Australian official war artists
Two artists who had served during the Second World War were re–appointed during the Korean War.
- Ivor Hele (1912–1993)
- Frank Norton (1916–1983)
Two civilian artists were appointed during this war. Unlike earlier commissions, both were required to undergo jungle warfare training and expected to perform as active soldiers if necessary.
Peacekeeping operations since 1999East Timor (Timor–Leste)
With the deployment of Australian troops to East Timor in 1999, the largest overseas commitment since the Vietnam War, the Memorial saw an opportunity to revive the Official War Art Scheme and commissioned artists to record all aspects of Australia’s involvement in the INTERFET peacekeeping operations. Two commissions were realised in 1999, Rick Amor followed by Wendy Sharpe; and a third artist, Jon Cattapan, 2008.
Australian troops have been deployed in the Solomon Islands since the introduction of RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands) in 2003. In 2009, the Australian War Memorial commissioned eX de Medici to observe the peacekeeping activities of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
- eX de Medici (b. 1959)
Middle Eastern operations
Peter Churcher was appointed in February 2002 to spend three weeks with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)in the Persian Gulf. He then flew to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and also spent time with the ADF stationed in Afghanistan.
- Peter Churcher (b. 1964)
Iraq and Afghanistan
In 2003 Lewis Miller was appointed to depict Australia's involvement in the conflict in Iraq.
- Lewis Miller (b. 1959)
The following artists work collaboratively and were appointed as official artists for Afghanistan and Iraq in 2007. They were attached to military bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, and Afghanistan to record and interpret the training, logistical and operational activities of the ADF personnel.
In October 2009 the Memorial commissioned Shaun Gladwell to tour with the ADF in Afghanistan. His war art forms a complex response to the technology, landscapes and soldiers he experienced in Afghanistan. In particular, it explores the way soldiers are trained to observe and quickly respond to foreign environments.
- Shaun Gladwell (b.1972)
In October 2011 Ben Quilty became the fourth artist the Memorial has sent to the war in Afghanistan. He was attached to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) observing their activities in Kabul, Kandahar and Tarin Kowt. His task was to record and interpret the experiences of Australian servicemen and women who are part of Operation Slipper.
- Ben Quilty (b.1973)
North West Mobile Unit (NORFORCE)
During May 2012 Tony Albert was attached to the North West Mobile Unit (NORFORCE) to observe and record its activities in Northern Australia. His commission will give Albert the opportunity to explore the relationship between the ADF and Indigenous Australians and acknowledges the vital role played by Indigenous communities in the defence of Australia.
- Tony Albert (b.1981)
Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan — Lyndell Brown and Charles Green (touring 2009 - 2012)
Perspectives: Jon Cattapan and eX de Medici (touring 2011 - 2014)
Shaun Gladwell: Afghanistan (touring 2012 - 2014)