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.
What we do
KFA researches, preserves and promotes the rock art of the Kimberley.
We fund research and we also initiate research centred on Kimberley rock art. 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.
Why we do it
- Because Kimberley rock art is one the largest figurative bodies of art to survive anywhere on the planet…. and yet little is known about it.
- Because the story of Australia’s earliest settlement history should be known.
- Because Kimberley rock art may be as old as, or older, than the rock art found in the caves of Spain and France, examples of which are considered to be the world’s oldest representation of human artistic expression and culture.
KFA raises and allocates funds with the following aims:
- To foster scientific research into the rock art and its chronological, cultural, ecological and climatic contexts;
- To collaborate and share knowledge with Indigenous groups, the public, academic institutions, and museums;
- To actively promote research outcomes to ensure the broadest possible appreciation of the national and international significance of Kimberley rock art;
- To encourage protection and preservation of Kimberley rock art;
- To closely involve local Indigenous people in field research and training;
- To encourage new young scientists into these fields of research.