Freedom Riders: Art and activism 1960s to now

The starting point for the exhibition FREEDOM RIDERS: Art and activism 1960s to now is a major portrait, Charlie Perkins, 1986, by Aboriginal artist Robert Campbell Jnr in the University Union Art collection. Perkins was the first Aboriginal graduate at the university and a key figure in the Freedom Ride, a historic intervention initiated by Sydney University students in 1965. The Freedom Ride focused unprecedented attention on the systematic racism experienced by Aboriginal communities in regional towns across New South Wales. Campbell’s art played a pioneering role in exposing the social and political realities of NSW Aboriginal people. His Perkins portrait and the Freedom Ride provided an historic framework for the work of six Aboriginal artists Karla Dickens, Adam Hill, Jonathan Jones, Michael Riley, Elaine Russell and Christian Thompson.

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