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Deborah Kelly: No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory)

Picture of shirtless man with flowers around him

Event Details

No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) is an epic life-sized portrait project, initially commissioned for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014). The 20 photographic portraits have evolved into intriguing collage works through the collaborative creativity of teams of public participants over the course of many months. Conceived and organised by artist Deborah Kelly, the work continues to unfold throughout its tour of regional galleries and museums around Australia.

For the better part of three decades, Kelly has created a prolific body of mixed-media artworks that are at once unexpected, humorous, provocative, and profound. Often politically motivated, Kelly’s artworks explore ideas of power in all its manifestations, negotiating racial, sexual and religious prejudices and histories.

The exhibition will be opened by our Mayor, Councillor Laurence Evans.Deborah Kelly will host a 2 day workshop on 16 and 17 April. Click here for further details

Opening event

Saturday 17 March, 2pm–4pm.


Wednesday 14 March

Opening times and contact details

Wednesday to Friday, 11am–5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm–5pm

Phone (03) 9261 7111 or email thegallery [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Deborah%20Kelly%3A%20No%20Human%20Being%20is%20Illegal)

Please be advised that this exhibition contains nudity

Deborah Kelly & collaborators; Ramesh Mario Nitiyendran from No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) (detail), 2014, pigment ink print on Hahnemühle papers bonded to aluminium, with collage from books and found materials, glue and UV protective varnishes, 200 x 109 cm. Courtesy the artist. Portrait Photographer: Sebastian Kriete. Created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014).


A MAMA exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project was created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) with the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The Artist or Curator Residency program is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund.

See also

Two day collage workshop with Deborah Kelly

Current exhibitions and public programs at the Gallery

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

Arts and Culture eNewsletter


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