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For Country, For Nation

Thursday 25 April - Friday 19 July, 2019
10.00am - 5.00pm
Samtag Museum, Hawke Building, UniSA City West Campus
Cnr Fenn Pl & North Tce

For Country, for Nation reflects the experience of war from the perspective of First Nations Australians.

Curated by Amanda Jane Reynolds for the Australian War Memorial, For Country, for Nation brings to light the long-standing tradition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in fighting for Country to reveal stories of service in the military and on the front lines of war. Themes of remembrance and tradition are explored through family histories, objects, art and photographs from across Australia, drawing inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of warriors’ discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

For Country, for Nation features contemporary responses to conflict by artists such as Tony Albert, Yhonnie Scarce, Megan Cope, Gordon Bennett, Brian Robinson and Shirley Macnamara.

An Australian War Memorial Touring exhibition, presented by the Samstag Museum of Art alongside Reality in flames: modern Australian art and the Second World War. The tour of For Country, for Nation has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and International Art Services Australia.


ANZAC Day, Thursday 25 April, 2pm until late

Samstag Museum of Art launches two major exhibitions from the Australian War Memorial with an afternoon of conversation, performance, food and music.

This program invites audiences to reflect on the First Nations experience during wartime and peace, both on home soil and abroad with performance by the Unbound Collective and a unique culinary experience by artist James Tylor. Click here for details.



James Tylor in conversation

Saturday 27 April, 1 — 2pm

Join Joanna Kitto, Associate Curator and artist James Tylor for an examination of contemporary depictions of the Frontier Wars as we tour Australian War Memorial exhibition, For Country, for Nation. 

ON ART is a series of public events developed for visual arts students, emerging practitioners and anyone interested in contemporary art.


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