I Want Change: Two decades of artistic defiance, disapproval and dissent

April 2, 2013 12:00 am to April 12, 2013 12:00 am


Michael Agzarian |Brook Andrew | Zanny Begg | boat-people.org | Bindi Cole | James Dodd | Fiona Foley | Jamin | Ash Keating | Deborah Kelly | Azlan McLennan | MEEK | Van Rudd | Carl Scrase

Exhibition at LUMA

A shadowy figure sits cross-legged against a wall. Hands outstretched, he holds a placard above a beggar’s cup, scrawled with the text, “KEEP YOUR COINS, I WANT CHANGE.” MEEK’s iconic stencil, Begging for Change, sums up a sentiment that experienced a groundswell in contemporary art practice in Australia during the Howard era and has maintained an active presence to the current day. The War on Terror, our treatment of refugees, the environment, Indigenous identity and the GFC have each figured prominently as political issues that have occupied artists and their practices over the past 15 years. I Want Change takes a snapshot of these issues and the often public, performative and socially engaging working embraced by artists to voice their protest, criticism and concern.

Image credit: Begging for Change
Stencil, dimensions variable
Image courtesy of the artist

WWF Earth Hour Creative Awards

February 18, 2013 4:00 am to March 11, 2013 4:00 am February 18, 2013 4:00 am to March 11, 2013 4:00 am


WWF  Creative Arts Award are looking for inspiring projects – within the visual or performance arts – exploring environmental concerns, and offering audiences new ways of understanding and engaging with the issues.

Perhaps an artist with a new vision of our relationship to nature. Or a theatre group dramatising the social impacts of climate change. Gain public recognition for your great work and inspire reflection and action in the community. Apply now!

Image: Ghost Nets, winners of the Creative Arts category, WWF Earth Hour Awards 2012 © WWF-Australia

Sustainable Living Festival Melbourne

Be a part of Australia’s Largest Sustainable Living Festival, 9-24 Feb 2013. Host an event in your city, town, shire or street. Join the state wide festival and boost your profile through the Festival’s promotions & networks. See this promo video:
Applications Now Open

More information http://festival.slf.org.au/

The Art and Politics of Culture Jamming

February 12, 2012 11:00 am to 1:00 pm 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

What is culture jamming, and how does it differ from other forms of political protest, social activism and street art?

Contemporary social protest takes many forms. Activists make use of new media technologies and sometimes engage in risky activities. Culture jamming is a form of activism that involves subversively altering media or advertising messages, usually to cast a critical spotlight on the activities of governments, corporations or individuals. It can take place in physical spaces or virtual realms: some activists amend billboards, others hijack websites.

In Culture Jammers, photographer Dean Sewell captured the activities of a small group of culture jammers in Sydney between 2003 and 2007. The group – which comprised three to six people calling themselves ‘The Lonely Station’ after a line from a Midnight Oil song – were perhaps the city’s most audacious culture jammers. They scaled silos, highway billboards and buildings to rework images and draw public attention to social justice and environmental issues, including the Iraq War, woodchipping and the plight of refugees.

This forum presents an impressive line-up of guest speakers who will discuss the intentions, tactics, incidents, aesthetics and recent history of culture jamming in Sydney.


Museum of Sydney
Sunday 12 February
11.00am — 1.00pm

More information  http://www.hht.net.au/whats_on/event/lectures/the_art_and_politics_of_culture_jamming

Occupy Art – International Day of Creative Action

We are the world’s real artists, we work for change not dollars, and we will be spreading the creative virus on February 12th 2012.

Stemming from Occupy Melbourne, the home of the ‘tent monsters meme’, this day is all about coming at things from different angles, playing with reality and having some fun in these very serious times.

All Occupiers, from all Occupations are encouraged to get creative.

More Information http://occupy-art-feb12.tumblr.com/