National Day of Action June 17th 2016

A chart of actions lead by independent artists and arts workers across Australia. No one is the boss of you, do whatever you like, wherever you want to... just DO SOMETHING! (and tell us about it so we can add it to this chart)
[NB all times listed are local times]
TimeLocationActionLead by
all daySA/online [nomadic]DO read the comments... and reply to them!
Register with all mainstream media websites for the day; search for all arts commentary and read/respond to every comment that speaks negatively to the arts. tag each comment with #artprotagonists and the url so readers can see what we're doing and why.
Fee Plumley -
10am-6pmNSW: MARRICKVILLE GARAGE 28 Leofrene Ave, entrance via Riverdale Ave, MarrickvilleMarrickville School of Economics Open Day - make your career in unfucking the economy a really pleasant one.Bek Conroy - Marrickville School of Economics Open Day
8am-930amNSW: Malcolm Turnbull's office, 287-289 New South Head Rd Edgecliffsnap action at Malcolm Turnbull's officeSydney artists: and you can also download the poster to take along or put up everywhere you can.
all dayVIC: Melbourne.Banner drop, occupying the facade of a very prominent arts building in the city of Melbourne.Dario Vacirca - contact
all day (ongoing)nationalWrite letters of support for the arts to your local candidate and to the Arts Minister, Hon Mitch Fifield
all dayWA & onlinemake a facebook and twitter cover photo banner 'on strike' to go with the website 'on strike' banner (code and instructions available at at
all daynationalSTRIKE!
Close doors, down tools, show your support for the independent arts sector by stopping work for the day.
all dayonlinehashtag campaigns:
all dayNSW; onlineCreating a video asking young Western Sydney artists to respond to "Art Saves Lives" and publishing it on June 17th.Powerhouse Youth Theatre
all dayonlinepost photos on FB/Twitter from the road with cast and crew holding hand-written signs saying: #Istandwiththearts in [insert current location]! (and ideally the local MP of wherever they are) using #Istandwiththearts, #ausvotesartsArts on Tour
all day (ongoing)onlineArt changes lives.
Sign the Petition being sent to the Arts Minister, the Hon. Mitch Fifield:
10.30am-5pmNSW: MCA, The RocksState your position: support the arts.
NAVA and MCA conduct video vox pops with the audience to be sent to the Arts Minister
1pmNSW: Miller, Liverpool.Film young people's POVCaitlin Newton-Broad, CuriousWorks working with Miller Technology High School & community artist Guido Gonzalez.
1pmNT: Todd Mall, Alice Springs.'Art Hope Box'
SO REAL invites you to step up and on the art hope box and share your artist dreams and hopes. We are going to accentuate the positive eliminate the negative, latch on the affirmative and not mess with mister in between. We want to rekindle the spark and fire for our artistic futures by sharing our dreams and visions.
Come and take your pride of place on the art hope box. Remind yourself and us of what your arts dream are and why you do what you do and how your going to keep doing it. This is art solidarity in action! Lets send a ripple of positivity from the Centre to show our artistic solidarity!
You never know who’s listening.
SO REAL -NT Live Arts
11.30amNSW: Outside the Neighbourhood Centre, King St Newtown (opposite Newtown Station)We will form a human picket fence stand shoulder to shoulder and form lines around the square. Speeches to address cuts to Arts Funding will be made by Brianna Munting, Deputy Director NAVA (National Association for Visual Artists), Barry Keldoulis, Federal candidate for the Arts Party and Jim Casey, Federal candidate for the Greens Party.
Please wear black and join us.
Sue Pedley and Anne Zahalka, with support of local artists, members, candidates and MPs. For more info visit
all dayTAS & online via facebook, instagram @contemporaryarttasmania and our website contemporaryarttasmania.orgWe will ask our audience members (and our members and supporters remotely) to write on a sheet of paper (pre-printed with #istandwiththearts #ausvotesarts) why art changes lives (or why art matters to them) and have their photo taken and uploaded to our social media.Contemporary Art Tasmania with the visual and media arts, craft and design sector
2pm onwardsVIC: Bridge to Eden Cafe, Hurstbridge.HOW LOW CAN YOU GO - local musicians and artist collaborate to record an original and audaciously political song penned by Andrew Garton, HOW LOW CAN YOU GO. The song will be recorded and released on the day, as far and wide as possible, building on the inter-generational community of artists that continue to thrive in one of Victoria's few remaining green wedge shires.Andrew Garton with musicians and artists local to Hursbridge in collaboration with artist run Secession Records and Films. Visit or email for more info.
6-9am + 5-7pm WA: Subiaco/Claremont Train StationLabor Candidate for Curtin, Promoting message with a poster alongside giving out my candidate contact details at Train Station to morning and evening commuters.Melissa Callanan, Labor Candidate for Curtin. Email me on - would love to stand alongside others.
8-9am WST (Subiaco)
4-5.30pm WST (Perth)
WA: Subiaco Train Station (am) Perth Train Station / Art Gallery of WA concourse (pm)As both an artist and a Greens candidate I'll be handing out leaflets and talking about Arts in Subiaco and Perth. I've invited fellow writers and performers to come along and read a poem, perform a monologue or sing a song to show support for the arts. Viv Glance, fellow artists and arts supporters. For more info visit, email or call 0415 320 169.
10.45am (AWST)WA: 8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle + online @artsourcewa"I Stand With The Arts" placards and portraits photocall infront of Artsource Artist Studios, Old Customs House. All are welcome to attend and have portraits taken with their written voices. Blank #istandwiththearts #ausvotesarts signs available from the office.Artsource: or call 08 9335 8266.
all dayNSW: UNSW Galleries, SydneyArtist Deborah Kelly shuts down her exhibition, Scenes from the Death of Books for the day in solidarity with the National Day of Action! Deborah Kelly's exhibition, Scenes from the Death of Books
all dayNSW: UNSW Galleries, SydneyBec Dean's exhibition, The Patient will be closed for the day in solidarity with the National Day of Action!Curator Bec Dean's statement about closing down her exhibition, The Patient for the day in solidarity with the National Day of Action!
12-2pmVIC: White Space Gallery, 1 Halford St, Castlemaine.‘We’re still standing!’ is a stunning act of audacity and resilience and is Punctum’s slap stick response to these unprecedented times in wintry climes.

