The Australian National Veterans Arts Museums (ANVAM) is holding the inaugural International Veterans Art Exhibition (IVAE18) during the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 showcasing art by veterans from Invictus Games participating nations over the period 20-27 October 2018.

IVAE18 will:

  • be a leader in creating a global movement to unite and support veterans and families through arts engagement; 
  • recognise and empower veterans through their stories; and
  • create an enduring legacy highlighting the benefits of arts engagement. 


IVAE18 theme, Make your Mark, is consistent with the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 theme and ANVAM’s logo encouraging veterans to ‘make a mark’ and engage in art.

Invitation to Participate

Veteran artists are invited to submit a digital image of one original art work per veteran artist. Eligibility is open to current or former members of the military services of the 18 nations in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Be part of the international veterans art movement:

  • Tell your story
  • Be an ambassador for your country
  • Showcase your national culture and identity
  • Promote the veterans art genre
  • Showcase veterans art to the world
  • Support veterans art in your own community

Entries will be submitted via online high resolution digital files with accompanying information about the artist and their art work. No original works will be submitted or exhibited in IVAE18.


IVAE18 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney from the 20th to 27th October. The following schedule will apply to submission of entries:

Date Action
16 July 2018 Invitation released to participating countries
31 August 2018 Close of submissions to ANVAM for consideration
7 September 2018 Selected artists notified
17-19 October Exhibition installation
28-29 October Dismantle exhibition

Submission of Entries

Veteran artists submitting works are requested to complete the details, below, and upload a high resolution digital image of their work in jpeg, pdf or png, along with evidence of service. Submission of entries is only available online via

Royalty Free License

By submitting an entry for the IVAE18, veteran artists provide the exhibition organisers, the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, with a royalty free license to reproduce, use and store the art work for the following purposes:

  • Exhibiting the work in the IVAE18,
  • Retention of the physical reproduced work for ANVAM’s archives or as gifts to the relevant Embassy or High Commission in Australia,
  • For promotional material associated with ANVAM, IVAE18 and Invictus Games Sydney 2018,
  • For retention in ANVAM’s archives and later reproduction of historical books, records, documentaries and other media about the IVAE18 or Invictus Games Sydney 2018, and
  • An online gallery of veterans art submitted for the IVAE18.

Art works will not be reproduced in their own right for sale or inclusion in any merchandise.

Original Art Works

By submitted an entry for the IVAE18 veteran artist warrants that the entry is an original work made by themselves for which they hold Copyright.

Artistic Media

Selected works will be reproduced in a consistent 2D size and format for IVAE18. Original artwork may, therefore, be any visual art including 2D or 3D artworks.

Selection of Works

IVAE18 aims to showcase veterans art from around the world with a focus on the range of experiences and cultural diversity of veteran artists in their military service, post military experiences and in art practice. IVAE18 is not a competition. Selection for inclusion in IVAE18 will be based on decisions by the curatorial panel to achieve the stated aim with one work selected from those submitted for each participating nation, up to a total of 18 works in the exhibition.

Retention of Submissions

Entries will be retained by the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum as a record of works submitted to IVAE18. Information contained in submissions will only be used for the stated purposes, that is for inclusion in IVAE18 and for the promotion of veterans arts, which may include:

  • Production of a hard copy and/or online catalogue,
  • Research into veterans art, which will be subject to appropriate ethics approvals by the researching body,
  • Reproduction in historical documents, videos, presentations, documentaries or other media for the purposes of presenting aspects of veterans art to the general public or other audiences.

The privacy of veteran artists is paramount. In making a submission veteran artists approve the publication of information submitted for the purpose of entry into IVAE18.

Submission Form

Veteran Artist Details


In submitting this entry to the IVAE, I consent to my name and art work being reproduced and published by the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum and the Invictus Games in any media for the purpose of promoting veterans arts and the IVAE. I acknowledge that my art work will not be sold commercially but may be included in publications that are for sale.

Entry Details

File Upload and Declaration

I confirm that I am the creator and owner of the artwork and that in creating the artwork I have not infringed the copyright of any other person, nor downloaded any images or sound from the internet, such as, but not limited to Google, YouTube or Flickr. I agree to the work being reproduced and archived by ANVAM for the purposes described.

File for upload should be high-resolution images suitable for printing (300DPI or higher) in PDF, JPG, TIFF, or PNG, with a maximum file size of 20 Megabytes.

Alternatively, if the file exceeds the size limit, please provide a link to download the artwork

Evidence of Service may include veterans concession card, VA card, enlistment record etc.

Maximum file size of 5 Megabytes