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Sedition: The Art of Agitation

Sedition: The Art of Agitation

A showcase of the State Library’s little known and rarely seen collections of high-impact, attention-grabbing poster art of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Produced during the creative tsunami of public art and protest that broke out in Sydney’s underground at this time, these thought-provoking political and promotional posters plastered the walls and streets of the inner city and suburbs.

Display
Saturday 31 August 2019 to Sunday 1 December 2019
  1. Today
    1. 9 am to 8 pm
  2. Tomorrow
    1. 9 am to 5 pm
  3. Saturday
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  4. Sunday
    1. 10 am to 5 pm
  5. Monday
    1. 9 am to 5 pm
  6. Tuesday
    1. 9 am to 5 pm
  7. Wednesday
    1. 9 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free

Location

State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street
Sydney
NSW
2000
Australia

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Sedition: The Art of Agitation

Sedition: The Art of Agitation showcases the State Library’s little known and rarely seen collections of high-impact, attention-grabbing poster art of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Produced during the creative tsunami of public art and protest that broke out in Sydney’s underground at this time, these thought-provoking political and promotional posters plastered the walls and streets of the inner city and suburbs.  

Highlighting issues close to the hearts of Sydney’s artists and activists of the day, the artworks proclaimed their messages through vibrant and provocative combinations of word and image, and offer us tantalising glimpses into the urban landscape of the recent past.    

This display is part of the broader Sedition Festival and includes a cabaret season at the State Library of NSW featuring the legendary absurdist troupe Funny Stories as well as burlesque legend Elizabeth Burton and a contemporary burlesque performance coordinated by Vashti Hughes and Tim Hansen.

Sedition 2019 is an exciting partnership between the State Library of NSW, City of Sydney, Power Institute, Oxford Arts Factory, National Art School and Brand X Productions. 

 

Poster "No to cuts in Education Health & Welfare" Benefit Dance

‘Australia Will Enter the Eighties with Enormous Confidence’, 1980, by Leonie Lane, Lucifoil Poster Collective
screen-print, coloured inks from seven stencils, on paper on paper
purchased 1983 & 1988
PXD 504/66

 

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Michael Organ

The silkscreen posters of the 60s, 70s and 80s were an important part of the evolution of Australian culture. They were in large part community based - reflecting the concerns of 'ordinary people' and arising out of the countercultural upheavals of the 60s. They were simple, hard hitting, colourful, a new form of high art, and powerful. They are an important part of our history.