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We have come across a fantastic article about Australian Indigenous Art, found on the Australian Governmant Website:

http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-indigenous-art

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The practice of making artworks allowed tribes people to pass on knowledge about country and culture. Sales provided economic support for many Indigenous families forced to live on government mission stations in the Bass Strait, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. This is reflected today in the award-winning organisations, the Koori Heritage Trust in Victoria and Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA).

Today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art has become internationally accessible, recognised as fine art as well as being utilitarian and decorative, with the Western Desert art movement recognised as one of the most significant art movements in twentieth century art. In 2004 there were about 96 art and craft centres across Australia, in all states and regions, encompassing urban, rural and remote communities which provide one of the main avenues of support for Indigenous artists.

Indigenous art has embraced technology and new media. Aboriginal Art Online and Maningrida Arts & Culture are two examples. There are also many galleries and exhibitions of Indigenous art on the Internet, which have enhanced the international popularity and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Trait Islander art.

Creators: Clarity Communications Australia Pty Ltd, et al.