AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL PARTNERSHIP

 Brenton Ken, Witjiti George, Mick Wikilyiri, Ray Ken and Taylor Cooper at work on the Men's collaborative 2016

Brenton Ken, Witjiti George, Mick Wikilyiri, Ray Ken and Taylor Cooper at work on the Men's collaborative 2016

Australian War Memorial Partnership Project

In 2016, The Australian War Memorial approached Anangu elders requesting a commission of a major work to be installed in the Foyer Gallery of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. This opportunity arose following the success of the Hazelhurst Regional Galley collaborative works, which were created in 2016. Collaborative artworks have been produced throughout the history of the APY art-making movement, with the collaborative painting process used as a tool by Indigenous Elders to instruct culture and painting techniques to younger generations.

In this major commission for the Australian War Memorial, Senior Men across the APY Lands will embark on a seminal collaborative painting work that explores the themes of connection to country and protecting country. Expansive in scale, this 2 x 5.5 metre painting will be the largest artwork produced on the Lands to date and will involve over forty male Artists of all ages. The work will be on permanent display in the Foyer Gallery at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.