This image rich exhibition explores the human response to the demands of war, physically, emotionally and psychologically. It takes in the wider societal response and the flow-on in the years after.
A key experience within the exhibition is an immersive soundscape; depriving the visitor of traditional sensory cues and demanding auditory attention and response.
For the individual visitor, this exhibition provides an insight into the war experiences of Tasmanian soldiers, nurses, airmen and navy personnel, acknowledging their fears, courage and stoicism.
It features a searchable comprehensive database of names linked to a Memorial Wall, which will be populated with poppies placed by visitors over the three-year life of the exhibition.
The Great War 1914-18: Sacrifice and Shadows acknowledges the universality of war and suffering.
On Remembrance Day, November 2015 a display of hand-worked textile ‘Welcome Home’ banners will be displayed within the exhibition. The project was created around the idea of welcoming home loved ones. It’s been developed with Mae Finlayson who is a practicing artist living in Launceston. Her individual work explores the handmade and familiar, while her collaborative work with Team Textiles creates audience-activated artworks. She trained at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and The Royal College of Art, London. She is currently a PhD candidate and lectures in visual art at the University of Tasmania. Lots of different people have worked on these banners including children. ‘Welcome Home’ carries a strong message from the heart.
A new private collections case within the exhibition will showcase treasures held in private hands related to service of Tasmanians in the Great War. The contents of the case will change roughly every 6-8 weeks throughout the life of the exhibition. This short time span means that fragile original document and photos can be placed on display without risk from fading.