Kathryn Orton, Greetings from Coniston, Lithograph (detail)



An exhibition at Red Point Artists Association, Port Kembla, 10-19 August 2018

Port Kembla has been privatised. So have the poles and wires that distribute electricity, and many other iconic local sites are under threat. We look at them through artists' eyes.

Events associated with the exhibition include an opening night, a film showing and panel on public housing, and a panel on campaigns around the problems of privatisation and alternatives. More info on events here.

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Kathryn Orton


Sheds at Outer Harbour (acrylic on board)

 Sharon Callaghan


Poster Sue Bessell & Valerie Law
(permission of Illawarra Legal Centre)

 Richard Mohr


Port Kembla North (ink on paper)

Kim Shannon


Oxley Drive 2567 (oil on board)


Janine Fenton Sager


Power Tower 3 (acrylic on canvas)

 Nikki Main & Rachel Bolton


Read Rachel Bolton's essay accompanying Nikki Main's
cast glass piece Forgotten Promise 

Liz Jeneid


Facebook (Poles and wired) (mixed media)

Phillip Crawford, Gemma Parsons
and the Beyond Empathy Crew


Making 'Protection'. An extract on public housing will be screened at Red Point 4pm Saturday 11 August 2018. See Events


Frances Paterson


Breakwater Battery 1 (detail) (gouache on card)

Agostino Marcello


From the short film This is Sirius, which will be screened at
Red Point 4pm Saturday 11 August 2018. See Events

The black and white image at the top of each of the 'Port, Poles and Wires' pages, of Port Kembla with poles and wires, is a detail of Kathryn Orton's lithograph,  'Greetings from Coniston'.

Port, Poles and Wires creatively explores in words, images, sculpture and other ways, how privatisation is more than business, industry, or services transferring from public to private ownership and control. Privatisation means selling government land, agencies and operations to for-profit companies. Although it sounds like it could be a good idea, in practice it can have disastrous consequences.

Our creative efforts consider various forms of ownership and custodianship, public and private space, and what official arrangements determine citizen’s rights under public and private entitles. We question who profits from privatisation and what social, cultural and political costs can accompany privatisation. Our discussion of privatisation looks at and around government services or government control over say public parks or beaches or the sale of public or government operations such as our water or energy supply, the Commonwealth bank our national airline. Perhaps it is worth sometimes considering options other than public and private!