The Crucible and Australian Aboriginal Art as an Expression of Cultural Leadership

Keywords: Crucible, Aboriginal art, cultural leadership, creativity, transformation, visual arts


This essay explores the concept of the ‘crucible’ in the work of Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas and applies it to Australian Aboriginal art as an expression of cultural leadership. The exploration of creativity as transformational human activity is complementary to expressions of leadership in the arts relating to the crucible. In this essay, the work of a select group of Aboriginal artists is interpreted through the lens of the crucible. The format of this visual art essay privileges the interpretation of works of art as a primary source.

Author Biography

Donna Leslie, Griffith University
Donna Leslie is an Associate Professor and art historian at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Email:


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