Update : 15 December 2004
The response to our call to support the Day of Protests @ NGV was overwhelming and the protest a great success.
We estimate around 100 protesters took part in either the Friday morning performance outside the NGV International or the afternoon sketch-in at both NGV venues. We also received messages of support from at least that number again, from people who were unable to attend on the day, including curators and directors from a number of state and regional art galleries.
The Free Pencil Movement grew out of the frustration and anger a few artists felt at being prohibited from sketching and note-making at NGV exhibitions this year (The Impressionists, Edvard Munch and James Gleeson). It was soon realised that many other gallery visitors, including artists, scholars, students and members of the general public, had also been prohibited from sketching or note-making and felt similarly aggrieved.