At the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC on December 3 2013, Tim Klingender participated in The Cultural Heritage Forum – a discussion on issues surrounding Australia’s Indigenous art internationally and how this sits in context to cultural heritage activities worldwide. Presented on the occasion of the exhibition Icons of the Desert, exhibited at the Embassy of Australia gallery in Washington DC from October 2013 through to January 2014.

The Hon Kim Beazley AO, Australia’s Ambassador to the USA, and
 Dr Margo Smith, Director of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at University of Virginia, invited three panelists to participate in this forum. The other two panelists were Margaret L. Archuleta, a curator of Native American art and a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of New Mexico, and Professor Fred Myers, Chair of Anthropology at New York University, who conducted fieldwork with Aboriginal artists in the Western Desert during the early 1970s.