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Indigenous Understanding MYBennies: Art and Design


Finding Resources in Accessit


Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.


Kate Owen Galleries

Aboriginal People do not have their own written language, and so they make use of many common symbols (often called iconography) in their artwork. Although these vary from region to region, they are generally understood and form an important part of Australian Indigenous art. 


Songlines: Aboriginal Art and Storytelling

For more than 50,000 years, stories have been told through art. Take a tour through Aboriginal art galleries and meet artists from across the Northern Territory

An exhibition at the NGV celebrates the origins of Western Desert Art

Top End artist, Banduk Marika, explains the tiresome process behind creating an authentic Aboriginal artwork.

Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Ferguson working on a dot painting of the platypus. Bronwyn has been painting Aboriginal art for a number of years since discovering her Aboriginal heritage later in life. Born in Geelong, Victoria, and adopted out as a baby, Bronwyn, whose birth name was Karen Kerr, is seeking her 'mob' through the Link Up organization.

How to teach dot painting to kids is a great way to introduce Aboriginal culture into your school curriculum. I have taught this technique from prep year through to year 6, and the children have always enjoyed this activity


David Wroth, Director of Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery, provides a perspective on the use of symbols in Aboriginal art, and introduces Indigenous Australian artists talking about how they use symbols in their own work.