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Behind the Lines 2010: The Year's Best Cartoons was a touring exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia in association with the Museum of Australian Democracy. It was on show at the Northern Territory Library, Darwin from 5 September to 16 October 2011.

The Year’s Best Cartoons

Political cartoons offer a profound and immediate insight into how events in a nation’s history are perceived as they unfold. Sometimes provocative, always stimulating, they have the power both to entertain and to instruct.

The year 2010 has been one of the most surprising, unpredictable and turbulent in Australian politics. It has provided political cartoonists with a plethora of opportunities. Cartoons have always reflected key moments in Australian history; they offer a powerful and immediate insight into how political events are perceived.

This year the exhibition is being produced in partnership with the Museum of Australian Democracy and will open at Old Parliament House, Canberra. This beautiful building provides the perfect setting to explore Australia’s recent political history.

Behind the Lines celebrates the wit and artistry of our established and well-loved political cartoonists, as well as recognising the talents and stylistic variety of a new generation.

Andrew Sayers AM
Director, National Museum of Australia

Introduction

Discover how a well executed cartoon can say more about our politics than hundreds of words of text.

About the artists

Learn more about the artists whose political cartoons featured in the exhibition.

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