Audrey D'Mello, Biscuits and the Brace (2015). Image courtesy of the artist and photographer Alex Wisser
Auburn City Council, Trade and Investment - Arts NSW, Auburn RSL Sub-Branch
Exhibition curators - Penny Stannard and Nicole Barakat
The people of Auburn share a unique history and Anzac Centenary commemorations in Auburn will have a particular focus on the shared history. One hundred years ago at Gallipoli, Turkish and Australian soldiers were enemies and now in Auburn the families have gone from 'foes to friends' with over 5000 Turkish Australians residing in Auburn.
Then, Now, Tomorrow - After the War is an Anzac Centenary art exhibition which presents the diverse perspectives and reflections on war of twelve artists with connections to Auburn. The artists work in diverse mediums and investigate, interrogate and respond to themes and elements of the Anzac Centenary.
A large community wreath will be developed at the Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio during the Then, Now, Tomorrow - After the War exhibition (21 Feb - 1 May 2015). Visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to make a poppy to add to the wreath and remember all those lost in wars.
Penny Stannard and Nicole Barakat were commissioned to work with locally connected artists to provide guidance and prompt further investigation, interrogation and a depth of response from each of the 12 artists ensuring that local stories and voices are heard. Artists will discuss their works which have included challenging themes, family stories and social commentary.
Curator Talk: Saturday 21 March 2015 1.30pm at the Peacock Gallery
Artist Talk: Saturday 2 May 2015 1pm at the Peacock Gallery
Local performance groups provide an afternoon that responds to the Anzac Centenary. The Auburn Poets and Writers Group provide their responses to the themes and artworks in the Then, Now, Tomorrow - After the War exhibition. The Duck River Band performs songs from the First World War era.
Saturday 11 April 2015, 1:30-3pm at the Peacock gallery