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Appropriating Aboriginal artworks

(Note: Indigenous Australian students should be encouraged to draw from and express their cultural heritage. In art and design activities, these students might be subject to the conventions (including possible restrictions) of their community. In other cases, students might find that there is particular value in investigating and adapting the design forms associated with the regions or language groups with which they have a connection.)

This section considers uses of Aboriginal art that involve the fragmentation or modification of existing artworks. Such uses include the adoption of recognised styles.

There are many learning contexts in which students’ activities may be inspired or influenced by Indigenous Australian art forms. Visual Arts students might produce works that follow on from an exploration of a particular artist or school of art. Perhaps Technology students will look at designs created by Indigenous Australians in the investigation phase of a project and then incorporate elements of the designs in their own design solutions. Students producing reports or presentations in Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) subjects might wish to include visual references to Indigenous Australian culture where this is relevant to the topic being considered.

For students producing their own artworks, it is important to restate that there is no percentage of an original work that may allowably be borrowed in the creation of a new work. When students copy distinctive portions of another work in a way that is recognisable, they might be infringing copyright.

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