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World War II art comes to Rockhampton

Bridie Macgillicuddy, Assistant Curator of Art, Australian War Memorial in Rockhampton assisting with the exhibition installation. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Bridie Macgillicuddy, Assistant Curator of Art, Australian War Memorial in Rockhampton assisting with the exhibition installation. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill

WHEN it comes to war, art doesn't usually come to mind.

But it is art based on World War II that has come to Rockhampton Art Gallery.

Bridie Macgillicuddy, assistant curator of art at the Australian War Memorial, said the exhibition, which opens today, tells of the vast range of experiences Australia had during the war.

"This is the first time they have all been brought together," Bridie said.

"It is a great opportunity for people of Central Queensland to see an exhibition such as this."

The artworks cover a variety of topics; including the men and women who served, battle images, activities on the home front, prisoners of war, the seedier side of society, women working in factories and the holocaust. 

"It is really diverse; some of it is confronting, some of it humorous."

Bridie said Rockhampton was a really important military hub during the war, and the population trebled in 1939, so many would appreciate the significance of the exhibition.

One of the highlight works is Bomber crew by artist Stella Bowen, featuring a portrait of Squadron Leader Eric Jarman, from Yeppoon.

The Rockhampton Art Gallery is the final tour venue of the collection from the Australian War Memorial. 

"It does a 360 degree perspective of the war."      

 

IF YOU GO: WHAT: Reality inflames: Modern Australian art & the Second World War 

WHERE: Rockhampton Art Gallery

WHEN: Now until November 30

DON'T MISS: Informal gallery chat with Bridie Macgillicuddy at10 am today at Rockhampton Art Gallery    

Topics:  rockhampton art gallery wwii



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