Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders

Description

FREEDOM RIDERS: Art and activism 1960s to now

Commencement Date 03/07/2011

Completion Date 25/09/2011

The University of Sydney

The starting point for the exhibition ‘FREEDOM RIDERS: Art and activism 1960s to now’ is a major

portrait, ‘Charlie Perkins’, 1986, by Aboriginal artist Robert Campbell Jnr in the University Union Art

collection. Perkins was the first Aboriginal graduate at the University and a key figure in the Freedom

Ride, a historic intervention initiated by Sydney University students in 1965. The Freedom Ride focused

unprecedented attention on the systematic racism experienced by Aboriginal communities in regional

towns across New South Wales. Campbell’s art played a pioneering role in exposing the social and

political realities of NSW Aboriginal people. His Perkins portrait and the Freedom Ride will provide an

historic framework for the work of six Aboriginal artists Karla Dickens, Adam Hill, Jonathon Jones,

Michael Riley, Elaine Russell and Christian Thompson.

‘FREEDOM RIDERS: Art and activism 1960s to now’ at the University Art Gallery will coincide with the

University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander week, 22-26 August 2011. There will be an associated

exhibition at The Tin Sheds Gallery and an intensive workshop for school students in collaboration with

the History Department. The contemporary artists in the exhibition will be involved in public programs to

examine the historic role of the University in providing a platform for Aboriginal culture in NSW.

Organisers Poll, Mr Matt – The University of Sydney – Sydney University Museums

Yuill, Katie – The University of Sydney – Sydney University Museums

Venue The University of Sydney – University Art (04/07/2011-25/09/2011)


Event Details

  • Location: The University of Sydney - University Art
  • Starts: 4th July
  • Finishes: 25th August 2011