Artist Richard Bell – ‘My Art is an Act of Protest’


Meet Richard Bell, an activist and artist who challenges preconceived ideas about Aboriginal art. ‘I make art for other Aboriginal people’, says Bell. ‘I want [my art] to be empowering to them.’ Bell is member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities and makes art that addresses contemporary issues around identity, place and politics. ‘I found out that I could say whatever the f**k I wanted to in art and not get arrested’, says the artist. In 2002 Bell published ‘Bell’s Theorem’, stating that ‘Aboriginal Art is not controlled by Aboriginal People’. Bell proposes that Aboriginal art is a white invention.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this film may contain images and voices of people who have passed away.

Cite this page as: Tate, "Artist Richard Bell – ‘My Art is an Act of Protest’," in Smarthistory, September 9, 2021, accessed July 18, 2024,