When: 9 November 2018 – 3 February 2019
Venue: Public Gallery, Level 1, APH
Patrons: Senator James Paterson & Mr Luke Gosling OAM MP (Co-Chairs Parliamentary Friends Museums, Libraries and Galleries)
Curator: Kelly Squires

From War is a unique and collaborative exhibition that brings together selected works from the permanent art collections of the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM) and Parliament House, Canberra.

From War conveys compelling stories from the lives of more than twenty veteran artists. The exhibition considers the way military service and war have impacted the lives of the exhibiting artists and their families, demonstrating the way art can positively transform lives.

For many veteran artists making art is both an expression of personal creativity and a way of ‘making meaning’. Veteran artistic practices can draw upon – and extend beyond – the individual’s experience of military service. For some, art is a lifeline and a life force; a way to tell stories and ask important questions about themselves and their place today in Australian society.

Using a diverse range of disciplines including photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, textiles, and poetry, the artists featured in the exhibition reflect on their personal questions and process sharing unique stories of their lived experiences of military service that continue to unfold today.

Artists from Parliament House Art Collection (PHAC)

  • Ian Fairweather
  • Guy Grey-Smith AM
  • Robert Klippel AO
  • Peter Rushforth AM
  • Albert Tucker AO
  • Guy Warren AM

Artists from ANVAM Arts Collection

  • Sean Burton
  • Bill Charlton
  • Chad Dobbs
  • Warrick Eady
  • Dan Elborne
  • Barham Ferguson
  • Kate Hallen
  • Phil Johns & Anila Reddy
  • Geoffrey Jones
  • George Mansford AM
  • Ben Pullin
  • Clare Randall
  • Lucy Sattler
  • Saif Shamkhi
  • Anna Taylor
  • Gordon Traill