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.
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.