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'Recovering The Past' goes live at the Meandarra ANZAC memorial museum!

‘Recovering The Past’ has now opened its doors to the public at the impressive Meandarra ANZAC memorial museum on Queensland Western Downs.

The first gallery type exhibition of its kind held at this location, the museum’s curator and staff have worked tirelessly and installed all-new picture display railing from which the artworks are now hung.

On public display at the Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum till the 21st August, the artworks are available with no additional entry fee required.

On display at the Meandarra ANZAC memorial museum! - image ©Carolyn Beattie

On display at the Meandarra ANZAC memorial museum! - image ©Carolyn Beattie

image ©Carolyn Beattie

image ©Carolyn Beattie

image ©Carolyn Beattie

image ©Carolyn Beattie

Gallery 107 - Dalby

A great display of Recovering The Past at the beautiful Gallery 107, Dalby has received an enthusiastic response from the public.

“I have recently had the privilege of viewing the 'Recovering The Past' exhibition…It was a memorable, visual and emotional experience explained visitor Gary Carey.

My thanks to Western Downs Regional Council and Councillor Carolyn Tillman for both supporting and hosting a display of Recovering The Past at Gallery 107.


'Recovering The Past' opens to the public at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation

Having relocated from Gladston to Bundaberg, ‘Recovering The Past, has once again opened its doors to the Australian public.

The ‘Hinkler Hall of Aviation’ will host the exhibition till Sunday 28th April 2019, this unique project will once again raise the profile of the consequences of the Great War suffered by Australian society.

Eight of the 17 images of ‘Recovering The Past’ currently displayed at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia

Eight of the 17 images of ‘Recovering The Past’ currently displayed at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery - Recovering The Past

The second of the eight scheduled Queensland venues to exhibit ‘Recovering The Past’, the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery has hung the artworks in the beautiful heritage listed rooms of this magnificent 1930’s building.

The gallery’s staff have created an impressive display of this project, the venue’s period surroundings perfectly compliment the important heritage aspect of this exhibitions narrative.

Hanging proudly at this venue for a period of ten weeks, this unique project will continue to raise the awareness of ‘consequences of war’ to all who visit this exhibition.

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The end of Recovering The Past's Australian debut and a fantastic first step on the project's tour of Queensland

Artist Ian Alderman pictured amongst the artworks of ‘Recovering The Past’ at its all-important and overwhelmingly successful first display to the Australian public.

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This crucially important Australian debut would not have been possible without the essential support of the Queensland government’s Anzac100 Lasting Legacies scheme, the members of RSL Maryborough sub-branch, and Gatakers artspace. The artist would like to convey his sincere thanks to each of these organisations for making this event a reality.

The more than seven years of painstaking effort was involved with bringing this project to Australia and has been rewarded with fantastic critique from its visitors. The final word on this first display is reserved for the generous review left on this website’s comments section by ‘Michael’, a visitor to this exhibition:


I was transfixed by the powerful message conveyed by this exhibition. It is not only a testament to the suffering subjected to the men and women who were immersed in this saw-toothed savagery, but, also the families who were bereaved and those who suffered well after their loved ones returned home.
The exhibition is so poignant that it goes beyond the Great War, it's message is just as potent in our time.

Amongst the many visitors to the exhibition

The exhibition’s debut here in Australia has been exceptionally well received. Below, some of the many visitors with who the artist has had the pleasure to meet in the past few days.

Deb Frecklington, MP, leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland and Leader of the Queensland Opposition

Deb Frecklington, MP, leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland and Leader of the Queensland Opposition

Trevor Watts, MP, and a Shadow Minister in the National Liberal Party

Trevor Watts, MP, and a Shadow Minister in the National Liberal Party

The amazing Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) who played a terrific set at the exhibition’s opening night

The amazing Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) who played a terrific set at the exhibition’s opening night

Keith and Juanida Shang; a century ago, Keith’s father fought at Passchendaele on the very land where this project was produced

Keith and Juanida Shang; a century ago, Keith’s father fought at Passchendaele on the very land where this project was produced

The 98 year old (and fantastic) Wilfred Bott. His father and five uncles all fought at Passchendaele, all 6 men returned home to Australia unscathed. With the exhibition itself filmed on the Passchendaele battlefield, I was very pleased to have Wilfred visit and tell me about his ancestors exploits in Flanders a century ago.

