You may have noticed that the ACM doesn’t have memberships. Currently we are using the Patreon system. Which is basically a tip jar to support the work of the Australian Cartoon Museum.
The system works like this:
If you pledge us $5 a month you receive a cartoon certificate from the Museum with your name in gold lettering.
If you pledge $10 a month you will receive all the daily cartoons from all over Australia a week after publication, plus on Saturdays, you will get the weekly round-up (shortened version) of the best cartoons for the week.
To get the same amount of cartoon material each month would cost you in the hundreds of dollars.
That’s a huge saving, virtually the cost of 3 coffees a week.
Well, after 40 years of trying the Australian Cartoon Museum finally opened its’ doors on the 15th December 2017 in the dying days of last year.
It was opened by Heidi Victoria, Shadow Minister for the Arts, who turned up two hours too early, said she had a later booking as well, but had so much fun, she stayed and enjoyed the place. About 76 people turned up and were fed, wined and entertained. People were literally suffering from shock, that after all these years, Jim had finally done it.
Besides the main rotating exhibitions, the Museum also has sections on caricature, animation, comics, comic strips, cartoon films, politics and even Twisties (upside down/dual cartoons). We have a Museum shop that sells 3D cards, and postcards, original cartoons, books, comics and other cartoon material.
Peter Viska (Vice-President) organised the speeches, food and service. Lots of cartoonists attended and realised that they now had a permanent home. People came from all over with one couple coming from Holbrook, NSW.
Thanks to all the people who painted, glued, computerised, hung, nailed and generally helped over the mad two-week rush to get the Museum open.
The Museum will also run Drawing and Creativity Classes. It will cater for Public Talks, Book Launches, Anime, Magna and Animation nights. We also want to have Comedy Nights with cartoons flashed up on the screen in front of the Comedians and Draw-Ins where the Artists draw at the movies. All Australian Cartoon Association meetings will be conducted at the Museum from now on and the Museum is available for bookings for meetings and seminars.
It’s good news! You are all officially invited to the opening of The Australian Cartoon Museum. Official launch is on Friday 15th December.
It’s at Docklands – see attached map – we are upstairs on Level 1.
We are part of the Renew Australia scheme which is also opening approximately 14 shops thereby turning District, Dockland’s (it’s new name), Wharf Street into an Artists Collective Centre that hopefully will bring people into the area who have never ventured there.
6.00pm Official opening of the Australian Cartoon Museum.
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Level 1 Docklands District 3008
You’ve already done more than I could ever have hoped for and I simply can’t thank you enough.
As you know, in January last year I drew a cartoon that “featured an image of the prophet Mohammed” in response to the Charlie Hebdo atrocity and, a couple of days later, I was advised by the counter terrorism cops to leave my home. I finished up having to sell it and go to almost unbelievable lengths just to ensure my own safety and that of my family. It was a very harrowing time for me but the thing that disappointed me most was the almost total lack of support I received from my fellow cartoonists. If every single cartoonist in the country had drawn a cartoon featuring Mohammed the collective effect would have been a strong and defiant statement of belief in the freedom we’re lucky enough to enjoy in this country. It’s a privilege a lot of men died for and one we should be prepared to fight for — or at least be prepared to draw for — too.
Now, when I find myself on the frontline of the fight for freedom of speech I’ve been incredibly disappointed, once again, that so few cartoonists — not to mention other journalists in all forms of media — have come out in support of me. Political correctness is far more sinister than it seems. I believe it’s a means of imposing totalitarianism by stealth. Its stifling, authoritarian influence is gaining a lot of traction and a lot of those hard fought-for freedoms are being sacrificed in the process. I think the last people on earth who should be succumbing to this insidious, sinister force are Australian cartoonists.
Thanks so much for publishing John’s wonderful piece and getting it out to so many of my colleagues. It heartens me no end to see the support I’ve received from many of them tonight. I was especially moved by Jeff’s cartoon and will make sure I thank him personally as soon as possible.