Linden New Art presents The Art of War

Linden New Art is thrilled to present The Art of War, a unique conversation with artists Matthew SleethWendy Sharpe and Tanja Johnston from the Australian National Veterans Art Museum (ANVAM) as they discuss the intersection of art and war.

War artists preserve moments in Australia’s political history, but rarely do they speak about these moments and their lived experiences as witnesses. What is it like to be an Australian observer of war, not from the safety of home, but in the confines and uncertainty of deployment?

Linden New Art Director Melinda Martin said: “The tradition of commissioning visual artists to depict war provides us with a unique perspective that communicates the experience in what is perhaps a more thoughtful and subjective manner. The Art of War will give us an opportunity to peek ‘behind the scenes’ to find out how the lived experiences of these artists informed the artworks they produced.”

Presented as a special collaboration between the Shrine of Remembrance and Linden New Art, this event will investigate what these artists learned as bystanders in conflict countries and how they felt to confront the political and cultural realities not seen in the media.

Through their art we must face our own discomfort with what it means to be safe and secure; knowing that for many, war is not experienced via the brushstroke of paint on canvas or the click of a camera. Tanja Johnston will share the art programs ANVAM have developed to work with returned soldiers.

Image credit: Matthew Sleeth, Untitled #66, Tour of Duty, 1999, photograph. Image courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery, New York.


The Art of War
Tuesday 1 May, 6pm -7.30pm
The Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
(Entry via the Education Centre courtyard)
$5 per person, FREE for Friends of The Shrine