If you want to have a laugh over the political disasters of our time, the Art Gallery of Ballarat is proud to present ‘In Your Face! Cartoons about Politics and Society’ – a one-off exhibition featuring some of the strongest and most incisive political cartoons Australia has seen. By Lauren Cameron
Presenting works spanning from 1760 to 2010 by well-known satirists James Gillray, Peter Nicholson, Leunig, Les Tanner and John Spooner, the exhibition looks back over the current affairs of our time, from Whitlam and Fraser to Thatcherism and Reaganomics, Pauline Hanson, 9/11 and its aftermath, asylum seekers and detention camps, climate change and other social tribulations that have plagued both Australia and Britain over the last few centuries.

Learn the art of cartooning in a free workshop designed for both children and parents alike with cartoonist Anthony Woodward. A few lucky cartoonists will even have their work published in the local Courier.

In Your Face includes Gillray’s infamous caricature ‘The Plum Pudding in Danger’, and a featured tribute to gold rush cartoonists such as George Lacey, Samuel Gill and Melbourne Punch chief cartoonist, Thomas Carrington. Nick Amor, Bruce Petty and Judy Horacek are just some of the other household names whose works will be featured.

The Art Gallery is in itself worth visiting, as the oldest regional art gallery in Australia with an exceptional collection of both Australian and international works spanning more than 120 years.

If you can get your timing right and make it on Saturday 12th or Saturday 19thJune, you could learn the art of cartooning in a free workshop designed for both children and parents alike with cartoonist Anthony Woodward. A few lucky cartoonists will even have their work published in the local Courier.

There are also audio tours running for free, and a Radio National Panel Discussion on Friday 18th June featuring cartoonist John Spooner, curator of the Art Gallery Gordon Morrison, Artworks Host Amanda Smith and dedicated political cartoon collector Jim Bridges. Entry is via gold coin donation, and includes light refreshments afterwards.

Details // In your face! Cartoons about Politics and Society
Where // Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
When // Saturday 12th June to Sunday 8th August 2010
Contact // www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au