Published: Wed 17 Apr 2013

The Australian War Memorial has received a grant of $17,650 from the Australia Council for the Arts to host Australian new media artist Baden Pailthorpe.

The Early Career Residency program will see Pailthorpe join the Memorial in July 2013 as its inaugural artist-in-residence. During his three-month residency, he will undertake extensive research into the Memorial’s important collection to develop a major new body of work pertaining to contemporary and historical conflict, and explore the impact of war on Australian society.

The Early Career Residencies program provides an opportunity for artists, curators, editors and producers, in all art forms supported by the Australia Council, to develop and implement creative projects and developments, while being supported in a host organisation or venue.

“The Australian War Memorial has been working closely with contemporary artists for almost 100 years, so introducing an early career artist residency is a logical extension of this tradition,” said Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial.

“The grant will allow us to foster understanding of the Australian experience of war and its legacies among a new generation of artists and visitors, and to ensure that contemporary military experience is interpreted in contemporary media for today’s audiences,” said Dr Nelson.

Pailthorpe’s cutting-edge digital works engage with the political, conceptual and cultural potential of military technologies, and employ state-of-the-art digital production techniques. Pailthorpe’s work is held in numerous private and public collections (including the Memorial’s), and he has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. For print-quality images of his work, please see the contact below.

CONTACT DETAILS

Marylou Pooley         media@awm.gov.au             02 6243 4383

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