Behind the Lines 2016: the years best political cartoons

Sunday, 3 September 2017 to Sunday, 5 November 2017
Museum of Australian Democracy

‘Behind the Lines 2016: the year’s best political cartoons’ is an exhibition developed by the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD) that celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

From double-dissolution election, senate voting reforms, same sex marriage plebiscite and the census here at home, to the Brexit referendum and the US election, Australia’s cartoonists have created thousands of cartoons pillorying, satirising, commentating and providing their own unique insights.The exhibition features a range of masters of cartoon including Alan Moir, Chris ‘ROY’ Taylor, Chris Downes, David Rowe, David Pope, First Dog on the Moon, Mark Knight, Matt Golding, John Spooner and more from all our major news outlets.

The travelling version of Behind the Lines 2016 is proudly supported by the National Collection Institutions Touring and Outreach program. An Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Click here to browse cartoons from the 2015 Behind the Lines exhibition.

Image credit: Cathy Wilcox, Cartoon of Malcolm Turnbull commenting on his return as Liberal party leader (2016) (Image supplied by the Museum of Australian Democracy)

+ Free entry

+ Audio loop available and wheelchair accessible

+ Suitable for all ages

Political cartooning resources

Australia has a rich tradition of political cartooning, nothing and no one is sacred, all politicians and policies may face the brute force of the cartoonist’s pen. Click here to access a range of resources to assist students understand more about political cartooning. These resources link to curriculum areas, including HASS, Civics and Citizenship, History, English, Visual arts or Media arts.