Why We Shout: Art and Protest

At the centre of any moment of social change or dissent throughout history, you will always find artists.

This exhibition looks at the ways that contemporary artists have, and continue to, engage with protest and activism. As our right to protest is gradually eroded, they show us its power and importance, how people can contribute to change, and what happens when dissenting voices are repressed.

 Art has the power to elicit social change. Even where their artistic voice was strictly controlled by higher powers, the artists represented here have helped to contribute to global conversations around religious repression, slavery, misogyny, social justice, freedom of speech and human rights.


The act of being an artist us a daily act of will, and, often, a public display of defiance and activism.




Curated by Lee Cavaliere

Artist Space: Martha Rosler
Sculpture Pavilion: The Triumphal Arch at Palmyra
The Triumphal Arch of Palmyra
Roman, 3rd Century, destroyed in 2015.

A Roman-era monumental archway built during the reign of Septimus Severus, Palmyra’s Triumphal arch was part of a large ruin at Palmyra in Syria, which was destroyed by ISIL in 2015.

This 3D model was created by the Institute of Digital Archaeology from scans taken at the original site as part of a drive to preserve ruins digitally.

Mural: Melvin Galapon
Exploring the artist’s interests in linear geometric patterns, technology and sci-fi, into the Light is an animated mural working across two walls and floor of a corridor creating a mesmerising otherworldly walkway, transporting the viewer to another dimension.

To coincide with the animated mural there will be a series of 4 Into The Light giclee prints to purchase via the VOMA shop.