Rennie Ellis (AU)


Image: Rennie Ellis, [Anti War Rally, 1990]. State Library
Victoria collection.

Image: Rennie Ellis, Anti War Rally, 1990. State Library Victoria collection.

People shape the future.


01 March - 24 March


State Library Victoria Forecourt [i]
328 Swanston St, Melbourne
24 hrs


Social Futures


Wheelchair access



Protest is integral to a healthy democracy. It can engender debate. It can shape the future.

As one of Australia’s greatest chroniclers, Rennie Ellis documented protest in many guises over the decades. From political upheavals, anti-war marches and gay liberation parades to Aboriginal rights demonstrations and the women’s movement, Ellis made a record of the energy and ethos behind these shifts in Australian society.

In Australia, the right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in international human rights treaties to which the country is a party. It is of great importance to the future of our everchanging society that protests continue to draw people together and to question the status-quo.

Visit the Victoria Gallery inside State Library Victoria to see more of Ellis’ work in the exhibition Melbourne Out Loud: Life through the lens of Rennie Ellis.

Curated by PHOTO Australia and State Library Victoria

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March