Published: Thu 12 Jul 2012

The Australian War Memorial would like to invite media to a special preview of six commissioned Peter Churcher paintings.

The paintings depict the construction of the future HMAS Canberra and the HMAS Adelaide at the Navantia shipyards in Ferrol.

The project provided a unique opportunity to document the creation of ships that will be an important part of Australia’s naval defence capabilities.

Churcher completed six works for the commission that were painted in-situ and depict the formation of the two ships and the infrastructure that supports large-scale ship making.


What:        Special media only preview

Who:        Artist, Peter Churcher will unveil six commissioned works

When:      Thursday 12 July, 10.00 am

Where:     Western Courtyard Gallery, Australian War Memorial

Peter Churcher will be available for interviews.



Peter Churcher is a former Official War Artist for the Memorial. He was selected to record his impressions of the Australian involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

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.



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