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justiceINjustice A collaboration between artists and lawyers
May 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 19, 2018
An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, repeating until May 20, 2018
Save for a powerful few, save for a few in authority, those seeking justice all too often find injustice. Justice for those on the margins, those who are poor, with a disability or in a minority, is all too often elusive.
justiceINjustice is a unique collaborative exhibition featuring seven contemporary Australian artists and three lawyers. Through the project lawyers and artists join forces to explore several high profile criminal cases that underline issues of injustice and marginalisation including miscarriages of justice, official corruption, wrongful detention, investigative failures and mistreatment of those on the margins.
justiceINjustice will include the commissioning of six new works developed through a unique process of research and collaborative conversation between the artists and lawyers who have been directly involved with the particular case each artist is addressing. Case material, information about the inner workings of each case, the lawyers’ perspectives, and conversations with family members, have enabled the artists to produce deeply informed works that give audiences new ways of considering cases well known through the media.
Cases include the high profile public interest cases of Cornelia Rau, Roni Levi, Azaria Chamberlain, Eddie Russell, Kathleen Folbigg, Leanne Goodall, Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson. Cases have been included with the knowledge or permission of clients and/ or their family members wherever possible.
This significant project has been developed with lawyers Karen Wells, Ray Watterson and Robert Cavanagh. Cavanagh and Watterson are part of the co-founding team of the internationally acclaimed University of Newcastle Legal Centre, and are highly regarded for their public interest advocacy work. Wells developed her approach to the practice of law through working on public interest cases whilst a student at the Legal Centre.
On seeing Blak Douglas’ work A Dog’s Breakfast Ray Watterson wrote; “From a ‘collaborators’ point of view it was a moment I will never forget when Adam (Blak) revealed his stunning piece and I realised for the first time that what he brought to life on canvas started from a seed we sowed…This exhibition will let audiences see more about injustice. I hope the exhibition will also provoke more lawyers to do more about injustice.”
“This remarkable project aligns with The Lock-Up’s commitment to produce and present projects that connect deeply with the community and to use contemporary art practices and associated programming to explore issues of social justice, history and current politics, in ways that may challenge and distrupt audiences,” The Lock-Up’s Director Jessi England said of the project.
Curated by artist and criminologist Carolyn McKay (University of Sydney Law School) in collaboration with The Lock- Up, the exhibition features artists Corinne Brittain, Rob Cleworth, Blak Douglas, John A Douglas, Leah Emery, Lezlie Tilley and Richard Lewer. Project Creative Producer, Jessi England.
In conjunction with the exhibition a number of associated events and public programs have been developed as part of the project including;; Art & Law Putting Justice in Practice Symposium in partnership with the University of Newcastle Law School panel in partnership with Newcastle, Songs for Justice and evening of music featuring musician Tonch McIntosh and Grace Turner, and a justiceINjustice panel presented in partnership with the Newcastle Writers Festival.