About Us

We are a Melbourne-based non-profit humanitarian organisation working towards a more connected, compassionate and equitable society. We use art to provoke thought, evoke feeling and inspire change on issues of social justice.

Ondru - Voice through art

Ondru (Tamil; ஒன்று ) n. one, equality; v. become one with.

Ondru means the place where people and ideas come together and where diversity unites.

Our Purpose

Ondru is a Melbourne-based non-profit humanitarian organisation working towards a more connected, compassionate and equitable society. We use art to provoke thought, evoke feeling and inspire change on issues of social justice. We make people think, feel and act through pioneering art projects that give voice to silent and unheard human stories and express the human condition.

Our projects have touched upon issues and experiences such as identity, displacement, mental health, homelessness, autism, women’s rights and indigenous consciousness using many forms of art including photography, theatre, dance, film, music, sculpture, poetry, digital projections and public art installations.

Ondru was founded on 6th June 2009 in a backyard in North Richmond, Melbourne, and was formally launched on 23rd October 2010. Our first art project was realised on 15th May 2011. 

Our Core Values

  • Building togetherness 
  • Being a pioneer – not copying or following others; striving for the extraordinary
  • Valuing courage, passion, compassion, trust, knowledge, humour and style
  • Encouraging collaboration and nurturing individual ability
  • Never compromising on integrity

Our Artistic Philosophy

Our artistic philosophy has four pillars that are embodied in our projects:

  • Evoke the human senses to inspire dialogue
  • Challenge society and its ways, including ourselves
  • Base all activities on intellectual substance
  • Art must begin from personal stories but always be conveyed in a universal narrative

Our Statement

We will give voice to the tenderness of the human condition. We will give light to issues that exist in the dark. We will create art that will emotionally and intellectually connect people.

Art enables us to reveal the common threads of humanity that we all share, to evoke the senses, to stimulate dialogue. All change begins with an idea, but it grows with people. Our idea is to build a greater understanding of one another and inspire positive social change. Ondru means a place where people and ideas come together and where diversity unites.

Not-for-Profit, Tax Deductibility Status & Income Tax Exemption

Ondru (ABN 51 600 099 456 / ACN 600 099 456) is a non-profit arts organisation. We were registered as a public company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 and taken to be registered in Victoria on 19 June 2014. We are registered as a Cultural Organisation with the Australian Ministry for the Arts, within the Attorney-General's Department. We were granted with the deductible gift recipient (DGR) status on 09 April 2015 and are able to receive tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations, philanthropic bodies and other organisations. We also have confirmation that as a Cultural Organisation we are exempt from income tax under Commonwealth laws by meeting the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) requirements.

Acknowledging Country

Ondru is based at Level 8, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne. We would like to respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of the land on which we create and express art, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation who are the custodians. We pay respect to their struggles and forgotten faces and take great strength from their journey in giving life to our thoughts and expressions. 

Ondru is a non-profit arts organisation. We are registered as a Cultural Organisation with the Australian Ministry for the Arts, within the Attorney-General's Department. We were granted with the deductible gift recipient (DGR) status on 09 April 2015 and are able to receive tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations, philanthropic bodies and other organisations. - See more at: http://www.ondru.org/supporters#sthash.0ymkgKtc.dpuf
Ondru is a non-profit arts organisation. We are registered as a Cultural Organisation with the Australian Ministry for the Arts, within the Attorney-General's Department. We were granted with the deductible gift recipient (DGR) status on 09 April 2015 and are able to receive tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations, philanthropic bodies and other organisations. - See more at: http://www.ondru.org/supporters#sthash.n7kFtbn7.dpuf
Ondru is a non-profit arts organisation. We are registered as a Cultural Organisation with the Australian Ministry for the Arts, within the Attorney-General's Department. We were granted with the deductible gift recipient (DGR) status on 09 April 2015 and are able to receive tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations, philanthropic bodies and other organisations. - See more at: http://www.ondru.org/supporters#sthash.0ymkgKtc.dpuf

Ondru image by Laila Aznar; Background painting by John Bartlett - Variation on a Theme on Sacred Places 7 (original in colour).