Centre for Rock Art Research + Management

Goals and Values

Kimberley Rock Art

Areas of focus

Rock art and other forms of artistic practices are expressions of identity, ideas and memory. Its analysis can give us unique insights into the relationships between people and their environment, their ideas and attitudes. It is fascinating that these relations can be unraveled for images and objects that are more than 30,000 years old.

The Centre for Rock Art Research + Management aspires to be a focal point for research and conservation activities into Indigenous rock art.

Although rock art research is the principal component of Centre for Rock Art Research + Management (CRAR+M) it represents only one part of people’s social and symbolic behaviour.

Rock art informs many other past and present Indigenous artistic practices, and therefore cannot be studied in isolation.

CRAR+M seeks to bring together multidisciplinary researchers (archaeologists, chemists, fine arts specialists, Indigenous artists, and historians) and Indigenous communities to strive towards creating a more holistic understanding and awareness of the cultural significance of Indigenous rock-art.

By examining various contexts and aspects associated with rock art, from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives, researchers believe they can achieve a balance in the efforts to use Indigenous visual heritage to learn more about its role in the lives of Indigenous Australians.


The Centre’s core values are to collaborate, understand, communicate and protect.

  • Collaborate with Indigenous communities in a culturally sensitive manner to generate knowledge about rock art from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives.
  • Understand Indigenous rock art, primarily through undertaking world-class, partnership-based, interdisciplinary research.
  • Communicate this important aspect of Indigenous cultural heritage by providing relevant information to both the academic and broader community.
  • Protect Indigenous rock art by advocating, to government and industry, its heritage value, and by developing partnerships with relevant Indigenous groups/organisations to create sustainable heritage strategies.

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Monday, 23 November, 2015 9:38 AM