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Australian War Memorial | For Country, for Nation

Published on Tuesday, 1 December 2020 at 11:26:37 AM

For Country, For Nation

The first Memorial exhibition dedicated exclusively to exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service opens on Friday 18 December 2020 at GRAG and runs till the 30 January 2021. The exhibition houses 48 works of art by more than 30 artists. Six artists from across Australia were also commissioned by the Memorial to create works especially for the exhibition. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long standing tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among our military forces. They have also worked in ancillary, industry, and other home-front activities, and their communities have been thrust into the front line of theatres of war. The touring exhibition For Country, for Nation highlights these stories and explores themes of remembrance and tradition through family histories, objects, art, and photographs from across Australia, drawing inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership, and skill.

For Country, for Nation is thematic in structure. Within each theme are stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience during wartime and peace.

RSVP's to attend the Opening Night on the 18 December, 6-8pm are through Eventbrite.

Image credit: A young Reg Saunders surrounded by his mates of the 2/7th Battalion, AIF, in Queensland in 1943
057894, Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

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