In 2017 twelve leading Australian artists visited the First World War battlefields of the Western Front a century after the conflict that claimed so many lives. The exhibition Salient brings together the works they created in response to the history and present-day reality of these sites in series of artworks that include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture by Amanda Penrose Hart, Ian Marr, Harrie Fisher, Paul Ferman, Deidre Bean, Wendy Sharpe, Steve Lopes, Ross Laurie, Michelle Hiscock, Luke Sciberras, Idris Murphy and Euan MacLeod.
The evening will begin with an opening reception accompanied by drinks. Following this, you will be seated for an artist talk, led by the Anzac Memorial’s Senior Historian and Curator with two of the Salient Artists, who will discuss the different ways in which their own personal experiences and art practice intersect with the historical significance underpinning this landmark exhibition. You will be then given the opportunity to explore the Salient (before its final closure the following week) as well as the newly renovated Anzac War Memorial space (including a breathtaking installation by contemporary artist Fiona Hall).
Salient closes on 17 February.