The Aboriginal tribes of Australia are the longest surviving continuous culture in the world, their arrival on that continent estimated at 60,000 years ago. Aboriginal art tells their history with signs and symbols which have been used for thousands of years, recording their knowledge of plants and animals, maps of their lands and the sacred Dreamtime stories which make up their creationist myth. Most indigenous art was drawn in the sand or painted on the body up to the 1960s, when tribal elders were encouraged to permanently record their work on boards – the beginning of the modern Aboriginal art movement. Dreamtime: Australian Aboriginal Art at the Gallery at Linlithgow Burgh Halls shows some fine examples.
Linlithgow EH49 7AH