Toni ROBERTSONChips MACKINOLTYEARTHWORKS POSTER COLLECTIVETIN SHEDS ART WORKSHOP, Daddy what did you do in the nuclear war? Enlarge 1 /1


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1953


Morwell, Victoria, Australia born 1954


commenced 1971 – 1980

poster design studio (organisation)


commenced 1969

print workshop (organisation)

Daddy what did you do in the nuclear war? 1977 Place made: The Tin Sheds Art Workshop, University of Sydney, 162 City Road Darlington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, posters, ink; paper screenprint, printed in colour inks, from multiple stencils Support: white wove litho paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Primary Insc: No inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 73.4 h x 48.2 w cm sheet 76.2 h x 50.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Given in memory of Mitch Johnson 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.549
Subject: Nuclear issues Anti-war
Image rights: © Toni Robertson
  • Gift to the Australian National Gallery, from Darryl Collins, Canberra, 1988.

The political poster movement in Australia was at its height in the 1970s, supporting anti-war, anti-uranium, pro-land rights and pro-feminist causes. Members of the Earthworks Poster Collective, opposed to the egotism of individual artistic fame, worked from the Tin Sheds (University of Sydney Art Workshop). In Daddy what did you do in the nuclear war? Toni Robertson and Chips Mackinolty appropriated a British recruiting poster from the First World War, adapting the children’s bodies to reflect the genetic consequences of radiation.

Christine Dixon

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002