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Behind the Lines - The Best Political Cartoons of 2011 Exhibition

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Behind the Lines
Image Courtesy of Museum of Australian Democracy website


Image Courtesy of Museum of Australian Democracy website


Political cartoonists are a rare breed indeed. Not only do you have to be a brilliant artist with an original quirky style, but you have to be witty, insightful, cruel, sarcastic, funny, intelligent, angry and sympathetic and if that wasn't enough, you have to work fast. Today's news is tomorrow's fish and chips wrapper. Political cartoonists have to capture the political news moment like a snapshot in time, And being an eccentric apparently helps. Political cartoonists often sport wild moustaches, colourful hair and technicolour clothing.

Image Courtesy of Museum of Australian Democracy website


Behind the Lines' is the Museum of Australian Democracy's travelling exhibition of the best Australian political cartoons of 2011 and is currently being exhibited at Parramatta's Riverside theatre. The 90 cartoons on display were selected from a collection of 800 contenders. They are displayed in the foyer of the theatre in eight themes; Asylum Seekers, The Carbon Tax, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Slaughter House, News of the Day, Leaders and Kevin Rudd. Works by Australia's best cartoonists such as Alan Moir, Jon Kadelka, Michael Luenig and Warren Brown are featured.

Image Courtesy of Museum of Australian Democracy website


Image Courtesy of Museum of Australian Democracy website


The exhibition was launched on the 13th of April by noted writer, satirist and ledgendary mischief maker Richard Neville and featured a hilarious performance by comedian Anthony Ackroyd as his alter ego former PM and Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd. Anthony then returned to the stage to talk about the highs and lows of impersonating Kevin Rudd and announcing the exciting news that K. Rudd the musical is in progress.

The exhibition runs until the 27th May 2012 and is absolutely free.

Image Courtesy of Museum of Australian Democracy website

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Why? An exhibition that celebrates Australia's tradition of political cartooning.
When: Now until 27 May 2012
Where: Parramatta Riverside Theatre
Cost: Free
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