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The British Museum owns a number of priceless pieces of Aboriginal art, and claim they’re the best possible home for Australian heritage items. Paul Hudson

Dja Dja Wurrung barks are Australian art – the British Museum should return them

The Dja Dja Warrung bark etchings are hugely significant Aboriginal artefacts. They're back in Australia for only the second time in 160 years. We look at the complex issue of repatriation.
Children’s learning improves across all areas when they get the chance to make and appreciate art. Shutterstock

Why taking art education seriously could boost learning

Art education is an important vehicle for all sorts of learning and knowledge acquisition. Teachers must be taught not to view it as a "second class" subject.
The devastation of bushfires gives way to the hope of new life – usually. William Strutt, Black Thursday, 1864. Via State Library of Victoria.

Bushfire art isn’t changing, but our response to it might

Bushfires are an integral part of the Australian landscape and psyche. These awesome forces are part of the cycle of renewal, but how can art help us come to terms with increasingly destructive fires?
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Click here for art

That traditional monolith of culture, the museum, has begun to embrace the digital world. As a series of projects reveal, the possibilities are endless.
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who died in 2013, wrote stories that offer students from all disciplines valuable insights about the world they want to fix one day. EPA/Frank May

How reading fiction can help students understand the real world

Students of the social and political sciences can benefit enormously from being taught literature, short stories and watching artistic feature films.
Something seems to be missing in the Australian art world. French Street theatre company performing at the Santiago a Mil International Theatre Festival - Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Australia’s arts community has a big diversity problem – that’s our loss

Diversity is a vital part of a thriving art sector, yet only 8% of professional Australian artists come from a non-English speaking background. How can we beat "diversity fatigue"?
Artworks by deceased South African artist Helen Martins. The cultural and creative industries are key for social and economic development. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Why art and culture contribute more to an economy than growth and jobs

South Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on the potential role cultural and creative industries can play in job creation and economic growth.
What effect might AI have on an activity like art-making? Timely Alex

Friday essay: Rise of the artistic machines

The field of computational creativity examines the mechanisms by which technology can perform creative tasks, particularly in the arts. How can software create works of beauty, value and meaning?
Jesus, Stained Glass Detail Of The Church St Etienne Fecamp, Normandy, France. Mamjodh/flickr

What did Jesus really look like?

We all know his name, but the face of Christ remains frustratingly elusive ... doesn't it?
Art demonstrated it still has the power to inspire, and maybe even change the world. A man carries a self-portrait painted by Australian death row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran. Beawiharta

What 2015 looked like in visual art

There are as many ways to summarise a "year in art" as there are eyes to look at art with. Art had some shining – and not-so-shining – moments in 2015.
General relativity isn’t only a powerfully descriptive theory, but there’s a beauty in its elegance.

The art and beauty of general relativity

Einstein's theory of general relativity is a triumph of reason and imagination, of art and science, with a profound beauty of its own.

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