Art of Protest - Gympie Art Gallery 23rd Feb-3rd April 2010


You are invited to the opening of 'The Art of Protest' exhibition at Gympie Regional Gallery on
February 27th at 11.30am.

The exhibition 'The Art of Protest' is all about the 'on the ground' art used to convey opposition to the
Traveston Crossing dam proposal. It is not about high art, but more the raw, immediate, responsive art that
appeared on highways, fences, billboards, banners, bodies, and vehicles. It tells the story of a community
response from the heart that sprang up immediately after the announcement from Premier Beattie in April
2006, and didn't stop until the final announcement by Minister Peter Garrett on that memorable day 11th
November 2009.

The relentless creative spirit continued throughout the three and half years of the campaign, sometimes
heartbreaking, often humorous - it tells a powerful story of people who refused to back down! There were
always new ideas, new tactics, new slogans and many events that reached out and touched a nation and the
world.

The exhibition 'The Art of Protest' will display not all, but a lot of the actual items, merchandise, posters,
cartoons, costumes and other items from this era, accompanied by video footage and the music that formed
part of the campaign. These items are now regarded as collectibles, because they illustrate what the power
of the people can do. To see a large room like the Gallery space full of these items will bring back many
memories, but will also give those who weren't as involved an idea of the massive campaign achievement at
a grass-roots level.

The exhibition will be on display from 23rd February until 3rd April in The Gympie Times Exhibition Space at
the Gympie Regional Gallery. Entry is free. The official opening is on Saturday 27th February in
conjunction with the Gallery's Bizzart Day at 11.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cheers,
Arkin

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