While the cultural, aesthetic and economic benefits of the Australian Aboriginal art industry have been well documented, this exhibition seeks to explore contemporary Indigenous arts practice as a means of healing and a resource for emotional wellbeing. Artworks are revealed as a source of resilience and cultural strength, as well as a medium to address the intergenerational effects of trauma experienced by Aboriginal people throughout a history of colonisation and dispossession.
Artists include Billy Benn, Maree Clarke, Bindi Cole, Vicki Couzens, Lee Darroch, Robyne Latham, Sally M Mulda, Yhonnie Scarce, Patsy Smith, Dennis Thorpe, Peter Waples-Crowe and Lisa Waup together with works from community art workshops in Victoria, Papunya and the Kimberley.
The Healing Ways: Art with Intent exhibition is part of a large research project undertaken by The Dax Centre to investigate the emotional aspects of Aboriginal art and its potential for healing among Aboriginal communities.
The project brings together existing information to create a comprehensive body of knowledge and to advocate for the development of culturally relevant art-based programs for social and emotional wellbeing.
For more information go to healingways.daxcentre.org
The Dax Centre, Melbourne, May – October 2014