WEFOUNDAboriginal Art Collections: Highlights from Australia's Public Museum and Galleries


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In terms of age and abundance, cave art in Australia is comparable to that of Lascaux and Altamira in Europe, [7] and Aboriginal art is believed to be the oldest continuing tradition of art in the world. [8] There are three major regional styles: the geometric style found in Central Australia, Tasmania, the Kimberley and Victoria known for its concentric circles, arcs and dots; the simple figurative style found in Queensland ; the complex figurative style found in Arnhem Land which includes X-Ray art. [9] These designs generally carry significance linked to the spirituality of the Dreamtime . [10]

Early Western art in Australia, from 1788 onwards, is often narrated as the gradual shift from a European sense of light to an Australian one. The lighting in Australia is notably different from that of Europe, and early attempts at landscapes attempted to reflect this. It has also been one of transformation, where artistic ideas originating from beyond (primarily Europe) gained new meaning and purpose when transplanted into the new continent and the emerging society. [15]

Despite Banks' suggestions, no professional natural-history artist sailed on the First Fleet in 1788. Until the turn of the century all drawings made in the colony were crafted by soldiers, including British naval officers George Raper and John Hunter , and convict artists, including Thomas Watling . [16] However, many of these drawings are by unknown artists, most notably the Port Jackson Painter . Most are in the style of naval draughtsmanship, and cover natural history topics, specifically birds, and a few depict the infant colony itself.

Inside: Learn about the intriguing culture and religion of the Australian Aboriginal people with this Australian Aboriginal art for kids lesson plan and project.

I used to be terrified of Australian Aboriginal art and culture. Not terrified of the culture itself–just of teaching it. I never felt like I fully understood it no matter what I did. I’ve admitted before that I assigned students research projects on the culture just so I wouldn’t have to teach an Aboriginal art lesson!

When creating the Ancient Art Course last semester, I buckled down and figured it out. I am grateful I bit the bullet and studied this rich culture more, because my Australian aboriginal lesson and project went so well because of it.

asart is the home of contemporary Asian and international art and works by indigenous Australian artists. It is a recipient of the Most Influential Gallery award from the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China (2011).   read more

England
Telephone: +44 (0)7 425 838 125

Thailand
Telephone: +66 89209 4259

send an email to asart

asart is the home of contemporary Asian and international art and works by indigenous Australian artists. It is a recipient of the Most Influential Gallery award from the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China (2011).   read more

England
Telephone: +44 (0)7 425 838 125

Thailand
Telephone: +66 89209 4259

send an email to asart

Wednesday    10AM–4PM
Thursday        10AM–4PM
Friday             10AM–4PM
Saturday         10AM–4PM

In terms of age and abundance, cave art in Australia is comparable to that of Lascaux and Altamira in Europe, [7] and Aboriginal art is believed to be the oldest continuing tradition of art in the world. [8] There are three major regional styles: the geometric style found in Central Australia, Tasmania, the Kimberley and Victoria known for its concentric circles, arcs and dots; the simple figurative style found in Queensland ; the complex figurative style found in Arnhem Land which includes X-Ray art. [9] These designs generally carry significance linked to the spirituality of the Dreamtime . [10]

Early Western art in Australia, from 1788 onwards, is often narrated as the gradual shift from a European sense of light to an Australian one. The lighting in Australia is notably different from that of Europe, and early attempts at landscapes attempted to reflect this. It has also been one of transformation, where artistic ideas originating from beyond (primarily Europe) gained new meaning and purpose when transplanted into the new continent and the emerging society. [15]

Despite Banks' suggestions, no professional natural-history artist sailed on the First Fleet in 1788. Until the turn of the century all drawings made in the colony were crafted by soldiers, including British naval officers George Raper and John Hunter , and convict artists, including Thomas Watling . [16] However, many of these drawings are by unknown artists, most notably the Port Jackson Painter . Most are in the style of naval draughtsmanship, and cover natural history topics, specifically birds, and a few depict the infant colony itself.

Inside: Learn about the intriguing culture and religion of the Australian Aboriginal people with this Australian Aboriginal art for kids lesson plan and project.

I used to be terrified of Australian Aboriginal art and culture. Not terrified of the culture itself–just of teaching it. I never felt like I fully understood it no matter what I did. I’ve admitted before that I assigned students research projects on the culture just so I wouldn’t have to teach an Aboriginal art lesson!

When creating the Ancient Art Course last semester, I buckled down and figured it out. I am grateful I bit the bullet and studied this rich culture more, because my Australian aboriginal lesson and project went so well because of it.

This website will change as a result of the dissolution of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. During this transformation, you may wish to consult the updated Indigenous and Northern Affairs home page or the newly-created Indigenous Services Canada home page .

Aboriginal arts form the basis of a distinct and truly Canadian visual experience. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) leads the way in its support of Aboriginal art and of those who create it.

The Aboriginal Art Centre at AANDC is responsible for the development, preservation and promotion of the department's Aboriginal Art Collection which includes more than 4,000 works.

asart is the home of contemporary Asian and international art and works by indigenous Australian artists. It is a recipient of the Most Influential Gallery award from the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China (2011).   read more

England
Telephone: +44 (0)7 425 838 125

Thailand
Telephone: +66 89209 4259

send an email to asart

Wednesday    10AM–4PM
Thursday        10AM–4PM
Friday             10AM–4PM
Saturday         10AM–4PM

asart is the home of contemporary Asian and international art and works by indigenous Australian artists. It is a recipient of the Most Influential Gallery award from the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China (2011).   read more

England
Telephone: +44 (0)7 425 838 125

Thailand
Telephone: +66 89209 4259

send an email to asart

Wednesday    10AM–4PM
Thursday        10AM–4PM
Friday             10AM–4PM
Saturday         10AM–4PM

In terms of age and abundance, cave art in Australia is comparable to that of Lascaux and Altamira in Europe, [7] and Aboriginal art is believed to be the oldest continuing tradition of art in the world. [8] There are three major regional styles: the geometric style found in Central Australia, Tasmania, the Kimberley and Victoria known for its concentric circles, arcs and dots; the simple figurative style found in Queensland ; the complex figurative style found in Arnhem Land which includes X-Ray art. [9] These designs generally carry significance linked to the spirituality of the Dreamtime . [10]

Early Western art in Australia, from 1788 onwards, is often narrated as the gradual shift from a European sense of light to an Australian one. The lighting in Australia is notably different from that of Europe, and early attempts at landscapes attempted to reflect this. It has also been one of transformation, where artistic ideas originating from beyond (primarily Europe) gained new meaning and purpose when transplanted into the new continent and the emerging society. [15]

Despite Banks' suggestions, no professional natural-history artist sailed on the First Fleet in 1788. Until the turn of the century all drawings made in the colony were crafted by soldiers, including British naval officers George Raper and John Hunter , and convict artists, including Thomas Watling . [16] However, many of these drawings are by unknown artists, most notably the Port Jackson Painter . Most are in the style of naval draughtsmanship, and cover natural history topics, specifically birds, and a few depict the infant colony itself.


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