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.
Curator Guy Betts will bring the Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy exhibition to life with expert interpretations and behind-the-scenes stories of this exhibition's production.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the central theme for the Behind the Lines 2018 political cartoon exhibition is 'Curiouser and Curiouser', reflecting a strange and unsettling year in politics.
Please join us for a very special Saturday event at the Whitlam Institute, featuring acclaimed pianist Kevin Hunt. With a program that will span Bach, Cole Porter and Christmas carols, our Christmas piano recital is free but registration is essential.
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.
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.
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.
Join our archivist for a behind-the-scenes look at the treasures and unexpected delights in the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection.
The Whitlam Institute is delighted to open its newest art exhibition with this special event:
Artist Anna Glynn, curator Bronwyn Coulston and environmental scientist and curator Peter Dalmazzo will join a stimulating panel discussion on art, history, colonisation, biology and identity.
Promiscuous Provenance encourages a re-examination of our relationship with our colonial past. Using a range of different media, Anna Glynn populates her own antipodean world with strange hybrid manifestations to invoke curiosity and wonder.