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This symposium seeks to explore the role of art in promoting emotional healing and wellbeing in Aboriginal communities. It will examine a range of artistic and cultural practices taking place in Aboriginal communities across Australia. Art and related cultural practices will be examined as a source of cultural resilience and strength, as well as a medium to address the individual and intergenerational effects of trauma experienced by Aboriginal people throughout a history of colonisation and dispossession.
The symposium is the culmination of a two-year project by The Dax Centre on the subject. An exhibition, running concurrent with the symposium, will highlight examples of Aboriginal artists and arts projects that explore the emotional world through art. The project, exhibition and symposium have been developed in consultation with community leaders, artists and project workers, along with an advisory group of Aboriginal stakeholders and industry professionals.
Artists, arts workers, art therapists, mental health practitioners, curators, scholars, community workers and cultural leaders are invited to share their stories of using art for healing in Aboriginal communities and may consider the following themes:
Confirmed speakers include:
It is hoped that the information shared in this symposium will:
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