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Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression
Aug
9
to Oct 25

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression

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Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression, presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre.

In a remote corner of Arnhem Land sits Yirrkala Print Space, where, for over twenty years, the ancient craft of printmaking has not only survived, but prospered. This is a celebratory exhibition of a remarkable space, and a remarkable printmaking output.

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Printmaking Workshops and Floor Talks | Balnhdhurr
Sep
26
to Sep 27

Printmaking Workshops and Floor Talks | Balnhdhurr

Create your own visual response to the exhibition Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression - presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre. Listen to an engaging talk that explores the rich cultural and artistic underpinnings of the works on display, then participate in a printmaking workshop with the artists and learn some Yolngu Matha on the way.

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Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy
Jun
7
to Jul 26

Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy

The Whitlam Institute presents the first public display of a unique collection of artworks gifted to Gough and Margaret Whitlam in 1979, in recognition of their support for the Arts. Artworks by John Olsen, Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees, John Coburn, Arthur Boyd, and others are featured in a superb exhibition that explores how Gough Whitlam viewed access to the arts as a fundamental human right and a precondition to a healthy democracy.

OPEN Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am-4 pm + Saturday 6 July 11 am-4 pm
UNTIL Friday 26 July 2019

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I Spy: Family Fun day at the Whitlam Institute
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

I Spy: Family Fun day at the Whitlam Institute

Attention all spy kids! You're invited to the Whitlam Institute's family fun day featuring our exhibition SPY: Espionage in Australia. This adventure includes a Spy family activity trail and special spy training activities for kids aged 5-12. Learn to experiment with invisible ink and crack the code with cipher wheels, or dress up as a spy to take a secret selfie #spy

We’re open 11am – 4pm on Saturday, 4 May and there's something for everyone throughout the day, but registrations are essential for special spy training sessions.

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The Scribe: Melbourne Screening and Q&A with Ruth Cullen, the Hon Barry Jones AO, James Button, Whitlam historian Professor Jenny Hocking and Leanne Smith
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Scribe: Melbourne Screening and Q&A with Ruth Cullen, the Hon Barry Jones AO, James Button, Whitlam historian Professor Jenny Hocking and Leanne Smith

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The Whitlam Institute is delighted to host a Melbourne screening of The Scribe, a superb documentary on the ‘Donald Bradman’ of speech writing – Graham Freudenberg. Featuring a post-screening Q&A with director and producer Ruth Cullen, long-serving politician the Hon. Barry Jones AO, speechwriter to Kevin Rudd James Button, Whitlam historian Professor Jenny Hocking and Whitlam Institute Director Leanne Smith, this compelling event is a must-see for all political enthusiasts.

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Human Rights + Technology: A Community Consultation with AHRC
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Human Rights + Technology: A Community Consultation with AHRC

The Whitlam Institute will host a community consultation on Human Rights and Technology as part of a major review by the Australian Human Rights Commission. You're invited to share your thoughts at Western Sydney's Human Rights and Technology consultation. 

Featuring Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow and Whitlam Institute Director Leanne Smith, this event is a must for anyone who is interested in this world-changing issue.

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Spy: Espionage in Australia
Mar
8
to May 24

Spy: Espionage in Australia

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Open Wednesday - Friday from 10 am - 4 pm and the first Saturday of the month from 11 am - 4 pm

Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

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Women, Peace and Security: In Conversation with NATO's Special Representative
Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Women, Peace and Security: In Conversation with NATO's Special Representative

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The Whitlam Institute is delighted to bring together a remarkable group of experts, including NATO's Special Representative Ms. Clare Hutchinson, for an ‘In Conversation’ event about Women, Peace and Security, to consider how the landscape has evolved over the last two decades, how Australia is faring in the global context, and what’s next for WPS.

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The Scribe: Screening and Q&A with Ruth Cullen, the Hon. John Faulkner and Michael Cooney
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Scribe: Screening and Q&A with Ruth Cullen, the Hon. John Faulkner and Michael Cooney

The Whitlam Institute is delighted to host a screening of The Scribe, a superb documentary on the ‘Donald Bradman’ of speech writing – Graham Freudenberg. Featuring a post-screening Q&A with director and producer Ruth Cullen, the Hon. John Faulkner and Michael Cooney, this compelling film is a must-see for all political enthusiasts.

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Border Politics: Screening and Q&A with Julian Burnside AO QC, filmmaker Judy Rymer and former refugee Hayat Akbari
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Border Politics: Screening and Q&A with Julian Burnside AO QC, filmmaker Judy Rymer and former refugee Hayat Akbari

The Whitlam Institute is delighted to host the first Parramatta screening of Border Politics and Q&A with director and producer Judy Rymer, Julian Burnside AO QC and former refugee Hayat Akbari. This powerful documentary follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside QC as he travels the globe examining the treatment of refugees in today’s world.

