Peter Drew’s posters are a familiar sight across Australia – his Real Australians Say Welcome and Aussie campaigns took on lives of their own, attaining cult status and starting conversations all over the Country.
Frankston City Libraries welcomes Peter Drew to Frankston Library on Saturday 7 December at 1.30pm to celebrate his irresistible and unexpected memoir, Poster Boy.
Peter traces the links between his creative and personal lives, and discovers surprising parallels between Australia’s dark, unacknowledged past and the unspoken conflict at the core of his own family.
Packed full of Peter’s memorable images, Poster Boy is an intelligent, funny and brutally honest dive into the stew of individual, family and national identity.
“I enjoy examining our collective identities and my aim is always to emphasise the connections that bind up, rather than the fractures that divide us,” Drew said.
“Poster Boy is about politics and art, and why we need them both. And it’s about making a mark.
“I like to exhibit my art on the street because public space is a great equaliser, and it’s also an ancient form.
“When you address the public through the street, you’re entering into a tradition that emphasises our fundamental freedom of expression, over the value of property.
“When you’re sneaking around the city at night you feel like a kid again. Out on the street I could say anything I wanted. So what did I want to say?”
Frankston City Libraries presents Peter Drew for a FREE FrankTALK and book signing at Saturday 7 December at Frankston Library.
This event is FREE but bookings are essential via library.frankston.vic.gov.au/Whats_On or 9784 1020.
Drew’s artworks have been exhibited at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Australia – though his most prominent work is installed on city streets.
Peter Drew – Poster Boy
Saturday 7 December at 1.30pm
60 Playne Street, Frankston