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Commemorating Passchendaele: Home Front to Frontline

Commemorating Passchendaele: Home Front to Frontline

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  • Sun 15 Apr ’18, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Mon 16 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tue 17 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Wed 18 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thu 19 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 20 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 21 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sun 22 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Mon 23 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tue 24 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thu 26 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 27 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 28 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sun 29 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Mon 30 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tue 1 May ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Wed 2 May ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Thu 3 May ’18, 10:00am – 6:00pm
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Northart, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays St, Northcote


All Ages

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  • Free Admission



Robyn Hughes’ intense expressionist paintings commemorate the disastrous 1917 campaign in Belgium, which saw nearly 12,000 British, Australian and New Zealand casualties.

The bodies of most of these fallen men lie in a cemetery near the battlefield, over 8000 of them in unnamed graves. Robyn Hughes spent almost two years researching Passchendaele, visiting the battlefields and cemeteries, reading personal letters and diaries from the front line, newspaper articles, military dispatches and histories.

The compelling series tracks her attempt to understand what happened at Passchendaele and aims to bring those young men back from anonymity. The result is an intense and impassioned visual exploration of a war that hit close to home and still has repercussions to this day.

On the Sunday before Anzac Day (2pm 22 April), Robyn will be joined by Passchendaele Society director and historical novelist Greg Hall in a fascinating discussion about the relationship between art and war. They will explore the purposeful recording of art during war-time, artistic responses to the grandiosity of post war remembrance art, and art as a contemporary vehicle for commemoration.

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