The Glorious Coffs Coast. Photo: Bruce Thomas
The Glorious Coffs Coast. Photo: Bruce Thomas Bruce Thomas

Anzac passion and poetry at the Bunker

AS THE centenary of the Gallipoli landing approaches, the Bunker Cartoon Gallery is playing host to a unique project that brings images of war memorials together with poetry in a bid to get a response to the question - what does ANZAC Day mean to you?

Tasmania-based photographer Graeme Lindsay has travelled extensively in Australia and New Zealand recording war memorials.

Coupled with an interest in poetry relating to conflicts involving Australia from the 1830s to 2011, his twin passions led to the making of the '100 Years from Gallipoli Poetry Project'.  

The exhibition, which opens on Friday, also showcases two different bodies of poetry relating to conflict.

'The Language of War' is a selection of poems by 17 Tasmanian poets and 'Behind every war there are good women', are works by female poets from Australia and New Zealand.  These are all paired with Graeme's images of war memorials from both countries.

Alongside Graeme's work, the Gallery is also showing local photographer Bruce Thomas's exhibition 'The Glorious Coffs Coast'.

Photography grew out of a passion for surfing and a love of the sea for Bruce.

A 24-year career as a press photographer with The Coffs Coast Advocate developed a sharp sense of timing, composition and all technical aspects of photography and he captivated readers of 'Tracks' and 'Surfing World' magazines with stunning views of the Coffs Coast's spectacular coastline.

"The photographs in 'The Glorious Coffs Coast' are rich in colour, movement and dramatic natural wonders and it also touches on the theme of Graeme's show as it includes some special moments as Coffs remembers the fallen at our own Anzac Day ceremony," said Gallery Curator/Director Dr Leigh Summers. 

"Of course, no show at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery is complete without selections of images from its own collections. 'Monarchs and Militarism', is an impressive range of satirical responses by cartoonists to international conflicts spanning the last 25 years.

"In addition selected cartoons explore the memories, feelings and attitudes of Australians in regard to ANZAC Day and past conflicts.

"Together with caricatures of some of the world's most notorious leaders, this exhibition is a retrospective of world conflicts, threats and war from an Australian perspective."

The shows open on Friday, July 4 and are on show until Saturday, August 2.

The Opening Night is FREE and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available. 

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