Presented by the NSW Writers’ Centre, the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney, and Riverside Theatres, in association with the Behind the Lines exhibition of the best political cartoons from 2013.
Join award-winning artist and filmmaker George Gittoes, award-winning Sydney Morning Herald cartoonist Cathy Wilcox, graphic novelist Pat Grant, and journalist and writer Jane McCredie, the Executive Director of the NSW Writers’ Centre for a conversation exploring the role of artists, photographers, cartoonists and illustrators in conveying the sometimes stark, sometimes complex and sometimes tragic realities of life.
George Gittoes is an internationally acclaimed painter, photographer and filmmaker and perhaps Australia’s best-known war artist. He has been an eyewitness to the world’s contact zones, including the battle and killing fields of Rwanda, Iraq, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Bosnia and Afghanistan. He was a member of Sydney’s famous Yellow House artist’s cooperative during the early 1970s and for over three decades his paintings, drawings, and films have commented on international politics and conflict, including the Vietnam War and civil unrest in Central America and North Africa, as well as the recent conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Cathy Wilcox is a cartoonist and illustrator, whose work is published in The Sydney Morning Herald. She has published two collections of cartoons, received three Stanley Awards for cartooning, and in 2007 she won her first Walkley Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. She has since been awarded the 2013 Walkey and the 2009 National Museum award for political cartooning. Cathy has illustrated at least 16 children’s books, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Children’s Book Council’s Picture Book of the Year three times.
Pat Grant is a cartoonist, writer and zine maker whose first graphic novel, Blue, has been released in Australia and the US to critical acclaim.
Jane McCredie is a journalist and author and the Executive Director of the NSW Writers’ Centre.
Dates & Times:
Thursday 19 June 7:00pm