Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres and the Whitlam Institute presents the touring exhibition, Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2018 from Canberra’s Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) from 31 January 2019.
The annual exhibition celebrates the role of cartoonists in Australia and will display more than 80 of the best political cartoons from the last 12 months, created by over 30 cartoonists from a wide variety of print and online media.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the theme for the exhibition is Curiouser and Curiouser and invites audiences down the rabbit hole to a topsy-turvy world where nothing is as it seems.
The exhibition will include work from masters of cartoon art including John Shakespeare, David Rowe, Michael Leunig, Cathy Wilcox, Mark Knight and for the first time, Jason Chatfield – an Australian cartoonist now illustrating for The New Yorker.
“Each week Australia’s political cartoonists have captured the goings-on in parliament with humour and wit,” said MoAD Director Daryl Karp. “Australia has a long and proud tradition of political satire and each year the exhibition celebrates our democracy and our freedom of speech.”
The exhibition will also include work from its 2018 Political Cartoonist of the Year, Matt Golding, who is featured regularly in Fairfax publications and is known for his ‘pocket’ cartoon style.
“People are drawn to cartoons,” said Golding. “They gravitate towards them because of their beautiful simplicity and their power to challenge; to make people think and possibly see the world in a different way.”
Behind the Lines: The year’s best political cartoons 2018
Riverside Theatres Foyer, corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Exhibition: 31 January – 21 February 2019
Image: Matt Golding (supplied)