Our vision is to promote scientific research into the rock art of the Kimberley and, in conjunction with the indigenous people of the region, ensure it is preserved and recognised for its national and international significance.

Kimberley Rock Art

Kimberley rock art is probably one of the earliest and largest concentrations of figurative art surviving anywhere in the world. It may prove to be as old as the rock art found in the caves of Spain and France, examples of which are considered to the world’s oldest representation of human artistic expression and culture. Learn More

Rock Art Research

We support a broad range of scientists from the fields of archaeology, geology, palynology and related areas who work with Aboriginal communities to uncover Australia’s earliest settlement history. Learn More

We are making a difference

KFA is driving public appreciation of the art and its significance while ensuring the scientific research that will show us how to preserve the art is undertaken. The impact of the research has the potential to rewrite history. Learn More

Aboriginal artwork in the Kimberley could be among oldest in the world, scientists say.

Archaeologists and Aboriginal elders are hoping the most comprehensive study of rock art done in the Kimberley region may confirm the images to be among the oldest made by humans anywhere in the world.

Archaeologists have embarked on one of the most ambitious rock art dating projects ever undertaken in Australia. They’ve been camped out in the remote Kimberley, using new techniques to establish when and how some haunting images were made. The artwork may have been created by some of the earliest waves of people to arrive on the Australian continent.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Rona CharlesNyikina/Ngarinyin woman, Wilinggin Project Manager and KFA Director

The Rock Art Dating project gets our young ones onto their country and teaches them about their identity. It is where they connect. We have the oldest culture. Working together with the scientists and sharing our cultural knowledge is important. The younger ones want to know the scientific side. It's a 2-way thing.

"How we protect, conserve and research the Kimberley region and its rock art will say much about us as a nation"

The Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Foundation gave us a significant research grant in 2007 to develop and fund a Kimberley Regional Human and Environmental History Program. We are grateful for their early endorsement and critical support of our scientific research program. More recenlty, The Ian Potter Foundation helped KFA to establish the Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art at the University of WA.

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