A NEW position has been established to aid research into Western Australia’s indigenous culture and Kimberley rock art, thanks to a $1.5 million donation from eastern states-based Kimberley Foundation Australia, which is backed by the Ian Potter Foundation.
The Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art will be formed through a partnership between the University of Western Australia and the Kimberley Foundation Australia, with the partners aiming to raise another $500,000 through philanthropic support.
UWA will provide matching funding of up to $2 million to provide a total of $4 million to fund the chair on an ongoing basis.
UWA vice-chancellor Paul Johnson said the Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art – in UWA’s Centre for Rock Art Studies – would significantly advance the global knowledge and recognition of the rock art.
“We have priceless Indigenous rock art in Western Australia and leading researchers in the field at our university,” he said.
“The research to be conducted with this funding will enhance our knowledge of Kimberley rock art and provide a legacy that will be appreciated around the world.”