Freedom To Speak Exhibition: Gunns 20 Fundraiser
Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 20th, 2010
Source: Climate Action Calendar
This February, four defendants will stand trial in the long running Gunns 20 case. Gunns Ltd – the Tasmanian native forest logging company – is suing three individuals and one grass roots environmental organisation. The case has already cost Gunns Ltd $2.8 million and is likely to cost much more by the end. It is one of the longest running and most expensive cases of its kind in Australian legal history. The case will have far-reaching implications for the right to protest and the right to free speech.
Artists from Tasmania and Victoria are collaborating to bring awareness to the trial and the importance of Free Speech for the exhibition at Hogan Gallery. Printmakers, Photographers, Sculptors, Painters and Makers will show their art that has been inspired by the Gunns 20 case and Tasmania’s threatened wilderness areas, in attempt to gain wider exposure for this history-making legal case.
The exhibition is being curated by the Black Sassy Collective, the artistic arm of the Huon Valley Environment Centre. Huon Valley Environment Centre is one of the Gunns 20 defendants.