Lunchtime Series


Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery 




General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni



Talking Allowed

‘Talking Allowed’ is a new series of presentations offered by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

On the second Tuesday of every month, a UWA academic will give a short presentation on a topic of current relevance to the arts and culture before inviting the audience to participate in discussion and debate.

‘Talking Allowed’ is designed to be thought-provoking, challenging, stimulating and engaging. Come along and join the dialogue on matters that are of great importance to our society.

13 June
Visual Influences on Legislation: Culture Jamming the Perth Modern School relocation proposal

penCulture Jamming is defined as a movement that mixes politics with graffiti, and satire with paint. Said by some to scramble "... the signal, injects the unexpected, and spurs audiences to think critically and challenge the status quo", this presentation, by Professor Camilla Baasch Andersen, UWA School of Law, and artist Desmond Mah examines a new way for law and visualization to intersect. We showcase some of the many artistic works produced by artists and children to protest the recent proposal to relocate Perth Modern School to an inner-city high-rise, as well as jamming sites which promote racial equality, and ask the question: Is this controversial way of visually expressing public resistance and opinion effective in influencing legislation? Should it be?

Details: 13 June, 1pm-2pm | Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery 

11 April
The Arts, the Law, and Freedom of Expression (with one eye on that cartoon)

penIn 2016, Bill Leak’s controversial cartoon generated widespread debate about free speech and racism in Australia. Following Leak’s death on March 10, and in light of proposed amendments to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, those debates have resurfaced and intensified.

In her talk, ‘The Arts, the Law, and Freedom of Expression (with one eye on that cartoon)’ Jani McCutcheon from the UWA School of Law spoke to a number of ethical and legal issues that underpin the complex relationship between the arts, the law, and freedom of expression.

Details: 11 April, 1pm-2pm | Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery