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Exhibition Opening - Dedicated to the Dedicated: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy

This superb exhibition features the first public display of a collection of artworks that was gifted to Gough and Margaret Whitlam in 1979 in recognition of their landmark support for the Arts in Australia. The ‘Whitlams’ Folio’ includes works by John Olsen, Brett Whiteley, Lloyd Rees, John Coburn, Arthur Boyd and more, and is inscribed with a message of thanks to Gough and Margaret Whitlam for ‘the marks they have made on the Australian canvas’.

DEDICATED to the DEDICATED: Whitlam, the Arts and Democracy, documents how Gough Whitlam viewed the arts as not just as a means of enriching quality of life, but as a fundamental human right and a precondition for a healthy democracy. In his words, "a society in which the arts flourish is a society in which every human value can flourish". Opened on 6 June 2019, at the Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University, you’re invited to explore the highlights from this event.


Eminent Australian Artists and Leaders interviewed on the Whitlam Legacy in the arts


Highlights from the Opening Night.

Full recording of the Opening Night.