Sunday, April 3, 2011


Rogue Planet in name, is a reference to the Melbourne based political arts collective RedPlanet, which fostered the creative talents of Nicholas Mau and Carol Porter and many more artists who contributed to the art of revolution within the RedPlanet community art movement. In 1992 RedPlanet was the remaining entity of Redletter and Another Planet and other political art organizations that evolved over a twelve year period in Melbourne. It provided access and arts resources for cash strapped organizations, individuals and not for profit communities. It was the dissident voice of those with a different view to the mainstream. In the mid 90’s the screenprinted poster was fast becoming an expensive voice in comparison to more cost effective desktop publishing option. Funding from the Australia Council ceased in 1998 and eventually RedPlanet went into receivership. The State Library of Victoria bought the remaining poster stock in 2001. The Artery Gallery in Fitzroy exhibited the collection as RedPlanet Revolution in 2005. Those who remember the temper of the times received the exhibition with great enthusiasm. Younger art pundits have been inspired by the causes and attracted to the low-tech appeal of some of the works.