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Culture for health and wellbeing
F. Edmonds & M. Clarke
In this report we explore the reasons behind the ‘hidden history’ of Aboriginal art in south-east Australia. We look at the continuing practice of art among Aboriginal people, mainly in Victoria, and the changes and adaptations to art practices that were often made in response to the colonising process. The recent practice of reclaiming or reinvigorating art styles fromthe past and developing these within contemporary artworks is also signifi cant in continuing the story of Aboriginal art in the region. The stories included here, told by Aboriginal artists and curators, also explore the signifi cance of art practices in maintaining south-east Australian Aboriginal culture, identity and wellbeing.