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Australian Indigenous Art Centres Online: A Multi-Purpose Cultural Tourism Framework

School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4000, Australia
Arts 2019, 8(4), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8040145
Received: 2 September 2019 / Revised: 12 October 2019 / Accepted: 22 October 2019 / Published: 26 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Australian Indigenous Art and Cultural Tourism)
In early 2019, Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) government announced the $106 million funding and promotion of a new state-wide Territory Arts Trail featuring Indigenous art and culture under the banner “The World’s biggest art gallery is the NT.” Some of the destinations on the Arts Trail are Indigenous art centres, each one a nexus of contemporary creativity and cultural revitalisation, community activity and economic endeavour. Many of these art centres are extremely remote and contend with resourcing difficulties and a lack of visitor awareness. Tourists, both independent and organised, make their travelling decisions based upon a range of factors and today, the availability of accessible and engaging online information is vital. This makes the quality of the digital presence of remote art centres, particularly their website content, a critical determinant in visitor itineraries. This digital content also has untapped potential to contribute significant localised depth and texture to broader Indigenous arts education and comprehension. This article examines the context-based website content which supports remote Indigenous art centre tourism and suggests a strategic framework to improve website potential in further advancing commercial activities and Indigenous arts education. View Full-Text
Keywords: Australian Indigenous art; Indigenous tourists; art centres; websites; cultural tourism; education Australian Indigenous art; Indigenous tourists; art centres; websites; cultural tourism; education
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