Art in Conflict

Don't miss this new travelling exhibition from the Australian War Memorial featuring the works of leading contemporary Australian artists which highlight how war art can lead us to consider different ways of thinking about current and recent conflicts.

Showcasing diverse responses to war, this impressive exhibition includes more than seventy paintings, drawings, films, prints, photography and sculptures on display at Sydney’s S. H. Ervin Gallery.

Leading Australian artists are represented, such as Khadim Ali, Rushdi Anwar, eX de Medici, Denise Green, Richard Lewer, Mike Parr and Ben Quilty. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, a collection priority for the Memorial in recent years, is featured, with works by Tony Albert, Paddy Bedford, Robert Campbell Jr, Michael Cook, Shirley Macnamara and Betty Muffler.

Contemporary artists’ responses to conflict bring to light untold stories, reveal neglected histories and deepen our understanding of Australia’s experience of conflict, both past and present.

The exhibition will debut three major new bodies of work: recent official war art commissions by Susan Norrie (Iraq, 2016) and Megan Cope (Middle East, 2017) and a landmark commemorative work by Angelica Mesiti.

Supported by research from an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project.


Megan Cope (Quandamooka people) (b. 1982)
Flight or Fight #1 Old Rivers, Deep Water (Lake Qadisiya & Lake Assad) 2018–2019 engine oil, ink and acrylic on paper and linen, mounted on North Stradbroke Island blue gum 121 x 103 cm Australian War Memorial collection


Exhibition details

Exhibition open 11am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday from Saturday 29 July – Sunday 10 September 2023.


How to book your tickets

Exhibition entry is included in a valid S.H. Ervin Gallery entry ticket.

Book via Eventbrite where possible.



Australian War Memorial

Australian Research Council

Location Details

S.H. Ervin Gallery


National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, Millers Point (The Rocks)


Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm, last entry 4pm.


Friday 7 April 2023
Sunday 9 April 2023
Tuesday 25 April 2023
Monday 1 - Friday 5 May 2023
Monday 24 - Friday 28 July 2023
Monday 4 - Friday 8 September 2023
Monday 23 - Friday 27 October 2023

Gallery: (02) 9258 0173. Cafe: (02) 9258 0175
Entry Fees:

$42.00 - Family
$15.00 – General
$12.00 – Seniors and Concessions*
Free – Children under 5
Selected exhibitions may incur special prices
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years)
Booking fees apply.

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