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‘Art for a New Understanding’: An Interview with Valerie Keenan, Manager of Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

School of Communication and Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
Received: 4 July 2019 / Accepted: 10 July 2019 / Published: 15 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Australian Indigenous Art and Cultural Tourism)
A network of Indigenous art and culture centres across Australia play a significant role in promoting cross-cultural understanding. These centres represent specific Indigenous cultures of the local country, and help sustain local Indigenous languages, traditional knowledge, storytelling and other customs, as well as visual arts. They are the principle point of contact for information about the art, and broker the need to sustain cultural heritage at the same time as supporting new generations of cultural expression. This interview with Dr Valerie Keenan, Manager of Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre in northern Australia, provides rare insight into the strategies, challenges, and aspirations of Indigenous art centres and how the reception of the art impacts on artists themselves. It provides a first-hand account of how Indigenous artists strive to generate a new understanding of their culture and how they participate in a global world. View Full-Text
Keywords: Indigenous art centres; cultural tourism; Girringun; rainforest; Australia; cross-culturalism Indigenous art centres; cultural tourism; Girringun; rainforest; Australia; cross-culturalism
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Butler, S. ‘Art for a New Understanding’: An Interview with Valerie Keenan, Manager of Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre. Arts 2019, 8, 91. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8030091

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Butler, Sally. 2019. "‘Art for a New Understanding’: An Interview with Valerie Keenan, Manager of Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre" Arts 8, no. 3: 91. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8030091

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