Avenue of Remembrance

Accession Number ART96799
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 3.3 x 2.8 m
Object type Textile
Physical description cotton and wool
Location Main Bld: Central Stair Area
Maker Australian Tapestry Workshop and Imants Tillers
Tillers, Imants
Date made 2014-15
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

The tapestry, titled 'Avenue of Remembrance', has been commissioned by the Memorial in conjunction with the Australian Tapestry Workshop. The Australian artist, Imants Tillers (b. 1950-) was commissioned to provide a painting on which the tapestry is based. The tapestry is a commemorative response to the First World War centenary which also makes reference to the Gallipoli letter. The Gallipoli letter is an 8000 word document, written by Keith Murdoch to Prime Minister Andrew Fisher in 1915, and is one of the National Library of Australia’s treasures. It is widely thought to have helped bring the Gallipoli campaign to an end. Tillers' poetic landscape painting is reminiscent of the wartime roads on the Western Front and the many ‘avenues of remembrance’ planted in memorial to the First World War around Australia. Layered over the top are words from the Gallipoli letter and a selection of names of the many places where Australians fought and were buried during the First World War. Commissioned in 2014. The tapestry has been made possible through a generous donation from the Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation.

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