We are fascinated to learn about how aboriginal art resonates with scientific thinkers.
For several years biochemist Professor Nadia Rosenthal has been collecting aboriginal art and hanging it in her workplace, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University.
Recently we got to sit down with her and ask about how these paintings contribute to the development of a workplace culture. Here is a summary of the key benefits.
Aboriginal Art Can Promote Communication
The Institute has 250 scientists and staff and Nadia believes that the paintings help with communication by keeping people talking to each other.
Aboriginal Art Can Create Attractive Workspaces
Nadia talks about the value of having beautiful things in the workplace and how much scientific workplaces are changing.
Nadia says, "These days, we're much more sensitive to the fact that people are likely to come to work and stay at work if it’s actually a nice place to spend some time."
Aboriginal Art Can Reinforce Australian Identity
The Institute attracts visitors from all over the world. The aboriginal art on the walls of the Institute helps define it as an Australian place.
You can read more about the role of art in Nadia's workplace culture in this article Aboriginal Art and a Workplace Culture of Creativity.