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.



Josef Albers


Max Beckmann

Boris Bucan

Sandro Boticelli

Huguette Caland

Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Lygia Clark

John Collier

Adelaide Damoah

Eugene Delacroix

Otto Dix

Luciano Garbati

George Floyd Boards from Minneapolis

Amartey Golding

Francisco Goya

Nelly Guambe

Martin Gustavsson

Trulee Hall

Frida Kahlo

Yves Klein

David Koloane

Henri Matisse

Ana Mendieta

Joan Mitchell

Piet Mondrian

Michelle Mouffe

Abe Odedina

Faith Ringgold

Mark Rothko

Michael Petry

Diego Rivera

Pieter Paul Rubens

Martha Rosler

Dread Scott

Georges Seurat

Neil Stokoe

Ilona Szalay

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Vincent Van Gogh

Bex Wade

Kacey Wong

Luiz Zerbini