Up Front: faces of Australia at war

Up Front poster

Up Front: faces of Australia at war features portraits from the Australian War Memorial's extensive art collection, and includes works by Australian artists Tom Roberts, George Lambert, William Dobell, Albert Tucker, Nora Heysen and Donald Friend.

Developed jointly by the Australian War Memorial and the Natioanl Portrait Gallery, the exhibition explores the unique relationship between portraiture and war from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on the two world wars. It displays more than 70 works of art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, sketchbooks, and also incorporates items from popular culture that feature portraits, such as lockets, badges, packs of cards and posters.

Location Start Finish
National Portrait Gallery Canberra 26/5/98 30/8/98
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Launceston 24/9/98 29/11/98
Warrnambool Art Gallery 9/12/98 10/1/99
Port Pirie Regional Gallery 27/2/99 6/4/99
The George Adams Gallery Melbourne
(Highlights of exhibition on display 15/4/99 – 30/5/99)
3/6/99 4/7/99
Benalla Art Gallery 4/8/99 12/9/99
Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery 23/9/99 30/10/99
Cairns Regional Gallery 11/11/99 6/2/00
Tweed River Regional Art Gallery Murwillumbah 16/2/00 2/4/00
Mosman Art Gallery 20/4/00 29/5/00
Newcastle Region Art Gallery 16/6/00 30/7/00


Up Front Catalogue

Up Front Education materials

  • Student resources - an information pack in PDF format that includes:
    • Gathering clues - focus questions designed for upper primary students
    • Reading portraits - focus questions designed for lower secondary students

  • Teacher resources - a curriculum document in PDF format