Pro Patria Mori: Invited artists

We are delighted to present a floor talk by T.J McNamara on Wednesday 22nd April at 7pm.

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 7 April 2015
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 26 April 2015
  • Opening Time: Tues to Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-4pm

Featuring Bob Kerr painting, 'Hell Here Now'. Including Penny Howard, Virginia King, Kenneth Merrick, Mary McIntyre, James Ormsby and Ross Ritchie.

On 25 April 2015, New Zealand commemorates the centenary of the ANZAC landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Whitespace presents a group exhibition by invited artists responding to the tragic events of the time.

Wellington painter Bob Kerr shows his six metre long painting Hell Here Now-the Gallipoli Diary of Alfred Cameron, like most young men of his generation, he was swept up in this wave of patriotic fervour. Eager to get away to war Alfred, who had been working on his uncle's farm at Culverden in North Canterbury, took his horse Percy and went into camp in Christchurch on the 20th of August 1914, on landing in Gallipoli he had to leave his horse behind and fight as a foot soldier.

His last diary entry, written just before his 21st birthday reads; 'It's just hell here now, no water or tucker, only seven out of thirty three in number one troop on duty, rest either dead or wounded. Dam the place, no good writing any more.'

Alfred Cameron was evacuated to hospital in Egypt sometime in July, he then returned to New Zealand where he married and became a farmer in South Canterbury.

 

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