Early Australian Artistic Expression: Traditional and Popular Culture

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With the commencement of white settlement in Australia, the practice of centuries-old traditions of cultural heritage, brought to the new land, were severely challenged when those settlers, who were poorly equipped to eke out a bare existence, were faced with the realities of survival in “the bush”. What place then for “the arts”? This paper considers how the artistic expression of traditional and popular culture might have been affected by the circumstances of hardship and isolation in the white settlement of early Australia.

Keywords: Traditional Culture, Popular Culture, Australia, Artistic Expression
Stream: Art in Communities
Presentation Type: Plenary Presentation in English
Paper: Early Australian Artistic Expression

Dr. Adrienne Kay Redpath

Griffith University
Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

My early, happy childhood in the “bush” of New South Wales, Australia, where my parents instilled in me a love of learning, preceded formal education in Sydney and a very full life of teaching, marriage, children and university studies. In addition many years were spent in business, prompting achievement of accountancy qualifications combined with the teaching of law subjects to tertiary students. With a Bachelor of Education, a Masters Honours in Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy, my major interests continue along the path of academic expression combined with business and travel.

Ref: A07P0154