Kimberley Visions, a landmark study mapping the rock art and occupational history of the Northern Kimberley, completed its 6-years in December 2021. It examined shared art styles across northern Australia and explored questions of regionalism and identity. Did similar styles occur between the Kimberley and Arnhem Land? What are our current understandings about shared traditions and why might they have changed through time?
Rock art as a living tradition is realised through a research collaboration with Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) and their Healthy Country Plan. More than 1,200 sites have been located and recorded; 80,000 photographs and several thousand ‘meta-data’ records are being researched with an access-controlled database. These sites include rock art, historic campsites, ochre sources, stone arrangements, quarries and living sites.