As Australia commemorates the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, museums and galleries across NSW are paying their respects through a wide range of exhibits, from historic displays to contemporary art exhibitions. Each organisation has a unique story to tell, with exhibitions covering a wide range of themes including, the experiences of local men and women that served in the war, life on the home front, Indigenous Australian soldiers, and contemporary reflections on an era that shaped Australia.
Below is just a few of the many poignant exhibitions currently on in NSW. Be sure to take the time to visit your local museum and gallery to mark the Centenary of Anzac.
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY
2 April – 10 June 2015
Contemporary exhibition of works reflecting on Anzac Centenary. This exhibition features a diverse range of art practices – from painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramic, installation to textile, photography, digital media, and music and artisan jewellery.
HURSTVILLE MUSEUM & GALLERY
31 January – 31 May 2015
First World War experiences of men and women of the St George area and how we remember them today.
S.H. ERVIN GALLERY, NATIONAL TRUST
17 April – 24 May 2015
Features the work of 16 significant Australian and New Zealand contemporary artists, commemorating the Anzac legend and the 2015 centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.
NSW LANCERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM
9-10 & 16-17 May 2015
A special exhibition telling the story of the 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment.
PEACOCK GALLERY AND AUBURN ARTS STUDIO
21 February – 17 May 2015
Artists reflect on Gallipoli and the First World War in a special exhibition, developed to mark the Centenary of Anzac.
CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE
20 March- 17 May 2015
An exhibition engaging with the ideas, themes and concerns of military conflicts around the world.
FAIRFIELD CITY MUSEUM AND GALLERY
14 February – 25 April 2015
Investigates the impact of World War I on the Fairfield Local Government Area through the museum and gallery’s excellent WWI collection.
PENRITH REGIONAL GALLERY AND THE LEWERS BEQUEST
11 April – 24 May 2015
Artist, Catherine O’Donnell’s suite of life size drawings depicting Australian soldiers and nurses at rest, interspersed with personal artefacts.
New England and Northwest:
QUIRINDI COTTAGE AND MUSEUM
22 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
Featuring the stories of local men and women who served their country in times of war.
COONAMBLE MUSEUM UNDER THE BRIDGE
25 April 2014 – 19 December 2015
This unique exhibition combines an ongoing commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the commencement of WWI with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Coonamble Red Cross.
TUMUT & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
11 April – 24 May 2015
Tumut & District Historical Society Museum commemorates all soldiers from the Boer War onwards with their exhibition.
Southern Highlands and Tablelands:
GOULBURN REGIONAL ART GALLERY
13 March – 2 May 2015
Acknowledging and honouring the Goulburn region’s WWI efforts both here and abroad.
18 April – 7 June 2015
This exhibition covers the conditions on the battlefield, life on the home front and the role of women and Indigenous Australians during the Great War. Like to read our article on this exhibition?
BEGA PIONEERS’ MUSEUM
March 2015 – December 2018
During its four years the exhibition will mark the centenary of important events such as the outbreak of war, significant battles and the armistice.
GREAT COBAR HERITAGE CENTRE
11 April – 31 December 2015
Providing insight into Cobar’s unique perspective of WWI.
AUSTRALIAN FOSSIL & MINERAL MUSEUM
12 March – 1 June 2015
The Australian War Memorial’s travelling exhibition A camera on Gallipoli showcases a series of 39 candid photographs taken by Charles Ryan while serving as a surgeon the AIF in Turkey in 1915.
24 January – 23 December 2015
This exhibition provides compelling and poignant stories of men and women from Shoalhaven who served in WWI.