Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

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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[1] 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[edit]

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery operates in the eastern Sydney suburb of Paddington. It was established in 1982 and is operated by Roslyn Oxley.[2] It represents living artists including Bill Henson, and deceased artist estates including Rosalie Gascoigne[3] and Bronwyn Oliver.[4] The gallery has been a venue for events in the Sydney Contemporary Arts Festival.[5] It is a member of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association.[6] Major artists whose works have been exhibited at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery include Patricia Piccinini in 2005[7] and 2010,[8] and Wim Delvoye.

Bill Henson photographs[edit]

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),[9] police raided the gallery and took into custody over 20 of Henson's photographs.[10] The police considered whether the Gallery or Henson may have committed an offence of "production, dissemination or possession of child pornography".[11] In the following days, ACT Policing also seized Henson works, held by the National Gallery of Australia, for consideration under separate legislation.[12] 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.[10][9]

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".[13]


  1. ^ Patrikios, Alexandra (4 August 2010). "Henson critics conspicuous by their absence". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "About the Gallery". Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Artists". Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bronwyn Oliver (1959–2006), 2006". roslyn oxley9 gallery. July 2006. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Galleries: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery". Sydney Contemporary Arts Festival. Art Month Sydney. 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery". acga member galleries. Australian Comercial Gallery Association. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Hill, Peter (14 September 2005). "Patricia Piccinini (review)". The Age (Melbourne). Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Wood, Alicia (7 November 2010). "Modern, and beyond realistic". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Tovey, Josephine; Kennedy, Les; Welch, Dylan (24 May 2008). "Art obscenity charges". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 13 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  10. ^ a b Walker, Frank; Heath Gilmore (25 May 2008). "Gallery under angry siege". Sun-Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Perkin, Corrie; Michael Pelly (7 June 2008). "Bill Henson fight will rage on despite the law". The Australian. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Wynhausen, Elisabeth (31 May 2008). "Moral crusaders play to gallery". The Australian. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Taylor, Andrew (25 April 2010). "Gallery submits Bill Henson's latest images to censors before new show". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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