The Library's print collection includes books and journals about Australia's ancient art as well as more contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks, theory and method. These works explore the diverse, often symbolic, artistic traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies in Australia.

Online

Australian Council for the Arts (Freely available online)
The Australian Council for the Arts website has a dedicated space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. The Australian Council for the Arts also publishes protocols for working with Indigenous artists, administers grants and provides news on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander festivals.

Aboriginal Art Network (Freely available online)
The Aboriginal Art Network specialises in contemporary high quality Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works. It features information about exhibitions past and present, artist biographies and featured works across varying mediums such as sculpture, prints and painting.

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Selected Print Resources

These resources must be requested through the catalogue unless otherwise specified.

True light and shade : an Aboriginal perspective of Joseph Lycett's art (2014)
'True light and shade' is filled with beautiful images by convict artist Joseph Lycett that powerfully capture in intimate detail Aboriginal life, a rare record of Aboriginal people within the vicinity of Newcastle and how they adapted to European settlement before cultural destruction impacted on these groups.

The Oxford companion to Aboriginal art and culture (2000)
Provides a wide-ranging reference to Indigenous Australian art, covering traditional and recent art styles.
Call number: RFq 700.899915 O98 in the Main Reading Room Reference Collection

Contemporary Aboriginal Art: A Guide to the Rebirth of an Ancient Culture (2001)
A guide to Australia's 20 major art-producing communities. Outlines developments in urban areas and provides biographies of major artists.

Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert: A Biographical Dictionary (1994)
Contains detailed profiles of over 500 Western Desert artists. Also annotates the artists as members of specific Aboriginal communities and identifies their Jukurrpa (Dreamings).
Call number: RF 759.9942 J69 in the Main Reading Room Reference Collection

Aboriginal Artists Dictionary of Biographies: Western Desert, Central Desert and Kimberley Region (2004)
Includes a brief biography and relevant exhibition entries for artists who painted from the beginning of the 1970s to the first decade of the 21st century.
Call number: RF 709.9403 A154 in the Main Reading Room Reference Collection)

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