Special Issue "Australian Indigenous Art and Cultural Tourism"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sally Butler

Associate Professor, School of Communication and Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
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Interests: contemporary art; indigenous art; cross-cultural aesthetics; visual politics; cultural diplomacy; cultural tourism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cultural tourism and the visual arts industries are both global enterprises that potentially advance cross-cultural understanding and sustain cultural diversity, particularly when working in unison. As the impact of mass tourism approaches crisis point, we see new trends emerging in culturally immersive experiences shaped by intimate bonds between local people and their place of belonging. Art galleries, exhibitions, tours, studio visits and workshops attract people seeking sensory and often participatory encounters, and now indigenous art is setting new standards for cultural tourism. The term indigenous signifies a belonging to place that has globally inspired a century of indigenous land rights movements, and now motivates new forms of economic self-sufficiency and cultural sustainability. Art’s unique sensory and intellectual qualities play a significant role in the cultural tourism exchange in ways that can breach linguistic barriers.

Australian indigenous art’s involvement in cultural tourism exemplify these trends. In less than 40 years and at less than three percent of the national population, indigenous Australians have essentially rebranded the national cultural symbolism with indigenous aesthetics. Public and private art galleries, internationally and domestically, register this impact and an increasing number of indigenous owned and managed art and cultural centres welcome visitors in various participatory and immersive formats. Subsequent innovations involving art practice, display, and interpretive strategies are complex, unprecedented, and demand scholarly attention.

We invite researchers and industry stakeholders working in the field of Australian indigenous art and cultural tourism to contribute papers responding to questions such as: What indigenous perspectives motivate art and cultural tourism initiatives? How is the art curated differently by art centres, galleries, tourism facilitators, and visitors themselves? Can the quality of spectatorship for indigenous art be advanced through cultural tourism? How is the relationship between artistic innovation and cultural heritage negotiated by artists and perceived by visitors? What is the global appeal, or relevance, of indigenous art? How is art production impacted by tourists’ aesthetic and cultural expectations?

Dr. Sally Butler
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Arts is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Australian indigenous art
  • cultural tourism
  • aesthetics
  • cross-culturalism
  • indigenous tourism
  • exhibitions
  • spectatorship
  • cultural heritage
  • rock art

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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