Exhibition: World War One and the Australian War Artist Scheme

World War One and the Australian War Artist Scheme

Reading Room foyer, Level 2, Barr Smith Library

Until 30 November 2013

The concept of the War artist scheme originated in 1915 at the British Imperial War Museum with the intention of creating historic first hand pictorial accounts of British battles and the life of military personnel during World War One.

In early 1918 the Australian version of the War Artist Scheme was official sanctioned. 10 Australian artists of varying styles were initially selected, given honorary Officers commissions and attached to different divisions within the Australian Imperial force (AIF). They were all required to serve for 3 months and produce a minimum of 25 sketches.

The exhibition displays examples of art created by some of the prominent members of the Australian War Artist Scheme during World War One or works by them commissioned after the 1919 armistice. Also on display are other works created under official and unofficial conditions by other Australian artists and can be found in the books of the Barr Smith Library.

Hugh Koppan

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