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Behind the poster

Redback Graphix, Michael Callaghan, Gregor Cullen, Conservation and contemporary art, colour screenprint, National Art Archive, Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Alexandra and Geoffrey Legge 2006

Uncovering the stories behind an often overlooked form of design

Vibrant, lively and engaging, the 13 posters in this exhibition from the archive of Watters Gallery, Sydney offer a unique perspective on 20th-century Australian art practice and on Australia in the 1970s and 80s.

Featuring iconic names in printmaking such as Redback, Earthworks and the Tin Sheds, the display includes not only posters of exhibitions and happenings at Watters but also posters for other events around the country, some produced by Watters artists. These are shown alongside related archival material to reveal the context and stories behind their creation.

Now held in the National Art Archive at the Art Gallery of NSW, these posters are more than just ephemera – they are art objects in their own right.

Note: This exhibition is in a part of the library only accessible by stairs. See the ticketing and information desk or phone 02 9225 1738 in advance to discuss any access needs. The exhibition’s last day is 13 December, not 14 December as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

8 Oct – 13 Dec 2019

Tue–Sat only

Tue, Thu, Fri 10am–4pm
Wed 10am–6.30pm
Sat 12-4pm

Free admission

Research library and archive