Guarding the Home Front

This March the Casula Powerhouse explores the home front and its many faces, in commemoration of the Anzac Centenary.


Opening 20 March, the exhibition Guarding the Home Front, engages with ideas, themes and concerns of military conflicts around the world. Broad in its survey, the exhibition reflects on the diversity of the home front experience; from the quiet still of those awaiting the return of loved ones, to the flurry of the war effort, to the relentless terror of civilians in conflict zones that blurs the line between home front and war front.

Showcasing both emerging and established artists, the unique and diverse range of Australian artists presents an intimate and unique portrayal of how war and conflict effect the home front.

Kiersten Fishburn, Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre said “The ambitious exhibition will feature some of the most exciting, emerging and established artists today. With these artists harnessing their personal journeys through conflicts, this exhibition sheds a unique light on the effect of war on the communities and the people at home. This exhibition is a homage to the unsung heroes on the home front that have done so much for this country.”

Celebrated official World War I and World War II artists from the Australian War Memorial include Stella Bowen, Sybil Craig, Horace Moore-Jones and Sidney Nolan. Guarding the Home Front will also feature Baden Palinthorpe, the Australian War Memorial’s first artist in residence, and exciting new works by Tony Albert, Jodi Daley, Phillip George and Guan Wei.

As part of Liverpool City Council’s Anzac Centenary Commemoration, the exhibition will be an expression of the multifaceted experience of conflict and the front. Commenting on the event, Liverpool City Council Mayor, Ned Mannoun said “Liverpool, home to Holsworthy Barracks, one of the largest and most important military bases in Australia, has many military communities within it. Guarding the Home Front will play an important role in bringing a voice to these communities and their experiences.”

In what is set to be a poignant, commemorative and inclusive exhibition, Guarding the Home Front will open at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on 20 March at 6pm.

Guarding the Home Front
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
20 March – 17 May 2015

Image: Guan Wei, Paper War (still), 2014, animation, 3:00mins.
Courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary.


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