by bacarnold

Collective ActionImage: AFR Photo by Louie Douvis, courtesy of Fairfax Media

Collective Action

16 April to 29 June
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Collective Action draws upon the rich history of protest and activism in western Sydney through a collection of selected photographs from the Fairfax Media archives. These photographs document the 2006 protests of the Howard government’s industrial relations reforms.

The reform saw the introduction of WorkChoices which was very unpopular amongst unions for the way it stripped away basic employment rights for workers. This led to mass protests, action and the downfall of the Howard government.

As part of a national day of action, approximately 40,000 workers rallied together at Blacktown Showgrounds in 2006 to air their objection to the reforms.

The photographs in this exhibition celebrate the importance of activism and affirm that western Sydney has always been a location of political agitation, community togetherness and a multiplicity of voices.

Curated by Talia Smith.

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Image: AFR Photo by Louie Douvis, courtesy of Fairfax Media

This project is presented by Blacktown Arts and supported by Blacktown City Council and the NSW Government through Create NSW.