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Curator Talk - Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy



On Saturday 6th July the Whitlam Institute hosted an exclusive Curator talk and the first public display of the Whitlams' Folio, a unique collection of artworks gifted to Gough and Margaret Whitlam in 1979. Curator Guy Betts brought the exhibition to life with expert interpretations and behind-the-scenes stories of this exhibition's production.

This was the exclusive Saturday opening for Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy, which celebrates the Folio, inscribed with a message of thanks to Gough and Margaret Whitlam for ‘the marks they have made on the Australian canvas’.

Featuring works by John Olsen, Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees, John Coburn, Arthur Boyd and more, the exhibition also examines how the Whitlam Government's support for the arts helped to nurture, encourage and legitimise a new, distinctive Australian sense of self.