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KFA Annual Lecture : Australia’s Rock Art

March 7 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Delivered by Prof Jo McDonald

Australia’s Rock Art: Connecting our Deep Past with the Future

Rock art represents some of the best evidence for humanity’s artistic deep history. Rock art has been made across the world for at least 40,000 years. It includes a plethora of paintings, drawings, stencils, prints and engravings made by all peoples directly onto the earth’s harder surfaces. Australia has one of the world’s greatest rock art estates: a vast cultural resource essential to understanding why humans make art. This is an essential record of the First Australians and their journey into Australia. And it is a record of Aboriginal peoples’ cultural connections, and their resilience, persistence and ingenuity through the millennia.

Researchers working with Aboriginal people in Australia’s north-west are forging new understandings of this amazing national treasure.  And new management regimes which include Indigenous Protected Areas and co-managed national parks are providing the platforms for sustainable new economies for Aboriginal people working with rock art on-country.  With the rise of adventure and educational tourism, rock art provides a vital interface between deep time and contemporary Aboriginal values.  This talk focuses on some of the partnerships between Aboriginal communities and researchers at the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management, UWA, and highlights some of the magnificent rock art of Australia’s north-west which is enabling these new understandings and economic opportunities.

Professor Jo McDonald is the Director of the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management at UWA. She held the Rio Tinto Chair in Rock Art Studies (2012-2017). She recently completed an ARC Future Fellowship (2011-2016). Her Fellowship project studied rock art, social and environmental change in two of the great deserts of the world: the Western Desert in Australia and the Great Basin in the USA.  Prior to taking up her role at UWA, Jo ran a leading cultural heritage practice based in Sydney. She has more than 35 years’ experience in managing Indigenous archaeology and has been researching rock art throughout this time.
Date:     Saturday 7 March 2020
When:   10.15am for 10.30am start
Art Gallery of NSW Society, Domain Theatre, Art Gallery NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, SYDNEY.
Cost:     Kimberley Foundation member: $15.00, Non member $20.00, Member AGNSW: $15.00Booking Essential
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March 7
10:15 am - 11:30 am
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