There is growing momentum around the importance of Australia’s rock art heritage.

For more than a decade KFA has been funding research and driving public appreciation of Australian rock art and its significance.  The research we fund includes the study of the physical evidence of culture, behaviours and environments as reflected in rock art to show how the first Australians lived and responded to a changing world.

The Foundation’s most significant achievement is the establishment of  two fully endowed Chairs – one in the west and one in the east. These are the two pillars of research that will help establish the importance of Australia’s archaeological record and its place in the global narrative of human origins, culture and development.

The Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art at the University of Western Australia is now part of the worlds’ leading rock art research hub – the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management led by Professor Jo McDonald. Professor Peter Veth was the inaugural Chair [2013-2018]. The Chair was made possible thanks to donations from The Ian Potter Foundation, The University of Western Australia and INPEX.

The Kimberley Foundation Minderoo Chair in Archaeological Science at The University of Melbourne will drive applied science in rock art research and complement the humanities-based archaeology program offered at the University of Western Australia. The inaugural professor commences in the role in June 2020.
The Chair is possible thanks to donations from the Kimberley Foundation Australia, the University of Melbourne, Allan Myers AC QC and the Minderoo Foundation through KFA Patrons Andrew and Nicola Forrest.


  • Underwritten 6 major Kimberley-focused Australian Research Council projects
  • Presented a multi-disciplined Kimberley scientific research workshop annually for 14 years
    • Supported more than 150 researchers to participate in the workshop
  • Presented a public lecture series promoting research findings annually for 12 years and now take it to multiple cities
  • Collectively supported more than 20 PhD students, 15 Honours students, dozens of post-graduate students & fostered the work of more than 50 researchers across 10 Australian universities
  • Changed the landscape for Australian students to study Australian rock art
  • Brought Kimberley rock art into Australia’s public consciousness
  • Influenced Australian universities to focus on Australian archaeology
  • Collaborated on projects with 5 Aboriginal communities
  • Developed a nationally accredited Rock Art Recording course
  • Trained 33 Aboriginal participants in the Rock Art Recording course and scientific method of rock art recording


damien-finch-and-helen-green-sampling-mud-wasp-nestsDamien Finch and Helen Green sampling mud wasp nests.

To visit the Kimberley is such a unique experience and to view the rock art is a pleasure and a great privilege. The Kimberley Foundation Australia must continue to be supported to benefit current and future Australians, and indeed the world.
Mark and Louise Calvert-Jones
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