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Chips Mackinolty

The signs we should have 21 June 2007

Ink Jet Print on Canvas


Artist Statement

Produced in response to the Intervention in the Northern Territory, 21 June 2007. Forty years after the 1967 referendum, why did it take so long for the Federal Government—which had gained the power to intervene—to recognise there was a “national emergency”, and then only in the Northern Territory? And why was it deemed necessary to suspend the Race Discrimination Act?


Chips Mackinolty (1954-  ).

Chips Mackinolty has been a practising artist since 1969, working in the fields of posters, prints, murals, painting and cartoons. Has also worked as a journalist and social and economic researcher. Member, Earthworks Poster Collective, 1974-1980; Community Arts Officer, Townsville 1980-81; Art and Craft Adviser, Mimi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts (1981-85); Maruku Arts (1985); Research, writing, design, Northern Land Council (1985-1990); Green Research Arts and Publishing (1990-2002). Currently working as policy manager with Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT). Work held in NGA, MAGNT, AGNSW, NGV and other public and private collections in Australia and overseas.