About us






About us





Read about the how and why of our project

A brief introduction to Aboriginal art

The history and culture of the Australian Aborigines belong to the oldest of the world, and date back at least 40,000 years. As with other indigenous societies elsewhere in the world, pictorial imagery has habitually been an integrated part of their ceremonies, and has held spiritual significance. To a certain level that still goes for the more traditional Aboriginal areas today. The growing number of tourists is one reason for the increasing interest and acknowledgement of Aboriginal culture and art.

Historically the earth, sand, rocks and the human body served as the people’s canvas. Aboriginal images have become popular products in recent years, which has given rise to the development of new and resurgence of old skills. Canvas, paper, bark, textile, wood, ceramics, weaving and print have supplemented the traditional techniques.

In the days of the British colonization, starting in 1788, Aboriginal people were not acknowledged on their own land, and it took until 1967 for them to gain full Australian citizenship. Despite the violations and the ongoing attempts by the colonial powers to extinguish the Aboriginal identity, theirs has remained to an impressive degree a thriving culture. Aboriginal people have safeguarded their culture’s continuity and their art is a living expression of their spiritual strength.

Our story – two Danes in Australia

Since 1993 we have been involved in biological scientific projects in the Australian mangroves, savanna and bush, mostly in the Darwin area in the Northern Territory. We have researched various ant species, their habits and their survival strategies in this extreme, tropical environment. During our stays at field stations, in laboratories and ‘out bush’, on fishing trips and at markets, we have had the pleasure of meeting and working together with Aboriginal people. In the course of time we started gathering a varied collection of their art, which we would like to exhibit as well as give visitors the opportunity to buy.

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