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Art Show: Conflict and Compassion: Art From Peacekeeping and Active Operations.

January 1, 1970 @ 10:00 am

Conflict & Compassion brings together Artists and Soldiers alike; exploring through the medium of art their experiences of operations. This exhibition is held to coincide with the historic celebrations to commemorate the cessation of a permanent Army presence at Fort Queenscliff. Thousands of people from across the region are anticipated to attend the event.

As the title suggests, Conflict & Compassion explores the ADF involvement in active and peacekeeping operations, at home and abroad. Throughout Australian military history there has been a time honoured tradition of soldiers depicting war through art. This exhibition offers an exciting opportunity for current and retired Defence Force soldiers, sailors and airmen to showcase their personal experience of recent operations in an exhibition to be held at Fort Queenscliff on 17 Nov 12. The art may take many forms (painting, scultpure, photographic). Details for entry are contained below.

In addition to works by current serving and retired ADF members, renowned artists Mr Michael Grant and George Gittoes will be displaying works that focus on their experiences of war. Michael Grant has also been requested to a series of paintings commemorating the departure of the military from Fort Queenscliff.

Conflict & Compassion offers the Australian public a rare and insightful glimpse at what life is like for the current generation of soldiers and how they view and depict the wars they have been involved in. As soldier-artists you will be continuing the proud Australian tradition of creating war art.

I call on you to submit your works.

Military artists: enter here

Entry form for military artists seeking to submit works is located here. Please fill out the form and submit to MAJ Thomas. Be sure to read the conditions of entry prior to submitting.

Conflict and Compassion Entry Form

An overview of the Conditions of Entry are:

  • Entries close 9 Nov 12
  • Submit a photo firstof your works (by email) to Major Thomas to assure entry.
  • Art work will be available for sale. 20% of sale proceeds will go to Charity.
  • Artworks must meet conditions of entry.
  • Prizes will be on offer.Details coming soon.


Salt Contemporary Art Gallery has Gallery has kindly offered assistance with Conflict and Compassion. Visit their website or gallery at http://www.salt-art.com.au/

Additional sponsors are being sought for this unique Art Show. Please contact Major Michael Thomas if you or your organisation is interested in providing sponsorship to the show.

About the Contributing Professional Artists

Click here to find out more information about the two contributing war artists Mr Michael Grant and George Gittoes.

Mr Michael Grant (exhibiting artist):http://www.michaelgrant.com.au/About%20page.html

Mr George Gittoes (exhibiting artist):http://www.gittoes.com/

Media Release

A copy of the media release for the day is available here.

Conflict & Compassion: Media Release


Major Michael Thomas
Telephone: 03 52580480


January 1, 1970
10:00 am


Fort Queenscliff Museum
King Street
Queenscliff, 3225 Australia
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