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Posters have been a popular tool in political activism providing social commentary on a variety of issues from apartheid to women's health, smoking to Indigenous land rights. Graphic designers and artists have found the poster an effective way of communicating issues using bright colours, bold design and humour to make an impact.

Many memorable poster designs were produced by Michael Callaghan and others at the Earthworks Poster Collective at the University of Sydney's Tin Sheds in the mid-1970s, and then at Redback Graphix in the 1980s. A recent contributor to the art of protest is Peter Drew. He has created 'Real Aussies Say Welcome' and 'Stop the Boat' poster campaigns in the 2010's. The Museum's collection of protest material also includes badges, banners, t-shirts and costume.

Anni Turnbull, Curator, May 2019