NSW Parliament is hosting Behind the Lines, an annual travelling exhibition of Australia’s year in political cartoons, for the first time in July 2022. To celebrate the occasion, you are invited to A Night with the Artists on 20 July for an opportunity to meet some of the creatives behind Australia’s rich tradition of political cartoons.
The exhibition, put together by the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD), celebrates the role of political cartoonists and highlights the power that their art has in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.
A Night with the Artists will kick off with a tour of the NSW Parliament chambers, followed by a guided tour of the exhibition by Sarah Murray, the Exhibitions Coordinator from the Museum of Australian Democracy. You will then be invited to a conversation with a panel comprising the Exhibitions Coordinator and artists about their experience with political cartoons in a casual Q and A. The four artists who will feature in the panel are:
- Glen Le Lievre, whose cartoons and illustrations appear in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal among many others. Glen has been a frequent Walkley and Ruben award nominee and is MoAD’s 2021 Political Cartoonist of the Year.
- Cathy Wilcox, whose work appears almost daily in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Cathy has received Stanley Awards for her cartoons in 1994, 1997, 2014 and 2015 and she was MoAD’s Political Cartoonist of the year in 2009, 2016 and 2020.
- Fiona Katauskas, whose work appears in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Age, New Matilda and Eureka Street. Fiona is also the author and illustrator of The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made.
- Meg O’Shea, whose comics have featured The Nib, The Lily and as part of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s digital program. Meg’s work has also featured in anthologies including Comic Sans; The Threads That Connect Us; and Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment and Survival, which in 2020 won the Eisner Award for Best Anthology.
This is a free event.
Behind the Lines is a travelling exhibition developed by the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, proudly supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.
When: Wednesday 20 July 2022, 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm (exhibition will remain open until 7.15pm)
Where: Jubilee Room and Fountain Court, NSW Parliament House