Protest panel at The Lock-Up features Opera House graffiti protester

Historic: Graffiti on the Sydney Opera House in March 2003.
Historic: Graffiti on the Sydney Opera House in March 2003.

PROTEST PANEL The Lock-Up will host a free panel discussion about protest in connection with its current Seeing Red exhibition as part of the Hunter Red collaboration with other major Hunter galleries. The discussion is on Saturday, June 9, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Historian Dr Ann Hardy will act as facilitator, with participants including David Burgess, who engineered the “No War” graffiti on the Sydney Opera House in March 2003 (pictured); Hunter Community Environment Centre coordinator Jo Lynch, Sister Betty Brown of Refugees & Partners; and William Edward Smith (“Uncle Bill”), co-founding member of the the Awabakal Co-Op.

ON SACRED GROUND Rose McAllister’s exhibit at Art Systems Wickham is based on a reflection of four separate pilgrimages that the religious studies coordinator and artist has taken. Journeying to the Holy Lands, the Aussie Camino trail, Uluru and Spain/France/Italy has resulted in a series of works that investigates how the “foundational goodness and beauty of faith is recognised in a secular nation, while exploring the difficulties, which surround this concept”. 

HUNTER RED TOUR On Thursday, June 14, from 8.30am to 4pm the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Society will run a bus tour to all four of the galleries in the Hunter Red show. $45 for non-members, $40 for members, the tour includes bus travel and afternoon tea. Bookings:

FOR THE LOVE OF ART Lake Macquarie Art Gallery Society is hosting artist talks on its show Hunter Red: Re(A)d Earth on Sunday, June 17, and Sunday, July 15. Refreshments included. Cost $15 non-members, $10 members. RSVP on 4921 0382.