The Painted Chairs exhibition at the 2010 Sydney Writers Festival brings together some of Australia's leading artists to create a celebration of freedom of expression.
Featured artists are Cressida Campbell, Elisabeth Cummings, Ken Done, Michael Fitzjames, Nicholas Harding, Jasper Knight, Matthew Martin, Delma Montesin-McCausland, Reg Mombassa, Bruce Petty, Silke Raetze, Ann Thomson, John Shakespeare, Garry Shead and Gria Shead.
A twist on Sydney PEN's 'The Empty Chair' campaign on behalf of imprisoned writers, the artists have created original artworks from chairs of their choosing. Accompanying the exhibition is a haunting sound installation by UTS' Greg Ferris featuring words by writers imprisoned in the Asian and Pacific region, including Liu Xiaobo, Shi Tao, Nurmuhemmet Yasin, Yang Tongyan and Zhang Jianhong.
Following the Festival, the chairs will be exhibited at the Ken Done Gallery and then publicly auctioned to raise funds for Sydney PEN's advocacy work. The Painted Chairs project has been supported by UTS and the Ken Done Gallery. The Painted Chairs will be exhibited at the Ken Done Gallery, 1 Hickson Road, from May 24th and will be publicly auctioned there on June 3rd.