Tony Albert, Megan Cope,Shaun Gladwell,
Lyndell Brown & Charles Green, 

Claire Healey & Sean Codeiro,

Susan Norrie

A Symposium on Art in Conflict, an exhibition of the Australian War Memorial’s contemporary art collection since 2006 


Sunday 22 August 2021, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

War, Art
and Visual Culture:

Art in Conflict 



Registration will open in June 2021

The Australian War Memorial's exhibition Art in Conflict opens at the SH Ervin Gallery on Saturday 21 August 2021. The War Art and Visual Culture: Art in Conflict symposium brings together some of the key artists in the exhibition, along with the exhibitions curators and academics on the Art in Conflict research team.  

Art in Conflict is a touring exhibition of the Australian War Memorial’s contemporary art collection since 2006. Supported by research from an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project, the exhibition will explore the roles of contemporary art in the Memorial’s collection and include works by a diverse range of leading Australian artists. 

Underpinning the exhibition and the symposium is the question “what does art do at the Australian War Memorial?”


The exhibition focuses on art in four overlapping themes: contemporary conflict; personal encounters; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories; and historic events. Art in Conflict includes both commissioned works – including the official war art scheme – and those acquired by purchase/donation between 2006 and 2020. The exhibition will survey a wide variety of artistic practice and media, including video, sculpture, painting and prints.


Alongside the exhibition, the War, Art and Visual Culture: Art in Conflict symposium will explore how war art can lead us to consider different ways of thinking about current and recent conflicts, inviting us to consider perspectives we might not otherwise encounter. 

* subject to change


SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney (1:00pm - 5:00pm, Sunday 22 August 2020) 


1:00pm - 1:10pm Introduction: Prof Kit Messham-Muir, Curtin University


1:10pm - 2:30pm: Session 1: 
Chair: Dr Anthea Gunn, Curator of Art, Australian War Memorial





2:30pm - 3:00pm: Coffee Break

3:00pm - 4:30pm: Session 2: 
Chair: A/Prof Uroš Cvoro, UNSW Sydney





4:30pm - 5:30pm: Drinks in the SH Ervin Gallery and

Book Launch: Uroš Čvoro and Kit Messham-Muir,
Images of War in Contemporary Art
(Bloomsbury, 2021)


5:30pm: End 


Please direct any questions to Prof Kit Messham-Muir at kit.messham-muir@curtin.edu.au  

Prof Kit Messham-Muir
Lead Investigator, Art in Conflict project
School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry
GPO Box U1987
Perth Western Australia 6845