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The Ethics of Art

A few years back, an artwork suggesting we shouldn’t give money to beggars as they’d blow it on drugs caught the eye of Guardian art critic and ABC presenter Andrew Frost. It was rare to see a work probe such a politically incorrect theme.

Is it ethical for the art world to accept certain political views, and shy away from others? What about work the public deems offensive – ala Bill Henson’s naked images of teenage girls – is that okay?

Join Frost in conversation with major collector and self-proclaimed ‘spin doctor’ Sue Cato, artist Lindy Lee and blogger Elvis Richardson as they examine  the hot ethical issues facing the art world today - controversies around arts funding, claims of nepotism, gender biases  – and ultimately ask the question, is there a right or wrong when it comes to art? And are the values many in the art realm aspire to practical in our modern, commercial world?


Tickets $20, free for Catalysts

Drinks and nibbles will be served at the event.



Andrew Frost - ABC Presenter and Guardian Art Critic

Sue Cato - Sue is recognised as one of Australia’s leading corporate communications and issues management experts. Sue is a regular panelist on ABC24 TV’s The Drum and the 2UE Breakfast Show. She is also a commentator on business issues for the national press. She is a board member of Carriageworks, an advisory board member Sydney Contemporary and a member of Chief Executive Women. Sue was also Bill Henson’s PR during the controversy around his pictures of naked teenagers.

Lindy Lee - Lindy is a leading contemporary artist with a career spanning over three decades in Australia and internationally. Born in Brisbane, her work frequently explores the nature of self in relation to her Chinese-Australian heritage. She is an out-going trustee at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Elvis Richardson - Elvis is an artist, academic and author of CoUNTess, a blog on her practice and experience as an artist, exploring gender bias in the contemporary art world.

Earlier Event: 18 February
Screening of 'Fair Food'
Later Event: 25 February
The Blue Economy