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Visual Art WW1 Commemorative Art Project

ASTA Artwork in Kiel Germany
ASTA Artwork in Kiel Germany

In 2014 we marked the Centenary of the beginning of World War 1 and in 2015 the Centenary of the Gallipoli Landing. To commemorate the Centenary of World War 1 and allow for discussion and reflection as to what this historical event means to current generations, a collaborative art project was undertaken between students in Australia, England and Germany.

ASTA Visual Art tutor Robyn Foster instigated and co‑ordinated Australia’s involvement. Senior ASTA Professionals students were invited to participate in two international projects, as well as a local student exhibition. The projects undertaken aimed to create cross‑cultural dialogue and avenues of exchange for young adults through research and visual art.

The students were asked to research different aspects of Australia’s involvement in World War 1; the relevance of Australia’s dynamic cultural relationship with the legend of the ANZAC and how these things have influenced and changed Australia over the ensuing century. They were then to make editions of small works in a chosen medium, to communicate an Australian youth’s point of view. The students in England and Germany also made editioned artworks which they forwarded to Australia.

The combined artworks were exhibited during December 2014 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northern England, at Ouseburn Warehouse Workshops and Studio; in Lauenberg, Germany at a symposium and in Kiel, Germany in a World War I bunker, initiated by the Lauenberg Native and Historical Society and Lauenberg Arts Association, whilst the Australian artworks were part of a display of youth artwork from various Redland’s Schools at the Redlands Art Gallery, Capalaba.

Congratulations must go to Sabrina Lloyd, whose artwork was chosen by the German officials for the invitations, posters and podium artwork for the German commemorations. All participating students had their artworks made into A3 size posters which lined the walkway to the soldiers’ graveyard at Lauenberg, where the ceremony was held. They have since been enlarged even more, to A0 and are on display in and outside a bunker in Kiel, North Germany. We were also very proud to exhibit the works of the English, German and Australian students at this year’s Sheldon College ANZAC Ceremony commemorating the Centenary of the Gallipoli Landing.

The artworks are now on display in the cabinets in Student Services. Students involved in the project were: Damien Randall, Jarrod Southon, Grace Low, Connor Brady, Elysha Kennedy, Sabrina Lloyd, Bronwyn Myers and Mason Zropf.