In 1917 the Australian War Memorial initiated the Official
War Art (OWA) Scheme, which is now the longest running art
commissioning program in Australia. Throughout its history
this scheme has worked with artists of the highest calibre and has produced one
of Australia’s most significant art collections. The OWA Scheme continues
today, and recent commissions to East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Iraq and
Afghanistan have involved renowned artists such as Jon Cattapan, eX de Medici,
Charles Green and Lyndell Brown, Shaun Gladwell, Ben Quilty and Tony Albert.
Outside of the OWA scheme, the Memorial
pursues an active contemporary and historical art acquisition program, while
also conducting scholarly
research into the expansive collection now totalling almost 40,000 art works.
HMAS Kanimbla alongside Port Rashid, Dubai
In February 2002 the Australian War Memorial, continuing a tradition extending back to the First World War, appointed Peter Churcher as an official war artist for the war against terrorism. Sent to the Persian Gulf and Diego Garcia, he recorded the people and operations of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Captions - Art Section, Australian War Memorial
Project Manager - Jordie Mckay