We invite you to throw whatever you like at us. Books, money, curve balls, cold water, a first stone, sponges, your hat, rotten tomatoes (as it’s not tomato season – chutney perhaps?), mud, some light, an aside… the list is endless, then watch if we keep standing.

If you can’t be with us, we have a solution!
We invite you to let us know via email or Facebook what you’d like to have thrown at us and we’ll organise someone to throw it on your behalf. We're also live streaming.
Punctum Arts and their resilient community. For more info check out their Facebook event
all dayWA/onlinePlace our websites on strikeAlex and artists from Maybe ( ) Together. Contact or use PVI's STRIKE instructions to do the same.
all dayonlineAll the content on my website has been replaced by a cheezy GIF of Doritos flying out of Mitch Fifield's ear. www.bernieslater.comBernie Slater
6.30pm-10.30pmNSW: Backyard Network, 145 Norton St, LeichhardtA night of participatory entertainment and ideas exchange. We are putting together a tasting plate of revolutions, and we want your saucy radness in the mix.

Instead of the conventional $$ entry fee, we are asking you to bring something to share: a plate of food, a song, a story or poem. If you have been dreaming up a project that just might hold the key to making things right, this is the place to let us know about it and see if you can get a few more hands, hearts and minds involved.
Bronsai Watkins, Matt Moore & their community
all daySA/onlineinstagram posts, facebook posts and messages of support from local artists, and a website strike on the day.Logan Macdonald CACSA
all day/onlineNSW/Kandos.
Protest march on Narango Road with video coverage: by the Cementa team, Tim Burns, Leo Varcoe, Emma Wisser, Laura Fisher, and Justin Hewitson.
11am AESTVIC: Minister for the Arts’ officeA series of neon text mock-ups across the front wall of the Minister for the Arts’ office. This virtual text along a street-facing wall suggest some of the ways Australia and its politicians could be more engaged and supportive of its arts community. Blackwood