On show: the best political cartoons of 2008

Date: 10/02/2009

The most memorable political events in Australia over the past year will be on display, as the work of Australia's top cartoonists feature in a new exhibition in Parramatta.

The Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney, in conjunction with Riverside Theatres, is co-hosting The National Museum of Australia exhibition 'Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons 2008.'

The exhibition will be held at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta from February 13 to March 9, 2008, and is the only place to see the exhibition in Sydney.

Director of the Whitlam Institute, Mr Eric Sidoti, says Behind the Lines provides a fantastic opportunity to see 2008 through the witty, insightful and often hilarious artworks by Australia's finest cartoonists.

"Australia's political cartoonists reign over the cut and thrust of our political bear pit with fine eyes and wicked humour," says Mr Sidoti.

"This exhibition offers a unique review of 'the year that was' for Sydneysiders in the West and beyond."

Exhibition curator Kathryn Chisholm says nothing and no one will be spared from scrutiny at the 'Behind the Lines' exhibition.

"Behind the Lines has been a popular annual feature at the National Museum of Australia for a decade but this is the first time cartoonists have experienced a year without John Howard as Prime Minister," she says.

This year, the exhibition will reflect on Australian political responses to the world financial meltdown and climate change issues, as well as the 2020 Summit and other significant events in Kevin Rudd's first year in office.

The featured cartoonists and illustrators will include Alan Moir, Cathy Wilcox, Geoff Pryor, John Spooner, Bill Leak, Mark Knight, David Pope and Warren Brown.

WHAT: 'Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons 2008' exhibition
WHEN: February 13 - March 9
WHERE: Riverside Theatres Foyer
COST: Free

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact Michelle Guthrie, MGM Management, on (02) 8399 1613 or 0412 547 297.



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