The Australian War Memorial has announced a major new collaborative artistic commission with New Zealand to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.
The Commemorative Print Portfolio will feature work by five Australian and five New Zealand artists, who will respond creatively to the history of the First World War and its legacy for contemporary life in both countries.
Memorial farewells Menin Gate lions and painting for overseas loan
On 5 September 2014, the Australian War Memorial said a fond farewell to the Menin Gate lions and the painting Menin gate at midnight as they are taken off display in preparation for their loan to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, was instrumental in arranging the loan to the Canadian War Museum for its First World War centenary exhibition The iron harvest.
Two portraits of Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG have been added to the Australian War Memorial’s collection.
The portraits, unveiled today, were painted by renowned Australian artist Michael Zavros. They represent two different views of Roberts-Smith: one in his formal uniform, the other larger than life-size in combat stance.
Zavros said he was honoured to receive the commission from the Australian War Memorial and to spend time with such a remarkable person as Roberts-Smith, who is a much admired and heroic figure for many Australians.
The Australian War Memorial marked the centenary of the declaration of the First World War today with a Last Post Ceremony attended by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, and a contingent of ambassadors and high commissioners.
The Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, encouraged all Australians to reflect on how far the world has come since the First World War.
The voices of primary school students will resonate throughout the Australian War Memorial’s First World War Roll of Honour cloisters over the next four years as part of a project launched today at the Memorial.
The Roll of Honour Soundscape project was launched today by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, to mark the centenary of the declaration of the First World War.