Walls Speak!! Protest Art

6 November 2020

Curator’s Choice: Walls Speak!! Protest Art

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The 1960s, 70s and 80s were decades of social activism in Australia. Politics came to life on the streets during public demonstrations and posters became powerful protest tools. Sydney had a thriving poster-making scene from the late 1960s as people looked for ways to express alternative views to those of the mainstream media and to campaign about social concerns of the day: the Vietnam War, Aboriginal land rights, the women’s movement, gay and lesbian rights, public health, education and the environment.

Join Curator Margot Riley for this online tour of some of the many striking political posters found among the more than 10,000 Australian posters in the Mitchell Library collection at the State Library of NSW.