Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is a private art gallery in Sydney, Australia, that represents Australian and international artists, including Wim Delvoye, Patricia Piccinini and Bronwyn Oliver. In 2008 it was the site of a controversial exhibition of photographer Bill Henson's works, including portraits of naked children, several of which were removed by police before being returned to the gallery some weeks later. No charges were laid.
Gallery and artists
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery operates in the eastern Sydney suburb of Paddington. It was established in 1982 and is operated by Roslyn Oxley. It represents living artists including Bill Henson, and deceased artist estates including Rosalie Gascoigne and Bronwyn Oliver. The gallery has been a venue for events in the Sydney Contemporary Arts Festival. It is a member of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association. Major artists whose works have been exhibited at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery include Patricia Piccinini in 2005 and 2010, and Wim Delvoye.
Bill Henson photographs
In May 2008, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery was preparing for an exhibition of the works of artist Bill Henson. The subjects of some works included nude teenage children. Following public complaints to the New South Wales police by eight individuals, including a complaint made by Hetty Johnston, a child protection advocate (from the organization Bravehearts), police raided the gallery and took into custody over 20 of Henson's photographs. The police considered whether the Gallery or Henson may have committed an offence of "production, dissemination or possession of child pornography". In the following days, ACT Policing also seized Henson works, held by the National Gallery of Australia, for consideration under separate legislation. Around two weeks after the photographs were taken from the gallery by police, prosecutors recommended against the laying of charges. The incident sparked national debate and some other galleries, including Newcastle Art Gallery and Albury Art Gallery, removed Henson works from their walls.
In May 2010, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery hosted another show of Henson's work. The gallery submitted some of the works to the Australian Classification Board prior to exhibition, to obtain a classification. The Board concluded that the images would be "unlikely to offend a reasonable adult".
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