This bold and colourful painting is acrylic on linen by aboriginal artist Mary Anne Nampijinpa. Aboriginal Art is art made by indigenous Australian people. It includes work made in many different ways including painting on bark, canvas, wood carving, rock carving, rock painting, sculpting and ceramics. Aboriginal Art is closely linked to religious ceremonies or rituals. It is an important part of the world’s oldest continuous cultural tradition based on totems and ‘The Dreaming’. The earliest artworks were rock paintings which date back more than 40,000 years and are the oldest ongoing tradition of Art in the world. Symbols are used in Aboriginal Art to tell the ‘Story’, whilst the meaning of these symbols is often shared between the different tribes, the symbols can also have a shared meaning. Aboriginal Art is a language in itself, communicating through beautiful patterns, images colour …symbols …and their ‘Dreamtime Stories’.