The 98 year old (and fantastic) Wilfred Bott. His father and five uncles all fought at Passchendaele, all 6 men returned home to Australia unscathed. With the exhibition itself filmed on the Passchendaele battlefield, I was very pleased to have Wilfred visit and tell me about his ancestors exploits in Flanders a century ago.

Artist Ian Alderman (left) and Jason Scanes - the Queensland government’s Anzac100 representative - are pictured at the exhibition opening event

Artist Ian Alderman (left) and Jason Scanes - the Queensland government’s Anzac100 representative - are pictured at the exhibition opening event

Framed and ready for exhibition!

Gatakers artspace will shortly take delivery of the 25 framed prints of ‘Recovering The Past’.

This exciting development brings the Australian debut of this unique project ever nearer. The fine art prints were produced specifically by Genesis Imaging and were funded by The Queensland Governments Anzac100 Lasting Legacies scheme - click here for details

Framed and awaiting delivery to Gatakers Artspace, the prints for the Australian debut of ‘Recovering The Past’ are pictured at framers Artplus, Bundaberg.

Framed and awaiting delivery to Gatakers Artspace, the prints for the Australian debut of ‘Recovering The Past’ are pictured at framers Artplus, Bundaberg.

Exhibition prints for 'Recovering The Past's Australian debut

A full set of 25 large format prints for the Australian debut of ‘Recovering The Past’ have been produced and safely delivered to Australia.

Destined for the upcoming exhibition at Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough, on Australia’s Fraser Coast, details of additional venues for the exhibition of this project will be announced soon.

Artist Ian Alderman with the prints destined for the Australian debut of ‘Recovering The Past’

Artist Ian Alderman with the prints destined for the Australian debut of ‘Recovering The Past’

Venue and exhibition dates for November's exciting launch of 'Recovering The Past' to the Australian public

'Recovering The Past' will formerly open its doors to the Australian public at Gatakers Artspace, Maryborough on Queensland's Fraser Coast commencing Monday 29th October 2018. 

http://www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/Gatakers-Artspace

This exciting development has been made possible through significant support from Queensland Anzac Centenary large grants program, Gatakers Artspace and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

All 25 compelling images of this ground breaking project will feature at this exhibition running from Monday 29th October to Sunday 25th November 2018.

Artist Ian Alderman will be present throughout the duration of the exhibition to further explain the project and conduct group tours.

Australia's Queensland state government awards Recovering The Past exhibition funding!

Recovering The Past has proudly been awarded highly significant funding by Australia's Queensland state government for an exhibition of the project beginning in November 2018.

https://anzac100.initiatives.qld.gov.au/

The result of a collaboration between the artist and Returned & Services League's Maryborough sub-branch, the successful funding application will provide 'Recovering The Past' with its first and crucial step onto Australian soil. 

Details of the  exhibition's venue and timings will be announced here shortly.

All inquiries regarding this exhibition should be forwarded to the artist on:

ian@recoveringthepast.com

Front cover recognition for 'Recovering The Past'

Leading industry publication 'The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction' has given 'Recovering The Past' the privilege of featuring on the front cover of its latest edition.

This journal is the longest continuous source of information on humanitarian mine action, Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and conventional weapons destruction (CWD) in the world, its recognition of 'Recovering The Past's artistic contribution to 'post conflict reconciliation' is therefore of great significance.

My thanks to Professor Kenneth Rutherford, Director of Centre for International Stabilisation and Recovery, and Managing Editor Jennifer Risser for creating this opportunity to share the project to its unique global community.

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Click here to view or download the journal

Photography inspires poetry

A very rewarding development for me as the artist to receive an email with a difference, courtesy of Daniel Packham, a recent visitor to the current exhibition of 'Recovering The Past'.

In his email, Daniel explained how the exhibition had prompted him to put pen to paper; the result, this very fine poem entitled 'Iron Harvest'.

 

'IRON HARVEST'   

Raining from a steel sky,

The iron reaper seeks it's Mark,

What horror, descending in a breath,

To harvest fear and flesh.

 

Entombed in subterranean slumber,

The reaper ascends, 

Through season on season,

Through time and earth,

A century passed by,

Unshackled ,re emerged,

To seek its crop of tears,

Beneath an Autumn sky.

 

My sincere thanks to Daniel, and his able demonstration of how one artistic medium can inspire another

'Recovering The Past' opens to the public

The exhibition of 'Recovering The Past' has finally begun at the 'In Flanders Fields' museum with fantastic levels of enthusiastic feedback from its visitors. Seventeen of the project's images are on display, at this most extraordinary of venues.

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