Australian War Memorial exhibition For Country, For Nation opens at Glasshouse Regional Gallery

A young Reg Saunders surrounded by his mates of the 2/7th Battalion, AIF, in Queensland in 1943 (detail). 057894, image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.
A young Reg Saunders surrounded by his mates of the 2/7th Battalion, AIF, in Queensland in 1943 (detail). 057894, image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

A STUNNING exhibition from the Australian War Memorial exploring the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be on exhibition at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery from October 5.

For Country, For Nation is the first Memorial exhibition dedicated exclusively to exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service. This exhibition is one of 11 stops for the touring exhibition across Australia over three years.

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.

The space also features two installations by Victorian-based weavers Aunty Glenda Nicholls and Aunty Clair Bates.

Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson, said For Country, For Nation is one of the most significant exhibitions developed by the Memorial in recent times.

"It is hard for non-Indigenous Australians to imagine the world as Indigenous Australians saw it, but we must. They have served in every conflict this country has engaged in and they continue to do so with pride and professionalism, which is nothing short of inspiring. This exhibition is an opportunity to honour their service," Dr Nelson said.

Suzanne Myers, acting Head of Exhibitions at the Australian War Memorial said For Country, For Nation will guide visitors through six different themes designed to tell the story of Australia's Indigenous service history.

"Unlike other exhibitions at the Memorial, the stories will be told from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with many shared through first-person voice," Ms Myers said.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program; and we also kindly acknowledge the support of International Arts Services Australia.

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