviser in a broad range of environments including Arts and Culture, Tourism, Early Childhood, Education, Employment and the Victorian Public Sector. Caroline managed Koorie community engagement and involvement in the development of the First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum which opened in September 2013. First Peoples has won national and international awards and is viewed as best practice in community engagement.
In December 2015, Caroline created her own cultural strengthening and consultancy business, Yalukit Marnang. It is a First Peoples owned and operated business, passionate about developing and delivering programs that aim to strengthen cultural competencies and professional capabilities.
Caroline’s core values of inclusiveness, cultural safety and respect underpin every aspect of her work. Yalukit Marnang Consultancy in partnership with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company were recently awarded the State of Victoria’s largest investment, through Creative State for a single project that enables them to give voice to the strength and resilience of Boonwurrung Matriarchal Ancestor Louisa Briggs, titled: Bagurrk meaning ‘Woman’ in the language of the Boonwurrung. This production will be presented in late 2021.
“YIRRAMBOI means tomorrow in the shared local languages of the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung peoples, and the program is all about what’s next. While the cultures belong to First Peoples, it is our shared history, and our chance to create the vision for the future.”