About the artist

Yoorrook’s logo was created by artist Dixon Patten. Dixon is a Gunnai, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta man who has bloodlines from Dhudhuroa/Jaithmathang, Djab Wurrung, Monaro, Wemba Wemba, Barapa Barapa, Wadi Wadi, Yuin and Wiradjuri.



The circle at the top represents a gathering place, with the pattern pointing to all directions. Depicting all mobs from across the State coming together in support of Victoria’s first ever formal truth-telling process.


Three boomerangs

The three boomerangs in the centre form a ‘Y’ to represent the word Yoorrook, the Wemba Wemba/Wamba Wamba word for truth.

Each boomerang symbolises three eras of past, present and future. Honouring our ancestors/elders/our community now and our future generations.

The past is being acknowledged by the present to help shape the future.


Circle and three boomerangs

The gathering place (circle) and boomerangs form a shape of a person, representing one’s cultural rights as a First Nations sovereign person with their arms wide open, ready to embrace the truth and offer support.

The boomerangs face inward, representing reparation, reclamation, and courage to go within to be ready to tell one’s truth.


Gum leaf and shield

The gum leaf on the left symbolises our connection to Country and represents Yoorrook being a welcoming space. The shield to the right embodies the ongoing resilience of First Nations peoples.

Together, the gum leaf and shield open like a book as our environments and cultures are our libraries. We learn through observation, reflection and deep listening which will be core to our work at Yoorrook.