Newspapers, free speech and activism in Sydney since 1969

by Wendy Bacon

Wendy Bacon has been an urban activist and journalist since 1969. She is a non practising lawyer & was previously the Professor of Journalism at the University of Technology Sydney.

In October 1969, while Christo, Jeanne-Claude and others were wrapping Little Bay, a small group of University of New South Wales students, academics and anti-censorship campaigners produced two ad hoc newspapers. I was part of that group. 

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Art Into Journalism

by Ian Milliss

Ian Milliss is an artist who worked on Wrapped Coast.

In 2018 the architect collective Forensic Architecture was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize. Although they didn’t win the jury praised them for their ‘highly innovative methods for sourcing and visualising evidence relating to human rights abuses around the world, used in courts of law as well as exhibitions of art and architecture’.

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Journalism into Art

by Chris Nash

Chris Nash was Professor of Journalism at Monash University, and previously Director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at UTS.

In 1970 Hans Haacke was invited by the Guggenheim Museum in New York to stage a one-person show.  Shortly before the exhibition was due to open in April 1971, the Museum Director, Thomas Messer, cancelled it on the grounds that three of the works produced for the exhibition were not art but journalism.  

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Nothing if Not Warm and Welcoming

by Mickie Quick

Mickie Quick has decades of tactical media activism under his belt. In his day job, he is Publications Manager at Honi Soit newspaper.

The artist Deborah Kelly was recently kicked out of an exhibition called How The City Cares at Customs House gallery because the City of Sydney, who produced the show as part of the Big Anxiety Festival, claimed that her work My Sydney Summer was “not suitable to be viewed by children”. The work, devised as a four metre wide print, depicts young people protesting against inaction on climate change.

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Lucas Ihlein
Ian Milliss

Chris Nash
Wendy Bacon
Jenna Price
Lorrie Graham
John Kavanagh
Melissa Sweet
Jack Rozycki
Caren Florance
Boni Cairncross
Louise Curham
Juundaal Strang-Yettica
Amber Jones
Mickie Quick
Malcolm Whittaker
Judith Pugh
Ward O’Neill
Bourke Public School
Wilcannia Central School

Ian Shoobridge

Ian Shoobridge
Micke Lindebergh
Sunny Lei

Alisa Croft
Ian Shoobridge
Bettina Kaiser
Kitty Cardwell
Estee Sarsfield
Micke Lindebergh
Sunny Lei
Emily Nunell
Anna Ke
Stephanie Phillips
Isabella Brown
Halla Hannesdottir
Shanni Sun
Tina Matthews

Amber Jones

MANY Thanks to:

Antonia Fredman, John Kaldor, Alice Desmond, Wayward Films, and the staff of AGNSW