Hearts and minds: wartime propaganda
Propaganda has been used to influence audiences for as long as recorded history. By presenting facts selectively and using loaded language to provoke emotional reactions rather than rational responses, it seeks to promote the agenda of a particular group.
Posters were an ideal means of communicating propaganda: impermanent yet public, they were designed to be noticed, and could be printed and distributed quickly in large numbers. The Memorial holds a large collection of wartime posters from government–issued campaign posters to handmade posters protesting the war in Vietnam. Hearts and minds: wartime propaganda introduces this collection, featuring home-front propaganda from the First and Second World Wars.
|Venue||State||Exhibition opens||Exhibition closes|
Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill
|1 August 2019||
28 September 2019
|Wangaratta Art Gallery||VIC||21 December 2019||
16 February 2020
|Ipswich Art Gallery||QLD||19 September 2020||
15 November 2020
This resource has been designed for secondary and senior secondary school students. While intended to be used in conjunction with the Hearts and minds exhibition, activities can be completed as a stand-alone study of propaganda posters from the First and Second World Wars.