How Indigenous art is changing Australian law

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Jane Raffan

Aboriginal art has become a source of legal evidence for native title claims.

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Frontiers can be found in any discipline, and boundaries constantly shift under the influence of unlikely pioneers. In Australia, the frontier for Indigenous rights is being tested through ongoing legal challenges involving art and cultural heritage. The proverbial line in the sand, however, is not an imaginary one; it is being depicted on canvas, on bark, on rock, and in the actual desert sand.

 

About the author

Jane Raffan runs ArtiFacts, an art services consultancy, and has over 20 years experience in public/commercial fine art sectors. She is a valuer for the highly vetted Cultural Gifts Program, board member of the Auctioneers & Valuers Association of Australia, and author of Power + Colour: New Painting from the Corrigan Collection of Aboriginal Art.