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40 Years of the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop
Nov
10
to Feb 22

40 Years of the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop

Over the years, countless artists from every discipline have drawn on artist Kevin Oxley’s vision while making use of facilities and classes offered in the atmospheric setting of the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop. Their works, as well as those of Oxley, are brought together to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Hawkesbury Workshop.

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Run For Your Life: Former NSW Premier and Foreign Minister Bob Carr in conversation with Whitlam Institute Chair the Hon. John Faulkner
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Run For Your Life: Former NSW Premier and Foreign Minister Bob Carr in conversation with Whitlam Institute Chair the Hon. John Faulkner

The Whitlam Institute is pleased to announce an exciting upcoming event Run For Your Life: Former NSW Premier and Foreign Minister Bob Carr in conversation with Whitlam Institute Chair the Hon. John Faulkner.

As part of the memoir-launch, Carr and Faulkner will offer audiences personal insight into the Whitlam legacy and in particular the impact Gough Whitlam had on one of Labor’s most long-serving and formidable leaders.

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Race Discrimination - Whitlam's Law and Australia Today
Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

Race Discrimination - Whitlam's Law and Australia Today

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Tim Soutphommasane will deliver his final speech as Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Whitlam Institute, looking back at the nation-building significance of the Racial Discrimination Act (1975), the importance of a bipartisan approach to race, and reflect on contemporary debates relating to race and identity. Tim’s speech will be followed by a bipartisan panel discussion featuring the Hon. Mark Dreyfus MP and Dr John Hewson AM. Panellists will provide frank and robust responses to the speech, and engage in an audience Q&A. We look forward to respectful debate and open-minded contributions.

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Bicentenary of arrivals to Parramatta’s Female Orphan School
Jun
30
12:00 AM00:00

Bicentenary of arrivals to Parramatta’s Female Orphan School

Saturday 30 June marks two hundred years since the arrival of the first girls to the historic Female Orphan School in Parramatta. Once dilapidated and at risk of demolition by neglect, the oldest three-storey building in Australia is now a stunning heritage building, and home to the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University.

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2018 Whitlam Oration: The Information that Democracy Needs
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

2018 Whitlam Oration: The Information that Democracy Needs

The Whitlam Institute is delighted to announce that this year’s Oration is being delivered by one of Australia’s most eminent lawyers, Bret Walker SC. Bret is not only highly respected for his fierce intellect, he is also known for pursuing projects of conviction. A Past President of the NSW Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia, he was also Australia’s first Independent National Security Legislation Monitor.

Media Partner The Saturday Paper Supported by Riverside Theatres

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Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders
Apr
26
to Jul 27

Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders

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Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders explores the stories of a selection of NSW women who were leaders and trailblazers in public sector work, alongside the perspectives of women working in key public sphere roles today.

Melding past and present, this unique exhibition asks provocative questions about women, the public sphere and leadership. Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders is a new exhibition curated and produced by State Archives and Records NSW, presented at the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University from 26 April to 27 July 2018.

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Radicals in Australian Social Work:  Stories of Activism public discussion + Book launch
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Radicals in Australian Social Work: Stories of Activism public discussion + Book launch

The Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University together host an event to explore activist social work in Australia from the 1970s onwards, its origins and its legacy.

A panel discussion will look at social work activism in the Whitlam era and beyond, together with a recent graduate’s perspective on the contemporary context. 

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Community Sentiment and Chinese Australian Experiences - A Symposium
Mar
1
4:00 PM16:00

Community Sentiment and Chinese Australian Experiences - A Symposium

Jointly hosted by the Challenging Racism Project, the Whitlam Institute and the Asia Society, this symposium is not to be missed.

With an official welcome from WSU Deputy Chancellor Liz Dibbs and opening remarks by Tim Soutphommasane (Race Discrimination Commissioner) and Philipp Ivanov (CEO of Asia Society Australia), the event will provide a forum to discuss contemporary challenges facing the Chinese Australian community.

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Taking ‘a rightful place in our own country’: Indigenous self-determination and the Australian People
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Taking ‘a rightful place in our own country’: Indigenous self-determination and the Australian People

What has happened to the project of Indigenous self-determination initiated by the Whitlam Government? Join us for a one-day symposium to reflect on the project of Indigenous self-determination and its various dimensions, presented by the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University and Nura Gili, UNSW Sydney. 

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What Matters? Writing Competition
Feb
13
to May 16

What Matters? Writing Competition

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It’s the first year that the What Matters? writing competition is 100% online, and based on some feedback, we will be extending the period that we accept entries for a short period. You can now submit an entry to What Matters? until Wednesday 16 May 2018. Please be assured that any entries that have already been submitted are secure. If you need any assistance with this form, please email whatmatters@whitlam.org. Good luck!

What Matters? is our annual writing competition asking students in grades 5-12 to tell us what matters to them. Find out more about competition details, prizes and enter here.

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