13 Oct 2010

Aboriginal protesters shut NSW art exhibition

10:32 pm on 13 October 2010

Aboriginal protesters have forced the temporary closure of an exhibition of paintings in Australia.

The protesters say the images, displayed at the Wollongong City Gallery in New South Wales, portray the denigration of Aboriginal people and are highly offensive, the ABC reports.

Sharralyn Robinson from the Illawarra Aboriginal Land Council says she is appalled by one particular painting of an Aboriginal boy hanging from a tree with the title, The local boys just seem to be hanging around all day.

However, the artist, Paul Ryan, says his intention was to highlight the patronising, exploitative and violent nature of Australia's colonial past.

He says the paintings are intended to be thought-provoking, not offensive.