CALLOUT – Political Economy: The state of the art

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Curated by Joy Paton and participants

From time immemorial economic structures within political frameworks have shaped cultural production: from pre-romantic art, considered worthless and reliant, to Kant’s autonomous art of value; from art that represented status created by the bonded artists of European courts, to the movements of protest and social commentary that proliferated in the 60s and 70s.

To coincide with a conference held by the Department of Political Economy, Verge Gallery is looking for artists, political economists and others who can collaborate to create art that gets under the skin of the following topics: green economy, cities and regions, economic inequality, contesting economic ideas, economic policy and the pedagogy of political economy. We would particularly like to encourage Political Economy students to work with their peers at SCA (Sydney College of the Arts) to create projects that use art to illustrate and explore some of these ideas (note – you don’t need to be an artist to participate in this exhibition: just have some ideas/theories/data to bring to the table!).

Ideas for the exhibition (whether fully formed or otherwise) should be submitted by email by March 15.

The exhibition will be held from March 28 to April 12 and archival material from Fisher library will also be on display at the gallery for a reflections event on the evening of April 4.

The conference is in honour of the contribution made by Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell to teaching and research in the discipline of Political Economy as well as to the broader political economy movement.

Please email the following information to

NameWhat Faculty/Dept. are you from?
What do you think you can contribute?
Are you looking for a collaborator/how can they help?

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