Friday, April 2, 2010

News from Sydney PEN

The Painted Chairs Exhibition & Auction at Ken Done Gallery - 24 May 2010

This one-off exhibition 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.

In 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 Gregory Ferris featuring words by writers imprisoned in the Asian and Pacific region.

On the evening of June 3rd, the chairs will be auctioned to raise funds for Sydney PEN's advocacy and translation events in the Asian and Pacific region. Come along and dig deep!

Ken Done Gallery, 1 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney Exhibition: May 24-June 3 2010 Auction: June 3, viewing from 5.30pm and bidding beginning 6.30pm

Supported by the Ken Done Gallery and UTS.

76th Annual International PEN Congress, Tokyo - 25 September 2010

A small delegation representing the Sydney PEN Management Committee will be traveling to Tokyo for the Congress, with the aims of presenting reports on our recent work and consolidating important links with Japan PEN Club as well as other centres in our region.

International Day of the Imprisoned Writer - 15 November 2010

This annual event is a day of recognition by the international community, of those writers currently incarcerated and detained, and those who have suffered or died in prison.

This year, the event ties in with International PEN's 50th anniversary of the Writers in Prison Committee. Sydney PEN is one of over 70 PEN centres that contain a WiP committee, and we will be marking the occasion with a mass public letter-writing opportunity, to be held in Sydney.


http://pen.org.au/events

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