The Making of Midnight Oil is a straight-up rock ‘n roll exhibition that charts the Oil’s impact on Australian musical, political and cultural history. From their early development on the pub circuit of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Midnight Oil went on to win audiences across the world with their fierce commitment to no holds barred rock music and a strong social conscience.
The Making of Midnight Oil exhibition was developed by Manly Art Gallery & Museum with Midnight Oil drummer and songwriter Rob Hirst and his unrivalled collection of Midnight Oil memorabilia. Among the extraordinary variety of items on display is a stage recreated with Hirst’s water tank, dingo and roo from the Diesel and Dust tour, Peter Garrett’s towering microphone stand and other instruments. The band’s original road cases have been remodelled into display cabinets housing numerous fascinating objects, including the Read About It overalls, the Olympic Sorry Suits and a huge array of banners, posters, rare photographs, films and original lyrics.
When: 14 November 2015 – 28 February 2016
Where: Gallery 1, Theatres Building, Victorian Arts Centre, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne