Behind the Lines 2020: The year in political cartoons

26 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2021

Behind the Lines presents the best political cartoons from 2020, including digital cartoons for the first time. With the fitting theme, ‘A dog’s breakfast’, the exhibition helps us make sense of ‘what the pup’ happened in 2020.

From the bushfire summer to the global pandemic, the nation’s political cartoonists had plenty to work with, with Hawaiian shirts and burnt trees giving way to masks and spiky balls.

Smirk, laugh or grimace at 2020 through the eyes of a political cartoonist - when have we needed our cartoonists so much? Don’t miss it.

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This is a free event.

Group of visitors in a wide hallway looking at framed images of political cartoons
Explore the best political cartoons from 2020
Woman and man looking at a framed A4-sized digital cartoon display
This year’s exhibition includes digital cartoons
Man and two children walk down a wide bright exhibition hallway looking at framed political cartoons
Behind the Lines exhibition is great for all the family
Child’s hand holding an A4-sized card titled ‘Family Trail’ with written clues
Explore the cartoons with the Behind the Lines Family Trail
Young girl in rainbow dress pointing at a framed political cartoon
Children will enjoy solving the Family Trail clues
Three people silhouetted against large projection of a feature cartoon by Cathy Wilcox
See feature works by Cathy Wilcox, Cartoonist of the Year
Man and two children sitting at a low green table drawing cartoons
Try drawing your own cartoons after video tips from Cartoonist of the Year, Cathy Wilcox
Woman and man looking at four printed and framed political cartoons
Wonder at the events of the year that was
Young girl in rainbow dress and hat with arms in air, smiling at the camera
Behind the Lines exhibition at MoAD is fun for everyone!
Two children playing with ‘whoosh’ ball machine in front of a green Behind the Lines exhibition sign
Family fun at MoAD’s Behind the Lines exhibition


26 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2021
October 2021
November 2021


Museum of Australian Democracy18 King George Terrace, Old Parliament House, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaMap of the venue locationMap of the venue location

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