Source: City of Sydney What’s On
In April 1973 a ‘green ban’ was placed on Victoria Street to defend the working-class suburb of Kings Cross from redevelopment. Part of a large-scale campaign led by the NSW Builders Labourers Federation that saw construction workers withdraw their labour on over 40 projects deemed to be socially and environmentally harmful, the green bans constitute an integral part of Sydney’s social, political and architectural history.
Hear from an esteemed panel of speakers moderated by historian Rowan Cahill and including: feminist and anti-racism activist Dr Meredith Burgmann; independent filmmaker and ex-builders labourer Pat Fiske; and activist and builders labourer Andy Mason as they discuss the legacy of the Green Bans activism today.
Following the panel, Pat Fiske will introduce a screening of her documentary Rocking the Foundations 1986 that chronicles this important history.
Presented as part of the exhibition The Beehive at UNSW Galleries.
The Beehive was produced by Philippa Bateman. An Enigma Machine Production. An Artbank + ACMI Commission. Exhibition runs from 5 January to 23 February 2019.
This event forms part of the ‘Radical Sydney’ public program series. Taking its title from Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill’s book on dissident politics and actions in Sydney this program of talks, documentary screenings and performances engages with the histories and futures of local activism concerned with housing, public space, sexuality and gender. This event is generously supported by Young Henrys beer.
UNSW Galleries acknowledges the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of the land upon which it stands.