Under the Radar

'Under the Radar'

is a month long exhibition featuring artworks by gallery members

that opens at 6pm on the 27th of May and runs until the 24th of June 2016.

As artists,

our works often have political overtones,

sometimes our images become a social record

or even a subconscious perception of the forces about us.

'Under the Radar'

will explore the possibilities of social and political activism,

personal reaction and the notion of 'protest' art.

This exhibition, will essentially promote,

the freedom of expression which Art is all about.

So come join us in exercising our democratic right

to express, protest, revolutionize and liberate!

'Dystopia'

- oil on canvas by Michael Clifton 

'Fallen Angel'

Statement by Alison Mead

A 'Fallen Angel' sleeps

while her dreams are healing her.

Born innocent,

survivors often find themselves

in places and spaces that are not safe.

Heartfelt House

 provides a safe cocoon

so the fallen ones can learn to fly.

The gallery is pleased to announce that the

painting 'Fallen Angel' - which has been kindly

donated by artist Alison Mead - is to be

auctioned at the exhibition's opening celebration.

Proceeds of the auction will go to both the

Serpentine Community Gallery

and Heartfelt House;

a Northern Rivers organisation that aims

to provide support for adult survivors

of childhood sexual abuse

as well as their family and friends.

Alison Mead will also be exhibiting photographic

works, which relate to this issue of giving

a voice to the victims of this 'silent crime'.

Often being children, the sexually abused

are frequently too frightened to speak out

and as adults are very often silenced by

social taboo and a sense of personal isolation.

'Free your voice!'

For more info about Heartfelt House follow the link to

Artfelt Art Prize Salon de Refuse,

an exhibition proudly hosted by the Serpentine in September 2012

to highlight the issue and as a fundraiser to help Heartfelt House continue the important work it does.

'Australian Crimescene'

- acrylic and mixed media on canvas

by Susannah French

The Serpentine Community Gallery has always had a commitment to communicate

the messages that reverberate throughout our close-knit community.

These are very often, the things we care about, believe in and want to uphold,

or otherwise would like to change for the better.

From our early 'It Is Political' exhibitions in 2007 and 2008

to 'CSG the Exploration' in 2013, we have brought local artists together,

to express their fears for the present and hopes for the future.

The Serpentine captured the dynamic atmosphere

of a large-scale environmental protest in 2014 with its exhibition

'From Bentley with Love'.

It was a landmark exhibition that brought together

the signs, photos and tools of a community's resistance.

'Bentley' illustrated how our community

could be pitted against the vested interests of big business and survive.

This show was very much about the ongoing struggle

to protect the land, air and water, for ourselves and future generations.

A groundbreaking exhibition, 'From Bentley with Love' made a deep impact

both on the anti-CSG movement who lovingly put it together and those

who came to immerse themselves in it's atmosphere of camaraderie and vision.

The Northern Rivers region of New South Wales

has a deep connection

to environmental and social activism.

It was the first region to declare itself Coal-seam

gas free as a direct result of community resistance.

A precedent for the conservation movement within

 Australia and beyond, were the protests at

Terania Creek in 1979. This milestone rainforest

blockade was instrumental in the creation of the

World Heritage-listed Nightcap National Park.

This was a non-violent direct-action protest

which saw the first ever human blockade in

defence of a rainforest. It showed how people-power

could both turn the tide of public opinion and be

instrumental in pressuring the Government to

create new laws to protect the forests.

With the recent introduction of the

 NSW anti-protest legislation,

our public entitlement to actively protect this precious ecosystem has become compromised and our

democratic right to peacefully protest, has been eroded.

Rainforest ecosystem

in the World Heritage area

at Protesters Falls, Terania Creek,

Nightcap National Park

How do these laws reflect on our

current governance?

Why are the voices of our communities

drowned  beneath the vested interests