George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes
We are using this blog to introduce the Australian War Memorial's new exhibition George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine landscapes. The exhibition will open at the Memorial on 30 March 2007 and run through until 29 July 2007. After that it will go on an extensive Australian tour. Check out the Tour page for details of the itinerary.
Lambert was an Australian official war artist during the First World War. He travelled to the Middle East in 1918 and in 1919 joined the Australian Historical Mission to Gallipoli. At the completion of his time at Gallipoli he travelled on to the Middle East to make some further studies of battlefields that were important to the story of Australia's involvement in the war. Lambert worked on small oil panels and also made a great many watercolours and pencil drawings during his time as an official war artist. Many of these were preparatory studies for his major commissioned works that are held by the Australian War Memorial.
On this site we will have some information about the exhibition and its key theme - 'landscape'. Curators and conservators will contribute posts about how the exhibition is being put together and outline some of the work involved in presenting an exhibition for tour. There will also be info about George Lambert and a few of his contemporaries as well as pages that relate to the regional tour, the official war art scheme, links to other sites of interest and from April 2007 a live blog feed coming in from Gallipoli.
The blog does not aim to provide an online version of the exhibition. It is instead intended to present an account of its development, and a forum for a discussion of the broader issues which are raised by the exhibition. Where possible and appropriate, feedback will be moderated and included on the blog.
Janda Gooding is the Senior Curator of Art at the Australian War Memorial. Janda is the main moderator of this blog and curator of the George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine landscapes exhibition.
Warwick Heywood is Assistant Curator in the Art Section at the Memorial.
Nigel Steel is on loan to us from the Imperial War Museum in London for 12 months where he is usually the Head of the Research and Information Department and the IWM’s chief historian. He started with us in late August 2006 and will be a familiar face and voice to regular watchers of the History Channel. He also appeared as himself in Tolga Ornek’s 2005 film Gallipoli.
Mal Booth is Head of the Research Centre at the Memorial and currently curating an exhibition Lawrence of Arabia & the Light Horse. A blog for that exhibition can be found at http://blog.awm.gov.au/lawrence/ .
Other Australian War Memorial and external sites that might be of interest:
Gallipoli 1915: The Drama of the Dardanelles (joint IWM/AWM online exhibition)