Art in Conflict

National Exhibition Register

  • Megan Cope Artist Talk Ipswich Art Gallery
    Megan Cope Artist Talk Ipswich Art Gallery
    Image Credit
    Image courtesy Ipswich Art Gallery

About the exhibition

Art in Conflict is a new touring exhibition of contemporary art from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. Three major new bodies of work debut in this exhibition: two recent official war art commissions – Susan Norrie (Iraq, 2016) and Megan Cope (Middle East, 2017) – and a landmark commemorative work by Angelica Mesiti. The tour launched at the Shepparton Art Museum, VIC on 26 March 2022.

A showcase of diverse responses to war, the exhibition includes more than seventy paintings, drawings, films, prints, photography and sculptures.

Contemporary artists’ responses to conflict bring to light untold stories, reveal neglected histories and deepen our understanding of Australia’s experience of conflict, both past and present. Megan Cope reflected on the experience of being an official war artist:

I’m really honoured to have my work at the Memorial. It certainly is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience. I never would have expected it, to be honest, so I hope that people like the work, and ask lots of questions, and think about our relationship with the Middle East.

Supported by research from an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project, the exhibition highlights how war art can lead us to consider different ways of thinking about current and recent conflicts, inviting us to consider perspectives we might not otherwise encounter.

Available dates:

September 2023 – January 2024

July 2024 – 2026

Artists and Curator

Dr Anthea Gunn, Senior Art Curator and Laura Webster, Head of Art

Leading Australian artists are represented, such as Khadim Ali, Rushdi Anwar, eX de Medici, Denise Green, Richard Lewer, Mike Parr and Ben Quilty. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, a collection priority for the Memorial in recent years, is featured, with works by Tony Albert, Paddy Bedford, Robert Campbell Jr, Michael Cook, Shirley Macnamara and Betty Muffler.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
14/09/2023 - 30/06/2026
Exhibition size
Over 100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
$5,000 (inc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Other materials
Installation support by negotiation.
Primary contact
Lea Barnett
Head of Exhibitions
Australian War Memorial
0427 971 260
Secondary contact
James Mazengarb
(02) 6263 6622
Dr Anthea Gunn, Senior Art Curator at the Australian War Memorial, highlights works in Art in Conflict that portray recent conflicts. Video courtesy Shepparton Art Museum