MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday 26 April 1994

Experts to meet on new flag design and Exhibition of flag designs at Sydney Town Hall

The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Councillor Frank Sartor will officially open a public exhibition of alternative Australian flag designs and a symposium involving flag experts and designers from around Australia at:

The Sydney Town Hall on Friday 29 April 1994 at 10:00 am

The purpose of the symposium is to professionally analyse the results of the recent "Australian Flag Competition" and to focus on specific issues leading to the development of an alternative to the existing Australian flag.

The symposium is open to professional designers, researchers and vexillologists (those who study flags, their history and meanings). Members of AGDA (Australian Graphic Designers Association), AWARD (Australian Writers and Art Directors), the DIA (Design Institute of Australia), the Flag Society of Australia and flag manufacturers are amongst those attending.

A public exhibition featuring the winning designs, plus about 400 of the best of the 25000 entries, from the recent "Australian Flag Competition", will be on display at the Sydney Town Hall for two weeks from this Friday.

Following the official opening at 10:00 am by Councillor Sartor, leading researcher Hugh Mackay will provide an overview of the issues which dictate the agenda for the flag symposium and talk particularly on the "Australian Identity Crisis".