Remembering the 521 by Deborah Gower and Paul Smith

Remembering the 521 by Deborah Gower and Paul Smith

An Exhibition Commemorating the sacrifices and effects of the Vietnam War

14 Aug –  18 Sept

Club Mullum Art Space, Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Dalley St, Mullumbimby

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“Bridge” The red symbolic of the communist party as they tunnelled through the landscape in an effort to bridge North and South Vietnam. The placement reflects the futility of war as a bridge between anything.

 

It has been my honour and privilege to interview some of the members of our community that risked their lives in the Vietnam War.

Paul Smith has done an amazing job of transferring old degraded slides into pictures and then into a slide show.  The slide show is a vital part of the exhibition transferring images of a lost war into today’s reality.

There are a number of artworks by Deborah Gower with pictures of the men who served.  They are my tribute to those courageous people who continue to be affected from the pain of war.

Bringing back the memories of this tragic war could not have been easy for them.  That the Veterans and their families shared their story and real pictures from the time spent “in country” still fills me with appreciation.  Their stories have made real what is sometimes brought down to a few iconic images that I don’t feel reflects the whole story of the Australian presence in Vietnam War nor the after effects on both our soldiers, their families and the Vietnamese people.

These men and their families will always be remembered in my heart as brave souls who removed the camouflage they needed to protect themselves in the aftermath of the war and sat with me for the precious time needed to translate their reality into this exhibition.

My eternal thanks to the Vietnam Veterans and especially to these Mullumbimby men and their families.

Bill Host

Paul Smith

Richard (Rick) Wainwright

Joe Walsh

John E Williams

 

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Mullumbimby Remembers Fromelles

“Forever Together” by Deborah Gower 15 July 2016 – 1 August 2016 at The Art Cube, Byron Shire Council Foyer, Mullumbimby

forever togetherErnest Austin Ainscow 1898-1917 When researching my family tree I discovered my father’s cousin a young Cairns lad man who enlisted in World War 1 Like so many young men Ernest died defending his country.  His was buried in Trois Cemetery in France – so far from his beloved Cairns.

His mother received a medal with one star for the loss of one son.  Of ancient sculptures dedicated to long forgotten wars and fallen soldiers, few remain intact and often limbs and heads are missing.  Bronze sculptures were popular and the two sculptures here symbolise Ernest and his sister Lucretia both scarred by the barbs of the war, but being held together by poppies – a symbol of remembrance.

This month the Art Cube is honoured to be exhibiting the work that inspired the “Once Lost Never Forgotten” seven week project in Fromelles France.  The Project takes inspiration from the battle of Fromelles and the efforts to identify some of the 5500 men who lost their lives in 24 hours on 19/20 July 1916 at that battle.  Through the gracious hospitality of Jean-Gabriel Masson Maire de Fromelles, my host families and the community of Fromelles I worked with descendants and school children to remember the ANZACs and develop artworks for exhibition.  Forever joined as allies through the events of the First World War, France and Australia have a shared history.

It is my honor to hold a reciprocal exhibition at the Ex-Services Club in Mullumbimby based on my experience in Fromelles.  The exhibition is held for the month of July 2016 to coincide with the 100th commemorative service of the Battle of Fromelles.

“Once Lost Never Forgotten – 100 Year Commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles France” by Deborah Gower 15 July 2016 – 1 August 2016 at Club Mullum Art Space, Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Dalley St, Mullumbimby

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“Once Lost Never Forgotten – 100 Year Commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles France” by Deborah Gower

What an honour it is to have a reciprocal exhibition from my artist residency in Fromelles France last year.  My thoughts and prayer are with my Fromelles Friends who are commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle Of Fromelles.

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My Exhibition in Mullum – “Once Lost Never Forgotten – 100 Year Commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles France” by Deborah Gower

15 July 2016 – 1 August 2016

at Club Mullum Art Space, Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Dalley St, Mullumbimby.

Special memories of my artist residency in Fromelles France last year.

Thank you to my Fromelles Friends, Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club and Anne Vanderbyl for sharing the information on Neil Penfold. A special thank you to Paul Smith for the video presentation.

“Once Lost Never Forgotten” was a seven week project in Fromelles France.  The Project took inspiration from the battle of Fromelles and the efforts to identify some of the 5500 men who lost their lives in 24 hours on 19/20 July 1916 at that battle.  Through the gracious hospitality of Jean-Gabriel Masson Maire de Fromelles, my host families and the community of Fromelles I worked with descendants and school children to remember the ANZACs and develop artworks for exhibition.  Forever joined as allies through the events of the First World War, France and Australia have a shared history.

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Welcome to 2016

Well its been some time since I have posted after an amazing 2015. France, Cairns Mullumbimby – exhibitions world wide and at home. I am sorting out my problems with my kiln – fingers crossed. A local welder is helping me out with the rust problem so with a bit of luck I will be back getting my fingers covered in clay very soon.

I am still curating the Art Cube at Mullumbimby Council Chambers.

“A Consumer’s Guide to Unobtainable Happiness” by Susan Gourley”
4 January 2016 – 1 February 2016 at The Art Cube, Byron Shire Council Foyer, Mullumbimby

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And Club Mulum Art Space

Cool Cockies by Amanda Bromfield

4 January 2016 – 1 February 2016 at Club Mullum Art Space, Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Dalley St, Mullumbimby

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Wishing everyone an awesome 2016 and hoping you can see some of the amazing artistic talent we have in Northern Rivers during the year.

Debby xxx

 

 

 

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Trinity Beach Remembers

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Some more photos of the fabulous students from Trinity Beach State School writing messages for our fallen soldiers.

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Remembering with ST Andrews Catholic College

Some of the wonderful students from St Andrews Catholic School who wrote some heartfelt messages on crosses for our fallen soldiers. Australian War Memorial has received the crosses and they will be forwarded overseas to be placed on the graves of fallen soldiers.  Thank you so much to all the students who participated.

Debby xxx

 

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Remembering at Trinity Beach

When I was in Cairns I had the pleasure to visit Trinity Beach State School where some fabulous students wrote messages of Commemoration to our fallen soldiers.  The crosses were supplied by the Australian War Memorial

and will eventually be forwarded overseas to be placed on the graves of our fallen soldiers.  Trinity Beach is located near Cairns in North Queensland and I felt so welcome and shared such a wonderful afternoon with the teachers and students.

Thank you Trinity Beach – You will always have a special place in my heart.

Debby

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