Artists donate works for East West protesters who have had a brush with the law

Melbourne Leader: Artists donate works for East West protesters who have had a brush with the law. Nic Price, 12 August 2014.

Cathy Drummond of North Carlton with her sons Harry and Paddy Hay with a piece of art for the East West Link protester support exhibition. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

Artists against the East West Link will hold an exhibition to raise funds for protesters’ fines.

A Brush With the Law features works from more than 30 artists and is on in Preston from August 15-17.

A Carlton North family helped organise the event after taking part in most of the pickets and protests against the mega-project during the last year.

“We got involved because we care about where we live and the kind of community we want to live in,” Cathy Drummond said.

“When they announced it I thought I can’t just sit around and watch this happen. Then they were doing test drilling in our street (Station St) the next day and we joined the picket.”

Ms Drummond, her partner Bill Hay, and sons Paddy and Harry Hay have all contributed artworks to be sold and raise funds to pay minor fines incurred by protesters.

“Every artist we asked to be part of it said yes,” she said.

“It’s not going to be an exhibition that whacks you around the head with the theme, it’s more that all the artists support the spirit of what the protesters were doing.”

The exhibition will be held at 131 Plenty Rd in Preston. It is open 6pm-8pm on Friday and 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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