Van Thanh Rudd

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Van Thanh Rudd
A middle-aged man with mid-length greying hair and who is wearing a green and blue jacket smiles at the camera
Rudd in 2022
Born1973 (age 49–50)
EducationVictorian College of the Arts, RMIT University, Griffith University
Known forContemporary art
Political partyVictorian Socialists (2018-present)[1]
Other political
Revolutionary Socialist Party (2012-2013)
Socialist Alternative (2013-present)[citation needed]
MovementPolitical satire, street art, conceptual art

Van Thanh Rudd (born 1973),[2] also known as Van Nishing,[3] is an Australian artist and politician.

Personal life[edit]

Rudd was born in Nambour, Queensland,[4] to Vietnam veteran Malcolm Rudd and Tuoi.[5] Rudd is the nephew of former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.[6]

Rudd resides in Footscray, Melbourne.[7]



In 2009, Rudd made an artwork critical of Connex Melbourne's parent company Veolia Environnement, which had won a contract to construct a light rail link from Jerusalem to Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The artwork was displayed at Platform Artists Group's public gallery, adjacent to Flinders Street station, a major railway station in Melbourne.[8]

Rudd won the 2017 Crichton Award for his illustrations in Maxine Beneba Clarke's The Patchwork Bike.[9]

In January 2020 Rudd was arrested when painting his mural of Nelligen RFS volunteer Paul Parker.[10]

Anti-racism protest[edit]

On Australia Day 2010, Rudd and an associate were arrested and fined $200 for "inciting a riot".[11]

Relationship with Kevin Rudd[edit]

In a 2010 interview on 3AW, Kevin Rudd told Neil Mitchell that he was not a fan of his nephew's political views but supported the notion of free speech in Australia. Rudd was the subject of an episode of ABC program Australian Story, broadcast in August 2010, which reported his uncle had been invited to appear, but declined.[12]

Political career[edit]

Rudd contested the seat of Lalor for the House of Representatives in the 2010 federal election against Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard on behalf of the unregistered Revolutionary Socialist Party.[13] He garnered a total of 516 votes, which was 0.5% of the vote. Rudd claimed on an ABC radio interview his reason for running in the election was that the appointment of Gillard as PM marked "a more conservative path for Labor" and that she was "influenced by the mining magnates... [and] the conservative unions".[14][15][16]

Rudd was the Victorian Socialists candidate for the seat of St Albans at the 2022 Victorian state election, in which he achieved 6.8% of the vote.[17]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "2022 State Election Candidates".
  2. ^ Van Thanh Rudd Artabase, 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  3. ^ "The Artist Behind Melbourne's "Tell The PM To Get Fucked" Mural Got Arrested". Pedestrian TV. 7 January 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  4. ^ [dead link]Brushing up on Rudd's politics The Age, 11 June 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Kevin Rudd defends nephew Van Thanh Rudd's right to protest". Herald Sun. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  6. ^ Battersby, Lucy (23 May 2008). "Rudd nephew's artwork rejected". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  7. ^ Van Thanh Rudd: The Carriers, Local Terrain - Visual Arts (kultour) Multicultural Arts Victoria. Accessed 7 March 2010.
  8. ^ Sexton, Reid (8 March 2009). "Rudd's nephew clashes with Connex". The Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  9. ^ Convery, Stephanie; Harmon, Steph (17 August 2017). "Claire Zorn's grief-and-surfing story wins children's book of the year award". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  10. ^ "The Artist Behind Melbourne's "Tell The PM To Get Fucked" Mural Got Arrested". Pedestrian TV. 7 January 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Rudd's nephew fined for 'inciting riot'". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  12. ^ "Kevin Rudd speaks about Van Rudd". Neil Mitchell. 3AW. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  13. ^ "Lalor - 2010 Federal Election - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Rudd's nephew attacks Gillard". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  15. ^ Lill, Jasmin (13 August 2010). "Kevin Rudd's wild nephew takes on Julia Gillard for seat of Lalor". The Courier-Mail. News limited. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  16. ^ "House of Representatives, VIC Division - Lalor". Australian Electoral Commission. Commonwealth of Australia. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  17. ^ "2022 State Election Candidates".