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High-profile exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ballarat have the capacity to
draw large crowds to the area, increasing awareness of Ballarat as a cultural
hub and also as a place to visit and live.
To ensure maximum exposure for the up coming In Your Face! exhibition,
the City of Ballarat has established promotional partnerships with both
The Age and ABC Radio.
An eight-page lift-out will appear in the Sunday Age on 6 June 2010 to
promote the exhibition of Australian cartooning. Approximately 250,000
copies of the lift-out will be printed and distributed inside the Sunday Age,
which is read by approximately 700,000 readers. An extra 2,000 copies
will be distributed in Ballarat and regionally.
Another initiative will see ABC Radio promoting the exhibition in a partnership
that includes preparing an audio tour of the exhibition available for download
from the ABC Radio website, and the broadcasting of a public forum on
cartooning to be hosted by the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
The forum, open to the public, will feature prominent cartoonist John Spooner,
cartoon collector Jim Bridges and Art Gallery of Ballarat Director Gordon
Morrison. It will be mediated by Amanda Smith, host of ABC Radio National's
Sunday morning Artworks program. The forum, will then be broadcast on
Artworks to be heard by listeners across Australia. Anyone interested in
attending the forum, which will take place on Friday 18 June at 7pm, should
contact the Art Gallery of Ballarat on 5320 5858.
Connecting the local community to the exhibition is as important as finding
the right promotional partnerships and exposing the Art Gallery and Ballarat
to a wider audience.
A number of In Your Face! public events will be available to residents,
including a kids workshop and a cartooning competition.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat will also be offering a comedy performance by
popular comedian Hannah Gadsby on Saturday 17 July. Gadsby draws on
her art history degree and the fine comic timing honed through previous
tours, to take you on a journey through Dadaism, Impressionism, Modernism
and even Hannahism, where she makes light of the serious business of
art criticism. Gadbsy's art history comedy shows proved very popular at
the National Gallery of Victoria during the 2009 and 2010 Melbourne
International Comedy Festivals.
IN YOUR FACE! - ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Sex, politics, religion, fashion, doctors and lawyers -- everything is up
for grabs through the eyes of the cartoonist.
To be held from Sunday 12 June to Sunday 8 August, the In Your
Face! exhibition celebrates the tradition of making social and
political comment about current affairs in the form of the cartoon
Looking at two centuries of cartooning and drawn largely from the Art
Gallery of Ballarat's own collection of cartoons and caricatures, In Your
Face! looks back to Australia's British roots, with the work of satirists
such as William Hogarth and James Gillray who used illustration and
humour to satirise events that happened 200 years ago.
Visitors will travel back in time to look at the work of significant
Australian political and social cartoons by satirists of the colonial era,
the turbulent years of the 20th century and finishing with well-known
contemporary cartoonists such as Nicholson, Tandberg, Leunig and
For more information contact the Art Gallery of Ballarat on
5320 5858 or visit www.artgalleryballarat.com.au
Above: James Gillray, The Plum Pudding in Danger, 1805. Art Gallery of Ballarat
Above: John Spooner, Dissent, 2009. Image © John Spooner
In Your Face! Cartoons about politics and society 1760-2010
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