Peter Robinson on Discovering & Preserving the World’s Rock Art
Peter Lyell Robinson is Editor of the Bradshaw Foundation, which provides an online learning resource that focuses on archaeology, anthropology and genetic research. The Bradshaw Foundation’s primary objective is to discover, document and preserve ancient rock art around the world and promote the study of early mankind’s artistic achievements. The Foundation funds preservation projects around the world, scientific research and research publication. The Foundation carries out its work in collaboration with UNESCO, the Royal Geographic Society, the National Geographic Society, the Rock Art Research Institute in South Africa and the Trust for African Rock Art to ensure that the programs achieve maximum impact. It is a non-profit organisation based in Geneva.
The Bradshaw Foundation was co-founded by Peter’s late father John Robinson, who was a sculptor, as is Peter. In this interview, Peter shares the history of the Bradshaw Foundation, and insight and observations about rock art generally, as well as an overview of the incredible artistry at sites such as Chauvet Cave, the Bradshaw paintings in Kimberly region of Australia for which the Foundation is named, as well as the world’s oldest rock art in Africa. In the course of our conversation, Peter touches on universal themes of art-making, connectivity, diversity, finding balance, and life as a continuum. Enjoy!