ANZAC in Spirit: Diggers in Gallipoli



Exhibition

Commemorating 100th Anniversary ANZAC Landings

2nd - 4th, 9th - 10th, 16th - 17th, 24th - 26th and 30th - 31st May 2015

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand observed on 25 April each year. Anzac Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. This public art exhibition is a contemporary response to the Gallipoli Campaign in which the ANZACs fought against the Ottoman Empire on the Gallipoli Peninsula on the coast of Turkey.

The campaign led by General Sir Ian Hamilton commander of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (MEF) was to launch a naval attack followed by an amphibious landing on the peninsula with the eventual aim of capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). The origin of the term digger for Australian troops was in a footnote to a letter sent by General Sir Ian Hamilton to General William Birchwood (ANZAC) on the day of the landings P.S. You have got through the difficult business, now you have only to dig, dig, dig, until you are safe.

The focus of this exhibition is on the ANZAC Landings from 7 destroyers on 25th April 1915, the 7 Battles in August 1915, and the evacuations in December 1915 due to the incompetence of 7 of the generals managing the August Offensives. Charles Bean, the official Australian war correspondent, in his diaries although aware of the poor training, inflexible command, and poor leadership, dwells on the mateship, endurance, reckless courage, and humour of the ANZACs, which emerged as the Australian national characteristics we know today. The exhibition is curated by Jolanta Jagiello and funded by Southwark Council Neighbourhood Fund.

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ANZAC in Spirit: Diggers in Gallipolis on Tour


ANZAC in Spirit Comments
ANZAC in Spirit Press
anzac/ecm1.JPGBlood, War, and Party
by Elizabeta Chojak-Mysko
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anzac/ecm2.JPGDrama and silence
by Elizabeta Chojak-Mysko
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anzac/ecm3.JPGGen. Walker ready for Battle at Lone Pine
by Elizabeta Chojak-Mysko
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anzac/jj1.JPGGodley’s Abattoir Party
by Jolanta Jagiello
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anzac/jj2.JPGThe Nek Charges
by Jolanta Jagiello
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anzac/jj3.JPGHovell’s Contingent
by Jolanta Jagiello
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anzac/jr1.JPGTHE BATTLE 60
by Jill Rock
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anzac/jr2.JPGTHE TROOPS
by Jill Rock
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anzac/jr3.JPGLT GENERAL BIRDWOOD
by Jill Rock
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anzac/lsk1.JPGAs much use as a Chocolate teapot
by Louise Severyn-Kosinska
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anzac/lsk2.JPGThe Underestimated Ottoman
by Louise Severyn-Kosinska
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anzac/lsk3.JPGThe Wind in the Willows
by Louise Severyn-Kosinska
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anzac/mw1.JPGTea Time Stuck
by Monica Wheeler
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anzac/mw2.JPGLike an Hour Glass
by Monica Wheeler
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anzac/mw3.JPGNeurasthenia and the War
by Monica Wheeler
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anzac/nsf1.JPGGenerals Tea Party
by Nicky Scott-Francis
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anzac/nsf2.JPGWere Going In
by Nicky Scott-Francis
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anzac/nsf3.JPGANZAC Landings
by Nicky Scott-Francis
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anzac/ss1.JPGGeneral Stopfords afternoon tea on board the sloop HMS Jonquil
by Sara Scott
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anzac/ss2.JPGThe Battle of Scimitar Hill
by Sara Scott
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anzac/ss3.JPGHMS Chelmer to the rescue
by Sara Scott
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