• Tomaso Sani We won! 1893 Centennial Park, Sydney
    Photo: Richard Barz, 2012.

  • The game of nationhood: Art, sport and politics in the Federation Era

    Returning Harvard Chair in Australian Studies Lecture

    Thursday 18 Apr 2013, 6.00- 7.00pm
    Dr Chris McAullife

    Sport is an Australian obsession, entwined with ideas about climate, leisure, egalitarianism and national identity. Art, while not an Australian obsession, has often used sport to create icons of national character. But how are these three elements – art, sport, nation – linked historically? Henry Parkes, the ‘Father of Federation’, worried that Australians were too involved with sport yet he commissioned the world’s first public sculpture of a footballer.

    In an exploration of art works from the Federation era, Dr Chris McAuliffe will reveal the surprising role that art and sport played in shaping ideas about Australian nationhood in the late nineteenth century.

    Theatre A,
    Elisabeth Murdoch Building
    Admission is free.
    Bookings essential.


    More information and bookings here




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