Riddoch hosts Australian War Memorial exhibition

ON SHOW: Ali Khadim, Transition/evacuation, works on paper, 2015, will be featured as part of the Art in Conflict exhibition. Picture: Supplied

Elly Bachmann

Art in Conflict, an exhibition bringing to light the untold stories of war will be on display in the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre this month.

More than 70 works ranging from paintings and drawings, to films, prints, photography and sculptures from the collection of the Australian War Memorial will be on display at the Riddoch from February 9.

The exhibition features leading Australian artists, such as Khadim Ali, Rushdi Anwar, eX de Medici Denise Green, Richard Lewer, Mike Parr and Ben Quilty.

It also includes a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, a collection which has been a priority for the Memorial in recent years, some works featured by Tony Albert, Paddy Bedford, Robert Campbell Jr, Michael Cook, Shirley Macnamara and Betty Muffler.

Two works were recently made official war art commissions artist Megan Cope said it was an honour to have her work at the Australian War Memorial.

“It certainly is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience,” she said.

“I never would have expected it, to be honest, so I hope that people like the work, and ask lots of questions, and think about our relationship with the Middle East.”

Riddoch team leader exhibitions collections Chris Clements said they were excited to host the “blockbuster show”.

“I think it is a timely exhibition that offers the chance to see the work of key Australian artists’ reflecting on conflict, and will be of interest to a broad range of visitors,” he said.

The formal opening event is at 6pm on Friday, February 9, with the exhibition on view to the public from Saturday, February 10, until Monday, April 1.

There will be a floor talk delivered by Senior Curator Anthea Gunn on Saturday, February 10, from 11am.

Information by Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project, brought support to this exhibition.