Wait, weep & be worthy: women, the home front & war, a new exhibition coming up at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery from 1 April 2016 – 22 May 2016 looks at women, WWI and the ‘home front’.
In 1914, journalist Cora Harris wrote: ‘What men suffer through war is written in histories…but what women suffer is never written.’ For Gallery Director, Diana Robson, this provided a challenge worth rising to.
According to Diana, while the first year of the ANZAC commemorations understandably focused on the men who fought and died in the trenches, the second year of the centenary offers a chance to turn people’s attention to the untold stories and contribution of women on the home front.
“We want to make a meaningful contribution to the anniversary by providing a different perspective on the conflict and its effects on the people left behind,” she said.
The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford said it is great to see the Gallery’s curator taking such an initiative to acknowledge women’s many roles during WWI, and encourages the Hawkesbury community to get involved.
“Our Curator has asked asked contemporary artists to respond to the theme, and the Gallery will also be displaying original historical items that tell of women’s experiences, both in supporting the troops abroad and in keeping the home fires burning,” Councillor Ford said.
“It’s not too late for Hawkesbury residents with similar objects suitable for display to contact the Gallery.”
The free exhibition will feature a number of contemporary Australian artists as well as original art, photos and film footage, posters, objects and clothing from WW1 collections. Hawkesbury residents who would like to have related objects displayed as part of the exhibition can contact Diana on (02) 4560 4440.
At a glance:
Wait, weep & be worthy: women, the home front & war (exhibition) – FREE ENTRY
1 April 2016 – 22 May 2016
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
Deerubbin Centre (1st floor)
300 George Street Windsor
Ph: (02) 4560 4441
Gallery hours: Monday, Wednesday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Closed Tuesdays and public holidays
Weekends 10am – 3pm