Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group

Promoting understanding of, and respect for, human rights

MPRG Symposium 2012 – Controversy: When Art Touches a Nerve


Immerse yourself in a day of informative and lively debate about controversy in art in the grounds of the historic Beleura The House and Garden. Well known artists, historians, critics and lawyers will discuss how art continues to provoke intense reactions. In a media driven world, are artists too concerned with shock tactics? What subjects provoke strong reactions today? Is it the role of art to promote debate and how can confronting art lead to reflection and change?

Speakers include:

  • Julian Burnside AO QC, human rights advocate
  • Professor Alison Young, University of Melbourne, expert on law, crime and culture
  • Jane Clark, Senior Research Curator at MONA, Tasmania
  • Dr Mark Nicholls, Film critic and Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies, University of Melbourne
  • Ivan Durrant, artist
  • Dr Vivien Gaston, curator and art historian

Saturday 4 August, 10am- 5pm

Venue: Beleura The House and Garden, Mornington.

Bookings essential, phone the Gallery on 5975 4395

$85/$75 concession, includes Beleura bus transport, morning tea, lunch, afternoon refreshments, exhibition entry and tour.