Cowra Regional Art Gallery | Behind the Wire & Dream of Ghosts
Image: Stephen Copland, ‘Flesh and Blood’, from ‘Dream of Ghosts’.
Two new exhibitions will open at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery Friday 4th August 2017 commencing at 6:30pm. Guest speakers are Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council and the Dr Roslyn Russell, Historian, Writer, Museum Curator and Chair of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee.
From 5 August each year, for over 50 years, Japanese and Australian survivors and descendants have gathered in Cowra to commemorate, through memorial services and special events the “Cowra Breakout”, which took place on August 5, 1944. On that day more than 1,100 Japanese Prisoners of War attempted a mass escape from the Cowra POW camp. A total of 334 Japanese POWs made it out of the camp, while 231 Japanese and four Australian servicemen were killed in the Breakout attempt and subsequent round-up.
The exhibition Behind the Wire will display a diverse collection of precious Cowra POW camp artefacts and objects including memorabilia, and photographs. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery will also showcase its restored altar panels created by Italian Prisoners of War which were originally housed in the Italian Chapel at the Camp.
Dream of Ghosts by artist Stephen Copland is a multi media installation including video, painting, drawing and sculpture that imagines a poetic translation into the “Cowra Breakout”. The work was commissioned by the Cowra Region Art Gallery with the support Create NSW. During the development of the project Stephen visited Cowra as artist-in-residence at the Gallery.
Admission is free and complimentary food and refreshments will be served.
The exhibition continues to Sunday 20th August 2017.
For more information please call the Gallery on 6340 2190.